Special Imaging CT and MRI — Certificates

Program director
Kate Cockrill

Clinical coordinator
Kate Cockrill

Overview of program

Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists work in a highly specialized field operating sophisticated computerized tomography equipment. This technology provides detailed cross-sectional images of the human body—assisting physicians with quality patient diagnosis and treatment. These full-time programs are scheduled as follow:

CT—six-month certificate program completed in two quarters (Autumn and Winter). An additional quarter of clinic may be available to students who have not met program requirements, at the discretion of the program director in collaboration with the student.

MRI—six-month certificate program that requires two quarters beginning Spring Quarter or Autumn Quarter. An additional quarter of clinic may be available to students who have not met program requirements, at the discretion of the program director in collaboration with the student. A nine-month, part-time option is available for qualified students. This three-quarter option begins in the Autumn Quarter. 

CT/MRI—twelve-month certificate program completed in four academic quarters (Autumn through Summer). An additional quarter of clinic may be available to students who have not met program requirements, at the discretion of the program director in collaboration with the student. 

During the program, students take formal coursework along with clinical instruction. There are no arrangements for part-time or evening status. Clinical sites are available in a variety of regions in Southern California. However, the University cannot guarantee that the student will be placed close to their residence.

The program's load requires 40 hours per week, which includes didactic education and clinical experience. Clinical experience includes four, eight-hour days per week. Classes are scheduled for one day per week and may require the student to be on campus.

Students will be required to submit current immunization records and undergo a background check during the registration process. For information regarding immunizations, contact student health services at <http.//www.llu.edu/central/ssweb/index.page>. Students will be responsible for paying any fees associated with immunizations and background checks.

Loma Linda University and the Department of Radiation Technology cannot guarantee employment.

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Model the role of a special imaging professional;
  • Demonstrate leadership and critical thinking in all areas of CT and/or MRI scanning;
  • Behave according to 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.

The CT/MRI student profile

  • Enthusiastic and interested in maintaining high standards of academics, clinical performance, and patient care.
  • Possesses a broad knowledge of human anatomy and computer skills.
  • Demonstrates strong academic performance in science and related courses.
  • Detail-oriented and able to work under pressure, while demonstrating critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • Current ARRT registry in Radiography (R)*
  • Current California (CRT) license*
  • Current CPR card with the American Heart Association
  • A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 maintained in all didactic and clinical course work
  • Three recommendations from prior teachers, work supervisors, or health professionals who are knowledgeable about your qualifications
  • Observation experience—A minimum of twelve hours of career observation in each modality (CT and MRI) is required. The career observation form is available as a download from the website.
  • Venipuncture is highly recommended

* An applicant who is completing a program in radiologic technology prior to the start of the program may apply as long as they have completed ARRT, CRT, and CPR requirements by the program start date.

Applicants who are eligible to take the ARRT examination for certification but who have not had opportunity to do so are given provisional status for one quarter. Eligibility to continue is subject to student's obtaining certification. It should be understood that the University will not sign or validate registry documents of students who obtained their training in another program. 

Students interested in using CT and/MRI as part of their Bachelor of Science degree should review the Radiation Sciences , BS program. 

Application dates

  1. Applications are accepted starting January 1st of each year.
  2. Deadlines for applications are
    1. May 1 for CT-only applicants, MRI-only fall-start applicants, and CT/MRI combined applicants
    2. December 1 for MRI-only spring-start applicants
  3. Applicants should submit applications early since interview slots are limited.


CT and MRI interviews are conducted in July for fall-start applicants and January for MRI-only spring-start applicants. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the program director and representatives of the School of Allied Health Professions. Applicants residing in Southern California should plan for personal interviews on campus at Loma Linda. Applicants will be notified by telephone and/or email of their interview schedules. 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.  Applicants are rated in the following four areas:

  • Work experience or training background
  • Recommendations
  • Academic record
  • Communication skills, knowledge, and motivation.


After applicants have been interviewed, the selection committee for the CT and MRI Special Imaging Program meets to make final selections. Selections are usually decided by the middle of July for fall-start applicants and early February for spring-start applicants, and confirmation of each decision is mailed to the respective applicant from the Office of Admissions for the School of Allied Health Professions.

Special Imaging CT — Certificate

Special Imaging MRI — Certificate

Special Imaging CT/MRI — Certificate

Special Imaging — CT, MRI, and CT/MRI Comparison