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Special Imaging (MRI & CT)

Computed Tomography / Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Program Overviews:

Special Imaging technologists work in a highly specialized field operating sophisticated imaging equipment. They provide detailed cross-sectional images of the human body, assisting physicians with quality patient diagnosis and treatment.

Students have the option to take both CT and MRI together as a single 12-month (four quarters) program, or the CT or MRI alone as an individual 6-month (two quarters) program.  Any option results in the student receiving a University certificate in the modality of choice.

  • Any option is a full-time, 40 hour-per-week program, which includes didactic and clinical experience.
  • Clinical involves four (4), eight (8) hour days per week.
  • Classes are scheduled for one day per week and may require the student to be on campus. There are no arrangements for part-time or evening status. 
  • Students will experience hands on training in their chosen modality.

Program Brochures

CT BrochureMRI Brochure

Both programs have distance education options available, depending on your location.  Please contact the program director for details.

State Distance Education Restrictions

Program Outcomes

  • Be knowledgeable professionals in their field of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership and critical thinking in all areas of CT and/or MRI scanning.
  • Behave with ethical standards as a professional CT and/or MRI technologist.
  • Positively interact and communicate with patients, department personnel, and professional staff.
  • Maintain skills and knowledge by interacting with fellow professionals, attending educational conferences, and staying current with changing technology.

Student Profile

  • Technologists looking to further their careers, enhance their skill set, and provide much-needed diagnostic services for patients.
  • Enthusiastic applicants interested in maintaining high standards of academics, clinical performance, and patient care.
  • Technologists who possess a broad knowledge of human anatomy and strong computer skills.
  • Transcripts should reflect strong grades in science and related courses.
  • Detail-orientated professionals who are able to work under pressure with critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • The applicant should submit meaningful recommendations from prior teachers, work supervisors, or health professionals who are knowledgeable about his/her qualifications.
  • We accept applicants who are completing a program in Radiologic technology prior to the start of our program as long as they have their ARRT, CRT, and CPR by our program start date.

Program Requirements

  • Current ARRT Registry in Radiography (R) by program start date.
  • Current California (CRT) license by program start date.
  • Current CPR Card with the American Heart Association by program start date.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all didactic and clinical coursework. Each student must complete all clinical requirements and class work, including assignments, quizzes, and exams.
  • Venipuncture is highly recommended but can be provided in the program.
  • Current required vaccinations by program start date.

Observation Experience

Print the special imaging forms: 

CT Form  |   MRI Form

A minimum of twelve (12) hours of career observation is required per modality.

Total Hour Requirements:

•    CT Only – 12 hours
•    MRI Only – 12 Hours
•    CT/MRI Combined – 24 hours (12 hours in each modality).

Apply online

To begin the Admissions process, please review our special imaging program information here on our website and then schedule an advising appointment with the program director.

Refer to the School of Allied Health Profession's Admissions Information and complete an online application to the special imaging program of your choice.

Application Periods

Applications for CT and MRI open January 1st. The first deadline is May 1st for all program options.  These accepted applicants will start in the Fall Quarter.   After the May 1st deadline, LLU will continue to accept applications for the MRI-only applicants until December 1st.

MRI-only applicants who wish to start in the Spring Quarter, the application enrollment period is July 1- December 1.


Interviews for January 1st through May 1st applicants are conducted in June.
Interviews for July 1st thorough December 1st applicants are conducted in January. 

All qualified applicants will be interviewed by the program director and representatives of the School of Allied Health Professions. If you reside in Southern California you should plan for a personal interview. You will be notified by phone or e-mail of your interview date and time.  Due to the limited number of interview dates/times, you will be assigned an interview slot, and you should plan around your interview as alternate dates/times are not available.
Interviews for MRI applicants who apply between May 2nd and Dec 1st will be held in January.

All special Imaging applicants are rated in the following areas:

  1. Work experience or training background
  2. Recommendations
  3. Academic background
  4. Communication skills
  5. Knowledge of profession and program
  6. Professionalism
  7. Motivation

Selection of Applicants

After all qualified applicants have been interviewed, the selection committee for the program meets to make the final selections. Selections are usually decided by the end of June (for January 1st through May 1st applicants) and confirmation of each decision is mailed to the respective applicant from the Office of Admissions for the School of Allied Health Professions. May 2nd through Dec 1st applicants will be notified in early February.

Financial Information

The Special Imaging program is full-time for each quarter. The cost for the program is subject to change. Since this is a certificate program, financial aid is not available for the CT or MRI certificate programs. Please contact the Student Financial Aid Office at (909) 558-4509 if you have specific questions.

This program qualifies for VA tuition benefits.  Visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov for details

Financial Information

Estimated Program Cost Sheet

Important Program Financial Disclosure

Background Checks

Students are required to have a background check.  This will be performed by Loma Linda upon admission to the program. The cost of the background check is the student's responsibility.

Course Schedule

Access our course schedules by choosing the special imaging program and quarter of choice.

Contact Us

Kate Cockrill       Kate Cockrill, BA, RT (R) (MR)
Special Imaging Program Director
kcockrill@llu.edu (Email Preferred)

Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Department of Radiation Technology
NH A829
Loma Linda CA 92350
(909) 558-4931