The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Radiologic Technology Program covers the professional/clinical training portion of the Radiologic Technology sub-major. Admittance into the professional/clinical training portion is competitive and not guaranteed.
This program is rigorous, labor intensive, and requires more time and commitment than many other areas of study.
- Clinical radiography courses require 100 hours of direct clinical experience per credit hour.
- This time does not include what is required for travel, clinical preparation at the assigned clinical site or study prior to and after clinical experiences.
- Students are expected to be available for learning experiences Monday through Saturday, throughout the academic year.
- Students in radiography programs are strongly encouraged to limit employment and/or involvement in non-student related activities.
- Students that take on too many responsibilities have the potential of increasing the risk of failure in the Radiologic Technology Program.
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.
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:
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 be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) 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 .
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 and National Scholarships
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 .
The Radiology Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
The JRCERT posts 5-year average credentialing examination pass rates, 5-year average job placement rates and annual program completion rates for interested parties to review.
The Columbia St. Mary’s School of Radiologic Technology transferred sponsorship of the program to UW-Milwaukee in August 2013.
Program Effectiveness DataProgram Effectiveness Data
The credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate is a five-year average based on the most recent five consecutive years of data (2015-2019). The program’s completion rate is a one-year data point.
91%: Program Completion Rate (2019)
The number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length.
91%: 5-Year Average Credentialing Examination Pass Rate
The number of student graduates who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination within six months of graduation.
2015 – 14/14
2016 – 7/9 (one student passed on their second attempt)
2017 – 11/11
2018 – 12/13
2019 – 8/10
Pass rate not included in the 5-Year Average
2020 – 12/14 (one student passed on their second attempt and one student has not retaken the exam)
100%: 5-Year Average Job Placement Rate
Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the discipline (i.e., radiologic sciences, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, or medical dosimetry) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the discipline. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.
More information about program effectiveness data can be found on the JRCERT website .
Role of the RadiographerRole of the Radiographer
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) in their practice standards provides the following definition:
“The practice of radiography is performed by health care professionals responsible for the administration of ionizing radiation for diagnostic, therapeutic or research purposes. A radiographer performs radiographic procedures at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner.”
The complex nature of disease processes involves multiple imaging modalities. Although an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, radiographers and support staff plays a critical role in the delivery of health services, it is the radiographer who performs the radiographic procedure that creates the images needed for diagnosis.
Radiography integrates scientific knowledge, technical skills, patient interaction and compassionate care resulting in diagnostic information. Radiographers recognize patient conditions essential for successful completion of the procedure.
Radiographers must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology and medical terminology.
Radiographers must maintain a high degree of accuracy in radiographic positioning and exposure technique. They must possess, utilize and maintain knowledge of radiation protection and safety. Radiographers independently perform or assist the licensed independent practitioner in the completion of radiographic procedures. Radiographers prepare, administer and document activities related to medications in accordance with state and federal regulations or lawful institutional policy.
Radiographers are the primary liaison between patients, licensed independent practitioners and other members of the support team. Radiographers must remain sensitive to needs of the patient through good communication, patient assessment, patient monitoring and patient care skills. As members of the health care team, radiographers participate in quality improvement processes and continually assess their professional performance.
Radiographers think critically and use independent, professional and ethical judgment in all aspects of their work. They engage in continuing education to include their area of practice to enhance patient care, public education, knowledge and technical competence.
