Magnetic resonance imaging, commonly known as MRI, utilizes powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to form images of the body to diagnose illness. MRI technologists operate this specialized medical diagnostic equipment, without the use of harmful radiation, to provide non-invasive imaging on almost every aspect of the human body.
The BCIT Magnetic Resonance diploma program provides access to state-of-the-art MRI simulator and labs so that you are ready to start your career the moment you graduate.
About the program
- Full-time, 24 month diploma program
- 48 weeks of clinical experience with hospital partners across BC
See Program Details to discover more about BCIT’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Diploma.
Who it’s for
This program is for individuals who:
- Enjoy working directly with patients and teams in a hospital environment
- Have strong technical skills and good attention to detail
- Possess excellent communication skills and strive towards patient-centered care
- Are BC Residents
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.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
Casper test and Snapshot video interview
All applicants must complete the Casper Test and Snapshot video interview.
Visit Casper to reserve a test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended, register at least three days prior to your preferred test date. Please go to the Casper test website for any information or questions regarding the test.
Casper results are only valid for a single testing cycle – September to August.
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.
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.
The program has adopted the standards of the National Competency Profile (NCP) of the Canadian Association of Magnetic 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
These goals will be achieved through intensive face-to-face, blended and online theoretical courses. Fundamental healthcare skills will be taught, while mastering MRI specific content. Critical thinking and hands-on experience will be practiced through labs and simulation. Three clinical terms, with a total length of one year, will create job ready technologists and the ability to contribute to this quickly expanding healthcare profession.
Our graduates are ready
You will graduate from the program as an entry-to-practice Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologist. Our grads will possess the skills and competence to integrate themselves as a contributing member of the healthcare team.
Graduates of the program are eligible to write the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam to obtain their Registered Technologist Magnetic Resonance (RTMR) designation.
Graduates primarily work in hospitals, private clinics and research facilities. Casual, part-time and full-time positions offer work flexibility. Salaries start at approximately $33 per hour. Opportunities include:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologist in the above settings
- Equipment sales
- Education and teaching positions
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The Magnetic Resonance Imaging faculty are known for their skills, expertise, and dedication to student learning. Our instructors are all CAMRT certified technologists and remain active in the profession.
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