Students in the Biomedical Sciences major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all requirements. Students choose from one of the following seven areas or submajors:

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Cytotechnology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diagnostic Imaging (degree completion program)
  • Health Science (degree completion program)
  • Public Health Microbiology

All students will be required to comply with a background check, drug screen, and maintain health insurance during the professional training experience.

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic technologists, or radiographers, use X-Rays and administer contrast media to produce images of the human skeleton, chest, digestive tract, and urinary system. The radiographer works closely with the radiologist or physician. Students complete the first two years of prerequisite courses on campus before applying for placement into the professional education portion of the curriculum. Once accepted into the professional education component of the program, students will take didactic and clinical education courses concurrently. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science degree, students are eligible to write the national registry exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (

The Radiologic Technology professional education programs are accredited by:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606.


Students pursuing the Biomedical Sciences: Radiologic Technology submajor complete the freshman and sophomore years on campus. Students accepted into the professional education curriculum complete the junior and senior years at either the on-campus UWM radiography program or off campus through external radiography programs offered at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, UW Hospital & Clinics in Madison, Wheaton Franciscan All Saints in Racine, and Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph in Milwaukee. Students are responsible for any relocation and all living expenses during clinical education.

Entry into professional training is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER);
  2. Completion of all required courses and electives (56 credits) in the freshman and sophomore semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.5; a maximum of 4 courses may be repeated once.
  3. Successful completion of the professional education application process to include an interview with the UWM radiography program and on-site interviews with the affiliated radiography programs;
  4. Successful completion of a background check, health physical, and drug screen prior to the beginning of the professional curriculum, and maintenance of health insurance and CPR certification for the duration of the professional curriculum;
  5. Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in the following:
    BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
    BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II4
    BMS 301Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals1
    BMS 302Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I1
    BMS 303Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II1
    BMS 304Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III1
    BMS 305Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV1
    CHEM 100Chemical Science4
    DMI 300Diagnostic Medical Imaging Fundamentals2
  6. Completion of a job-shadowing experience in an imaging department with a Radiologic Technology professional prior to applying for placement into the professional education component is required; and
  7. Completion of a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course is highly recommended, but not required. View a list of WI nurse aide training programs at

Admission into the professional curriculum is competitive and final admission decisions rest with the program directors. Admission is not guaranteed. To remain eligible to continue in the professional education curriculum, students must adhere to all policies and procedures of the program they are attending. Once accepted into the professional education curriculum students will be provided with a copy of the program's policies and procedures.

An example of the radiologic technology curriculum may be found on the Plan of Study tab.

Pre-Professional Requirements
General Education Requirements
Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Competency Part A & B
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Competency Part A and B
Foreign Language Competency
Arts 3
Natural Sciences 1
Social Sciences 1
Cultural Diversity 1
Major Requirements
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II4
BMS 205Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine3
BMS 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (SS/CD)3
BMS 301Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals1
BMS 302Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I1
BMS 303Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II1
BMS 304Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III1
BMS 305Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV1
CHEM 100Chemical Science4
COMSDIS 250Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences (SS)3
COMMUN 103Public Speaking (HU)3
DMI 101Introduction to Medical Imaging1
ENGLISH 207Health Science Writing (OWCB)3
HS 102Healthcare Delivery in the United States3
HS 222Language of Medicine3
HS 224Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals3
HS 251Health Documentation1
KIN 270Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice (QLB)3
DMI 300Diagnostic Medical Imaging Fundamentals2
Professional & Clinical Training
DMI 306Imaging Procedures I5
DMI 307Seminar in Radiography I3
DMI 308Imaging Procedures II5
DMI 309Imaging Procedures III3
DMI 350Introduction to Radiologic Science and Healthcare2
DMI 351Radiation Protection2
DMI 353Principles of Imaging I3
DMI 355Radiography Clinical Education I3
DMI 360Radiation Biology2
DMI 362Principles of Imaging II3
DMI 364Radiography Clinical Education II3
DMI 372Radiographic Clinical Education III4
DMI 401Seminar in Radiography II2
DMI 470Radiographic Physics2
DMI 473Imaging Procedures IV2
DMI 474Radiography Clinical Education IV3
DMI 475Seminar in Radiography III2
DMI 477Cross Sectional Anatomy3
DMI 478Radiologic Pathology3
DMI 479Radiography Clinical Education V3
DMI 480Seminar in Radiography IV2
DMI 485Professional Development in Radiography2
DMI 486Radiography Clinical Education VI4
Total Credits120

Credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas.

Pre-Professional Training Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
BIO SCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology I * 4
BMS 205 Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine 3
CHEM 100 Chemical Science * 4
DMI 101 Introduction to Medical Imaging 1
COMMUN 103 Public Speaking (HU) 3
BIO SCI 203 Anatomy and Physiology II * 4
HS 102 Healthcare Delivery in the United States 3
HS 222 Language of Medicine 3
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice (QLB) 3
Year 2
BMS 301 Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals * 1
BMS 302 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I * 1
BMS 303 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II * 1
COMSDIS 250 Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences (SS) 3
HS 224 Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals 3
HS 251 Health Documentation 1
DMI 300 Diagnostic Medical Imaging Fundamentals * 2
BMS 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (SS/CD) 3
BMS 304 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III * 1
BMS 305 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV * 1
ENGLISH 207 Health Science Writing (OWCB) 3
GER Arts 3
GER Humanities 3
 Total Credits54

 Requires grade of C or better.

Professional Training Curriculum Course List:

(Example of radiologic technology curriculum provided below. Curriculum course list and sequence provided to student upon advancement to major.)

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
DMI 306 Imaging Procedures I 5
DMI 350 Introduction to Radiologic Science and Healthcare 2
DMI 351 Radiation Protection 2
DMI 353 Principles of Imaging I 3
DMI 355 Radiography Clinical Education I 3
DMI 307 Seminar in Radiography I 3
DMI 308 Imaging Procedures II 5
DMI 362 Principles of Imaging II 3
DMI 364 Radiography Clinical Education II 3
DMI 309 Imaging Procedures III 3
DMI 372 Radiographic Clinical Education III 4
Year 4
DMI 470 Radiographic Physics 2
DMI 473 Imaging Procedures IV 2
DMI 480 Seminar in Radiography IV 2
DMI 474 Radiography Clinical Education IV 3
DMI 477 Cross Sectional Anatomy 3
DMI 360 Radiation Biology 2
DMI 401 Seminar in Radiography II 2
DMI 475 Seminar in Radiography III 2
DMI 478 Radiologic Pathology 3
DMI 479 Radiography Clinical Education V 3
DMI 485 Professional Development in Radiography 2
DMI 486 Radiography Clinical Education VI 4
 Total Credits66

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major are granted to students who earn a GPA of 3.500 or above on a minimum of 30 completed credits at UWM.

College of Health Professions and Sciences Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.500 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.