This 18 week course is designed to educate technologists in the post-primary practice of MRI. Core topics include but are not limited to, MRI procedures and equipment operation, patient care (education, preparation, orientation and positioning), patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters, and image processing and display. Students will perform magnetic resonance imaging examinations and duties at various clinical sites under the supervision of MRI technologists. This class includes 144 didactic hours and 444 clinical hours, for a total of 588 hours.

ASRT approved for 28 Category A continuing education units.

Upon completion, students may be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist post-primary in MRI.

SPCC Previously Approved Clinical Sites You can choose your own clinical site with submission of a completed Clinical Affiliation Agreement
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the clinical site and ensure that they can be accommodated for the clinical rotation. Some clinical sites require additional information and it is the responsibility of the student to complete and submit this information prior to enrollment.

Pre-requisite: Individuals entering this course must be a registered radiologic technologist, radiation therapist, ultra sound technologist or nuclear medicine technologist. Students must present proof of current ARRT certification.

Cost: $199.40 (plus cost of  books, medical document manager, background check & drug screen)

To enroll in MRI

  1. Enroll with Castle Branch  (Package Code is SK18) Upload all required documentation there.
  2. Take the Student Medical Form to your physical exam. Once completed, upload to your Castle Branch account.
  3. Choose your clinical site. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the clinical site of their choice to confirm that a clinical rotation can be accommodated. A link of approved clinical sites can be found at: SPCC Previously Approved Clinical Sites. If you wish to do your clinical at a site that is not listed, print a copy of the Clinical Affiliate Agreement. Get the clinical site to sign this form and email it to The required signatures will be obtained from SPCC and a finalized contract will be sent to the clinical site.
  4. Once all documentation is approved by Castle Branch, complete the Registration Form and email to
  5. Once you are registered, an email will be sent to you with the phone number to call to make payment.

If you are completing your clinical hours with Novant you must visit their website ( and fill out the required forms a month in advance to beginning clinicals. After you have filled them out, email them to Wendi,

Note:  Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (NHFMC) is not currently accepting long distance learning students

Must have:

  •  Internet access
  • Computer access with word processing (i.e. Microsoft Word)
  • Appropriate scrubs and shoes for clinical
  •  You need to purchase 3 books:
    • MRI in Practice , 4th Edition
      Authors: Catherine Westbrook
      Carolyyn Roth
      John Talbot
      Company: Wiley-Blackwell
    • Planning and Positioning in MRI
      Author: Anne Bright
    • Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals
      Authors: Lorrie Kelly
      Connie M Petersen

Email or Fax 704-290-5220 clinical agreement to Wendi McCarn.  All medical records required must be submitted through Certified Background.

DO NOT MAIL documentation or payment. Payment is accepted by phone or in person only.

Upcoming Classes: *Paperwork must be turned in a week before the start date*

Begin DateEnd Date
November 13, 2018March 19, 2019
December 11, 2018April 16, 2019
January 15, 2019May 21, 2019
February 12, 2019June 18, 2019
March 12, 2019July 16, 2019
April 9, 2019August 13, 2019
May 14, 2019September 17, 2019
June 11, 2019October 15, 2019
July 9, 2019November 12, 2019
August 13, 2019December 17, 2019

To learn more, contact:
Mez Chen , 704-765-8722

To learn more, contact:
Wendi McCarn, 704-290-5280