The Radiologic Technology Program at UCHealth provides high-quality clinical and didactic education needed to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certification exam. This program, located at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, maintains excellence by emphasizing clinical training and an advanced didactic curriculum.

The School of Radiologic Technology is an integral part of the department of radiology at UCHealth Anschutz Medical Campus. 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.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago Illinois 60606-3182
312.704.5300
mail@jrcert.org

The Radiologic Technology Program at UCHealth accepts 12 to 15 students each year. Acceptance into the program is competitive, based on academic and work experiences, GPA, critical thinking abilities and communication skills. There is no waiting list.

The curriculum includes classroom instruction and hands-on training. This is a 23-month program, with each academic year beginning the third week of January and running through the end of November the following year. All instruction is conducted at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. The program is considered full-time, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and includes clinical and didactic instruction each week.

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.

Graduation requirements for this program include satisfactory completion of required clinical competencies, a grade percentage above 70 percent in all subject areas and tuition payment in full.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded an associate’s degree from UChealth School of Radiology. Upon successful completion you will be eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).

The UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, color, sex, national origin or disability. Any student who meets the physical and academic requirements is eligible to apply for the program.

Housing is the responsibility of the student.

For more information or to apply:

  • Write to UCHealth Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, 1400 East Boulder, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909, or
  • Email the school at admissionsradschool@uchealth.org, or
  • Call the school at 719.365.6819 (phone directory).
Admission requirements

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 – Anschutz:

  • College Algebra, College English Composition, BIO 201 and BIO 202 (human anatomy and physiology with lab), and Psychology 101 (general psychology).
  • Applicants must receive a final grade of “C” or better on all prerequisite courses to qualify.

(additional classes accepted for additional points)

  • Human Growth and Development, Interpersonal Communications, Introduction to Radiology, Pharmacology, Physics, other health-related courses, or a three-credit Medical Terminology course.
  • 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 October 1:

  • 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 before October 1, with the exception of school transcripts. Please submit all other forms at once.
  • 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 December 1.
  • .Workshops will begin mid-June.

The UCHealth School of Radiologic Technology – Anschutz Campus 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.
Tuition/financial aid

Please click on the “Tuition and Fees” download for the most current information:

Application timeline
  • Application window opens: July 1
  • Application window closes: October 1
  • Applicants notified by email regarding interview slots, dates and times by November 1
  • Interviews held November 15 through November 22
  • Position notification mailed by December 1
  • Offer acceptance deadline: December 15

Due to the large number of qualified and interested applicants, late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Applications are reviewed and scored by the Admissions Committee and selected individuals will be invited for an interview. While we do use a point system to rank academic performance, other subjective parameters may be used to determine whether an applicant is a good candidate for the program, which operates out of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.

All interviews will be conducted at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. They will last approximately 30 minutes. Following interviews, applicants will have the opportunity to meet with a current student to ask questions regarding the program.

No acceptance information will be given by telephone.

Curriculum

First Year Students

(#) = credit hours

– First Semester –

  • RTE 101 Introduction to Radiologic Technology/Patient Care I / (2)
  • 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 (16)

– Second Semester –

  • RTE Patient Care II / (2)
  • RTE 142 Principles of Exposure and Technique II / (3)
  • 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 (13)

– Third Semester –

  • RTE 122 Radiographic Procedures II / Lab / Film Critique II / (3)
  • RTE 143 Exposure and Technique III / (3)
  • MED 101 Medical Terminology / (3)
  • RTE 183 Clinical Education III / (8)

Total credit hours (17)

Second Year Students

– Fourth Semester –

  • RTE 221 Radiographic Procedures, Lab & Image Evaluation IV / (3)
  • RTE 232 Principles of Radiation Protection / (3)
  • RTE 131 Radiographic Pathology I / (2)
  • RTE 281 Clinical Education IV / (8)

Total credit hours (16)

– Fifth Semester –

  • RTE 220 Radiographic Procedures, Lab & Image Evaluation III / (3)
  • RTE 255 Cross-Sectional Anatomy/CT / (1)
  • RTE 211 Patient Care III / (2)
  • RTE 282 Clinical Education V / (8)

Total credit hours (14)

– Sixth Semester –

  • RTE 241 Radiation Physics II / (3)
  • RTE 132 Radiographic Pathology II / (2)
  • RTE 289 Registry Review / (3)
  • RTE 283 Clinical Education VI / (4)

Total credit hours (12)

–Total credit hours of program (88)

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.

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.

Are there any other costs incurred while attending the school?

Currently, some other costs involved are:

  • Books: $900
  • Uniforms: $150
  • School patches: $10
  • Student markers: $25 (one set)
  • The Registry Review class: $50
  • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists: $200
  • Trajecsys: $150 (two years)
  • Grading package: $45
  • Background check: $25
  • Student assessment fee: $30
  • CPR: $50
  • Graduation expenses: $60

All costs subject to change

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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Will I be prepared to take the ARRT certification exam when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, our graduates are eligible to sit for the ARRT certification examination.

What physical and mental abilities must I possess?

Applicants must present evidence of good health and be able to meet the requirements of the program outlined under the admissions requirement tab.

Are there observation opportunities available at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital?
Is there a waiting list to get into your program?

We do not have a waiting list for our program. We usually receive 40-60 applications per year, and accept 12-15 students into the program. Applicants who are not selected may reapply for the program in the following year.

Do re-applicants need to submit all new application materials?

Yes. All application materials (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) must be resubmitted for reapplication.

Do you accept transfer students from outside programs?

No, we do not.

What is the approximate cost of the program?

Tuition. Tuition for the program is paid each year and does not include textbooks, uniforms, or supplies. Tuition for the class of 2022-2023 was set at $12,000 per year or $24,000 total.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications, required coursework, and all supporting documentation MUST be completed and postmarked by October 1.

What is the entry-level salary range for radiographers?

Sonographers may earn an average of $45,000 – $70,000 per year.

Is financial aid available, or are student loans available?

At this time, financial aid is not available through the UCHealth Radiology School, hospital-based program.

Do you offer weekend or night classes for radiography?

No, we do not. This program is full-time, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classroom sessions are held on Wednesdays.

Do you offer online courses?

The didactic portion of this course will be provided via a distance learning format. The clinical course will be on-site.

Can I work full-time or part-time while taking this program?

We do not recommend that you attempt to work full-time during this program to assure optimal success.