Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) procedures play an important role in diagnosing diseases and injuries. Although a radiologist reviews MRI results, as a technologist you’re responsible for obtaining the best images possible. Your patients might be in pain or distress, or they might feel claustrophobic. You’ll provide support while talking patients through the procedure and letting them know what to expect. 

As an MRI technologist, you’ll work with radiologists to play an important role on the patient’s medical team. MRI is a rewarding field, and you’ll learn and grow as technology advances. 


To earn credentials in MRI using the postprimary pathway, you must maintain compliance with the ARRT Standards of Ethics and fulfill additional requirements in structured education, clinical experience, and examination. You must also meet a supporting discipline prerequisite. For MRI, you must first be certified and registered in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, or Sonography. Your Nuclear Medicine Technology credentials may be through ARRT or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). Your Sonography credentials may be through ARRT or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). 

To get started, review these important MRI documents:

  • Postprimary Eligibility Pathway Handbook
  • Structured Education Requirements—through January 31, 2025
  • Structured Education Requirements—effective February 1, 2025
  • Clinical Experience Requirements
  • Examination Content Specifications—through January 31, 2025
  • Examination Content Specifications—effective February 1, 2025
  • Task Inventory—through January 31, 2025
  • Task Inventory—effective February 1, 2025

    Next, use our online tool:

    Our online postprimary tool will guide you through completing and logging your clinical experience and structured education activities

    Once you’ve finished those steps, you’ll be ready to apply online—and soon after that, you can schedule your exam.


    Earning a postprimary credential is challenging, yet very rewarding. If you have questions along the way, we’re here to help. Take a look at our postprimary FAQssend us a message, or call us for more information. 

    You can also earn an MRI credential from ARRT using the primary pathway