Department of Radiology

Course Description

Six-Month Internships in MRI, a competency-based program, is a full-time internship that combines clinical with didactic information and is intended for those technologists who are serious about pursuing a career in MRI.

Course curricula & clinical competency follows guidelines of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) and the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT). The objective of the six-month internship is to provide the technologist with a firm understanding of the principles of MRI (the didactic) as well as clinical experience (the clinical practicum). Upon completion of this program the technologist will be prepared to pass the MR boards and gain employment in MRI.

The didactic portion will include five courses in cross-sectional anatomy, advanced clinical imaging, introduction to and intermediate physics, along with an intensive examination preparation class.

The clinical practicum includes 19 weeks or 665 hours of clinical imaging. Clinical rotations are completed at:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP):
    • Four 1.5T Siemens Espree
    • One 1.5T Siemens Avanto
    • Two 3T Siemens Trio
    • Two 1.5T Siemens Verio
    • One 1.5T Siemens Essenza
    • One 1.5T Siemens Sonata
    • One 3T Siemens Skyra
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP):
    • Three 1.5T Siemens systems
    • Two 3.0T Siemens Trio
  • Penn Medicine Radnor:
    • One 1.5T Signa Excite HD
  • Penn Medicine Valley Forge:
      • One 1.5T GE 450W
  • Penn Medicine Bucks County:
    • One 1.5T Siemens Espree

Course Dates

  • Fall Semester: September through February

General Internship Information

  • Schedule:
    The MRI Internship Program is a full-time program, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm (unless on clinical evening shift).
  • Tuition:
    $4,500 plus $150 technology fee ($500 deposit upon acceptance. The remainder is to be paid in monthly installments during the course of the program). Tuition assistance is the responsibility of the student. Tuition is subject to change.
  • Books:
    Books are the responsibility of the student.
  • Temporary housing:
    Housing can be found through the University of Pennsylvania's Office of Off-Campus Services, 215-898-8500 or visit

Contact Information

Radiologic Technologist Education
Darrell Carson
Coordinator, RT Education
Department of Radiology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-7825
Fax: 215-614-0330

MRI Internship Program
Anthony Festa, B.S., RT(MR)
Program Director, MRI Internship Program
Department of Radiology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-6877
Fax: 215-614-0330

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