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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, as well as an intensive MRI curriculum that includes over 1,100 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 a registered MRI technologist/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 functions of 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 departments that are short-staffed for a period of time. These technologists travel regularly, 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. The median annual wage is $74,690, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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 moved to 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 and seniors.
  • 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, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.

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 see Additional Accreditation Information.

View Additional Accreditation Information 

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
4
CHEM 1080
CHEM 1085
Principles of Chemistry 1 Lecture
and Principles of Chemistry 1 Lab
4
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
ENGL 2xxx Literature3
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 Methods3
IPE 1100Introduction to Interprofessional Health Care1
IPE 3500Health Care Systems and Health Promotion3
IPE 4200Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice3
MATH 1200College Algebra3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
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 Psychology3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Fine Art (Cultural Studies, Art, Dance, Music, Theater)3
2XXXTheology Elective3
XXXXGeneral Elective3
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 Production3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI & Image Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Advanced and Emerging Technology3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits122

Pre-Medicine Track

Foundation
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
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
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
HIM 4750Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine3
ENGL 2xxx Literature3
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
IPE 3500Health Care Systems and Health Promotion3
IPE 4200Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
MATH 1510Calculus I4
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
PHIL 2050Ethics3
PHYS 1310College Physics I3
PHYS 1320College Physics I Laboratory1
PHYS 1330College Physics II3
PHYS 1340College Physics II Laboratory1
PSY 1010General Psychology3
SOC 1100Introduction to Sociology3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Fine Art (Cultural Studies, Art, Dance, Music, Theater)3
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 Production3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI and Image Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Advanced and Emerging Technology3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits135

Pre-Physician Assistant and PA Scholar Track

Foundation
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
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
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
ENGL 2xxx Literature3
HIM 4750Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine3
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
IPE 3500Health Care Systems and Health Promotion3
IPE 4200Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
MATH 1320Survey of Calculus3
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
PHIL 2050Ethics3
PHYS 1220General Physics I (with Lab)4
PHYS 1240General Physics II (with Lab)4
PSY 1010General Psychology3
SOC 1100Introduction to Sociology3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Fine Art (Cultural Studies, Art, Dance, Music, Theater)3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI 4300MRI Clinical Practicum I3
MRI 4310Physical Principles3
MRI 4320Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology3
MRI 4330Instrumentation and Quality Analysis3
MRI 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI and Image Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Advanced and Emerging Technology3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits135

2+2 Option for Students with Associate Degree in Radiography

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

Core and ElectivesUp to 28
Transfer Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
Biology I with Lab4
College Algebra3
Composition and Rhetoric I3
Composition and Rhetoric II3
General Psychology3
Medical Terminology3
Professional Communication3
Sociology3
Foundation
CHEM 1080
CHEM 1085
Principles of Chemistry 1 Lecture
and Principles of Chemistry 1 Lab
4
HIM 4750Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine3
HSCI 3200Aspects of Health Law3
HSCI 3700Research Methods3
IPE 3500Health Care Systems and Health Promotion3
IPE 4200Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
MATH 1320Survey of Calculus3
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI 4300MRI Clinical Practicum I3
MRI 4310Physical Principles3
MRI 4320Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology3
MRI 4330Instrumentation and Quality Analysis3
MRI 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI and Image Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Advanced and Emerging Technology3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits101-129

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
Principles Chemistry II 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 I3
MRI 4310Physical Principles3
MRI 4320Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology3
MRI 4330Instrumentation and Quality Analysis3
MRI 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production5
MRI 4345Clinical MRI and Image Production II3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety3
MRI 4420Advanced and Emerging Technology3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar1
MRI 4960Capstone in MRI2
Total Credits131

