To become an MRI technician, obtain an associate's degree, complete a two-year MRI certification program, undergo on-site training and obtain the professional license required by your state. This process takes about five years.
- Obtain a college degree
Complete an associate's degree or higher in radiologic technology or a related field. Obtaining a more advanced degree increases future earning potential and makes one a more attractive candidate for prospective employers.
- Choose an MRI certification program
Choose an MRI certification program that includes on-the-job training and mentorship opportunities. Before enrolling, verify that the certification program is approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology or the Commission on Accreditation of the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists. Some programs are endorsed by both organizations.
- Fulfill your state's credential requirements
Learn your state's laws regarding licensing and credentials for MRI technicians. If you wish to obtain national certification, apply to a credential program administered by the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists. Nationally certified MRI technologists are permitted to work in all states.
- Participate in continuing education programs
Meet your state's continuing education requirements to maintain your professional license and credentials. Continuing education activities include classes, seminars and clinical training sessions.