Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Associate of Applied Science

If you are detail-oriented, appreciate technology, and enjoy working with people, a career as a MRI Technologist may be the perfect career for you. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Associate of Applied Science Degree Program at High Desert Medical College (HDMC) is a great way to get trained. Our program prepares you for an MRI career with a program involving classroom theory, lab procedures, externship and online learning for general education requirements.


Applicants who are interested in the MRIAAS, UTAAS or CSAAS program, at our Lancaster campus, are encouraged to attend an Imaging Information Session to understand the requirements, admission process, and details about each program. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

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High Desert Medical College utilizes Corsmed technology as part of our training program. The Corsmed MRI Simulator can simulate everything that happens within the MRI scanner offering state-of-the-art educational modules that complement students’ training by providing remote hands-on ultrasound training, real-patient scanning cases and pathologies, didactic instruction, and assessment.


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The MRI AAS program is designed to enable students to develop enhanced critical thinking skills, greater scientific knowledge, and quality verbal/written communication skills, becoming more well rounded professionals and more qualified job candidates.

The MRI AAS program has a hybrid-online format, combining theory coursework, hands-on training, and an externship in order to provide students with critical real-world experience. The MRI AAS has a total program length of 115 weeks with General Education courses 100% online.

Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) degree and will be prepared to immediately enter into entry-level positions in the field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth in the radiologic and MRI technologists field projecting a growth at a rate of 6% annually through 2031. Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Most states require radiologic technologists to be licensed or certified, but few states require licensure for MRI technologists. Regardless of state requirements, employers typically require or prefer to hire technologists who are certified.

MRI AAS degree courses include:
    AAS Degree Courses:
  • Medical Terminology
  • MRI Physics
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • MRI Musculoskeletal
  • Clinical Externship

  • Total MRI AAS Program Length: 115 weeks
  • Semester Credit Hours: 105.33
  • Total Clock Hours: 2,460
  • Classroom Hours: 1,230
  • Online Hours: 270
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 960
  • Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science, Magnetic Resonance Imaging degree
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