Certificate Program (5294)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a post-associate two-semester degree Certificate
Program offered by Galveston College either On-campus (starts in the fall
semester only) or online (starts in the fall and in the spring semester). Our
program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and
recognized by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist).

Seventeen of the 30 fastest growing occupations for 2008-2018 are in health care
of medical research, according to new employment projections from the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A related analysis in the U.S. News and World
Report (De. 28) placed radiologic technologist, veterinarian, and medical laboratory
technician as the top three in the list of the best health care careers.

It is the mission of the Galveston College Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology
Program to provide our students with an affordable, practical and realistic education that equips them with the skills necessary to enter the workforce successfully and to excel in their professional and educational endeavors.

The MRI Technologist performs various diagnostic procedures under the supervision
of a licensed physician and works closely with patients to provide instruction and
quality care while performing diagnostic procedures. These procedures are quite
varied and provide images of virtually all parts of the anatomy.

MRI is unique in the field of diagnostic imaging because of the manner in which
images are obtained. The patient is positioned within a powerful magnetic field
and radio frequency signals are utilized to create images of the patient’s internal
structures. This is accomplished without the use of ionizing radiation.

Depending on a number of factors, including geographic location, duties of
employment and their own personal qualities, graduates can reasonably
expect entry level salaries ranging from $44,000 to $50,000 per year.

All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Magnetic Resonance
Imaging Technology program should contact the Program Director at (409)
944-1270 or email at (email preferred).

Application to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program requires
the filing of a degree plan with Allied Health Advisor which shows evidence of the following:

Applicants must:

1. Apply to the College and complete the requirements for admission to the College.

Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • Requirements to the College include:

TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for TSI-exempt students which permit enrollment in college level courses. Official TSI scores must appear on a transcript to be sent directly to Galveston College from the test company on an official test score report form.

2. All applicants must show proof of the following:

  • An overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher from an accredited Radiologic Health Science Program.
  • Be a graduate of a two year accredited Radiologic Health Science Program in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine or Sonography.
  • Be a registered technologist (ARRT or NMTCB or ARDMS) by the start of the program.
  • Have current Texas Department of Health certification and ARRT or NMTCB or ARDMS certificate.
  • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in MATH 0304 Intermediate Algebra or successful completion of equivalent test.

3. Submit Program Application to the Program Director (c/o E. Cerani - Fax 409-944-1511). The online instruction starts twice a year (fall and spring) and the campus hybrid instruction has a once a year start (fall).

4. Submit a current copy of current Texas Department of Health certification and ARRT, NMTCB or ARDMS certificate (c/o E. Cerani - fax 409-944-1511) and maintain certification throughout their course of study of study.

5. Submit a current copy of an American Heart Health Care Provider level CPR certificate (c/o E. Cerani – Fax 409-944-1511) and maintain certification throughout their course of study.

6. Complete and submit the mandatory Application for Graduation Form (c/o E. Cerani – Fax 409-944-1511). Please note that the application for graduation form is necessary for the College to issue your Certificate even if you decide not to walk for graduation and that you will receive a Certificate only if you successfully complete all the didactic and clinical courses included in the MRI Program (i.e.:)you will not receive a Certificate if you will do your clinical training independently from Galveston College).

7. Once registered with the College and received the letter from the College containing your student ID number, complete and submit the mandatory Change of Major form (c/o E. Cerani – Fax 409-944-1511)

Only if conditionally accepted with Clinical done through Galveston College, please complete also the following steps (the following steps are not required if you will complete your clinical training independently from Galveston College):

8. Complete Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness by the start of the program. (This process takes approximately seven months to complete.)

9. Show proof of Varicella immunization (Chicken Pox) or show proof of illness by the start of the program.

10. Complete and submit the UTMB Student Wellness Form to UTMB Student Wellness

11. Complete a background check through the College with Precheck at student's cost only upon conditional acceptance to the program (you will be instructed how to complete it).

12. Complete a clear drug screening test through the College with Precheck at students cost only upon conditional acceptance to the program (you will be instructed how to complete it).

13. Attend mandatory orientation if doing clinical in the Houston/Galveston area.

Program Application deadlines are:

  • June 30th of each year for the Fall semester (On-campus hybrid or Online).
  • October 30th of each year for the Spring semester (Online only)

Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the program coordinator. Due to limited enrollment, we cannot accept every applicant. Applicants not admitted to the program must re-apply each year. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail of acceptance to the program.


Transfer Policy:

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual
basis by the Program Coordinator. A grade of “C” or better is required
on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific
courses. Transfer students from another program will be admitted on
a space-available basis.

Transfer students must:

  1. Complete admission requirements to Galveston College as well as the
    Program admission criteria.
  2. Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by program coordinator.
  3. Agree to a complete a disclosure of information form.


The online instruction begins in the Fall and Spring semesters and the campus
begins in the Fall semester only. Both the online and on campus programs
can be completed in two semesters of full-time study.

Classroom instruction will be conducted at Galveston College. Clinical training
will be conducted at The University of Texas Medical Branch and a number of
other affiliated health care institutions.

Upon completion of requirements, the student receives a certificate of completion
from Galveston College (only if the clinical hours have been completed through
clinical site affiliated with Galveston College).


First Semester
MRIT 2330 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3
MRIT 2334 MRI Equipment & Methodology 3
MRIT 2560 Clinical I (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) 5
MRIT 1191 Special Topics in MRI (pathology) 1

Second Semester
RADR 2340 Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging 3
MRIT 2355 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics 3
MRIT 2561 Clinical II (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)* 5
MRIT 1291 Special Topics in MRI (registry review) 2




*Identifies capstone experience
MRIT 2560 and MRIT 2561 are not offered online. Students who complete the clinical courses through Galveston College will receive a Certificate in MRI from the college. Students may take the online instruction and complete the clinical training independently.

The Clinical Application courses (MRIT 2560 and MRIT 2561) will consist of a minimum of 256
hours per semester. Total clinical hours for the program will be 512 hours.

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For more information about the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program,
contact the Program Coordinator at (409) 944-1270 or email at
(email preferred).

MRI Program Director

Edoardo Cerani MS RT (R) (MR)
Office: N-213
Phone: (409)944-1270

Updated 8/1/2011 - Content Author eiles