This program was awarded accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology in the fourth quarter of 2018 for an accreditation length of eight years. The maximum duration that may be awarded by the JRCERT in this category is eight years.
UCHealth is now offering the same curriculum at 2 different campuses: one serves the Colorado Springs area and one serves the Denver/Aurora area. Please see the following information below about the 2 campuses and the deadlines for applications at each location.
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Webinar for prospective Colorado Springs, Denver/Aurora radiologic technology students
These informative meetings provide an overview of our radiologic technology school. We will cover all information needed to apply for admission. We will also have a question and answer session at the end of the program.
- Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
- Wednesday, April 10, 2024 (3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Radiologic technologists use their knowledge of physics, human anatomy and physiology to create x-rays. The constant growth in this field has created many exciting career opportunities with competitive wage and benefits packages.
This accredited, hospital-based training program lasts 23 months and provides hands-on and classroom training. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. For more information, please email the program location you’re interested in – see boxes above.
UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology’s mission: “Dedicated to excellence in education, quality, and safety in diagnostic imaging, by providing compassionate and sensitive patient care, while preparing graduates for service and leadership roles in healthcare in the community.”
The school is under the direction of a specialized physician at UCHealth, who is also a full-time radiologist there. The professional radiology staff comprises the faculty of the school. Students of the school receive an extensive and varied education in the theory and practice of radiologic techniques. They are instructed in the basic sciences and are introduced to the practical aspects of radiologic technology under the supervision of the program director. Practical experience is gained by the student’s rotation through all sections of the department.
Statement of objective/learning outcomes
1. The student will be able to demonstrate clinical competence.
- Students will use proper positioning skills
- Students will practice patient safety
- Students will select proper technical factors
2. Students will demonstrate professional growth.
- Students will recognize the importance of being an advocate to the profession and participating in lifelong learning
3. Students will be able to communicate in the healthcare arena.
- Students will demonstrate good written skills
- Students will demonstrate good oral skills
4. The student will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Students will complete exams under changed conditions by acting appropriately with new knowledge
Accordingly, the educational program through the UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology is designed to meet the needs of those prepared to actively engage in the field of radiologic technology.
The School of Radiologic Technology is an integral part of the department of radiology at UCHealth. The program is approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and is approved and regulated by the Division of Private Occupational Schools, Department of Higher Education. Credentialing exam pass rate, job placement and program completion rate can be viewed at the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology website.
For more information on the JRCERT please refer to the following:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago Illinois 60606-3182
First Year Students
(#) = credit hours
– First Semester –
- RTE 141 Principles of Exposure and Technique I / (3)
- RTE 121 Radiographic Procedures I/Lab/Film Critique I / (3)
- RTE 231 Radiation Biology / (3)
- RTE 181 Clinical Education I / (5)
Total credit hours (14)
– Second Semester –
- RTE Patient Care II / (2)
- RTE 121 Radiographic Procedures I / Lab / Film Critique I (cont.)
- RTE 240 Radiation Physics I / (3)
- RTE 182 Clinical Education II / (5)
Total credit hours (10)
– Third Semester –
- RTE 122 Radiographic Procedures II / Lab / Film Critique II / (3)
- RTE 143 Exposure and Technique II / (3)
- RTE 255 Cross Sectional Anatomy / (1)
- RTE 183 Clinical Education III / (5)
Total credit hours (12)
Second Year Students
– Fourth Semester –
- RTE 221 Radiographic Procedures, Lab & Image Evaluation IV / (3)
- RTE 232 Principles of Radiation Protection / (3)
- RTE 281 Clinical Education IV / (8)
Total credit hours (14)
– Fifth Semester –
- RTE 211 Patient Care III / (2)
- RTE 220 Radiographic Procedures III / Lab/Film Critique III / (3)
- RTE 282 Clinical Education V / (8)
Total credit hours (13)
– Sixth Semester –
- RTE 241 Radiation Physics II / (3)
- RTE 289 Registry Review / (3)
- RTE 283 Clinical Education VI / (6)
Total credit hours (12)
–Total credit hours of program (75)
Students spend approximately 1,000 hours in clinical assignments each year. Classes are held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
During the second year, students will complete some evening and weekend clinical rotations. These weekend and evening hours amount to approximately 5% of the total clinic hours. Clinical hours can be completed Sunday through Saturday, either during the day or evening, at the discretion of the school.
Tuition and expenses
Please click on the “Tuition and Fees” download for the most current information:
Information regarding financial assistance is available upon request. The school is approved for Veterans Benefits. The school does not participate in the CGSL Program (Title IV Funds).
Requirements for applicants
To receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology, the student must complete the following prerequisites and complete the radiology program at UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology:
- Career Math or College Algebra, College English Composition, BIO 2101 and BIO 2102 (human anatomy and physiology with lab), Psychology 101 (general psychology), Introduction to Radiology, and Medical Terminology.
- Applicants must receive a final grade of “C” or better on all prerequisite courses to qualify.
- May take all of these prerequisite classes at Pikes Peak State College if you want to receive the Associates Degree from this institution.
(additional classes accepted for additional points)
- Human Growth and Development, Interpersonal Communications, Pharmacology, Physics, other health-related courses.
- Applicants must receive a final grade of “C” or better on all prerequisite courses to qualify.
In addition to the above prerequisites, the candidate must also submit the following materials along with a completed application to the school by the required deadline for the year/campus:
- All college transcripts.
- Three character reference letters sent directly to the school.
- Employment references from your last three places of employment. (Forms provided with application.)
- A one-page typed essay (150 words) typewritten as to why you wish to become an RT, how you became interested, what you wish to do once you have completed your training, and the qualities you feel you possess which will make you successful in this program/career.
- A placement test may be needed if credits are 10 years or older, A & P must be within 7 years. Call school for details.
- All applications must be submitted in their entirety by the application due date.
- The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications, and the top 50 candidates with the highest total points, which are determined by GPA, courses, employer references, and patient care experience, will be contacted for an interview.
- After your interview, you will be informed in writing of your acceptance to the school. Those applicants not accepted will also receive notification.
- Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by approximately two months prior to the start of the program.
- Workshops will begin two weeks prior to the start of the program.
The UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology will perform background checks on all students accepted into the program. This will be at the expense of the student.
Candidates should be aware that any background findings may prevent eligibility to take the ARRT certification exam. Therefore, these candidates are advised to submit a pre-application to the ARRT Ethics Review Committee for review prior to enrolling in the program.
- The pre-application form and associated fee can be found at this web address.
- We do not have an advanced placement program.
UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology offers a two-year (23-month) Associate in Applied Science, which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. You may access information about our program’s validity on the Internet by entering www.jrcert.org in your web browser. Also, a copy of The Standards for an Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences is available for review, upon request, in the program director’s office. The School is approved by the State Approving Agency for Veterans Benefits, and approved and regulated by the Division of Private Occupational Schools, Colorado Department of Higher Education. After satisfactory completion of the prescribed training, the student is eligible for the examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. The processing fee for this examination is the responsibility of the student.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a radiologic technologist do?
A radiologic technologist uses ionizing radiation to produce images that diagnose illness. They learn to position patients in ways that visualize anatomy using radiation in a safe manner. Patient care is a major part of the job. They also assist physicians in performing procedures. They travel to all areas of the hospital including surgery, trauma, intensive care units and nurseries.
How do I get certified to take x-rays?
After completing a two-year accredited certificate, associate, or a baccalaureate program, you must pass a national certification exam. You are then a registered radiologic technologist and may take x-rays at any medical facility in the United States. Some states may require additional licensing and fees.
What is the starting salary for radiologic technologists?
Based on a national survey by the American Society of Radiographers, the pay range for radiologic technologists is $18.00 – $34.00 per hour, based on experience and location.
What are some of the other career opportunities for radiologic technologists?
In addition to diagnostic x-ray, you may pursue other specialized areas such as MRI, CT, and interventional radiology. Other specialties – ultrasound, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine – require additional training not provided at this program.
What is the outlook for jobs for radiographers?
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook is much better than average at the present time when compared to other medical fields. Shortages of radiologic technologists exist across the nation.
How long has the school been in existence?
The UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology has been in existence since 1969.
What is the accreditation of the school?
The school received the maximum 8-year accreditation from the Joint Review Committee of Education for Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) in 2018. We are also approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools Department of Higher Education.
What degree do you receive upon completion of the program?
Upon completion of the program, you will receive an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology.
What type of financial aid do you provide?
We do not participate in Guaranteed Student Loan Program (Title IV). We do accept military VA benefits. Please contact your military representative for more details. We have the ability to defer loans, and students can use a private student loan company called Meritize (www.meritize.com)
What is the deadline for applications?
Colorado Springs: The deadline for completed applications is March 1.
Denver/Aurora: The deadline for completed applications is October 1.
How are prospective students selected?
Prospective students are selected for interviews based on a point system. You are awarded points for various parts of the completed application including previous coursework in math and science, GPAs from high school and college(s), personal and professional job references, work experience, placement test scores, and previous health care experience. Points are also awarded from the panel interview.
What classes would help me to prepare for Radiologic Technology school?
Classes that are awarded preference points for entrance into our radiology school, but are not required are: biology, physics, and pharmacology. You must have a ‘C’ or better to be awarded the points.
Do you provide housing?
We do not provide housing. You must secure this on your own.
How long is the program?
The program is 23 months long (6 semesters), including summers.
When do classes start?
Colorado Springs: Workshops will begin mid-June.
Denver/Aurora: Workshops will begin mid-January.
What are the class hours?
The first year’s class hours are 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. (Days will switch 4th semester.)
What kind of imaging equipment is available for students?
We have state-of-the-art Siemens DR, GE and Fuji CR filmless imaging equipment.
How many clinical sites are available for students?
Both locations offer Level I Trauma hospital experience as well as a variety of clinics.
Is there a waiting list for entrance to the school?
We do not have a waiting list for entrance to the school. We select new students from the available applications each year.
Is it possible to receive a Baccalaureate degree?
We do not offer a bachelor’s degree at this time. Some universities may apply your radiology credits toward their degrees. Please check with your local university or college for more details.
Where can I complete my prerequisites?
One of our education partners is Pikes Peak State College. They have a radiology prep program that aligns with our prerequisites and is open to anyone. Please refer to their web site:https://www.pikespeak.edu/programs/radiologic-technology/index.php.
However, any credits from an accredited college will suffice.
Are any evening or online classes available?
We do not offer any evening or online classes at this time.
Online / Distance learning is applicable to our radiology program for some courses, but most classes are done using in-person instruction.
Is it possible to work a full-time job while attending classes?
While it is possible to work during the program, we recommend that you allow yourself ample time for studying after classes.
How much studying is needed to complete school?
This depends on your learning style. You may need 30 minutes to several hours per night to prepare you for the next day.
Do we get paid for our clinical time?
You do not receive any compensation for clinical education.
Do we get summers off?
Our program is 6 consecutive semesters. You must attend classes during the summers.
How many days do we have off during the school year?
During the program, each year, you get 10 personal days and most major holidays. See student calendar for all dates.
Does UCHealth provide any financial assistance for its employees?
Memorial employees may qualify for some tuition reimbursement benefits depending on job status. Please contact the Human Resources department at UCHealth for more information.
What does it mean to be a registered technologist?
In accordance with ARRT’s Equation for Excellence, candidates for ARRT certification must meet basic requirements in the three components of the equation:
1. Ethics. Every candidate for certification and every applicant for renewal of registration must, according to the governing documents, be a person of good moral character and must not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the ARRT Rules of Ethics, and they must “agree to comply with the ARRT Rules and Regulations and the ARRT Standards of Ethics.”
One issue addressed by the Rules of Ethics is the conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor, with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations. All alcohol and/or drug-related violations must be reported. ‘Conviction’ as used in this provision includes:
- a criminal proceeding where a finding or verdict of guilt is made or returned but the adjudication of guilt is either withheld or deferred,
- a proceeding in which the sentence is suspended or stayed,
- a criminal proceeding where the individual enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), or
- a proceeding resulting in a military court-martial.
ARRT investigates all potential violations in order to determine eligibility. Further information may be found on this website and in the handbooks for each discipline.
2. Education. Eligibility for certification also specifies the satisfaction of educational preparation requirements. For the primary pathway to certification, eligibility requires the successful completion of the respective discipline’s formal educational program that is accredited by a mechanism acceptable to ARRT. Candidates must also demonstrate competency in didactic coursework and an ARRT-specified list of clinical procedures.
For post-primary pathway to certification, candidates must hold registration in a supporting category and document ARRT-specified clinical experience. Further details may be found in the handbooks available for each of the post-primary certification disciplines.
3. Examination. Finally, eligibility requires candidates for certification, after having met all other qualifications, to pass an examination developed and administered by the ARRT. The exams assess the knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the intelligent performance of the tasks typically required of staff technologists practicing within the respective disciplines. Exam content is specified on this website and in the respective handbook for each discipline.
What is a limited scope registry?
Some states (including Colorado) have agreed there may be a need for medical personnel to be able to produce x-ray images on a limited scale. By applying for and passing the national limited scope exam administered through the ARRT, medical personnel can use x-radiation to produce images of the chest, extremities, skull, and spine of the human body. These areas of anatomy are the only images that can be produced by a limited technologist. Limited scope technologists are not certified to expose other areas of the body or perform fluoroscopy. Limited scope technologists may not sit for the national registry without completing an accredited two radiologic technology program.
UCHealth Hospital School of Radiologic Technology – Memorial Hospital offers a comprehensive CT and MRI course. These courses are only open to ARRT-registered technologists who have graduated from an accredited radiology program. The courses can include both class and clinic for UCHealth employees. Students from outside sites may need to provide their own clinical site. These courses will prepare the student to sit for the ARRT registry in CT or MRI.
Actual start and end dates are TBD. Please see the CT or MRI fact sheets below for updated program information and costs.
**Please call the school at 719.365.8291 for more information.**