Radiologic Technologist - Associate of Applied Science

Anne Delaney, Program Director

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A Radiologic Technologist (Radiographer) uses critical thinking and independent judgment to obtain a diagnostic imaging study while maintaining quality patient care and minimizing radiation exposure.

Technologists are employed in acute care settings, ambulatory care settings, physicians’ offices, in education and in management or sales positions.

With additional education and training, radiographers may be employed in radiation therapy, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic medical ultrasound, nuclear medicine, special vascular imaging and cardiac catheterization.

The Radiologic Technology program is approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. When all requirements for the associate degree are completed, the student will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Upon successful completion of this examination, the student becomes a Registered Radiologic Technologist, R.T. (R) ARRT.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology requires students to successfully complete the Pre-Radiology prerequisite courses prior to applying to the program. Students admitted to the University of Montana may enroll in the Pre-Radiology prerequisite courses.

Students must pass BIOH 201N-202N (with a minimum grade of ‘B’ and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all course work, including prerequisite courses, to apply to the Radiologic Technology program. A course may be attempted a maximum of two times.  As some courses are offered autumn or spring semester only, it is important to obtain advising with the Program Director each semester prior to registration.

Application to the program is required spring semester the year prior to the autumn semester program start. Students may apply while enrolled in the Pre-Radiology prerequisite courses with acceptance to the program to be determined after spring grades are finalized. Students who apply twice to the program and are not accepted are strongly encouraged to contact Career Services for counseling toward another degree. 

The program classes begin autumn semester each year with four semesters consisting of classroom and clinical education. A ten-week summer clinical rotation is required between the first and second years and consists of 40 hour per week of clinical and classroom instruction.

Students entering the program are required to rotate to clinical sites outside the Missoula area on a periodic basis. These rotations will take place during any term or session beginning the second semester of the program. These sites may include, but are not limited to, Ronan, Hamilton, and Polson, Montana. Transportation and housing are the student’s responsibility.

Must be successfully completed prior to or during the semester of application to the program. An AA Prerequisite course may be attempted a maximum of two (2) times:

Students must also prove competence with computer technology in one of the following three ways:

  1. Acceptable transfer credit for CAPP 120
  2. Passing challenge exam for CAPP 120
  3. Take and pass CAPP 120

Length of Program:

3 Years (includes 1 semester of pre-requisites)

Award Upon Graduation:

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry Times:

Fall Semester


The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements.

Subject Type
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science