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MRI Technologist Program: Prerequisites and Tuition


University of Utah Health Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences offers two pathway options for interested candidates:

Post-Primary Pathway:

To be eligible for the MRI Technologist Program post-primary path, you must have successfully passed one or more of the following certification categories or will have completed the exam by the start of the program:

  • Radiography (ARRT)
  • Radiation Therapy (ARRT)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (ARRT or NMTCB)

Primary Pathway:

UPDATES: Beginning in 2025 we will be providing the primary pathway for certification twice a year again! This pathway is quickly becoming a popular option for many candidates, and we’re pleased to be able to offer it again during our January session.  Application details for 2025 sessions can be found on our “How To Apply” webpage.

The MRI Technologist Program primary path requirements are as follows: 


  • Minimum Associate level degree (any major)
  • Courses:  courses may not be older than seven years, with the exception of the math requirement, which can be older.  Course can be from any college or university.  A minimum of C grade or higher is required in all prerequisite courses listed.

  • Human Anatomy + Lab
  • General Physics (Note: PHYS 1110 – Physics of Human Body does not satisfy this requirement)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Math (minimum Intermediate Algebra, or higher)

  • Patient Care experience (80 hours minimum)
  • Patient care experience can be from previous healthcare work.
  • This can be from either volunteer work or current/previous work in a healthcare/clinical setting
  • It should be direct patient care, where you were involved working with patients directly and other healthcare staff.  Examples include, but are not limited to: CNA, MA, Phlebotomy, Public/Social/Community health settings.
  • If looking for volunteer work, you should contact hospitals, clinics and/or free clinics in your area to find opportunities that may work.
  • You should also be certified with Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare providers. If you need this certification, please visit the American Heart Association’s website: BLS for Healthcare.

Primary pathway candidates will also be required to obtain an observation experience with our team. Please see below under “A Note on Observations” for the link.

Students will be selected based on predictors of the student’s ability to successfully complete the program, pass the MR examination, and become a productive employee in the MR field. Selected applicants must also be able to document appropriate immunizations. Final admission for selected students is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening.

We are able to accept up to ten (10) students to begin each January and July; students are selected from an applicant pool and can reapply for the following session if they are not admitted. See our “How to Apply” page for more information.

A Note on Observations

An observation in MRI is not required for those applying through the post-primary pathway, however, you may wish to gain this experience. See our Observation Experience page for more details.


UPDATE: Tuition for the upcoming MRI program sessions is listed below:

  •  January 2024: Post-primary pathway: $4,000.
  •  July 2024: Post-primary pathway - $4,000.
  •  June 2024: Primary pathway - $4,500.
  •  Payment in full by first week of the program
  •  2 payments: 1st payment due first week of program, final payment due 3 months following start of program.
  •  3 payments: 1st payment due first week of program with 2nd & 3rd payments due 3rd and 5th months of program.

Note: There are no federal loans, PELL grants or international student visas available for this program.


Additional Fees

The following are approximate costs and are subject to changes:

  • Lab coats/Scrubs: $100.00
  • Parking pass: $270.00 (This amount will be prorated to cover the months you attend the program)
  • Textbooks: $300.00
  • ARRT examination: $150.00 (ARRT-registered candidates) $300.00 (NMTCB-registered candidates)


Scholarships for educational expenses are not available through the University.

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