Academic Affiliations

Applicants complete the first two years of their degree requirements at their affiliate college/university (either directly or via transfer credits), then apply to our program for the final two years of professional coursework. If accepted, students complete the junior and senior years of training with our clinical instructors, both in the classroom and at clinical sites in the Madison area. Graduates of the program receive a B.S. degree from their affiliate university.

Please note that you must be enrolled at one of our university affiliates and seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) in order to be eligible for our program. For more information about the Radiologic Technology degree programs at these institutions, please visit their websites, listed below.

Edgewood College (Madison)
Go to biology.edgewood.edu/Academics/Pre-Health-Pathways

Select Pre-Radiologic Technologist.

* Admissions: 1-800-444-4861
Marian University (Fond du Lac)
Go to www.marianuniversity.edu

Select Academic Programs, then Academic Structure, then School of Nursing and Health Professions, then Radiologic Technology

* Admissions: 1-800-262-7426
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Go to www.uwm.edu/chs

Select a career description, then Radiologic Technologist

* Admissions: (414) 229-2222
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Go to www.uwosh.edu/biology

On the Department of Biology website, select Radiologic Science

* Admissions: (920) 424-3164

If you already have a B.S. degree, you may transfer existing credits and enroll through one of the university affiliates.  Please contact the admissions department at your chosen affiliate to learn more about transfer options and to have your previous coursework evaluated.

Program Outcomes and Effectiveness Data

Program outcomes assessment is ongoing in an effort to assure that the program is meeting its prescribed level of quality and student success.

Results are reported to the JRCERT and published annually. Outcomes from the past five years of program assessment are published in the table below.

ARRT Credentialing Rate

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within six months of graduation. This is a measure of the number and percentage of program graduates who write and pass the national credentialing examination within six months of program completion.

CohortPercent passing
on first attempt
Number of students writing the exam within 6 months and passing on first attempt
2015100%9 out of 9
2016100%15 out of 15
2017100%6 out of 6
2018100%15 out of 15
2019100%10 out of 10
5-Year Average100%55 testing within 6 months
55 passing on first attempt
Class of 2020* This data will be included in 2021 assessment data *

Job Placement Rate

Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation. This measure is the number of graduates employed within 12 months of graduation compared to the number actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. (Note: The number actively seeking employment can vary from the number of actual graduates due to military deployment, continuing of one’s education, etc. as those individuals may not be actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.)

CohortJob Placement
Percentage
Number of students
2015100%8 of 10 completed post-graduate survey
8 actively sought employment
8 employed within 12 months of graduation
2016100%12 of 15 completed post-graduate survey
12 actively sought employment
12 employed within 12 months of graduation
2017100%6 of 6 completed post-graduate survey
6 actively sought employment
6 employed within 12 months of graduation
2018100%12 of 15 completed post-graduate survey
12 actively sought employment
12 employed within 12 months of graduation
2019100%8 of 10 completed post-graduate survey
8 actively sought employment
8 employed within 12 months of graduation
5-Year Average100%46 employed within six months
46 actively sought employment

Program Completion Rate

This measure is the number of students completing the program within 150% of the stated program length compared to the number initially enrolled in the cohort (number completing divided by the number starting). For UWHC School of Radiologic Technology 150% of program length = 36 months.  The program benchmark is 80%.

CohortProgram Completion Rate
*Program Benchmark is 80%
Number of Students
201583%12 enrolled
10 graduated
201694%16 enrolled
15 graduated
2017100%6 enrolled
6 graduated
2018100%15 enrolled
15 graduated
201991%11 enrolled
10 graduated
5-Year Average94%60 enrolled
56 graduated

Academic Calendar

All dates are tentative and subject to change per the discretion of program officials

Holidays and Vacations

The following are official school holidays and vacation time. Vacation time is scheduled by the school. Classes and clinical sessions are not held during official holiday and vacation times. Accreditation standards prohibit scheduling of students for clinical experience on official holidays.

  • Students receive two weeks of vacation each semester
  • Vacation time is scheduled by the program
  • No classes will be held during vacation periods
  • No clinical education experiences are allowed on official school holidays
  • The following days are official school holidays:
    • Jan. 1 (LH)
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (LH)
    • Memorial Day (LH)
    • July 4 (LH)
    • Labor Day (LH)
    • Thanksgiving (LH) and Friday after
    • Dec. 24 (LH)
    • Dec. 25 (LH)

(LH) – legal holiday

Fall Semester2020-20212021-2022
First day of classes (Junior students)9/9/209/8/21
Orientation period (Junior students)9/14/20 – 10/23/209/13/21 – 10/29/21
Labor Day Holiday9/7/209/6/21
First day of classes (Senior students)9/14/20 (1st day clinical 9/8/20)9/13/21
Thanksgiving Recess11/26/20 – 11/27/2011/25/21 – 11/26/21
Final Exams12/14/20 – 12/18/2012/13/21 – 12/17/21
Semester ends12/23/2012/23/21
Winter Recess12/24/20 – 1/8/2112/24/21 – 1/9/22
  
Spring Semester2020-20212021-2022
Clinical practicum resumes1/11/211/10/22
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday1/18/211/17/22
Academic courses resume1/25/211/18/22*
Spring Recess3/21/21 – 3/27/21*3/20/22 – 3/26/22*
Final Exams5/10/21 – 5/14/215/9/22 – 5/13/22
Semester ends5/21/215/20/22
Summer Recess (Senior students)5/23/21 – 5/29/215/22/22 – 5/28/22
Summer Recess (Junior students)5/32/21 – 6/5/215/22/22 – 6/4/22
Memorial Day Holiday5/31/215/30/22
  
Summer Semester2020-20212021-2022
Clinical practicum resumesSR 6/1/21 and JR 6/7/21SR 5/31/22 and JR 6/6/22
Academic courses resume6/7/216/6/22
July 4th Holiday (observed)7/5/217/4/22
Last day of senior classes7/21/217/22/22
Graduation7/30/21 or 8/6/21*7/29/22 or 8/5/22*
Final Exams (Junior Students)8/9/21 – 8/13/21*8/9/22 – 8/12/22
Semester ends8/20/218/19/22
End of Year Recess (Junior Students)8/22/21 – 9/3/218/21/22 – 9/3/22

All dates are tentative and subject to change per the discretion of program officials

* To be determined, dates have not been finalized

Curriculum and Prerequisites

Our curriculum is six semesters long, consisting of four traditional semesters and two summer sessions. Students participate in the didactic and clinical portions of the program simultaneously. Combined didactic and clinical hours total 40 hours per week.

We do not offer part-time or evening education. Students should expect to be in class or clinical rotations from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Detailed descriptions of junior- and senior-year courses are available in our Program Bulletin (pdf).

Prerequisites

Below is a list of general education coursework that must be completed at the post-secondary level as part of your pre-professional curriculum to be eligible to apply to the UW Hospital and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology. For each subject area, there are examples listed in the far right column of courses that would fulfill the prerequisite for that subject area. These are only examples, not an all-inclusive list of the courses which satisfy that requirement. These suggestions are offered to provide an example of the types of courses that address the stated objectives under each subject heading.

Please keep in mind that our university affiliates will have their own curriculum requirements during the pre-professional portion of the program. Those requirements are in addition to the list below.

Required General Education Prerequisites

Minimum CreditsSubjectObjectivesFor example …
3 creditsMathematics/Algebra/Logical Reasoning* Develop skills in analysis, quantification and synthesis.
* Apply problem solving strategies.
A college-level math course (algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, statistics, etc.)
3 creditsWritten/Oral Communications* Write and read critically. 
* Speak and listen critically. 
* Develop the ability to perceive, gather, organize and present information.
* Locate, evaluate and synthesize material from diverse sources and points of view.
A college-level writing or speech course (research writing, public speaking, debate, medical terminology, etc.)
2 creditsArts and Humanities* Develop knowledge and understanding of the human condition.
* Demonstrate respect for diverse populations.
* Develop an understanding of ethics and the role they play in personal and professional lives.
* Recognize and critically examine attitudes and values.
A college-level humanities course (literature, history, ethnic studies, religious studies, philosophy, ethics, etc.)
2 creditsInformation Systems* Develop the knowledge base to use computerized systems.
* Use technology to retrieve, evaluate and apply information.
A college-level information systems course (introductory microcomputers, information technology, computer science, computer programming, digital information systems, digital information processing, etc.)
2 creditsSocial/Behavior Sciences* Assist in adapting interactions to meet cultural/psychological needs of people.
* Develop an understanding of individual and collective behavior.
* Promote the development of leadership skills.
* Develop the capacity to exercise responsible and productive citizenship.
* Function as a public-minded individual.
A college-level social science or psychology course (sociology, psychology, marriage and family, adulthood and aging, public health, cultural diversity, etc.)
3 creditsNatural Sciences* Develop an understanding of the scientific method.
* Make informed judgments about science-related topics.
* Develop a scientific vocabulary.
A college-level science course (human anatomy, biology, kinesiology, human physiology, zoology, human pathophysiology, etc.)
3 creditsChemistry* Comprehend the fundamental principles of chemical scienceA college-level chemistry course
3 creditsPhysics* Develop an understanding of physics as related to the study of mechanics, fluids, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and radioactivityA college-level physics course

Information regarding curriculum and course descriptions, course sequence and the Academic Calendar can be found in the Program Bulletin (pdf)

Applying for Professional Training

Please note that you must be currently enrolled at one of our Academic Affiliates and seeking a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) in order to be eligible for application into our program. It is highly recommended that you meet with your program advisor prior to submitting an application in order to assure that all prerequisites have been completed.

The UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, religion, age, national origin or veteran status.

Eligibility Requirements

Admission to UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology is highly competitive and granted to a limited number of applicants each year. A radiography student must be a mature, dependable person who is “people-oriented” and genuinely interested in caring for individuals who are ill, injured or disabled.

The following list 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 radiographer.
    • Immunizations must be current.
  • Applicants to the program must have attained the level, scope, and breadth of educational preparedness necessary to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving, highly technical, and diverse professional curriculum taught at UW Hospital and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology.
  • Priority consideration will be afforded to those applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses with an earned grade of “C” or higher in each course.
    • Applicants who are actively enrolled in and making satisfactory progress in a prerequisite course will be given consideration.
    • Applicants who have not completed prerequisite course work or are not making satisfactory academic progress will be deemed ineligible for the current enrollment period.
  • The applicant’s overall GPA for pre-professional course work must be at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Practical experience caring for the ill and injured is highly recommended as it prepares the student for clinical practice.
    • Such experience can be obtained through CNA certification, employment, or volunteer activities conducted in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, trauma centers, or imaging centers.
  • The admission process is highly competitive due to the limited number of student positions available.
    • Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to proceed through each step of the selection process.
    • Interviews are not guaranteed.
  • American Heart Association Health-Care Provider CPR course (or Red Cross equivalent).
  • NOTE: CPR certification courses administered online will not be accepted.
  • Applications that are complete and received by the deadline are reviewed, evaluated and given a number score. Applications are scored based on past academic performance, accomplishments, references, work-related experience and aptitude.
    • The highest scoring applicants are invited to interview.
    • Those applicants whose qualifications and combined application/interview scores indicate the greatest potential for professional and personal development are selected for enrollment.
    • Applicants who are not accepted into the program may re-apply the following year.

The Ideal Candidate

  • The ideal candidate will have completed two years of post-secondary, pre-professional education in radiologic technology as a BSRT candidate. Priority is given to those applicants who have completed all prerequisites prior to the application deadline with an earned grade of “C” or higher in each prerequisite course.
  • UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology holds formal affiliation agreements with Carroll University, Edgewood College, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences and Marian University of Fond du Lac to provide professional study to candidates working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT).
  • Admission to UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology is reserved for BSRT candidates from affiliated universities.
  • Advisors are available at all university affiliates to assist interested potential applicants. Contact information is under the Academic Affiliations tab.

Application Deadlines

Applications are submitted through an Education Coordinator at each affiliate college/university. Each affiliate collects the application materials which it then forwards to UW Hospital and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology.

Submit application materials to the appropriate contact at your university affiliate by the following deadlines:

  • Carroll University applicants: Dec. 1
  • Edgewood College applicants: Dec. 1
  • Marian University applicants: Dec. 15
  • UW-Milwaukee applicants: Dec. 1
  • UW-Oshkosh applicants: Dec. 1

Application Checklist

Application Checklist (pdf)

The following steps must be followed before an application is considered complete. Your affiliate university will provide all required forms.

  1. Complete and submit the school’s application form (pdf) to the appropriate Education Coordinator at your affiliate university. 
  2. Submit the $50.00, non-refundable application fee via check or money order payable to the UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology.
  3. Submit an Autobiographical Statement of 200 words or less describing why this field interests you. Include your qualifications for becoming a Radiologic Technologist.
    • The essay must be typed, double-spaced, signed and dated by the applicant to verify authenticity.
    • Failure to follow directions will result in an incomplete application and the applicant will forfeit eligibility.
  4. Submit three (3) School of Radiologic Technology reference forms (pdf).
    • It is preferred that references come from both educational and employment sources. Personal references from relatives, friends and social acquaintances are not acceptable.
    • Completed reference forms should be returned to the affiliate university by the application deadline so that it can be added to your entire application packet.
  5. Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary course work.
    • Official transcripts must be mailed from the college or university that issued them.
    • Prerequisite coursework must be complete or in-progress prior to the application deadline and have an earned grade of C (2.0) or higher.
    • The applicant’s overall GPA must be at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Application Guidelines

Please note these important points when applying to the program:

  • All application materials must be received in the School offices by the close of the business day (4:30 p.m. CST) on the deadline date (Jan. 31).
    • If the deadline falls during the weekend (Saturday or Sunday), the preceding Friday shall serve as the official deadline for the receipt of application materials
  • Applications that are complete and received by the application deadline are reviewed and scored.
  • The applicant is notified of his/her eligibility
  • Application materials will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.
    • There are no exceptions
  • Applicants are responsible for assuring that all of their application materials arrive at the School by the deadline.
  • Any application that is missing one or more required document(s) at the close of the deadline will be classified as an incomplete application.
    • Eligibility will be forfeited
    • Missing items will not be accepted after the deadline
    • There are no exceptions
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed and the applicant will be deemed ineligible to proceed through the admission process.
    • There are no exceptions
  • UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology does not practice open enrollment.
  • UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology does not maintain a waiting list.
  • UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology does not hold applications for subsequent enrollment periods.
    • A new application must be submitted if an applicant wishes to reapply the following year.
  • All application material received by the School shall become official records of the School.
    • Application materials will not be returned to the applicant

Information about application scoring, tuition, textbooks, housing and attire can be found in the Program Bulletin (pdf).

Timetable

  • Applicants must submit all materials to their affiliate university by the application deadline.
  • Qualified applicants will be notified for an interview no later than March 1 of each year.
  • Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance no later than April 15 of each year.
  • New Student Orientation begins on the first Wednesday after Labor Day of each academic year.

Important Information Regarding ARRT Certification – Ethics Eligibility

Upon completion of the program, graduates of UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology are eligible for certification in radiography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the national credentialing agency for the profession of medical imaging.

Each applicant’s eligibility is evaluated according to strict standards of educational preparedness, professional competency and high ethical standards of behavior as contained in the ARRT Rules of Ethics. Ethics violations can have a negative impact on an applicant’s eligibility to obtain certification in the radiologic sciences even though all educational and competency requirements have been met. Applicants to professional training in the radiologic sciences are advised of the following:

  • Issues addressed by the ARRT Rules of Ethics include convictions of any and all crimes; including misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, felonies or alcohol and drug violations.
  • All convictions must be reported to the ARRT and an ethics review will be conducted to determine if the individual is eligible for certification.
  • Any conviction can negatively impact a candidate’s eligibility for certification, therefore all convictions (except parking and speeding violations) must be reported to the ARRT regardless of whether they occur before, during or after professional training has been completed.
  • Offenses committed as a juvenile that were adjudicated through the juvenile court system are not required to be reported.
  • The ARRT will conduct a pre-application review of any violation before or during an applicant’s education upon request by the applicant.
    • A pre-application review packet can be obtained from the ARRT website or by contacting the ARRT at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8580.

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of the program, graduating students receive a certificate and pin from UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology. Students receive a diploma from their affiliate college/university and are also eligible to walk in the graduation ceremony on their respective campus.

In addition, graduates are granted eligibility to write the certification examination in Radiography given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Requirements for graduation are as follows: 

  1. All academic assignments must be complete.
  2. All clinical competency requirements must be complete.
  3. All clinical education requirements and documentation must be complete.
  4. Students must maintain a minimum average of 80 percent in each academic and clinical course.
  5. All tuition and fees must be paid in full.
  6. Eligibility to write the ARRT examination is subject to review by the Program Director.
  7. Complete 16 hours of approved volunteer activities.

Financial Information

Applicants must submit a $50 processing fee with their application into the program.

Enrollment Fee

Applicants accepted to the UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology must submit a $100 enrollment fee to hold their place in the class for which they are accepted. The due date of this fee will be stipulated by the School in the letter of acceptance.

Applicants who do not submit the enrollment fee by the stated deadline will forfeit their enrollment and an alternate applicant will be offered their place in the coming class. The enrollment fee is non-refundable. 

Tuition

The amount of tuition each student pays is determined by the respective university affiliate. Students make tuition payments directly to their respective college or university. Contact the bursar’s office at the respective university affiliate for the most current information regarding tuition charges.

All tuition and fees must be paid in full before a student will be granted a certificate of completion and ARRT Certification Examination eligibility.

Textbooks

Textbooks and online resources required for the program are available through Elsevier Publishers. The publisher works with the program to offer a specially designed textbook and resource package at a significant discount. A list of required textbooks and online supplements will be issued to students when they enroll in the program.

Cost of textbooks and online supplements varies each year due to publisher pricing. Students can expect to pay approximately $1,500 for textbooks and online supplements during the two years of professional study.

Refunds

Tuition refunds are handled according to the guidelines of the respective college or university.

Housing

Housing is the responsibility of the student. It is recommended that students live in the Madison area. The program advises students to be cognizant of program start and end dates when negotiating and signing leases.

The University of Wisconsin Campus Assistance Center can aid students in locating rental housing (houses, apartments, boarding houses and rooms in private residences).

UW Campus Assistance Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1308 W. Dayton St.
Union South
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 263-6400

Meals

Students are responsible for their own meals. 

Attire

Radiologic Technology students are expected to abide by a professional dress code. The cost of appropriate professional attire is the responsibility of the student. Costs for professional attire can vary widely, but students can expect to pay $200-300 for professional attire during the two years of clinical study.

Student attire shall consist of navy blue scrub suit, white lab coat (optional, but recommended) and athletic shoes or surgical clogs (white, black or brown are acceptable colors). Footwear must cover the entire foot.

Health Insurance

Students are responsible for their own health insurance. It is highly recommended that students carry personal health insurance while in the program.

Students who require medical care may use the health facilities offered to students of UW-Madison. University Student Health Services is located at 333 East Campus Mall, Madison. Appointments are required.

UW Hospitals and Clinics Employee Health Services will treat students who become ill or injured while on clinical duty.

Students using UW Health Emergency Services for medical treatment will be billed for those services.

Financial Aid

The UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology does not sponsor or award financial aid. Students may apply for financial aid programs available at their respective college or university.

Sample of Annual Costs for First-Year SRT Students

Tuition: $11,771.40

The amount in the example above is representative of 2015-2016 tuition charged by UW-Milwaukee and takes into account three semesters’ worth of tuition payments. Please note that tuition is paid directly to the student’s university affiliate and will be based on the tuition rates in effect at that university.

Textbooks and supplies: $1,500

Professional attire: $200-$300

Program Description

  • UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology is a 24-month program of professional education in the art and science of medical radiography. The school holds formal affiliation agreements with Edgewood College in Madison, UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences, UW-Oshkosh, and Marian University in Fond du Lac to provide professional study to BSRT candidates who have completed required prerequisites from those institutions.
  • The professional curriculum is six semesters long consisting of four traditional semesters and two summer sessions. The academic year runs from September through August. Students participate in the didactic and clinical portions of the program simultaneously. Didactic and clinical hours are scheduled so that when combined they do not exceed 40 hours in a given week. Completion of the program will lead to eligibility to write the certification examination in Radiography of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Graduates are awarded a certificate in radiography from UW Hospital and Clinics. The baccalaureate degree is conferred by the institution where the student completed pre-professional study.
  • UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology is administered through the Department of Allied Health and Career Pathways, a division of the HR department for UW Health. The curriculum covers all aspects of radiologic technology and adheres to the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences (2014) as required by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
  • Educational facilities located within UWHC and the adjacent Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) include state-of-the-art classroom and clinical training resources designed to promote cooperative interdisciplinary education in the healthcare professions. The Ebling Library, housed in the HSLC is available for use by faculty and students. It has extensive reference resources, medical journals, books, historical archives and computer labs. UWHC School of Radiologic Technology possesses various teaching aids such as reference guides, periodicals, skeletons, anatomical models, x-ray tubes, digital media files and a teaching file of radiographic images.
  • Academic classes are small and personalized, assuring individual assistance. Academic classes and laboratory practice sessions are conducted at 610 N. Whitney Way, Suite 440, Madison, Wis., which houses the classrooms, practice labs, computer workstations and faculty offices for UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology and UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Clinical education occurs at various JRCERT recognized clinical education centers located within Madison and the surrounding area. Clinical rotations expose students to all aspects of diagnostic radiography and related areas. The clinical education component of the program is broad in scope encompassing all imaging modalities. Students may opt to expand their experiences by exploring alternative and post-primary modalities during elective time. Optional elective clinical experiences in imaging modalities related to radiography are available in the following areas:
    • Mammography: X-rays are used to perform diagnostic and screening examinations of the breast.
    • Computed Tomography (CT): Uses x-rays and computer technology to produce sectional images of the various body structures.
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Uses radio frequency signals in high-energy magnetic fields to produce computer-generated images of body structures.
    • Angiography/Interventional Radiology: Uses x-ray and digital imaging methods to assess and treat conditions of the vascular, central nervous, biliary and musculoskeletal systems.
    • Cardiovascular Technology: X-rays and digital imaging methods are used to produce images used in the evaluation of pathology associated with the heart and blood vessels, and perform interventional treatment of these conditions.
    • Nuclear Medicine: Uses radioactive materials to assess pathologic processes, treat disease, and evaluate the physiologic function of the various organs and body systems.
    • Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy): Uses the various forms of ionizing radiation in the treatment of disease processes.
    • Ultrasound: Produces images of the internal body structures through the use of sound waves.
    • PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems): PACS is the information technology branch of radiology responsible for storing, sharing and routing medical images.
  • Most clinical rotations are scheduled Monday-Friday during the hours of 8 a.m-4 p.m. However, some clinical experiences occur on evenings and weekends. Clinical Schedules are issued at the beginning of the Fall semester for the entire academic year so that students are informed well ahead of time in any impending “off” hour clinical experience.
  • More information regarding Academic and Clinical Hours, Clinical Education, Elective Rotations, Holidays and Vacations, Core Competencies, Program Policies and Procedures, Grievance Process and Orientation can be found in the Program Bulletin (pdf).

Mission, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology has been dedicated to educating students in the art and science of medical radiography since 1931.

For the most up-to-date information about our program and academic policies, please download our Program Bulletin (pdf).

Our mission is to impart the professional knowledge and values required for our radiography graduates to deliver remarkable patient care and advance healthcare through service, scholarship, science and social responsibility.

In fulfillment of our mission, students/graduates will achieve the following program goals and student learning outcomes. Program goals and outcomes are evaluated annually by the Faculty and Advisory Committee of the UWHC School of Radiologic Technology. Documentation of the assessment process is maintained by the Program Director.

Program GoalsStudent Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be clinically competent

* Provide appropriate patient care and accurately obtain diagnostic images

* Practice radiation safety in accordance with currently accepted guidelines (ALARA)

2. Students will demonstrate communication skills

* Demonstrate appropriate and professional interactions with patients, staff and visitors

3. Students will develop critical thinking skills

* Demonstrate the ability to adapt to non-routine exams and demonstrate competency in determining the correct exposure factors for non-routine exams (i.e. trauma, mobile)

* Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating medical images for diagnostic quality

4. Students will model professionalism

* Students will demonstrate work ethic

* Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior

5. The School will monitor program effectiveness data (PED) consistent with JRCERT standards.

* Students will graduate from the program and become employed within 12 months of graduation.

* Graduates will exhibit a high degree of satisfaction with their education and pass the ARRT credentialing exam on the first attempt.

* Employers will exhibit a high degree of satisfaction with the program.

* The program completion rate will be greater than 80%.

* The five-year average job placement rate within 12.

* Annual post-graduate surveys will average greater than 3.5 on a 5.0 scale.

* Five-year average pass rate for first attempt on the ARRT credentialing exam will be greater than 90%.

* Annual employer satisfaction surveys will average greater than 3.5 on a 5.0 scale.

The School’s mission is achieved when the graduate has successfully completed and achieved all program goals and student learning outcomes. The mission, goals and outcomes endorsed by UW Hospital and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology are evaluated annually. Members of the faculty, student body, radiology department, hospital administration, and the School of Radiologic Technology Advisory Committee participate in the evaluation process, thereby serving as the program’s communities of interest.

The mission of UWHC School of Radiologic Technology complements the mission of our sponsoring institution, UW Hospital and Clinics. The sponsor’s four-fold mission of advancing health without compromise through service, scholarship, science and social responsibility is an integral part of the UW Health vision to provide “Remarkable Healthcare.”

As a part of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics community, UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Radiologic Technology students participate in the achievement of the mission and goals for the School of Radiologic Technology, UW Health and University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

About Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology is an allied health profession dedicated to preserving health by diagnosing and curing disease. Under the direction of a radiologist, the technologist uses various forms of ionizing radiation to detect and/or treat disease and diagnose medical problems.

Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are educated in anatomy, radiographic procedures, principles of imaging, radiographic equipment operation, quality control, radiation protection, radiation biology, radiographic pathology, image analysis, and basic patient care.

Qualified radiologic technologists are needed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, industry, and public health. Teachers, managers and, commercial representatives in radiologic technology are also in demand.

Radiologic Technologist Profile

Duties

  • Operating equipment used to produce medical images
  • Caring for the ill and injured
  • Positioning patients for diagnostic examinations
  • Calculating proper exposure factors
  • Processing images and assessing the diagnostic quality of the radiographs
  • Assisting the radiologist with fluoroscopic examinations, treatments with ionizing radiation, diagnostic testing, angiographic procedures, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and the use of radioactive isotopes

Abilities

Radiologic technologists must be able to routinely:

  • Lift more than 50 pounds
  • Work with the arms above the head
  • Push and pull
  • Kneel or squat
  • Work standing up
  • Perform procedures on patients with health problems
  • Assist patients on and off examination tables, wheelchairs or stretchers
  • Wear lead (Pb) protective apparel, often for several hours at a time
  • Communicate effectively with patients and staff
  • Accurately align patient, x-ray equipment, and image receptor
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps of an x-ray examination in sequence
  • Work nighttime, weekend and holiday hours

Exposure

Radiologic technologists must be constantly aware of the following occupational hazards:

  • Exposure to communicable and infectious diseases
  • Exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation
  • Exposure to chemicals used in the processing of x-ray film
  • Exposure to latex in protective gloves
  • Exposure to blood, body fluids, and biomedical hazards

Specialties

Radiologic technologists can go on to specialize in the following diagnostic imaging modalities:

  • Angiography/Interventional Radiology
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy)
  • Ultrasound

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Learn more