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
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
IPE 1100 Introduction to Interprofessional Health Care 1
MATH 1200 College Algebra 3
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
 Credits14
Spring
MATH 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers 3
MATH 1320 Survey of Calculus 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
ENGL 2XXX-3XXXLiterature Elective 3
XXXXElective 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
IPE 3500 Health Care Systems and Health Promotion 3
PHYS 1220
PHYS 1235
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
 Credits14
Spring
HSCI 2100 Health Care Management 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics 3
PHYS 1240
PHYS 1255
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
XXXXFine Arts Elective 3
 Credits16
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 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 3
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
THEO 2XXXTheology Elective 3
 Credits16
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300MRI 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 4345Clinical MRI & Image Production II 3
 Credits18
Spring
MRI 4420 Advanced and Emerging Technology 3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II 10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits16
 Total Credits122

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
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 1510 Calculus I 4
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
 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
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
MATH 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers 3
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 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
IPE 3500 Health Care Systems and Health Promotion 3
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology 3
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
IPE 4200 Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics 3
XXXXLiterature Elective 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 3
Critical course:  PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
 Credits17
Spring
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 4340Clinical MRI and Image Production I 3
MRI 4350Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
XXXXFine Arts Elective 3
 Credits17
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300MRI 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 4345Clinical and MRI Image Production II 3
 Credits18
Spring
MRI 4420 Advanced and Emerging Technology 3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum II 10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits16
 Total Credits135

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
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
Critical course:  HSCI 3300
HSCI 3310
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSCI 3700 Research Methods 3
PHYS 1220 General Physics I (Critical course:  and lab) 4
 Credits18
Spring
Critical course:  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 5
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
XXXX Literature Elective 3
 Credits19
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I 1
MRI 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI and Image Production II 3
 Credits13
Spring
MRI 4420 Advanced and Emerging Technology 3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum III 10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits16
 Total Credits132

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
PHYS 1220 General Physics I (Critical course:  with Lab) 4
 Credits18
Spring
HSCI 3400
HSCI 3410
Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II
and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
4
PHYS 1240 General Physics II (Critical course:  with Lab) 4
MRI 4340 Clinical MRI and Image Production 5
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
XXXX Literature Elective 3
 Credits19
Year Four
Fall
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I 1
MRI 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4345Clinical MRI and Image Production II 3
 Credits13
Spring
MRI 4420 Advanced and Emerging Technology 3
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum III 10
MRI 4750Senior Seminar 1
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
 Credits16
 Total Credits132

Program Notes

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

2+2 Option for Students with Associate Degree in Radiography

Core and ElectivesUp to 28
Transfer Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I4
Anatomy and Physiology II4
Biology I4
College Algebra3
Composition and Rhetoric I3
Composition and Rhetoric II3
General Psychology3
Medical Terminology3
Professional Communication3
Sociology3
Classes to Be Taken and Completed at Saint Louis University
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
HIM 4750Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine3
HSCI 3200Aspects of Health Law3
HSCI 3700Research Methods3
IPE 3500Health Care Systems and Health Promotion3
IPE 4200Applied Decision-Making in Interprofessional Practice3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
MATH 1320Survey of Calculus3
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Curriculum43
Total Credits107-135

Program Notes

Selection for student admission is on a space-available basis, and final acceptance decision is made by the magnetic resonance imaging program director.

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 4310 Physical Principles 3
MRI 4300 MRI Clinical Practicum I 1
MRI 4320 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
MRI 4330 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis 3
MRI 4340 Clinical MRI and Image Production 5
MRI 4350 Patient Care and MRI Safety 3
 Credits18
Spring
MRI 4420 Advanced and Emerging Technology 3
MRI 4960 Capstone in MRI 2
MRI 4700MRI Clinical Practicum III 10
 Credits15
 Total Credits33

Program Notes

This 12-month program is identical to the senior year of the degree option. Successful completion 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 in 12-months.

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 professional year and submit official transcripts of prior college work through the SLU admission website at http://www.slu.edu. The application deadline is Aug. 1.

The applicant must show satisfactory evidence of good character and physical ability to perform functions of Magnetic Resonance Technologist. 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 the professional year.

Application to the 12-month option 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

For additional admission questions please contact:
Julie Miller
Recruitment Specialist
314-977-2570
dchs@health.slu.edu