You’ve put on hold getting a degree because of your busy life. You’d like to advance in the continually evolving field of diagnostic imaging, but don’t quite know how. At UWM, your imaging registry has already earned you 50% of your bachelor’s degree. Here’s your chance to complete a degree and do it building on prior education, experience and knowledge.

Our program is designed for non-traditional adult students who already have worked several years as a health care professional. We will work with you to quantify acquired experience and then guide you through selecting the needed courses to graduate. To accommodate the working professional, courses can be done through online enrollment.

It’s a sensible design that allows hard-working imaging professionals like you to acquire your degree. This degree will help you stay competitive in today’s job market and improve your opportunity for career advancement.

This Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of 120 credits and is available to individuals who hold an active ARDMS, ARRT, CCI, or equivalent professional imaging registry. Upon admission to UWM and confirmation of active registry, students are awarded 60 credits towards degree completion.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • UWM is the only public university in the state to offer a Diagnostic Imaging Completion Program.
  • Receive personalized support from our academic advisors who can help create a learning plan that fits your needs.
  • All registered imaging professionals are eligible to enroll in the UWM Degree Completion Program.
  • The Diagnostic Imaging Completion Program was developed by imaging professionals to enable you to take the next step in your career.
  • Seminar courses are taught by registered imaging professionals.
  • Multiple courses have been designed to strengthen your leadership skills in healthcare.

Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

Mission of the Department of Biomedical Sciences

To be a national leader in the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge that advances the science and practice of our integrated health related disciplines.

Vision of the Department of Biomedical Sciences

We envision the Department of Biomedical Sciences as providing:

Teaching Excellence

Our faculty and staff will educate students in order to produce professional practitioners, educators, and researchers who are uniquely prepared for the dynamic environment of health and are recognized by employers as being of the highest quality. To this end our academic programs will be flexible, current and responsive to the changes in the health environment and the needs of the community and our students.

Research Excellence

Our faculty and staff will produce recognized research that influences the science, practice, policy, and administration of health services. In order to be nationally recognized as a leader in the generation of knowledge, we will recruit, develop, and maintain high quality researchers/faculty.

Commitment to Service

Our faculty and staff will commit to providing service that enhances the missions of our Department, College, University, and the health professions. Our sphere of influence will impact local, state, and global communities.

Values of the Department of Biomedical Sciences

The Department is committed to achieving its mission and vision by:

  • Respecting and valuing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Valuing an interdisciplinary focus of its programs that reflect the nature of the health environment.
  • Valuing the mutual enrichment of the University and community through the transformation of knowledge & experience.
  • Supporting the integration of principles of health promotion and disease prevention in all areas of study.



Your first step is to apply to UWM by following the directions found on the UW System electronic application at Allow at least 4 weeks for the UWM Office of Admissions to process your application and evaluate any transcripts bearing prior college work.

Transfer credit will be granted where course equivalencies are confirmed. The College of Health Sciences academic advisor will determine if and how any transfer credit may be used to satisfy requirements for the Diagnostic Imaging Completion program.

Deadlines to apply to UWM

While the following are the deadlines for application, you are encouraged to apply early.

  • July 1 for the fall semester
  • December 1 for the spring semester

At the same time you are applying to UW-Milwaukee, you must provide a current copy of your ARDMS, ARRT or CCI registry card to:

Gricelda Estrada, MEd
Office of Student Affairs
College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6521
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Gricelda Estrada, M Ed
(414) 229-2758 •
Schedule an advising appointment now!

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation



Upon admission to UWM and confirmation of active registry, students are awarded 60 credits toward degree completion. A minimum of 60 additional credits are selected from the list below. To determine when and how (on campus or online) a course is offered, go to the UWM Schedule of Classes

General Education Requirements (GER)

UWM’s General Education Requirements are required if the first semester of enrollment in a degree program at an accredited institution was September 1986 or later. Where possible, courses in Diagnostic Imaging Completion Program were selected to also meet GER. GER is NOT required of students who hold a prior baccalaureate degree.

Pre-requisite Courses

Grade of C or better required

Course NumberCourse Name
HS 102Healthcare Delivery in the US
BMS 205Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine
ENG 205Business Writing
ENG 206Technical Writing
ECON 210Statistics (or equivalent)
HCA 220Leading Healthcare Professional

Advanced Health Sciences/Diagnostic Imaging courses

Grade of C or better required

Course NumberCourse Name
HS 301Human Pathophys-Fundamentals
HS 302Human Pathophys- Organ Systems 1
HS 303Human Pathophys- Organ Systems 2
HS 304Human Pathophys- Organ Systems 3
HS 305Human Pathophys- Organ Systems 4
HS 311Law for Health Care Consumers and Professionals
KIN 400Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Professions
BMS 458Seminar in Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
BMS 463Seminar in Management and Education
NURS 453Information Management and Healthcare Technology

Suggested Electives

  • BMS 245: Client Diversity
  • BMS 260: Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Students must earn a minimum UWM cumulative grade point average of 2.500 to earn the Bachelor’s degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get information about the Diagnostic Imaging Completion Program?

To explore how degree completion program requirements apply to you, academic advising is available. The dedicated advisor for this program is currently Gricelda Estrada, M Ed, Academic Advisor in the College of Health Sciences. To schedule an advising appointment with Gricelda, please call (414) 229-2758. To contact Gricelda directly, email

How long will it take me to graduate?

Time to degree will vary based on your particular circumstances and academic history. A student with no prior college-level work must complete a minimum of 60 credits hours that could take up to four years or longer depending on the number of credits taken each semester.

Do I need a computer?

Access to a computer is critical to the activities related to this program. Because courses are available via internet, students will be expected to navigate course web pages and other university internet transactions. Computer labs are available on the UWM campus. In addition, most buildings have standing computer stations for checking email or accessing internet. To learn more or to request technology support, go to or call (414) 229-4040.

What is the average class size?

The average class size differs depending on both the type of the class and the enrollment for the particular course. Classes can be as small as 10 and as large as 400.

How do I apply for admission to the Diagnostic Imaging Completion Program?

For more information about the admission process, please go to the Admission area above.

How much does it cost?

Determined through the State of Wisconsin biennial budget process, UW System tuition is set in July before the start of each fall semester. To view most recent UWM tuition information go to Please be aware that distance learning fees may be assessed in addition to tuition for those students enrolled in on-line courses.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

Registered students will not receive a billing statement in the mail. Billing information will appear online in your PAWS Student Center where you can link to instructions for making payments. For your convenience, several payment methods are available: web, mail, depository, and in person.

Am I eligible for Financial Aid?

To receive federal, state, or institutional funds administered by the UWM Office of Financial Aid, you must meet certain criteria. Please refer to the UWM Financial Aid website.