Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Application Deadline

February 1st is the priority deadline. Applications accepted through May 31st.

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If you have questions about this website or need additional information about MRI, contact the Allied Health Department at 785-670-2170 or 785-670-2176.

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The prerequisite for admission to the MR Program follows the ARRT guidelines for post-primary certification. An applicant may be registry-eligible (currently enrolled in an applicable education program). However, the applicant must have attained registration status in the applicable area prior to the start of the MR Program. Another avenue for admission is to hold a current registration in radiography, radiation therapy, sonography or nuclear medicine. Sonography registration may be through either the ARRT or ARDMS. Nuclear medicine registration may be held with either the ARRT or NMTCB.

Out-of-State Admissions Application Disclaimer

The admission of students into a Washburn University degree or certificate program offered online or at sites outside of Kansas is contingent upon the University’s compliance with any applicable regulations or laws enacted by those states in which the students reside.  The University is reviewing the regulations imposed by other states in which our current students reside to determine their applicability and the feasibility of complying with such regulations in the future.  

Note: not all states allow an affiliation with Washburn University including, but not limited to, California and New York. 

To finish the application process, a student must complete the following: 

1.  Apply to Washburn University:
  • Complete the Washburn University "degree seeking" application (see link on MRI Home Page). 
  • Click on the “APPLY NOW” button.
  • Click “First time user account creation” at the bottom of the page to access the Washburn University application form.
  • As part of the online application to Washburn University, students will have the opportunity to declare a major/degree. Applicants should declare the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree with a major in Medical Imaging as well as a Certificate for the Magnetic Resonance program.
  • Apply for the semester you are intending to begin the program. (i.e. Fall 20__)
  • Acceptance into Washburn University does not guarantee acceptance into the Magnetic Resonance Program.  
2.  Apply to the Magnetic Resonance Program:
  • Magnetic Resonance Application: Please print, complete as directed, and attach the stated documents of national registration (ARRT, etc.) and a current CPR card. Mail the application to: Jera Roberts, Washburn University, Magnetic Resonance Program, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621.
3.  Submit Official Academic Transcripts:
  • Mail to the Admission’s Office. Official transcripts are required from each college you have attended.  
Primary Deadline:

February 1st is the deadline for priority admission. Applications continue to be accepted through May 31st for part-time or full-time enrollment. Since clinical education is a component of this program, time must be allotted for the affiliation process with an MR facility for fall and spring semesters.  

Acceptance from both the program and acceptance at a clinical site is required prior to a student beginning the program as a full-time student. Individuals will be notified by email of acceptance or non-acceptance by the Program Coordinator. Enrollment information will be sent in mid-April, along with an information packet containing the appropriate forms. 


Additional Program Information: 

Clinical Experience Site

You are responsible for finding an MR facility for clinical, since you know the health care facilities in your geographical area. Go to the section titled “Affiliate Information Packet” under the Magnetic Resonance menu options. Give this packet to any potential clinical sites and then they should contact the Program Coordinator with further questions. An affiliation agreement must be signed between the MR facility and Washburn University, so that you are covered by liability insurance.  

Background Checks 

Successful completion of the Magnetic Resonance Therapy program requires participation in clinical education for two semesters. Students can only be placed in clinical experience after a background check, at their expense, has been completed which discloses they do not present a criminal history of:

  1. Convictions of laws regulating controlled substances; *
  2. Convictions, at the felony level of crimes, as defined under Kansas Criminal Code (K.S.A. 21-3101 et seq.) and amendments thereto, which are crimes against persons, crimes against property, or sex offenses.
  3. Conviction of an offense requiring registry as a sex offender under the Kansas Offender Registry Act or any federal, military or other state law requiring registry; 
  4. Conviction, at the felony level of crimes, involving moral turpitude which include but are not limited to: perjury, bribery, embezzlement, theft, and misuse of public funds. 
Essential Functions

Students must sign magnetic resonance essential functions declaring their ability to perform efficiently in the clinical setting. 

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for the student to have during clinical education.  Proof of coverage must be provided to the Program Coordinator at the beginning of the school year. The University offers coverage for the student, student and spouse or child, and family at a reasonable cost.  Call 1-800-245-0486 to obtain further details. 

Physical Exam 

A physical exam with documentation of immunizations is mandatory before beginning the clinical experience in Fall Semester.  A physical form will be included in the mid-April packet sent via email. 


 CPR certification is mandatory.  Proof of current CPR certification must be submitted prior to the stated deadline and the certification shall be maintained through the duration of the program.  The student is responsible for the cost, if any, for CPR certification. 

Liability Insurance

 Washburn University carries liability insurance on the student during his/her clinical experience attendance, as part of the tuition fee.  

Students will furnish their own transportation to and from clinical experience facilities.



All courses in the Magnetic Resonance Program are accessed through internet.  Each student is responsible to purchase or have access to a computer on a regular basis and have internet service.  For recommended system requirements, see Online Education Support.


The MR Certificate Program is designed to assist technologists or registry-eligible technologists in meeting the criteria for post-primary certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). According to ARRT guidelines candidates for magnetic resonance certification must hold a current registration in radiography, radiation therapy, sonography or nuclear medicine. Sonography registration may be through either the ARRT or ARDMS. Nuclear medicine registration may be held with either the ARRT or NMTCB. 

Current content specifications for the ARRT examination in magnetic resonance (implemented January 2013) are presented:

  • Patient care – 30 questions
  • Imaging procedures – 62 questions
  • Data acquisition and processing – 65 questions
  • Physical principles of image formation – 43 questions
  • Total of 200 questions

In addition to current professional registration (discussed above), the ARRT also requires all candidates for certification to document satisfactory performance of a minimum number of repetitions of clinical procedures. The clinical performance must be completed within the 24-month period (or less) immediately before submitting the application for certification. Please visit the ARRT web site for more specific information involving eligibility requirements.