Admission & ApplicationAdmission & Application
- UW-Milwaukee Radiologic Technology Program Director
- UW-Milwaukee Radiologic Technology Program Clinical Coordinator
- UW-Milwaukee Radiologic Technology Program Clinical Instructors
Admission to the UW-Milwaukee Radiologic Technology Program is highly competitive and granted to a limited number of applicants each year. Admission to the program is not guaranteed. A radiologic technology student must be a mature, dependable person who is “people oriented” and genuinely interested in caring for individuals who are ill, injured, or disabled. All applicants are evaluated on the same basis regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, religion, age, national origin, or veteran’s status. The following offers a general description outlining the attributes of a successful candidate:
- Students must be in good health and physical condition in order to be capable of performing the duties required of a radiologic technologist. Immunizations must be current. Applicants should be aware that Radiographers must have the ability to:
- Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
- Must be able to reach 72 inches from the floor
- Must have the visual acuity to adjust CRT monitor, as well as visualize facial features in indirect lighting situations
- Push and pull routinely
- Bend and stoop routinely
- Have full use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders
- Distinguish audible sounds
- Work standing on their feet 100% of the time
- Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
- Assist patients on and off examining tables
- Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
- Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a radiologic procedure in the proper sequence
Applications that are complete and received by the deadline (December 1), are reviewed and evaluated. Qualified applicants will move forward in the selection process and be invited for an interview. The interviews and applications are scored and a cut score applied. Applicants who fall below the cut score will not be offered placement in the professional curriculum. The admission process is highly competitive due to the limited number of student positions available. Only those most qualified will be invited to proceed through each step of the selection process. Those applicants whose qualifications indicate the greatest potential for professional and personal development are selected for enrollment.
To qualify for admission into the UW-Milwaukee Radiologic Technology program, candidates must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at UW-Milwaukee, in the College of Health Sciences.
Students begin their studies by completing foundational courses (freshman and sophomore levels) to establish eligibility to apply to the professional curriculum (junior and senior levels). Students must comply with admission criteria as defined by the College of Health Sciences.
Admission to the professional training component is competitive and not guaranteed. Upon acceptance into the UW-Milwaukee sponsored professional curriculum, students follow the curriculum specific to the UW-Milwaukee program and must comply with site-specific rules/policies that govern behavior in the professional setting, grading standards, and related issues or activities. Please note this includes evidence of health insurance coverage and successful completion of a background check, drug screen, physical, immunization record and current American Heart CPR certification prior to the start of the professional curriculum.
For help with planning the academic timeline leading to professional training application, students should meet with their academic advisor. Minimally, students must:
- Complete UW-Milwaukee’s General Education Requirements .
- Earn a minimum UW-Milwaukee cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
- Complete all courses in the freshman and sophomore semesters.
- Earn 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.
Completion and documentation of job shadowing in an imaging department is recommended. Job shadowing can help to build a portfolio or resume of health-related experience to strengthen candidacy for placement in the professional setting.
Professional training sites for radiologic technology in the UW-Milwaukee sponsored program include hospitals and clinics in the greater Milwaukee area. The academic courses for this program are delivered on the UW-Milwaukee campus. Students should anticipate a 40-hour per week time commitment.
All applicants must complete the prerequisite course work specified by UW-Milwaukee or equivalent course work from other accredited, post-secondary educational institutions. Any course work completed at institutions other than UW-Milwaukee is evaluated for UW-Milwaukee equivalency by the UWM Office of Admissions.
Additionally, all applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on all post-secondary coursework to qualify for admission.
- Students attend a mandatory application information meeting in September one year preceding the start of their entry into the professional training program.
- After attending the meeting, application materials will be available on Canvas.
- Students must complete and submit all application materials by the deadline of December 1.
- Following the submission of Fall semester grades, an audit will be performed by the College of Health Sciences Academic Advising office. To be eligible for clinical placement in the Fall, all prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the Spring semester. The Radiologic Technology program academic 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.
- Post High School Education Cumulative GPA
- Number of Courses that have been retaken
- Patient care experience
- Hospital volunteer/work experience non radiography or radiography
- CNA certified
- Job shadow/shadows
3 = Excellent answer
2 = Good answer
1 = Fair answer
0 = Poor answer or didn’t answer the question.
Additionally, the interviewers will also rank the applicant according to the following scale:
a. Strongly recommend this candidate
b. Recommend this candidate
c. Recommend this candidate
d. Not recommend this candidate
|September||Application information meeting|
|December 1||Application deadline|
|January||Grade/courses audit completed and notification to applicants of eligibility|
|End of January||Priority acceptance deadline|
|April 15||Secondary acceptance deadline|
|June 1||No alternates accepted after this date|
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?
