School of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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The School of Magnetic Resonance Imaging prepares the graduate for a rewarding career in the imaging field.  This is an advanced-level program that is completed in two semesters.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging procedure that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to acquire detailed images of the body.  No radiation is used in this procedure.  This procedure is especially useful for looking at sectional images of soft tissues and the nervous system.

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Vision and Mission

Vision (Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies)

The Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies at Grady Health System will become a recognized center of excellence for the education of Radiographers, Radiation Therapists, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Vascular Sonographers, CT Technologists, and MRI Technologists.

Mission (School of Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

It is the mission of the School of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to provide a quality education that actively engages the student in the classroom and clinical experiences that will produce an entry-level MRI Technologist and prepare the student to challenge the national certification examination.

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Program Information

The course of study in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) awards a certificate from Grady Health System upon completion of the program. Students who satisfactorily complete the program fulfill the requirements to apply to take the certification exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited Diagnostic Imaging Program and registered or registry eligible with the ARRT in Radiography (R), Nuclear Medicine (N), Radiation Therapy (T), Sonography (S), or registered by the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) or registered by the NMTCB (CNMT-Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist).

Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. The number of students accepted is dependent on the number of clinical sites and job outlook.

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Academic Education
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MRI 1100 – MRI Academic Course 1 MRI 2100 – MRI Academic Course 2
MRI 1101 – MRI Clinical 1 MRI 2101 – MRI Clinical 2
Clinical Education

The major goal of the clinical portion of the program is to enable the student to develop skills that will allow him/her to successfully perform the duties of an MRI Technologist. The school is a competency-based program in which faculty members, clinical preceptors, and/or departmental staff evaluate the student.

A student spends 24 hours per week in the clinical setting and will be exposed to a strong magnetic field, infectious diseases, body fluids, and cleaning solutions. The student is appropriately instructed in MRI safety protocols and standard precaution procedures, as well as the proper utilization of various types of protective clothing and personal protective devices.

The clinical experience is varied.  The student is placed on 3-4 week rotation schedule.

Students must complete 125 clinical procedure repetitions.  With each body part having 3-6 repetitions each.  There are a total of 42 competencies required by the ARRT.

Clinical Sites

Grady Health System

Grading System

Grading System

The following system of grading is used:

A – Excellent =  90 – 100%
B – Good = 80 – 89%
C – Marginal = 75 – 79%
D – Poor = 70 – 74%
F – Failure = Below 70%

Students receive an academic and clinical grade report at the end of each semester.  Academic and Clinical grades are listed separately, they are weighted by credit hours, and are averaged as a part of the overall GPA.

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Faculty and Staff

Program Manager:
Elizabeth Kerr, MSEd, RT(R)
[email protected]

Clinical Coordinator:
Sylvia Dowl, BMSc, RT (R)
[email protected]

Admissions Coordinator:
Malon Brown, BS
(404) 616-3610
[email protected]

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The Magnetic Resonance Program is sponsored by Grady Memorial Hospital/Grady Health System Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies and awards a certificate of completion.

The program meets the post-primary certification requirements for the ARRT by providing structured education and competency completions in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The program utilizes the ASRT MRI Online Training Education modules as the structured academic portion of the program.  This helps assure that students are provided the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success.

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Admission Requirements

The MRI program offers equal educational opportunities to students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin.

  1. Graduate of a nationally or regionally accredited program in; Radiologic Technology Program, Diagnostic Sonography Program, Nuclear Medicine Program, or Radiation Therapy Program.
    1. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
    2. A status of good standing (not on probation, suspension, or expulsion) from the accredited program.
  2. Must provide certification with good standing by one of the following; American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). Or the applicant is eligible to write, and subsequently pass the ARRT, ARDMS, or NMTCB certification examination by the start date of the program.
  3. Provide one of the following Critical Scores; SAT, ACT, Compass, Accuplacer, Accuplacer Generation Next, or Asset Exam. The minimum critical score requirements are:
    1. SAT 1: Total minimum score of 830 – Math + critical reading (verbal) scores only
    2. ACT: Total minimum score of 17
    3. ACCUPLACER reading score of 61, and minimum Elementary Algebra score of 67.
    4. ACCUPLACER Next Generation minimum reading score of 237, and elementary algebra (previous to 2021) or Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) (after 2021) of 258.
    5. Compass: minimum reading score of 74, minimum math score of 37
    6. Asset: minimum reading score of 40; minimum math score of 40
  4. Provide names and email addresses for four (4) professional references on the application.
  5. All college or technical college education must be from an institution accredited by one of the following entities:
    1. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
    2. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    3. Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
    4. Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools of Middle States Association of College and Schools (MSA-CESS)
    5. New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
    6. Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    7. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    8. Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    9. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Senior College Commission (SCC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    10. Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    11. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
    12. Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
    13. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
    14. Council on Occupational Training (COE)
    15. Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC)
    16. National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
    17. Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation
    18. Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission
    19. Commission on Accrediting of Association of Theological Schools
    20. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
    21. Conjoint Accreditation Services of the Canadian Medical Association
    22. Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA)
  6. Applicants are required to visit the hospital when invited. This includes a personal interview and a tour of the school facilities.
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Application Process

