Healthcare professionals who hold credentials and work in such fields as radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or sonography may now be eligible to earn a certificate in magnetic resonance online through Ivy Tech Community College.

Individuals who earn the certificate will be eligible to take board exams to earn the magnetic resonance (MR) credential, to work in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) field. Certificate coursework has been recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.


The certificate is one of few short-term MR training options in Indiana and the surrounding region.


“Ivy Tech’s program is offered completely online for the instructive component and can be completed in less than one year, or three semesters,” said Melanie Castle, Ivy Tech assistant professor of medical imaging. “The training is designed for credentialed technologists who wish to potentially earn higher salaries by becoming MR board-certified.”


To be eligible to enroll in the program, individuals must hold one of the following credentials: certification and registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, or sonography.

Registration through one of the following is also accepted: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.


Individuals in the field may be interested in the MR program because credentialed technologists in more than one modality are highly sought after by healthcare employers.


“We value our partnerships with our local educational institutions, and are always excited to learn of any new offerings that foster the development of our associates,” said Gale Wilson, Union Hospital imaging services system director.


The MR certificate is financial aid eligible and requires students to complete 18-24 credit hours depending on their need for clinical experience. Students who are already employed in the field may be able to count their employment toward clinical requirements.


“In order to fulfill the clinical training requirement, Ivy Tech will also help students find placement at clinical sites if needed, at locations throughout the U.S.,” said Castle.


Classes begin each semester and the next round of classes starts in June. There is no enrollment cap on online courses, but enrollment space is limited for clinical classes.


To learn more about eligibility requirements, contact Melanie Castle at or 812-298-2376.

To sign up, individuals must apply and enroll at Ivy Tech Community College and also apply and be admitted to the MR program. Apply online at Find the MRI program application at and click “Terre Haute” under “Locations.”