Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

MRI Internship

The intern must be enrolled in or have completed the necessary University of Iowa MR online coursework in order to begin the clinical internship offered at MMC-NI.

Proof of the enrollment must be present the first day of the internship to proceed.  If the student should drop their online classes, they will not be permitted to continue with clinicals.

Applicants must be graduates of a JRCERT accredited radiography program or submit proof of enrollment in a radiography program at the interview.

Intern will need to comply with items stated in the MMC-NI self-directed learning contract, which includes the expectation to take the ARRT registry examination at the conclusion of the internship.

Internship Costs:

No fee; it is an unpaid position.  The U of I online courses cost approximately $800-1,000 per course.  There are additional U of I courses the intern could elect to take and may need to take if pursuing a U of I Bachelor's degree.

U of I Online Coursework – visit Online CT, CVI and MRI Courses for full information

676:100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (3 sh) – offered all 3 terms
674:110 Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist (3 sh) – 2015 offered Spr/Summer only
674:120 MRI Procedures I (4 sh) – FALL only
674:140 MRI Acquisition and Principles I (3 sh) – FALL only
                                                                      Total: 13 s.h.
676:110 CT/MRI Pathology (3 sh)  Optional; unless degree-seeking – Spring only
674:130 MRI Procedures II, Optional; unless degree-seeking – Spring only
674:150 MRI Acquisition and Principles II, Optional; unless degree-seeking – Spring only

2016 ARRT changes:  minimum of 16 hours of coursework prior to registry examination.

Non-Degree Seeking opportunity:  Classes available through the U of I’s Center for Credit Programs’ Distance Education (division of Continuing Education).
Visit to sign up for courses.

Degree-Seeking opportunity:  University of Iowa B.S. Radiation Sciences

If intern wishes to seek a Bachelor’s degree in conjunction with the internship there are other qualifications, applications and fees at the U of I.  Our clinical internship would NOT transfer to the U of I to fulfill the B.S. elective requirements (but the online coursework may).  Contact Jenny Maiers (319) 353-9110  / 319-353-8388,  Email: or visit for more information on BS degree

Application Deadline:  Due by March 30 for the following summer start date. 

Selection Criteria:
Promising applicants are invited for personal interviews with the Admissions Committee.  The Admission Committee considers all aspects of each applicant's record and offers admission to the best-qualified individuals. Positive applicant attributes include maturity, previous MRI experience, an aptitude for academic achievement, strong attendance history/records, customer-service focus, knowledge of and motivation toward a career in MRI.

MMC-NI does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference.

Internship Costs:
No fee; it is an unpaid position

Miscellaneous Costs:

  • Background check – approximately $15 (Human Resources)
  • Current TB test – approximately $15 at County Public Health Office or can do it an your physicians office but cost is variable depending on your health insurance coverage
  • Pre-employment physical – approximately $125 (Healthworks)
  • Drug Screen collection and processing fee – approximately $40 (Healthworks)
  • BLS course fee, if not current
  • Mandatory reporting course fee, if not current
  • Professional liability insurance (  approximately $50-100/year

The intern must provide proof of the following documentation prior to starting the internship:

  • ARRT certification (upon radiography graduation)
  • MRI Safety Checklist (to include: no pacemakers, certain implanted devices, hearing aids or prosthetics that could be affected by the magnetic field)
  • Professional liability insurance through ASRT-endorsed Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO)
  • Completed AGO (Alternative General Orientation) if new or returning to the organization
  • Immunizations, including current TB test
  • Cleared background check
  • Cleared drug screen
  • Cleared pre-employment physical
  • BLS and Mandatory Reporting Certification
  • Completion of U of I courses: Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Science and Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist
  • IDPH Permit to Practice may also be necessary if offered/accept a PRN MRI position prior to passing MRI registry

Clinical Start Date:  between July & August  (1 intern)  

Clinical Length:  Minimum of 6 months, average 8 months, not to exceed 9 months.

Clinical Hours:  32 hrs/week with one day off to allow time for personal appointments, coursework, etc. 

Schedules to be determined by MRI supervisor to ensure best opportunities to secure needed ARRT exams.  Hours will typically vary between 7:30-4 and 8-4:30 Monday-Friday. 

Intern will be required to follow and be in compliance with Mercy attendance policies.

Personal time:
Up to 5 days allowed.  If additional time is needed, it will be added on to the minimum length of the program.

Financial assistance:

  • CENT Credit Union may offer low-interest rate student loans. Call 424-2368 to inquire.
  • X-ray student loan payments to the Mercy Credit Union may be deferred if provided proper documentation of the internship 
  • Potential Financial Aid through U of I if decide you are ‘degree-seeking’. 

Potential course sequencing for the 2nd year x-ray student planning to start Summer internship after graduation:

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Spring (Jan-May)

Summer (June-Aug)

Fall (Aug-Dec)




120, 140, Mercy Clinicals



100, 110

120, 140, Mercy Clinicals

We do not recommend more than 2 courses (6-7 s.h.) during the Clinical portion.

Spring term of Internship

Finish Mercy Internship Clinicals
676:110  CT/MRI Pathology if degree-seeking
674:130 MRI Procedures II  if degree-seeking
674:150 MRI Acquisition & Principles II if degree-seeking

For further information contact:
Mindy Mutschler – (641) 428-6079 or