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Magnetic Resonance Imaging, B.S.

Saint Louis University's Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is one of only two programs of its kind in the country. SLU's MRI program contains a strong science curriculum that prepares students for immediate job placement as well as graduate study.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 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. The superior resolution of the images and advancing technology is rapidly increasing the variety of exams an MRI technologist will perform.

MRI technologists are educated and trained to work with patients and other members of the health care team to obtain high-quality images in a safe and effective manner. MRI offers procedures that are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties. These specialties include neurology, sports medicine, cardiology, pediatrics and more. 

Advantages to earning your B.S. in MRI at Saint Louis University include:

  • A tailored curriculum that allows for diverse areas of concentration
  • Clinical training sites within the St. Louis metropolitan area
  • An interprofessional focus that emphasizes a team approach to health care
  • Instruction and individual mentorship by professionally credentialed MRI faculty
  • Medically relevant coursework ideal for pre-professional curriculum options, including pre-med and pre-physician assistant
  • Opportunities to participate in professional conferences with faculty and fellow students
  • Undergraduate opportunities to conduct research and produce projects/papers acceptable for publication and presentation at professional conferences

Program Effectiveness Data

Curriculum Overview

Saint Louis University's Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging prepares graduates for an entry-level position as MRI technologists. The program includes all basic sciences and an intensive MRI curriculum that includes approximately 1,000 hours of clinical practicum. The MRI program offers several curriculum tracks, including pre-physician assistant and pre-medicine. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for national certification to become registered MRI technologists/radiologic technologists (MR).

Clinical and Research Opportunities

Students in the 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.

MRI students are encouraged to join and participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Careers

The practice of MRI encompasses multidisciplinary skills. The responsibilities of the MRI technologist include:

  • Operation of imaging, laboratory and computer instrumentation
  • Empathetic and instructional approach to patient care
  • Preparation of contrast agents
  • Performance of quality control procedures
  • Application of accepted standards of MRI safety and protection

Jobs can be found in the following settings:

  • Medical and surgical hospitals
  • Freestanding clinics
  • Physician offices
  • Research institutions

Some jobs are classified as traveling jobs where the employee provides temporary help to short-staffed departments for a while. These technologists regularly travel, with the length of stay and location varying.

Career advancement opportunities from the position of staff technologist may lead to areas of administration, education, sales or research.

The salary range for an MRI technologist depends on geographic location, years of experience and education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage is $74,690.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen Applicants

Solid academic performance in college preparatory course work is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

  • Admission criteria include:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale
  • Saint Louis University has a test-optional admission process for all undergraduate programs. Applicants may submit standardized test scores, but those who choose not to will not be disadvantaged in any way in the admission process.

Transfer Applicants

The minimum college transfer GPA is 2.70/4.00.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need. In addition to University scholarships, the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers a scholarship to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students.
  • Financial Aid: Provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, applicants should apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For more information, see the Doisy College Scholarship page.

Accreditation

The magnetic resonance imaging program at Saint Louis University is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), having been awarded an eight-year accreditation. The program's next scheduled accreditation review is in the third quarter of 2027.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300
http://www.jrcert.org

For more information about the SLU magnetic resonance imaging program's goals, program outcomes, certification examination pass rates, job placement rates, technical standards and program-specific costs, please review the additional accreditation information document.

View Additional Accreditation Information (PDF)

Doisy College of Health Sciences Learning Outcomes
  1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the Jesuit mission by caring for the whole patient.
  2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills when interacting in the MRI profession.
  3. Graduates will be able to apply critical reasoning as it relates to the MRI setting.
  4. Graduates will be able to demonstrate application of professional knowledge.
  5. Graduates will be able to recognize ethical practices in the health care setting.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Learning Outcomes and Goals
  1. Students will be clinically competent.
    1. Students will appropriately  use, record, and verify patient data.
    2. Students will position patients as directed.
    3. Students will use the proper imaging sequences for ordered exam.
    4. Students practice proper MRI and patient safety.
  2. Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    1. Students will complete imaging procedures, explaining steps in detail.
    2. Students will present case studies and MRI final capstone project.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
    1. Students will appropriately communicate with patients.
    2. Students will demonstrate appropriate written communication
    3. Students will demonstrate proper presentation skills
  4. Students will demonstrate professional growth and development.
    1. Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.
    2. Students will have knowledge of ethical behaviors.
    3. Students will demonstrate professional growth through critical thinking

The program annually tracks student learning outcomes as they relate to the above student goals.

