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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Producing high quality diagnostic images with contrast and clarity.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the gold standard for non-invasive, non-radiative imaging focused on the abdomen/ pelvis, breast, cardiac, musculoskeletal and neurological systems. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio wave pulses to create high-resolution cross sectional images of the human anatomy. As a student you will learn to work on state-of-the-art scanners to generate extraordinary three-dimensional detailed anatomical images necessary in the diagnosis and monitoring of pathology. Additionally, you will consult with radiologists to examine the images and answer questions as a vital member of the patient care team.

Your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and MRI principles will allow you to safely operate MRI scanners and equipment. Advanced applications in MRI continue to be developed to meet the needs of emerging clinical indications in neurology, oncology and cardiology. Your education will prepare you for this exciting growing indispensable state of the art career in diagnostic imaging

Questions about our magnetic resonance imaging programs? Connect with our Admission Office. Boston: 617.879.5964, Online: 508.373.5657.

Notable Recognition

MCPHS is one of the first schools recognized by the ARRT for the MRI Primary Pathway program.

Onsite and Online

Our MRI programs combine online courses, courses on the Boston campus, and clinical internships throughout Massachusetts for a diversity of general education and professional opportunities.

Part-time Option

The online advanced certificate program is offered entirely online to fit the schedules of working technologists. The program helps professionals become more marketable by learning an additional modality, and helps active MRI technologists earn post-primary certification.

Clinical Rotations

Students receive clinical experience at leading hospital affiliates, such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Modern Facilities

Our laboratories, specially designed for skill-building and patient assessment in the radiologic sciences, enrich the overall learning experience. Additional lab instruction is provided through an arrangement with Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Prestigious Affiliations

Partnerships with premier medical institutions enable students to gain exposure and experience in leading healthcare institutions.

Active Faculty

Our faculty members are passionate about the MRI profession and active members of the Section for Magnetics Resonance Technology (SMRT), a professional society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Focused Curriculum

Unlike most MRI programs, our bachelor of science is a primary pathway program that recognizes MRI as a distinct and separate imaging discipline. No prior background in a medical imaging science is required.

Accelerated Programs

Fast-track options allow students to begin their careers as magnetic resonance imaging technologists sooner.

A field of growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the MRI profession will grow by 14% through 2026, which is a higher than average growth rate across all jobs. Driving this growth is an aging population who will require MRIs for conditions like bone fractures and breaks caused from osteoporosis, as well as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. While hospitals and diagnostic centers are expected to remain the largest employers of MRI technologists, advancements in more portable and affordable scanners may potentially lead to in an increase of opportunities at physicians’ offices.


With innovative training and clinical internship opportunities in some of the world’s leading healthcare institutions, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter the field and become leaders in the profession. MCPHS has been recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a regional institutional accrediting agency and graduates of our MRI program are eligible to participate in the ARRT MRI examination.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for MRI technologists was $69,930 in May 2017. Massachusetts is among the top paying states for MRI technologists, with an annual mean wage of $83,550.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The mission of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences MRI program is to offer a quality medical imaging program which integrates professional skills, career focused education and hands-on practical experience, empowering students to develop and achieve their personal and career potentials.

MRI Program Goals and Objectives

  1. To instruct students who demonstrate the prerequisite knowledge and skills required for employment as entry-level MRI technologists.
  2. To develop interpersonal skills to allow the student to attain the ability to effectively communicate on a professional level.
  3. To facilitate learning which will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of proper patient care.
  4. To provide students with the knowledge, technical skills and problem solving abilities to practice in the field of magnetic resonance imaging.
  5. To produce graduates who will be competent in entry level positions as an MRI Technologist and who display appropriate behaviors as set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.

School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics

The mission of the School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics is composed of the following principle elements:

  • To offer high quality collaborative programs to meet societal needs for qualified and competent Imaging and Therapeutics Health professionals in partnership with renowned medical institutions.
  • To educate and train Imaging and Therapeutic Health professionals to provide expert, reliable, and compassionate health care.
  • To promote the development of intellectual skills and professional attitudes and values necessary for continued learning and growth.
  • To provide opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary learning that demonstrates the importance of effective communication and collaboration among all professionals of the healthcare team.

For MRI programs based in post-secondary degree-granting institutions, a current accreditation mechanism acceptable to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists is accreditation by a regional institutional accrediting agency. MCPHS has been recognized by ARRT as meeting this requirement and thus graduates of its MRI program are eligible to participate in the ARRT MRI examination.