National Credential
Credential: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT)

The American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist recognizes individuals who are qualified as specialists and who promote high standards of patient care and safety in the diagnostic medical imaging modality of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology including: interventional MRI, cardiovascular MRI, functional MRI, and MRI breast imaging. Certification is open to qualified technologists in all imaging fields who have documented MRI clinical experience and/or formal education completed through schools dedicated to MRI technologists. Candidates may demonstrate qualifications by being a graduate of an ARMRIT approved Certification or Degree program that includes at least 1,000 hours of Documented MRI clinical training; through experience in another medical imaging modality or allied health field with at least 1,000 hours of documented MRI clinical experience; by having four years or 6,240 hours of documented full-time MRI clinical experience; or by possessing a Bachelor Degree and one-year (1700 hours) of full-time MRI work experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68P Radiology Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted M5 Nuclear Medicine Specialist ASI other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 6240 hours
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT)
8815 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose, NY  11426
Phone: (718) 347-8690
Fax: (718) 347-8691
Email: armrit@msn.com

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

Option 1: Candidate must be a graduate of an ARMRIT approved certification or degree Magnetic Resonance Imaging program, that includes at least 1,000 hours of documented MRI clinical training.

Option 2: Candidates from another Medical Imaging modality or Allied Health Field must have at least 1,000 hours of documented MRI clinical experience such as:

  • Cardio Vascular Technologist (CVT)
  • EEG Technologists who perform Electro- encephalograms
  • Electro-Physiology and Evoked Potential studies
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Medical Assistants with Diploma & 1 yr. experience
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists certified by the NMTCB or ARRT
  • Nurses (RN, LPN, LVN)
  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Radiographers certified by the ARRT, LRT, CRT or State license.
  • Surgical Technician with National Certification.
  • Ultrasonographers certified by the ARDMS or CCI

Option 3: Candidate with On-Job-Training must provide proof of four (4) years or 6,240 hours of documented full-time MRI clinical experience.

Option 4: Candidate must possess a Bachelor Degree and one-year (1700 hours) of full-time MRI work experience.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must adhere to the Code of Ethics set forth by the ARMRIT Board of Directors.
  • Candidates must stay active in the MRI profession.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

  • MR Physics
    • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Physics
    • Tissue Characteristics
    • Electromagnetism
  • Clinical Applications
    • Pulse Sequences
    • Image Parameters
    • Spatial Localization
    • Image Quality
    • Enhancement Agents
    • Types of MR Magnets
    • Coils and Peripheral Equipment
  • Section III
    • Bioeffects, Safety, and Patient Care
    • MR Cross-sectional Anatomy

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist credential has the following recertification information:

  • All Certified MRI Technologists are required to renew their certification every three year and must submit evidence of eight (8) Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits per year for a total of twenty-four (24) CME credits in MRI Technology as awarded by the AHRA, ACCME, AMA, ASRT or other qualified CME granting organization. CME credits must be derived from topics related to Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology and/or MRI patient care and safety.