Students in Saint Louis University's magnetic resonance imaging program take the following courses.

Standard Track

Foundation
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (satisfies CORE 3800)
4
CHEM 1080
CHEM 1085
Principles of Chemistry 1 Lecture
and Principles of Chemistry 1 Lab
4
CMM 1200Public Speaking (satisfies CORE 1200)3
CORE 1000Ignite First Year Seminar2
CORE 1500Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community1
CORE 1700Ultimate Questions: Philosophy3
CORE 2500Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation0
CORE 2800Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression2-3
CORE 3400Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture3
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (satisfies CORE 1900)3
HIM 4750Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine3
HSCI 2100Health Care Management3
HSCI 2200Medical Terminology3
HSCI 3200Aspects of Health Law3
HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
HSCI 3700Research Methods (satisfies CORE 4000)3
IPE 2100Interprofessional Collaboration and Healthcare in Global Context3
IPE 4200Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice3
MATH 1200College Algebra3
MATH 1320Survey of Calculus3
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
PHIL 2050Ethics3
PHYS 1220
PHYS 1235
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHYS 1240
PHYS 1255
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
PSY 1010General Psychology (satisfies CORE 3600)3
STAT 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers (satisfies CORE 3200)3
XXXXCore Elective3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI 4300MRI Clinical Practicum I (satisfies CORE 4500)6
MRI 4310Physical Principles3
MRI 4320Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology3
MRI 4330Instrumentation and Quality Analysis3
MRI 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production I3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI & Image Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Emerging Technologies2
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750MRI Clinical Practicum Senior Seminar (satisfies CORE 3500)1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits122-123

Pre-Medicine Track

Foundation
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (satisfies CORE 3800)
4
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 3020Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 3040Cell Structure & Function3
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CMM 1200Public Speaking (satisfies CORE 1200)3
CORE 1000Ignite First Year Seminar2
CORE 1500Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community1
CORE 1700Ultimate Questions: Philosophy3
CORE 2500Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation0
CORE 2800Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression2-3
CORE 3400Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture3
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (satisfies CORE 1900)3
HCE 1600Embodiment, Life, and Death in Context (satisfies CORE 1600)3
HCE 2010Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics3
HIM 4750Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine3
HSCI 2000The US Health Care System3
HSCI 2200Medical Terminology3
HSCI 3200Aspects of Health Law3
HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
HSCI 3700Research Methods3
MATH 1510Calculus I4
PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHYS 1330
PHYS 1340
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
PSY 1010General Psychology (satisfies CORE 3600)3
STAT 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers (satisfies CORE 3200)3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI 4300MRI Clinical Practicum I (satisfies CORE 4500)6
MRI 4310Physical Principles3
MRI 4320Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology3
MRI 4330Instrumentation and Quality Analysis3
MRI 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production I3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI & Imaging Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Emerging Technologies2
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750MRI Clinical Practicum Senior Seminar (satisfies CORE 3500)1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits133-134

Pre-Physician Assistant and PA Scholar Track

Foundation
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (satisfies CORE 3800)
4
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 3020Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics3
BLS 4510Medical Microbiology4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CMM 1200Public Speaking (satisfies CORE 1200)3
CORE 1000Ignite First Year Seminar2
CORE 1500Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community1
CORE 1700Ultimate Questions: Philosophy3
CORE 2500Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation0
CORE 2800Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression2-3
CORE 3400Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture3
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
HCE 1600Embodiment, Life, and Death in Context (satisfies CORE 1600)3
HCE 2010Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics3
HIM 4750Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine3
HSCI 2000The US Health Care System3
HSCI 2200Medical Terminology3
HSCI 3200Aspects of Health Law3
HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
HSCI 3700Research Methods (satisfies CORE 4000)3
MATH 1320Survey of Calculus3
MLS 4515Medical Microbiology Laboratory1
PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHYS 1330
PHYS 1340
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
PSY 1010General Psychology (satisfies CORE 3600)3
STAT 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers (satisfies CORE 3200)3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI 4300MRI Clinical Practicum I (satisfies CORE 4500)6
MRI 4310Physical Principles3
MRI 4320Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology3
MRI 4330Instrumentation and Quality Analysis3
MRI 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production I3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI & Imaging Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Emerging Technologies2
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750MRI Clinical Practicum Senior Seminar (satisfies CORE 3500)1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits137-138

Second Bachelor's Degree Option

Total semester credits vary based on applicable courses complete in undergraduate program. Specific course plan is individually designed for each applicant.

