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Online Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Gain complex problem-solving skills and prepare to sit for the ARRT (MR) exam with the online Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

You must already hold an imaging credential to apply for this certificate.

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Designed for Credentialed Professionals

This certificate is designed for students who already hold an imaging credential and want to transition into magnetic resonance imaging.

If you do not meet this requirement, you are not eligible to apply for this certificate. Please review our pre-advanced medical imaging pathway for options that do not require an imaging credential.

Modality Considerations by Location

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The Treasure Valley covers a section of Idaho and Oregon and includes, but is not limited to, the following cities: Boise, Cascade, Caldwell, Idaho City, McCall, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, Ontario, Payette and Weiser.

If you live within the Treasure Valley, modality program directors will only accept the number of students for which clinical placement is available. You must apply before the application deadline to be considered.

Discover which modality fits your goals by taking the Medical Imaging Program Selection Quiz.


The online Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a 31-credit program. You can complete the program in as little as two semesters when attending full-time.

Review the following table for required courses.

Course TitleCredits
HLTH 300 Pathophysiology4
IMGSCI 408 Advanced Sectional Anatomy in Imaging Sciences3
AMI 300 Pharmacology3
AMI 302 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety Requirements3
AMI 400 Advanced Modality Case Studies2
AMI 440 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging I2
AMI 441 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging II2
AMI 442 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging III2
AMI 443 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging IV2
AMI 445 Clinical Experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging I4
AMI 446 Clinical Experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging II4

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the undergraduate catalog site.

Admission into the advanced medical imaging program does not guarantee clinical placement. Clinical experiences in some modalities across the country can be highly competitive. After being admitted to Boise State, students will receive access to a resource site with best practices on how to find a clinical site and receive mentoring from our program’s team of experts.

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Program Costs

Boise State Online offers reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently.

Review the following table for program costs.

Boise State Admissions Application Fee (non-refundable)$50
Courses (per-credit rate)*$395

*The per-credit fees are for the 2024-25 academic year. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May. Clinical experience courses include a clinical course fee that covers items such as radiation badges, student ID badges, postage and clinical tracking software and will vary depending on the modality selected.

**Costs for room, board and transportation are used to calculate financial aid and are included to disclose the full cost of attendance. These costs are not required for students pursuing a fully online degree.

Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic and internet access — all of which are required for this program.

Note to Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to this program.

Career Opportunities

Our online Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) prepares you for the future of imaging.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 6% growth for MRI technologists between 2022 and 2032.

The Idaho Department of Labor’s 2022-2032 projections set the growth rates even higher — at 25.2% — for workers living in Idaho.

Additionally, a report published by shows that the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) certification ranks at #15 for the top 20 most in-demand certifications.

Possible Careers:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Medical Imaging Manager
  • Lead Technologist
  • Field Clinical Specialist

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From deciding if an online degree is right for you to determining what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a student success coach is the best place to start.

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Application Process

Certificate Outcomes

After completing the magnetic resonance imaging certificate, you will be able to:

  • Prepare for success on the ARRT (MR) credentialing exam.
  • Advocate for patients, recognize professional impact related to patient outcomes and develop a culture of safety.
  • Demonstrate effective, appropriate and respectful communication with diverse populations of patients, co-workers, physicians and the community to improve patient outcomes by performing beyond technical application.
  • Apply ethical practice as a professional technologist from a legal, compliance and systems perspective within the healthcare realm.
  • Actively lead and/or participate as part of an interprofessional team to improve communication amongst healthcare providers and decrease patient risk.
  • Perform as a master of advanced imaging principles and applications.
  • Appropriately share data within a healthcare team while maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality.
  • Successfully participate as a leader in the medical imaging profession by making meaningful contributions within your department, your healthcare organization, your community as well as on a national level.
  • Attain and maintain national credentialing within a modality of focus.

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