The School of Magnetic Resonance Imaging begins only one time per year in the Fall. Online applications are accepted year-round. All admission documents must be RECEIVED by April 1


  1. Apply ONLINE and pay the $35.00 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Applicants submit the following to the School: 
    1. Application portfolio documents
      1. All official transcripts
        1. Official transcripts of courses completed at universities, colleges, or technical programs of study.
      2. Critical Test Scores
        1. A college entrance test is required. Scholastic Aptitude Reasoning Test (SAT I), American College Test (ACT), Compass, Asset, or ACCUPLACER, and/or ACCUPLACER Next Gen. Grady Health System’s SAT code is 5263, and the ACT code is 5329.
        2. Score and proof of any current national certification, if applicable.
        3. TOEFL score, if applicable (see International Student Requirements).
      3. References
        The applicant must provide names and e-mail addresses for four (4) references, who have supervised the applicant for a minimum of six months in an evaluating position in the Imaging field (such as supervisors, educators, etc.). Friends, relatives, clergy, and co-workers are not acceptable references. Applicants should contact references prior to submission of the application. The school will email a reference form to those persons that are listed in the application

Application Instructions

All application portfolio documents must be postmarked by April 1 for Fall Registration. Portfolio documents include the Application, Application Fee, Brief Autobiography, Transcript(s), Professional References, Documentation of Current ARRT Certification or Eligibility.

Incomplete applications and those who do not adhere to the deadline dates will be disqualified.  An applicant’s application and entrance requirements will not be returned to the applicant, nor forwarded to another institution.

A qualifying applicant will be invited to Grady for an interview.  This procedure takes approximately one hour.

Notices of acceptance or rejection will be emailed the week following the Admissions Committee meeting.  Notices are given by email only.

Admission to the school is competitive and the Admissions Committee reserves the right, in every case, to accept or reject any applicant based on previous academic performance, motivation, personality, or health and character as determined by the application process, interview, review of academic and sociological data, references and investigation.

All correspondence and inquiries pertaining to applications should be directed to the attention of the:

Admissions Office
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050
[email protected]
(404) 616-3610

Technical Standards – ADA Compliance

ARRT Ethics Review for Felony or Misdemeanor Conviction

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Accepted Applicants

Admission Requirements Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, the applicant must complete and submit to the program by the deadline date:

  1. Physical examination and immunizations to include documentation of:
    1. Completion of COVID -19 Vaccination and booster(s)
    2. MMR vaccine OR Titer (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Must have one of the following:
      • Documentation of 2 doses after 1stbirthday and separated by at least 28 days
      • OR
      • Laboratory evidence of immunity by positive measles titer, positive mumps titer, and positive rubella titer
    3. Tdapvaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) – must have booster within the past 10 years
    4. Hepatitis B Vaccine AND Titer (series of 3 vaccines and a positive titer results drawn after 3rd dose). If the titer results are negative, then additional vaccine(s) are administered and a titer is drawn again.
    5. Varicella vaccine (2 doses) OR positive titer
    6. TB screening using Quantiferon Gold blood test.  This is done by Grady’s Employee Health and Wellness personnel.
      For history of positive TB test, latent TB infection, or TB disease, must have negative chest x-ray. If a student has had TB disease, medical evaluation and documentation that the student has been treated for TB disease is required.

Immunization requirements are subject to change by Grady Health System and/or Clinical affiliates at any time.

  1. Criminal background check and drug screening test performed through (see tuition and fees).
  2. Proof of professional liability insurance that documents coverage for the term of enrollment (see tuition and fees).
  3. Documented completion of CPR (BLS for Healthcare Providers – Part 1) online training module by the American Heart Association.
  4. American Registry of Radiologic Technology certification in radiography or another imaging credential

Background Check – Drug Screen Policy

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Tuition and Fees

MRI Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Technology fee/semester $1975/ semester (2 semesters)
On-line Clinical Record System $100.00
Professional Liability Insurance $37.00-220.00
Uniform Scrub top and Pants Approximately $30/set
CPR $31.00
Drug Screen & background check

Advantage Student

$78.50 *may be higher if student  worked in another state or country
MRI modules $149.00

Prices subject to change

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Financial Aid

No financial aid assistance is available for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program.

Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition refund refers to money paid toward school charges that must be returned to financial sources and/or to the student. If the student is due a tuition refund, the school must provide a refund whether or not the student requests the tuition refund or formally withdraws from the program. If a student receives an approved leave of absence but does not return from that leave, a tuition refund must be processed within 30 days. If a student withdraws from school, a tuition refund must be made within 60 days of the school’s determination of withdrawal.

Institutional Pro Rata Refund Policy

The pro rata refund applies to all students enrolled at Grady Health System. There is not an applicable state law or refund required by the accrediting agency. Pro rata refund applies to the institutional tuition and fees charged from the first day of class until the 60 percent point in time of the enrollment. After the 60 percent point in time of enrollment, there is no refund. A 100 percent refund is due to a student who never enrolls. Tuition refunds are made by the Financial Aid/ Registrar’s office. An explanation of the calculations for determining the amount of financial aid to be returned can be obtained through the Financial Aid/Registrar’s office.

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