Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Professional Certificate)

Award: Professional Certificate
Program of Study:  Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Program Code: 1606

About This Program . . .

The Professional Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is designed to prepare certified and registered radiologic technologists for post-primary certification and registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in magnetic resonance imaging. Students must be certified and registered with the ARRT in radiography, nuclear medicine technology (NMTCB also accepted), radiation therapy, or sonography (ARDMS also accepted) and hold the minimum of an associate degree. Coursework from the certificate can be applied to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, communication fluency, quantitative fluency, and specialized knowledge/applied learning. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Combine academic theory with practitioner experience and skills (applied learning).
  2. Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that demonstrate a professional level of expertise in the radiologic sciences (critical thinking).
  3. Promote value based behaviors for professional practice (critical thinking).

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

To print or save an overview of this program's information, including the program description, learning outcomes, requirements, suggested course sequencing (if applicable), and advising and graduation information, scroll to the bottom of the left-hand navigation menu and select "Print Options." This will give you the options to either "Send Page to Printer" or "Download PDF of This Page." The "Download PDF of This Page" option prepares a much more concise presentation of all program information. The PDF is also printable and may be preferable due to its brevity. 

Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU Professional Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Primarily 300-400 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” in the program of study will not be counted toward meeting the certificate’s requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements. 

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(16 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.)

RADS 452Sectional Anatomy3
RADS 460Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging2
RADS 470Applied Magnetic Resonance Imaging3
RADS 480Clinical Specialization I4
RADS 490Clinical Specialization II4
Total Semester Credit Hours16
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
RADS 452 Sectional Anatomy 3
RADS 460 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2
RADS 480 Clinical Specialization I 4
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring Semester
RADS 470 Applied Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3
RADS 490 Clinical Specialization II 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
 Total Semester Credit Hours16

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If your petition for graduation is denied, it will be your responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. Your “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.