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Pre-Radiologic Technologist


Edgewood College students interested in becoming a radiologic technologist may want to consider majoring in medical sciences.*

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations and work under the guidance of radiologists. They use multiple kinds of ionizing radiation to identify and/or treat disease and to diagnose medical problems.

According to UW Health, "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."

*Please note that this major is for students who want to practice as a radiologic technologist. For those interested in becoming a radiologist medical doctor, please see the ‘Pre-medicine’ tab on the pathways website. The Medical Science major is not the best pathway towards preparing for medical school.


For Edgewood College's medical sciences major with a radiography concentration, students complete three years of undergraduate academic study at Edgewood, including the completion of general education requirements. Students apply to the School of Radiologic Technology in the fall semester of their junior year. If admitted to this highly competitive program, students then complete two additional years at the University of Wisconsin's Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC). Upon completion of the UWHC program, students earn a B.S. in medical sciences and are eligible to become certified radiographic technologists.


Students must complete the following courses at Edgewood prior to taking clinical coursework at UWHC:


Biological Sciences


  • BIO 155 – Will accept BIO 151-152, 181-182, and a mix of 1X1-1X2
  • BIO 210 and 211 Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 410 Pathology
  • BIO 202 Medical Terminology
  • BIO 251 Introduction to Biology Research I




  • CHEM 120 and 121 General Chemistry I & General Chemistry II – Will accept CHEM 110-121, and 110-111
  • CHEM 400 – Will accept any COR 3 class



  • MATH 114A Precalculus A: Algebra – Will accept any 3-credit math course, but need MATH 114A for CHEM & PHYS




  • PHYS 130 and 131 General Physic I & General Physics II




  • PSY 101 General Psychology – Intro psychology class for PSY 345
  • PSY 345 Lifespan Development


Medical Law


  • PHIL 442 Health Care Ethics or RS 442 Moral Responsibility and Ethics of Health – Absolutely no substitutions


Encouraged electives:


  • BIO 312 Microbiology
  • BIO 402 Cell & Molecular Biology

Medical sciences majors can consult with their academic advisors about completing general education requirements and alternative routes to graduation if they are not accepted into UWHC's program.

Relevant Tests

In order to be eligible for application to the UWHC program, students are required to be cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certified.  CPR certification MUST be for Healthcare Providers/ Rescuers and active for the entirety of your 2-year internship at UWHC.

In order to enhance your candidacy for entrance to the UWHC internship, students are encouraged to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).  You can obtain CNA certification through Edgewood College’s Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation (CHES)This CNA course allows you to become a Wisconsin-certified nursing assistant in a 3-week accelerated format, and to obtain your clinical education at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.  Most other CNA courses in the state are 6 weeks long and clinical rotations are typically in nursing homes.

Graduates of radiologic technology programs receive eligibility to write the certification examination in radiography given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).