Transfer Credits
Select 56 credits56
Prerequisite Courses
Principles Chemistry I with Lab4
General Physics I with Lab4
General Physics II with Lab4
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
Medical Ethics3
College Algebra3
Oral and Written Communication3
Theology3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI 4300MRI Clinical Practicum I6
MRI 4310Physical Principles3
MRI 4320Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology3
MRI 4330Instrumentation and Quality Analysis3
MRI 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production I3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI and Image Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Emerging Technologies2
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits127

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 to remain in good standing.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Standard Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
CHEM 1080
CHEM 1085
Principles of Chemistry 1 Lecture
and Principles of Chemistry 1 Lab
4
CMM 1200 Public Speaking (satisfies CORE 1200) 3
CORE 1000 Ignite First Year Seminar 2
CORE 1500 Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community 1
MATH 1200 College Algebra 3
XXXXElective 3
 Credits16
Spring
CORE 1700 Ultimate Questions: Philosophy 3
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (satisfies CORE 1900) 3
MATH 1320 Survey of Calculus 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology (satisfies CORE 3600) 3
STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers (satisfies CORE 3200) 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 3800)
4
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
IPE 2100 Interprofessional Collaboration and Healthcare in Global Context 3
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
PHYS 1220
PHYS 1235
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
 Credits17
Spring
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 0
CORE 2800 Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression 2-3
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3
HCE 1600 Embodiment, Life, and Death in Context (satisfies CORE 1600) 3
HSCI 2100 Health Care Management 3
PHYS 1240
PHYS 1255
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
 Credits15-16
Year Three
Fall
HIM 4750 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine 3
HSCI 3200 Aspects of Health Law 3
HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3700 Research Methods (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 4000) 3
 Credits13
Spring
HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
IPE 4200 Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice 3
MRI 4340 Clinical MRI and Image Production I 3
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
 Credits13
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 4500) 6
MRI 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4345 Clinical MRI & Imaging Production II 3
 Credits18
Spring
MRI 4420 Emerging Technologies 2
MRI 4700 MRI Clinical Practicum II 10
MRI 4750 MRI Clinical Practicum Senior Seminar (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 3500) 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits15
 Total Credits122-123

Pre-Medicine Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 3800)
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CORE 1000 Ignite First Year Seminar 2
CORE 1500 Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community 1
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (satisfies CORE 1900) 3
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
 Credits18
Spring
Critical course:  BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
HCE 1600 Embodiment, Life, and Death in Context (satisfies CORE 1600) 3
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers (satisfies CORE 3200) 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CORE 1700 Ultimate Questions: Philosophy 3
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 0
HSCI 2000 The US Health Care System 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology (satisfies CORE 3600) 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CMM 1200 Public Speaking (satisfies CORE 1200) 3
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3
HCE 2010 Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
 Credits16
Year Three
Fall
HIM 4750 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine 3
HSCI 3200 Aspects of Health Law 3
Critical course:  HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3700 Research Methods (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 4000) 3
Critical course:  PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
 Credits17
Spring
CORE 2800 Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression 2-3
Critical course:  HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
Critical course:  PHYS 1330
PHYS 1340
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
MRI 4340 Clinical MRI and Image Production I 3
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
 Credits16-17
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 4500) 6
MRI 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4345 Clinical MRI & Imaging Production II 3
 Credits18
Spring
MRI 4420 Emerging Technologies 2
MRI 4700 MRI Clinical Practicum II 10
MRI 4750 MRI Clinical Practicum Senior Seminar (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 3500) 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits15
 Total Credits133-134

Program Notes

Curriculum is designed to address the SLU School of Medicine's requirements and is subject to change. If applying to a medical school at another institution, please consult their website for specific requirements.

