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

Overview

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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.

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process and is open to applications ongoing throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Entrance requirements

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

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Diploma or equivalent from an accredited program in one of the following:
    • Medical Radiography
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    • Radiation Therapy

  • Completion of the following form for submission with your online application:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, 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. Applicants will be contacted after the review of their MRI screening form.

Clinical requirements

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.

Note: Technologists who have not undergone a criminal record check through their Canadian employer may need to undergo a Criminal Record Check [PDF] before approval to do a clinical practicum.

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

Scheduled intakes

January, April and September

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

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 16 week clinical experience.

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

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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
 
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 length

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years. Students have five years to complete all didactic courses. In particular, the MRI courses (MIMG 7200, 7202 and 7204) must be completed within eighteen months before the start of the 16 week practicum.

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 15 credits into the elective courses of the Medical Imaging Bachelor of Technology Degree.

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 

See what our grads are saying. View the most recent post-grad survey.

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 following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit 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

Dr. Meena Amlani
Program Head

Victoria Banham
Program Assistant


Advisory committee

  • Terri Bomak, Rockyview General Hospital, AB
  • Serge Gauthier, Hôpital Montfort, QC
  • Katherine Kwan, College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC
  • Wayne Patola, Providence Health Care
  • Karen Smith, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Tatiana Yefimova, Royal Columbian Hospital

Contact Us

Dr. Meena Amlani
Program Head
Tel: 604-432-8231
Toll-free: 1-800-663-6542 local 8231
E-mail: Meena_Amlani@bcit.ca

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

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