Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical imaging technique that uses a large magnet and radio waves to create clear pictures of internal body structures. MRI provides excellent contrast between the different soft tissues of the body and is especially useful in imaging the brain, spine, joints, muscles and other structures.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging program

One hundred percent of graduates from SLU’s MRI programpass the board certification exam and are placed in jobs in the field.

Major in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Offered at SLU's Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University’s MRI program trains you to work with patients to obtain high-quality images in a safe and effective manner. It is one of only two programs of its kind in the country.

If you choose to major in magnetic resonance imaging at SLU, you will learn how to operate imaging, laboratory and computer instrumentation and to perform quality control procedures. You’ll also practice an empathetic and instructional approach to patient care.

Students studying magnetic resonance imaging at SLU participate in a core health sciences curriculum with an interprofessional focus. You’ll choose from several curriculum tracks, including pre-physician assistant and pre-medicine. You will also take part in a 12-month intensive MRI curriculum that includes 1,300 hours of clinical practicum.

Students in SLU’s MRI degree program have opportunities to conduct research and produce projects and papers that are acceptable for publication and could be presented at professional conferences. You’re also encouraged to join and participate in the functions of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomore, junior and senior MRI students are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

  • MRI 4310: MRI Physical Principles
  • MRI 4320: MRI Cross Sectional Anat/Path
  • MRI 4330: MRI Instrumentation and Quality Analysis
  • MRI 4340: Clinical MRI and Image Production
  • MRI 4350: MRI Patient Care and Safety
  • MRI 4410: Clinical MRI Practicum
  • MRI 4420: Advanced and Emerging Technologies
  • MRI 4960: Capstone in MRI
  • MRI 4910: Clinical Practicum
Internships and Careers

A bachelor’s degree in magnetic resonance imaging prepares graduates for careers as MRI technologists. Jobs are available in medical and surgical hospitals, freestanding clinics, physician offices and research institutions.


The faculty and staff in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics are dedicated to each program and the scholarship of all students. All faculty are credentialed and provide a wealth of expertise and knowledge to each program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to SLU’s MRI program requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT score of 22 with no subsection lower than 20.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

The MRI Program is accredited through Saint Louis University by the Higher Learning Commission, allowing our students to sit for the national board exam. The program has been developed following standards set by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Learn about outcomes, technical standards and find additional program information.

The MRI Program has an advisery committee consisting of clinical supervisors, managers, and directors in the health care profession. The committee contributes recommendations for enhancing the program; as well as assessment of the program. The MRI program is pending JRCERT accreditation:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606­3182
Phone: 312­-704­-5300
Fax: 312­-704­-5304

Real-World Experience

Multiple Clinical Settings 

Students in SLU’s MRI program gain practical experience in clinical settings around the St. Louis metro area, including SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and the VA St. Louis Health Care System.