Help doctors and patients find the answers they need. Radiographers provide an inside look.
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100% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.
Student Satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $51,084.
Program Number: 105261
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
66 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The Radiography associate degree program at Madison College will prepare you for a career as a radiographer. Radiographers, also known as radiologic technologists, play a key role in many health care settings, producing medical images used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

    Radiography duties include:

    • Positioning of patient to obtain proper projection
    • Aligning source (usually x-radiation)
    • Making exposure factor selections
    • Processing the image
    • Storing and retrieving images

    Successful Radiography students are able to follow instructions carefully, work to prescribed standards, and use good judgment in following procedures and handling problems. They are interested in work of a technical or scientific nature, and willing and able to work under pressure in emergency situations. 

    Please note that upon admission to the Radiography program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

    Program Details

    Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies.

    Students in Madison College's radiography program must attend full time. 

    Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

    Radiography program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    Earning your associate degree in Radiography at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for professional work in a wide range of health care facilities as a radiographer. 

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as: 

    • Bone Densitometrist
    • CT Technologist
    • MRI Technologist
    • Mammographer
    • Special Procedures Technologist
    • Radiation Therapy Technologist
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
    • Ultrasound (Sonographer)
    • Equipment Sales Representative 
    • Educator


    The Madison College Radiography Program has been awarded an 8-year accreditation by the Joint Review committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL. 60606, (312) 704-5300,

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Pre-Radiography Courses
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    First Semester
    5 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    5 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester (Summer)
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fifth Semester
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Sixth Semester (Summer)
    2 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

      • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
      • There is currently 1-2 years between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
      • Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process

      After Acceptance

      Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

      Additional Notes

      Students are required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements are subject to change based on updates to accreditation requirements or Madison College program assessment data.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • Petition

      After Acceptance

      After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

      Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

      • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
      • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
      • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
      • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program

      You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

      Fall 2023 and Spring 2024    

      Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

      After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core-program courses through the Petition Process.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • Transfer Opportunities

      UW System Schools

      The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

      Wisconsin Private Schools

      A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
      Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
      Students must have a 2.0 GPA for admission. This agreement is between the associate degree of applied science in radiography at Madison College and the bachelor of science in Radiologic Technology (adult/graduate studies) at Marian University. Students interested in transferring should contact Marian University for the most current transfer information.
      Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.

      Out-of-State Schools

      Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
      Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
      Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
      Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
    • Career Outcomes

      Our mission is to prepare students to be successful entry-level radiographers meeting the needs of the communities.

      Goal #1: Students will be clinically competent.

      1.1 Outcome: Students will apply radiation protection principles.

      1.2 Outcome: Students demonstrate positioning skills based on a sound knowledge of anatomy, function, and pathology.

      Goal #2: Students will communicate effectively.

      2.1 Outcome:  Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients.

      2.2 Outcome:  Students will use medical terminology appropriately.

      Goal #3: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

      3.1 Outcome: Students will evaluate radiographs, identifying ways to improve them.

      3.2 Outcome: Students can select correct exposure factors and field of view which produce diagnostic images.

      Goal #4: Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.

      4.1 Outcome: Students will demonstrate the importance of continued professional growth.

      4.2 Outcome: Students will demonstrate professional values and behaviors.

      Goal #5: Graduates will meet the needs of the medical imaging community (Program Effectiveness).

      5.1 Outcome: Students will be prepared for the ARRT registry exam.

      5.2 Outcome: Students will be employed in medical imaging or related area(s).

      5.3 Outcome:  Employers will be satisfied with new graduates’ performance.

      Graduates of Madison Area Technical College's Radiography program are eligible to take the entry-level certification examination and are employable in radiology and medical-imaging departments in hospitals and clinics.

      • Graduate Summary

        Graduate Report Summary Overview

        Number of Program Graduates211618
        Number of Surveys Sent211618
        Number of Surveys Returned161515
        Percent of Surveys Returned
        Available for Employment161515
        Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%100.00%
        Not in Labor Market
        Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Available for Employment

        Graduates Employed161515
        Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
        Employed in Related Occupation161515
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%100.00%100.00%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation000
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Employed - No Response000
        Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Seeking Employment000
        Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
        Number of Satisfaction Responses161515
        Very Satisfied (4)131111
        Percent Very Satisfied81.30%73.30%73.30%
        Satisfied (3)344
        Percent Satisfied18.80%26.70%26.70%
        Unsatisfied (2)000
        Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Very Unsatisfed (1)000
        Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        Number of Primary Reason Responses161515
        Preparation for Getting a Job9116
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job56.30%73.30%40.00%
        Career Change547
        Percent Career Change31.30%26.70%46.70%
        Improvement of Existing Skills000
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Preparation for Further Education102
        Percent Preparation for Further Education6.30%0.00%13.30%
        Personal Interest100
        Percent Personal Interest6.30%0.00%0.00%
        Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
        When Employment was Obtained

        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses161515
        Before Enrollment100
        Percent Before Enrollment6.30%0.00%0.00%
        While Attending the College104
        Percent While Attending the College6.30%0.00%26.70%
        After Training at the College141511
        Percent After Training at the College87.50%100.00%73.30%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        Number of Employment Location Responses12712
        In College District10710
        Percent In College District83.30%100.00%83.30%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District000
        Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Outside of Wisconsin202
        Percent Outside Wisconsin16.70%0.00%16.70%
        Employer Location Unknown000
        Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend202020212022
        Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count111311
        Average Monthly Wage$4,210$4,262$4,257
        Average Hourly Wage$24.48$24.78$24.75
        Average Work Hours per Week4239.139.5
        Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count414
        Average Hourly Wage$25.97$22.44$28.71
        Average Work Hours per Week24.43227.3
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
        Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
        Access Community Health CenterRadiologic Technologist
        AscensionRadiologic TechnologistAustinTX
        Aurora Health CareRadiologic TechnologistSummit
        Cincinnati Childrens HospitalRadiologic TechnologistCincinnatiOH
        Fort Health & RehabilitationRadiologic TechnologistFort Atkinson
        Group Health CooperativeRadiologic Technologist
        Reedsburg Area Medical CenterRadiologic TechnologistReedsburg
        Sauk Prairie Health CareRadiologic TechnologistPrairie du Sac
        SSM HealthMRI Technologist
        SSM HealthRadiologic Technologist2
        UW HealthMRI Technologist
        UW HealthCT Technician
        UW Medical FoundationRadiologic TechnologistMiddleton
        Watertown Regional Medical CenterX-Ray TechnicianWatertown

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        ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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