Students in Wisconsin in search of a radiology or radiography program have more than a few public and not-for-profit schools from which to choose. The majority of the available programs lead to associate's and bachelor's degrees, although at least one certificate in radiology as a chiropractic assistant is also offered. Undergraduate degrees such as these include general education classes in addition to radiology coursework. Some programs include clinical rotations, some are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and others include training to take the national certification exam for radiology technologists.
Continue reading for more specific information about each of the Wisconsin schools to offer programs related to radiology and find a comparison table with institutions' tuition costs, settings and program titles.
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Chippewa Valley Technical College maintains four campuses throughout the city of Eau Claire, as well as additional satellite campuses in other cities. Radiology courses are held at the Clairemont campus, home of the health education center. The campus is located conveniently close to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, where some students may be able to engage in their requisite radiographic clinical. Entry into the radiography associate's degree program requires taking the COMPASS exam - earning a minimum 85 on the reading, 45 on pre-algrebra and 30 on the algebra portions.
Concordia University - Wisconsin
Concordia University in Mequon is a four-year school founded in a Lutheran tradition. Since 1881, this Christ-centered school has grown to offer numerous accredited bachelor's programs, including one in radiologic technology. This program is highly competitive, with students expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the didactic portion of the curriculum. The 3.0 is the minimum required for application to the clinical, which takes place at a JRCERT-accredited facility and lasts two years. Completion of the program allows students to take the National Radiologic Technology exam.
Madison Area Technical College
Located throughout the Wisconsin capital, Madison, eight in-city campuses comprise the primarily two-year Madison College. The school's two-year associate's degree program in radiography includes mandatory summer semesters and five total semesters of clinicals. The clinicals are done in partnership with health care institutions throughout Madison and southern Wisconsin. Entrance to the program requires qualifying scores on either the ACT, SAT, ASSET or COMPASS tests, with a particular emphasis on math scores. Non-Wisconsin residents cannot be placed on a waiting list for the program. Applications generally open at the beginning of September and are due mid-October. In addition to immediate employment at radiological departments in Wisconsin, graduates are also qualified to take entry-level certification exams. Four additional campuses are found throughout Madison College's service area.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Located in Milwaukee, this private school dedicates itself exclusively to the education graduate and post-graduate education physicians and scientists. Founded in 1893, the school has grown to become Wisconsin's second-largest research institution. The school offers multiple options for entering the field of radiology, including a four-year residency in diagnostic radiology and numerous fellowships. Fellowships range from three months to a year, and cover areas of cardio-thoracic imaging, pediatric imaging, neuroradiology and more. Only six residencies are available each year, and are matched through the National Resident Matching Program. Residents receive specific training in nuclear and breast imaging.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
With over 200 degree programs, Milwaukee Technical College in Milwaukee stands among the largest, community-based technical colleges in the Midwest. Among the school's 27 health sciences degree curricula is a radiography program. Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on the Accreditation in Radiologic Technology (JRCART), this four-semester associate's degree program prepares students for the ARRT certification exam. Transfer credit agreements exist between MATC and numerous Wisconsin four-year programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. As of July of 2011, application to the radiography program was closed indefinitely due to lowered employment outlook and space constraints.
Moraine Park Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College lies on the southern shore of Lake Winnebago in the city of Fond Du Lac. This two-year school offers both an associate's degree and certificate in radiography. The certificate is geared primarily towards those currently serving as, or seeking a career in, chiropractic assistantship. The certificate program requires just over 11 credits, or five courses, to complete. All courses in the certificate relate specifically to radiographic imaging for chiropractic purposes. For the associate's degree, the final semester of the six-semester program is only four credits long, and entails an ARRT exam preparation course and a radiography clinical.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Located in Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Technical College serves over 40,000 students every year with career-focused programs. One of those programs covers radiography, offering graduates an associate's-level training in the field. Accredited by JCERT, graduates of this program are additionally qualified to take the ARRT exam. Entrance to the program requires matriculates earn CPR certification, attend a program orientation in spring, complete a four-hour job shadow, and submit to a caregiver background check.
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse sits on the banks of the Mississippi River in the city of La Crosse. This over 100-year-old institution sits on a 119-acre campus within the city, and offers the state's only bachelor's degree in radiation therapy. Students must have completed all pre-professional and general education courses prior to enrolling in the program. In addition, applicants to the radiation therapy program must have maintained a 2.75 GPA and log over 40 hours of observation at one or more radiation oncology departments. The bulk of the radiation therapy coursework occurs in the final two years of the four-year program.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
The University of Wisconsin Madison's medical school in Madison offers fellowships, as well as two different residency programs. The diagnostic radiology residence is a general program for residents and graduate students, and looks primarily at radiology as a tool for identifying illnesses. The nuclear medicine residency focuses on using radioactive materials to treat illnesses. Students apply to both residencies through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). UW-Madison also offers one-year fellowships, including an accredited neuroradiology program. The school also offers a unique MRI/MBA fellowship in partnership with the business school.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Radiology/Radiography Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Chippewa Valley Technical College||Public two-year; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiography|| $4,364 In-state
|Concordia University - Wisconsin||Private, not-for-profit four-year; rural||Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology||$29,450*|
|Madison Area Technical College||Public, primarily-associate's four-year; midsized city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiography||$4,407 In-state\$6,512 Out-of-state*|
|Medical College of Wisconsin||Private, not-for-profit four-year; large suburb|| Radiology Residency,
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Public two-year; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiography|| $4,589 In-state
|Moraine Park Technical College||Public two-year; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiography,
Chiropractic Technician: Radiography Certificate
| $4,403 In-state
|Northeast Wisconsin Technical College||Public two-year; midsized city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiography|| $4,479 In-state
|University of Wisconsin - La Crosse||Public four-year; small city||Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy|| $9,107 In-state
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Public, four-year; midsized city|| Nuclear Medicine Residency,
Diagnostic Radiology Residency,
Abdominal/Body Imaging Fellowship,
Breast Imaging Fellowship,
Clinical MRI Fellowship,
Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Fellowship,
PET-CT/Molecular Imaging Fellowship
Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ** Medical College of Wisconsin, ***University of Wisconsin-Madison