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 OverviewCurriculum Overview
The Radiologic Technology Program is based on a full-time, 2-year (40 hours per week) course of study. The academic year runs from September to August. It is divided into four 16-week semesters, a 12-week summer session and an 8-week summer session.
The curriculum is based on the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences as established by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); the curriculum recommendations of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and the Task Inventory of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
The program consists of classes and labs held at the UW-Milwaukee campus.
The clinical education component of the Radiologic Technology Program consists of 6 semesters. There are a required number of competencies the student must complete by the end of the 6th semester. Evaluation of the student’s positioning skills, equipment manipulation, and use of radiation protection, patient care and knowledge of image production is conducted by the clinical instructors, clinical coordinator, program director and registered staff technologists.
Clinical rotations include:
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Campus
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus, Mequon
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Prospect Medical Commons, Milwaukee
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Riverwoods Outpatient Center, Glendale
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Airport Clinic, Milwaukee
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee at Gateway
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee at Germantown
- Medical Diagnostic Imaging, Franklin
- Medical Diagnostic Imaging, Milwaukee
- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee
Clinical education assigned times vary by semester. Students should expect to be scheduled Monday through Saturday at any time between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm. Students will never be required to exceed 40 hours per week. Clinical rotation schedules will be available to the students at least 1 month in advance of the semester.
Students at each clinical site will have 1-3 week assignments. The assignments are given to allow students to practice and perform required radiologic technologist tasks and procedures. Rotations are designed to allow students opportunities to apply principles learned in the academic setting. Observation assignments are included to familiarize students with the department areas in which they will soon be learning procedures.
Get InvolvedGet Involved
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 .
Mission, Goals, & Student Learning OutcomesMission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes
The UW-Milwaukee Radiologic Technology Program is dedicated to the preparation of students who are competent in the entry-level employment skills of a radiologic technologist. It is our goal to provide the student with the necessary clinical and academic experiences to enable them to successfully complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) certification examination. As part of our mission, we impress upon the student how these goals are met while preserving the dignity of every person with compassion and care of the highest standard.
Radiologic Technology Program Objectives
As part of our educational commitment to the student and with continuous quality improvement as our basis, the Radiologic Technology Program is designed to:
- Provide a program of instruction which will produce a radiographer capable of meeting the health care needs of the community and society.
- Provide the necessary practical and didactic education which will enable the student to compete in the job market.
- Prepare future radiographers to work in a wide variety of settings by educating them in sound principles and techniques in all areas of the imaging department.
- Provide instruction, evaluation and counseling in order that the student can achieve the objectives as defined for each clinical section.
- Provide safety guidelines to be followed, including universal precautions and radiation protection.
- Develop an understanding of professional ethics.
- Develop the foundation for the student to advance on the career ladder and continue professional growth, if desired.
- Provide an understanding that the patient is the primary reason for the existence of the radiography department and its personnel.
Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Goal 1: The student will be clinically competent
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate accurate patient positioning.
- Students will display age specific patient care.
- Students will exercise appropriate radiation protection.
Goal 2: The student will communicate effectively
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will communicate appropriately with patients of all ages.
- Students will effectively communicate with members of the healthcare team.
Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving in the clinical setting
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will modify routine radiographic positioning for trauma patients.
- Students will adjust technical factors for non-routine patients.
- Students will be proficient at analyzing and critiquing radiographic images for acceptance.
Goal 4: Students will develop professionally
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will possess an understanding of ethical standards in healthcare.
- Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.
- Students will be prepared for employment as a radiologic technologist.
Goal 5: The program will be effective
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students who enroll in the program will complete it.
- Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
- Employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s performance.
- Graduates will pass the ARRT national registry on the first attempt.
- Graduates will have scores higher than the national average on the ARRT national registry exam.
- Of those pursuing employment, graduates will obtain medical imaging positions within 12 months post-graduation.