Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Radiologic Technology Submajor

Professional Training


Radiologic Technology students complete the freshman and sophomore years on campus. Students accepted into the professional training component complete the junior and senior years at one of the clinical affiliate professional training sites. The professional training is time intensive, requiring students to commit to a 40+ hour week.


Admission Criteria

Students accepted into the professional training component complete the junior and senior years at one of the clinical affiliate professional training sites. Entry into professional training is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. completion of UWM's General Education Requirements (GER), and
  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 grade point average of 2.5.
  4. Students are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in PHYSICS 110, CHEM 101, BIOSCI 202, BIOSCI 203, BMS 301, BMS 302, BMS 303, BMS 304, and BMS 305.

Additional requirements vary by clinical training site and program. Students should meet with their academic advisor for more detailed information related to progression into the professional training. To schedule with the advisor, call (414) 229-2758.

Application Process

Prior to each fall semester, UWM Radiologic Technology and Sonography Program Directors will announce the date of the annual September mandatory meeting for students ready to apply to the 2-yr professional training. Students are responsible for checking their UWM email or confirming with their advisor the date, time, and location of the annual September mandatory meeting to ensure receipt of the most current application information.

In addition to attending the September mandatory meeting, students must complete the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the UWM College of Health Sciences Radiologic Technology application form and submit it along with your autobiographical statement and 3 letters of recommendation to Northwest Quadrant, Building B, 6th floor by November 1.
  2. The autobiographical statement should describe yourself and your accomplishments; address your work experience including any within health care; state your reasons for choosing Radiologic Technology as your profession and your future goals. Keep text to one page, double-spaced, and typed on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.
  3. Contact the three references to request a Letter of Reference form. References may be employers, teachers, TA's clergy, or other qualified individuals, excluding relatives and friends.

Review Of Applicants

The College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs and the BMS Education Coordinator will review all application materials and transcripts on each applicant to verify that the admission criteria have been satisfied. The completed application materials, letters of recommendation, and a copy of each applicant's high school and college transcripts will be forwarded to the Program Directors at the clinical training sites.

Interviews for Professional/Clinical Training

The Program Directors will review the application materials and contact applicants to set up an interview.

Clinical Placements

The affiliate sites will make the final decisions on placements and will notify applicants by mail. Eligibility is conditional; that is, the students must complete the required course work and maintain a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Student Handbook

Student Handbooks are provided for your convenience and reference during orientation at the professional/clinical training site.

Important Information

Schedule an appointment through the College of Health Sciences Student Affairs Office (414) 229-2758 to meet with your advisor to review your transcripts and complete a degree audit to ensure that your academic records are in order.

A Background Check and a physical examination are required on all students prior to the start of the professional training. Drug screens may also be requested by the clinical affiliate site.

Health Status Assessment forms should be submitted to the BMS Program office, Enderis 411.

Students are required to carry Health insurance while in professional training.

High school transcripts will be forwarded to the affiliate site(s).

Books and miscellaneous fees for the clinical training will cost approximately $1000.

Limited employment is recommended during the professional training.

Rotation schedules, vacations, and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The University academic calendar may not apply.

Students are expected to register for classes at UWM in the usual fashion at the beginning of the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters of the senior year. University fees will be charged.

Essential Functions

Essential functions represent the essential non-academic requirements that all students must master to successfully participate in the Radiologic Technology professional training and become employable.

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:
  • Must be able to work under stress & maintain self-control.
  • Must have both patience & tact in dealing with others.
  • Must be emotionally stable.
  • Must be able to organize & plan work in a logical sequence.
  • Must be able to use sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Must 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

Corrective devices and reasonable accommodations may be utilized to satisfy these Essential Functions.