Overview

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Radiologic Technology Program is a rigorous four-year undergraduate program that requires completing four or more semesters of preclinical coursework to prepare for the two-year professional and clinical training.

You may apply to up to five clinical affiliate options in the Greater Milwaukee area or Madison, WI:

  1. UW-Milwaukee sponsored Radiologic Technology Program
    Academic classes provided ON campus and clinical experience provided OFF campus through affiliations with Columbia St. Mary’s Hospitals and Clinics, The Orthopaedic Hospital of WI, and Children’s Wisconsin.
  2. Froedert School of Radiologic Technology (Milwaukee, WI)
    Academic classes and clinical experience provided OFF campus by the clinical affiliate.
  3. University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Radiologic Technology School (Madison, WI)
    Academic classes and clinical experience provided OFF campus by the clinical affiliate.
  4. All Saint’s School of Radiologic Technology (Racine, WI)
    Academic classes and clinical experience provided OFF campus by the clinical affiliate.
  5. St. Joseph’s School of Radiologic Technology (Milwaukee, WI)
    Academic classes and clinical experience provided OFF campus by the clinical affiliate.

Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to write the national registration exam offered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Apply

To apply to the Radiologic Technology Program you must first apply to UWM. On your application, select “Biomedical Sciences” as your intended area of study. Upon admission to the University, we will contact you to identify your specific program of study.


After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Cost

Tuition

For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Undergraduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

UWM offers the following Tuition Reduction Programs for out-of-state residents:

Mandatory/Segregated Fees

These funds are earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

Additional Course Fees

There may also be additional course fees that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee .

Aid

UWM & CHS Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA then go to the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal . Sign in using your PAWS credentials and complete the General Application and the CHS application. You may save your work and return to the portal at a later time. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships .

State & National Scholarships/Awards

UWM Emergency Grant

The UWM Emergency Grant is funded by several private contributions and is available to students when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. You can be awarded up to $1,000 for non-academic expenses (e.g., car repairs, medical bills, rent, utilities, child care, food, etc.). Learn more at uwm.edu/emergencygrant .

Resources

Contact

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

To apply to the Radiologic Technology Program you must first apply to UWM. On your application, select “Biomedical Sciences” as your intended area of study. Upon admission to the University, we will contact you to identify your specific program of study.


Transfer Students

Direct admission to the major is not possible upon transfer; you transfer in as “Intended” and are required to apply and interview for clinical placement. Only students admitted to clinical training are admitted to the major.

You can be guaranteed admission to UWM by participating in the Guaranteed Transfer Program . After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM.

Go to uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/transfer for the most up-to-date information about the application process, including deadlines, sending transcripts and test scores, and more.

To see how your credits will transfer to UWM, go to Transfer Wisconsin . For transfer credit evaluation questions, contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at 414-229-3800 or uwm.edu/registrar/contact-us .

For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 414-229-2222.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

Application requirements for students WITH a UWM College of Health Sciences background

Please see the “Professional Training” section below.


Admission Requirements for students WITHOUT a UWM CHS background (transfer students)

Many courses can be transferred to meet specific program and General Education Requirements (GER) needed for graduation.

If you plan to transfer into any College of Health Sciences major, you should make an appointment to meet with an advisor to plan your curriculum, at 414-229-2758

Advising

Advising

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?

Bill Mueller, MS
414-229-2758muellew@uwm.edu

You can also contact your advisor in your student center in PAWS .


When should I meet with my advisor?

You are encouraged to meet with your 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.

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


How can my advisor help me?

The College of Health Sciences 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

Curriculum

Curriculum

Get Involved

Get Involved

Volunteer Service

The UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. There are opportunities to make a real difference by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults. Learn more at uwm.edu/community/students .

Professional Training

Admission Criteria

You will complete freshman and sophomore years on campus. If you are accepted into the professional training component you will complete your junior and senior years at one of the clinical affiliate professional training sites. The professional training is time-intensive, requiring you to commit to a 40+ hour week.

Entry into professional training is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. Completion of all required courses and electives in the freshman and sophomore semesters by May prior to the following fall start of the professional training
  3. Minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.5
  4. Earning a grade of ‘C’ or better in PHYSICS 110, CHEM 100, BIOSCI 202, BIOSCI 203, BMS 301, BMS 302, BMS 303, BMS 304, and BMS 305.

