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FAQ:  Frequently Asked Questions for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program at KSU Salem

Prospective students are encouraged to read the Information/Application packet found on the KSU Salem website that provides all of the information about the MRI program. 

What are the minimum requirements for admission into the program?

  • Graduation from a radiologic technology, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy program.
  • Certified by the ARRT or the NMTCB.
  • Successful completion of Modeling Algebra or Algebra for Calculus.
  • Successful completion of Anatomy and Physiology or Structure and Function.
  • Successful completion of Fundamentals of Chemistry.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 from the most recent education record. It is strongly recommended that a perspective student make an advising appointment with the program director to discuss these requirements.

How long is the MRI program?

The MRI program is three semesters in length (fall spring, and summer) but is part of the Bachelor of Radiologic &  Imaging Sciences degree  program.  Students admitted into the program are permitted to complete the MRI  courses, take the ARRT MRI certification exam and then complete the general course requirements for graduation.

When are the MRI campus and clinical classes held?

The MRI campus courses are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the fall semester and on Tuesday afternoon and evenings and Thursday evenings in the spring semester. The MRI clinical courses must be completed during two days during each week of the fall, spring and summer  semesters. These days may vary depending on the clinical site.

Are the MRI courses full time?

The MRI courses require a full time academic schedule in the fall and spring semesters of the program and part  time in the summer semester.

What general courses are required for the program? 

Kent Core: Students must complete the Kent Core of courses to complete the Bachelor of Radiologic and  Imaging Sciences degree.  See the KSU Undergraduate Catalog for a list of courses.  These include: English Composition (6 hours), Math (3-4 hours), Humanities and Fine Arts (9 hours),  Social Sciences (6 hours), Basic Sciences (6 hours) and Additional Kent Core courses (6 hours)  Diversity Courses:  One global and one domestic diversity course are required  Upper Division Electives:  9 hours of upper division electives at the junior (30,000) and/or senior  (40,000 level) in  any subject are required for graduation.

Is there a waiting list?

We do not have a waiting list.  If students are not accepted the first year, they must reapply each year.  It is beneficial to the student to seek advisement from the program director.

How are students selected?

Depending on the number of students applying to the MRI program, students are selected based on their grades in  math, sciences and in medical imaging courses.

What are the clinical education sites associated with the program?

These may include Alliance Community Hospital, East Liverpool City Hospital, Robinson Memorial  Hospital  (Ravenna), Salem Community Hospital, St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman and Youngstown, St. Joseph  Health Center (Warren), and Trumbull Memorial Hospital (Warren). Some Akron hospitals are included.  Students attend one clinical site for the duration of the program.  The program attempts to place students close  to home however this may not always be possible.

Transfer courses

For students transferring in courses from other universities or colleges, please go to this website to look for course transfer information: