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).


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 Health University Hospital 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).