Additional requirements vary by clinical training site and program. You should meet with your academic advisor for more detailed information on progressing into the professional training.


Application Process

  1. Students attend a mandatory information session that walks them through how to apply to the professional training program (clinicals). At the beginning of the Fall semester, an email is sent to RT intended students to inform you that the program is accepting applications for formal admission to the major.
  2. After attending the mandatory application information meeting, application materials will be available on Canvas. You need to read the materials and pass a test with 100% to gain access to the application for placement.
  3. Application is submitted in Canvas. The deadline to apply for admission is 4:00 pm on December 1. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
  4. Following the submission of Fall semester grades, an audit will be performed by the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs. To be eligible for clinical placement, all prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the Spring semester. Your advisor will provide the following notifications:
    • Applicants who do not demonstrate that they have completed all prerequisite courses or who are not registered for prerequisite courses in progress are required to register for the missing courses.
    • Applicants who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirements are not eligible for clinical placement.
    • Applicants who do not demonstrate that they will complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring semester are not eligible for clinical placement.

UWM Radiologic Technology Program Director

The College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs and the Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator will review your application materials and transcripts to verify that the admission criteria have been satisfied.

The completed application materials, letters of recommendation, and a copy of your college transcripts will be forwarded to the program directors at the clinical affiliate sites.


Interviews for Professional/Clinical Training

The program directors will review the application materials and contact you to set up an interview.


Clinical Placements

Affiliate sites make the final decisions on placements and will notify you by mail. Eligibility is conditional, that is, you must complete the required coursework and maintain a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.50.

You complete 4 or more semesters of pre-clinical coursework to prepare for the 2-year professional and clinical training.

Upon successful completion of the Radiologic Technology Program, you are eligible to write the national registration exam offered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.


Important Information

  • You need to schedule an appointment with your advisor, at 414-229-2758, to review transcripts and complete a degree audit to ensure your academic records are in order.
  • A background check, physical examination, proof of vaccinations, and a drug screening are required prior to starting clinical training.
  • The clinical affiliate sites require you to have health insurance while in the clinical rotation.
  • Limited employment during the Summer session is recommended.
  • Books and miscellaneous fees for the clinical training will cost approximately $1,000.
  • Rotation schedules, vacations and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The UWM academic calendar does not apply.
  • You are expected to register for classes at UWM at the beginning of the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.

Essential Functions

These are the essential non-academic requirements that you must master to successfully participate in the Radiologic Technology Program and become employable. Corrective devices and reasonable accommodations may be used to satisfy these Essential Functions.

Physical Characteristics

  • Physical stamina and the ability to endure long, continuous periods of duty without incapacitating fatigue and disability.
  • Visual acuity to examine images/exposed films for detail and to observe physical changes in the patient’s condition.
  • Conversational English and medical language skill sufficient to communicate with patients, physicians, staff.
  • Adequate speech and hearing ability to give instructions to and receive communication from patients and discern audible sounds.
  • Demonstrate sufficient manual dexterity to perform such required tasks as: performing procedures safely and accurately; operating delicate instruments; manipulating tools.
  • Manual dexterity to adjust machine controls, attach and adjust supportive devices and assist patient into position for the procedure/exam.
  • Satisfactory health as verified by a physician.

Mental & Emotional Characteristics

  • Be able to work under stress and maintain self-control.
  • Have both patience and tact in dealing with others.
  • Be emotionally stable.
  • Be able to organize and plan work in a logical sequence.
  • Be able to use sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Be able to adapt to new situations.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills.

Personal Characteristics

  • Neat in appearance
  • Positive attitude
  • Enjoy working with others
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Willing to accept responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Empathy for patients
  • Service oriented
  • Good moral character

Graduation

Graduation

You are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements
  2. A minimum cumulative UWM GPA of 2.50
  3. Completion of all required courses and electives
  4. A grade of ‘C’ or better in all professional level courses

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.


Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Professional Certification

Professional Certification

Professional Certification information can be found at the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, St. Paul, MN. They may be contacted at 651-687-0048 or arrt.org .

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

The median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $61,900 in May 2020. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,480, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $89,760.


Expected Growth

Employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.

As the baby-boom population grows older, there may be an increase in medical conditions, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, which require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists .

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations