University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Radiologic Technology A.A.S.

A Radiologic Technologist (Radiographer) uses critical thinking and independent judgment to obtain diagnostic medical images while providing 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 of applied science 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.

Program Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science 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. Once accepted into the program, students will complete the A.A.S. in 16 months, graduating at the end of the second fall semester.

Students must pass BIOH 201N 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 or Clinical Coordinator each semester prior to registration.

Application to the program is required spring semester in 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 the majority of classroom courses completed in the first two semesters. Clinical education will begin at the end of the first semester. A twelve-week summer session between the first and second years includes clinical rotations of 400 hours (40 hours/week for 10 weeks). The autumn semester of the second year also requires 400 hours of clinical 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 spring semester of the program. These sites may include, but are not limited to, Ronan, Hamilton, Plains, and Polson, Montana. Transportation and housing are the student's responsibility.

Associate of Applied Science - Radiologic Technology


Prerequisite Courses20
Pre- or Co-requisite Courses6
Radiologic Technology Courses48
Total Hours74

Degree Specific Credits: 74

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: Students must complete the pre-requisite core before applying to the Radiologic Technology Program or be in the process of completing the pre-requisite core during the Spring Semester. Applications are due on or around April 1st.

Prerequisite Courses

Note: These courses are taken before applying to the Radiologic Technology program. Along with BIOH 201N, students must register for the BIOH 202N lab section. These must be passed with a minimum grade of B . Students must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all course work including prerequisite courses to apply to the Radiologic Technology program.

Complete all of the following courses:
AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
BIOH 201NHuman Anatomy & Physiology I (minimum grade of ‘B’)4
BIOH 211NHuman Anatomy and Physiology II (minimum grade of ‘C’)4
M 115Probability and Linear Mathematics3
or M 121 College Algebra
PHSX 105NFundamentals of Physical Science3
or CHMY 121N Introduction to General Chemistry
WRIT 101College Writing I3
or WRIT 121 Introduction to Technical Writing
Total Hours20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Pre- or Co-requisite Courses

Note: These courses can be taken either before applying or after being accepted into the program through the application process.

Complete all of the following courses:
AHMS 270EMedical Ethics3
COMX 115SIntroduction to Interpersonal Communication3
or PSYX 100S Intro to Psychology
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Radiologic Technology Courses

Note: These courses cannot be taken unless accepted into the program through the application process.

  • AHXR 195 is taken Autumn Semester first year at 1 credit and Spring Semester at 4 credits.
  • AHXR 295 is taken Summer Semester at 12 credits and Autumn Semester second year at 10 credits.
  • For AHXR courses the minimum grade is a B.
Complete all of the following courses:
AHXR 101Patient Care in Radiology2
AHXR 121Radiographic Imaging I4
AHXR 140Radiographic Methods4
AHXR 141Radiology Lab1
AHXR 160Radiographic Methods II3
AHXR 161Radiographic Methods II Lab1
AHXR 195Radiographic Clinical: I5
AHXR 221Radiographic Imaging II2
AHXR 225Radiobiology/Radiation Protctn2
AHXR 270Radiographic Registry Review2
AHXR 295Radiographic Clinical22
Total Hours48

Minimum Required Grade: B