Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Advanced Certificate 7950ascert

Overview

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed to new applications. Applications received from June 1, 2016 onwards will be reviewed after September 7 to be considered for a Winter 2017 term start.

The BCIT Medical Resonance Imaging program delivers the training health authorities seek. The only one of its kind in BC, our program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). We make sure you graduate fully prepared to start your career.

Magnetic resonance imaging, commonly known as MRI, utilizes powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to form images of the body to diagnose illness. MRI provides non-invasive, diagnostic testing on almost every aspect of the human body, including bones, organs, muscles, and neurological functions.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate that takes an average of two years to complete
  • Fully online, giving you flexibility to learn at your own pace
  • A four-month clinical experience in an MRI setting provides direct work experience

See Program Details to discover more about BCIT's Medical Resonance Imaging Advanced Certificate.

Who it’s for

This program is for medical imaging healthcare professionals who:

  • Have completed one of the following programs: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Radiography, Nuclear Med, or Radiation Therapy
  • Have six months or more of related work experience
  • Enjoy thinking analytically and problem-solving
  • Enjoy working independently in a self-directed work environment

Ready to add MRI to your diagnostic skill set? See Program Entry to learn more about applying to our program.

What grads can do

MRI is a critical branch of medical imaging testing. Our grads are in demand. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career opportunities.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

The MRI Advanced Certificate is a second discipline program which requires:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Step 2: Department assessment

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program area when the entrance requirements are complete.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

The program will work with students to obtain clinical placements. Students may be required to relocate at their own expense.

Prior to entry into the clinical phase of the program, students must provide:

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

The estimated cost per theory course is $795 tuition; there are six theory courses. The clinical experience course is $1318. The total cost of texts required for the program is estimated at $800 - $900. The total cost to complete the program, if students complete all theory courses and the clinical experience (40 credits), is approximately $7,000.

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Courses

Program delivery

Applications are accepted ongoing throughout the year. Studies may begin at the start of the next term following acceptance in the program. There are three 12 week online learning terms plus a full-time 16 week clinical experience.

  • Winter (January to April)
  • Spring (April to July)
  • Fall (September to December)

Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
  MIMG 7200 Fundamentals of MRI 3.0
  MIMG 7202 Advance Concepts in MRI Imaging 3.0
  MIMG 7210 MRI: Clinical Applications 1 3.0
  MIMG 7220 MRI: Clinical Applications 2 3.0
  MIMG 7230 MRI: Clinical Applications 3 3.0
  MIMG 7240 Professional Practice, MRI Safety, and Patient Care 3.0
  MIMG 8200 MRI Clinical Experience* 22.0

*Students will be required to do a full-time (equivalent to typical working hours) 16 week (4 month) MRI clinical experience at an approved clinical site to meet the clinical requirements of the program. The clinical experience is typically scheduled Mon - Fri during daytime hours. MIMG 8200 is available in the January, April, and September terms.

Any other approach should be discussed with the program head to ensure that it will meet your learning goals and BCIT's requirements.

 
Total Credits: 40.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

**prior learning assessment challenge courses

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program Aim

The aim of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills to safely perform high quality diagnostic MRI studies while maintaining a high level of care for the patient.

Program Goals

The goal of the BCIT MRI program is to provide graduates with the necessary tools to integrate theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. The program is committed to providing qualified graduates in appropriate numbers to serve the needs of healthcare providers and patients in BC and across Canada.

The program has adopted the standards of the National Competency Profile (NCP) of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

Graduates of the MRI program have the necessary knowledge and skills to:

  • Perform a wide variety of MRI procedures independently
  • Describe the physical principles of MRI and apply them to MRI procedures
  • Integrate theoretical knowledge with clinical skills to provide high quality diagnostic MRI studies
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Identify anatomical structures
  • Analyze images for the identification of pathological conditions
  • Critique MRI studies for image quality
  • Adapt studies as needed based upon patient and related circumstances
  • Provide safe and effective patient care as it relates to the MRI environment
  • Ensure safety for self, staff and patients
  • Demonstrate life-long learning and professional growth

Program delivery

Applications are accepted ongoing throughout the year. Studies may begin at the start of the next term following acceptance in the program. The online theory courses (MIMG 7xxx series) can be done in any of the three 12 week terms in which they are offered. The 12 week terms are:

  • Winter (January to April)
  • Spring (April to July)
  • Fall (September to December)

MIMG 8200 is a 16 week full-time (equivalent to working hours) clinical experience that students are required to do at an approved clinical site following the successful completion of their theory courses.  MIMG 8200 is generally done starting in January, April or September.

Program length

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.

It is recommended that students complete the theory courses for the program within two years (six terms) and that students enroll in the 16 week clinical experience within two terms of completing their last theory course.

Approach to completing the program

Students have some flexibility in how they approach the required program studies. The following is recommended:

  1. MIMG 7200 is the first course as it is a prerequisite for all other theory courses in the program.
  2. The remaining theory courses (MIMG 7202, 7210, 7220, 7230 and 7240) be completed within five terms (eighteen months) before the start of the 16 week practicum.
  3. MIMG 7240 be taken as the last course and completed just prior to beginning the clinical practicum.

A recommended approach for completing the program is as follows:

    Term 1 - MIMG 7200
    Term 2 - MIMG 7202 and/or MIMG 7210
    Term 3 - MIMG 7210 and/or MIMG 7220 and/or MIMG 7230
    Term 4 - MIMG 7220 and/or MIMG 7210 and/or MIMG 7230
    Term 5 - MIMG 7230 and/or MIMG 7240
    Term 6- MIMG 7240
    Term 7 or 8 - MIMG 8200 MRI Clinical Practicum*.

*Students will be required to do a full-time (equivalent to typical working hours) 16 week (4 month) MRI clinical experience at an approved clinical site to meet the clinical requirements of the program. The clinical experience is typically scheduled Mon - Fri during daytime hours. MIMG 8200 is available in the January, April, and September terms.

Any other approach should be discussed with the program head to ensure that it will meet your learning goals and BCIT's requirements.

CAMRT preparation guide and practice exams

Online practice exams are available for students in the program. These exams are for review only and do not count towards program marks. Students can take these practice exams while doing their clinical experience.

Accreditation

The MRI distance education program has been accredited by the Conjoint Accreditation Services - Canadian Medical Association which also lists the affiliated clinical MRI facilities.

Continue your education

Graduates of the BCIT MRI Advanced Certificate can transfer up to 40 credits into the elective courses of the Bachelor of Health Science – Magnetic Resonance Imaging Option.

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates are ready

Our grads are working in MRI departments across the province. We provide you with everything you need to write the Canadian Medical Radiation Technologists (CMRT) exam as soon as you graduate.

Career opportunities

Grads start as medical radiation technologists, MR, and MRI technologists in hospitals and private clinics. Most positions start casually at approximately $30 per hour.

With experience, you can choose to generalize or specialize in areas such as:

  • Nephrology
  • Trauma
  • Neurological
  • Pediatrics

Keep learning

Advance your education and transfer your credits to complete BCIT’s Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Technology programs.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Domenico Celli, RTR, RTMR, BA
Program Head

Victoria Banham, BA
Program Assistant


Contact Us

Domenico Celli
Program Head
Tel: 604-432-8756
Toll-free: 1-800-663-6542 local 8756
E-mail: Domenico_Celli@bcit.ca

Victoria Banham
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8727
E-mail: Victoria_Banham@bcit.ca

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