Pre-Physician Assistant Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 3800)
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CORE 1000 Ignite First Year Seminar 2
CORE 1500 Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community 1
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (satisfies CORE 1900) 3
MATH 1320 Survey of Calculus 3
 Credits17
Spring
Critical course:  BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
HCE 1600 Embodiment, Life, and Death in Context (satisfies CORE 1600) 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology (satisfies CORE 3600) 3
STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers (satisfies CORE 3200) 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CORE 1700 Ultimate Questions: Philosophy 3
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 0
HSCI 2000 The US Health Care System 3
HSCI 3200 Aspects of Health Law 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CMM 1200 Public Speaking (satisfies CORE 1200) 3
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3
HCE 2010 Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
 Credits16
Summer
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
 Credits3
Year Three
Fall
BLS 4510 Medical Microbiology 4
HIM 4750 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine 3
Critical course:  HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3700 Research Methods (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 4000) 3
MLS 4515 Medical Microbiology Laboratory (Optional) 1
PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
 Credits19
Spring
CORE 2800 Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression 2-3
Critical course:  HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
MRI 4340 Clinical MRI and Image Production I 3
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
PHYS 1330
PHYS 1235
College Physics II
and General Physics I Lab
4
 Credits16-17
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I (satisfies CORE 4500) 6
MRI 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4345 Clinical MRI & Imaging Production II 3
 Credits18
Spring
MRI 4420 Emerging Technologies 2
MRI 4700 MRI Clinical Practicum II 10
MRI 4750 MRI Clinical Practicum Senior Seminar (Critical course:  satisfies CORE 3500) 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits15
 Total Credits137-138

Program Notes

Curriculum is designed to address SLU’s PA program requirements and is subject to change. If applying to a PA program at another institution, please consult their website for specific requirements.

Physician Assistants Scholar Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
MATH 1320 Survey of Calculus 3
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits17
Spring
Critical course:  BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
MATH 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers 3
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
HSCI 3200 Aspects of Health Law 3
IPE 3500 Health Care Systems and Health Promotion 3
XXXXFine Arts Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
IPE 4200 Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics 3
 Credits16
Year Three
Fall
BLS 4510 Medical Microbiology 4
HIM 4750 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine 3
HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3700 Research Methods 3
Critical course:  PHYS 1220
PHYS 1235
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
 Credits18
Spring
HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
Critical course:  PHYS 1240
PHYS 1255
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
MRI 4340 Clinical MRI and Image Production I 3
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
XXXX Literature Elective 3
 Credits17
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I 6
MRI 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4345 Clinical MRI & Imaging Production II 3
 Credits18
Spring
MRI 4420 Emerging Technologies 2
MRI 4700 MRI Clinical Practicum II 10
MRI 4750 MRI Clinical Practicum Senior Seminar 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits15
 Total Credits134

Program Notes

Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will proceed directly into SLU’s graduate-level PA program.

Second Baccalaureate Degree Track

Prerequisite Courses
College Algebra3
Principles of Chemistry I & II8
General Physics I & II8
Anatomy and Physiology I & II8
Medical Ethics3
Oral and Written Communication Elective3
Theology3
Total Credits36

Courses to Be Taken at Saint Louis University

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I 6
MRI 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4340 Clinical MRI and Image Production I 3
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
 Credits21
Spring
MRI 4420 Emerging Technologies 2
MRI 4700 MRI Clinical Practicum II 10
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits14
 Total Credits35

Program Notes

Successful completion of this program leads to a second baccalaureate degree in magnetic resonance imaging. This option is for a student who already possesses a bachelor’s degree and is motivated to become a practicing magnetic resonance technologist.

To be considered for the second baccalaureate degree option, the applicant must have satisfactorily completed a baccalaureate degree, with a minimum GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale), including the prerequisite courses listed above.

The applicant must complete the application for the MRI program and submit official transcripts of prior college work through the SLU admission website at http://www.slu.edu

The applicant must show satisfactory evidence of good character and physical ability to perform functions of magnetic resonance technologists. All applicants must meet the professional performance and technical standards required by the profession. Students must also successfully complete a drug screen and criminal background check prior to the start of clinical rotations.

Application to the program is via a competitive application process with admission granted on a space-available basis. The selection process includes a personal interview for qualified applicants.

Selection Factors — Among the parameters considered by the selection committee are: 

  • Applicant’s academic potential as evidenced by previous performance in college
  • Specific motivation toward pursuit of a health care profession
  • Evidence of sound judgment
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Job shadowing of a magnetic resonance imaging department is highly recommended

Apply for Admission

Contact Doisy College of Health Sciences:
Julie Miller
Recruitment Specialist
314-977-2570
dchs@health.slu.edu