UW-Milwaukee Radiologic Technology Program

Our Program

This program encompasses the professional/clinical training portion of the radiologic technology submajor. 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 that which 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.

For more information, please call Program Director Jayne L Wisniewski, MEd, RTR, at (414) 229-7252.

Radiologic Technology - The Role 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.