Radiographers have an important role in the treatment of the ill and injured. It’s their responsibility to ensure that the diagnostic images they produce are of the highest quality so that members of the medical team can make accurate diagnoses and treat patients accordingly. In this program, you’ll learn the effect of radiation on the body, how to position patients correctly, determine the proper settings for optimum exposures, and how to protect yourself and your patient from the effects of radiation. Core classes are taught in classroom and laboratory settings with a heavy emphasis on clinical experience in a healthcare setting. Classes are offered in traditional, online, and blended formats.
Program-specific courses are held in the Health Science Center, a shared facility located a few blocks from the La Crosse main campus. Check our maps page for specific location information.
For information about the Western Radiography program’s effectiveness data, please click here.
To view the Radiography program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.
Estimated Program Cost
This program will cost about $10,200* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Radiography 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats
|Employed in Related Occupation||9|
|Employed in Non-related Occupations||0|
|Not in Labor Market||0|
Salary Data - Related Employment
|Part Time||Full Time|
|Average Hours Per Week||37|
|Median Hourly Wage||$23.80|
|Hourly Wage Range||$20.79-$26.65|
|Median Annual Salary||$45,788|
Respondents in Related Occupations
- Patient Care Coordinator, Radiographer, Radiography, Radiologic Technologist
- Living responsibly
- Refining professionalism
- Cultivating passion
- Carry out the production and evaluation of radiographic images
- Apply computer skills in the radiographic clinical setting
- Practice radiation safety principles
- Provide quality patient care
- Model professional and ethical behavior consistent with the A.R.R.T. Code of Ethics
- Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the practice of diagnostic radiography
To enroll in the Radiography program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check. You can find links to these documents below. In addition, you must complete General Anatomy and Physiology, Developmental (or College) Biology, and Developmental (or College) Chemistry with a grade of “C” or better. Please see the details below.
- Radiography Essential Functions
- Background Check
- Complete one year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Biology
- Complete one year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Chemistry
- General Anatomy and Physiology (10806177)
- Contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment to complete your Intent to Enroll Form. Prospective or returning students should meet with an Admissions Coach. Current students should meet with a Health and Public Safety College Advisor.
COVID-19 Vaccination Status
COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend classes at Western Technical College, however your clinical site now requires proof of completion of COVID-19 vaccination to attend their sites. To prevent any interruption in your clinical/practicum/field classes, we are now requiring you to provide us with your COVID-19 vaccination proof to enter this program.
Software and Technology
Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.
If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.
- Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
- Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
- Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.
- Western uses the Blackboard Learning Management System. Some courses may use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to meet and work virtually. Visit our website for guidance on how to access and use these tools.
- Office 365 (available to download for free once you have a student email)
- Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox
For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.
- Western has several computer labs available. Visit our website to find open hours and locations on the La Crosse campus. Or find information on how to access resources on our Regional Locations web page.
- The Learning Commons has computers, webcams, and microphones available for in-house use. Our librarians recommend checking your local public library for computer access on the weekends. Staff members can also provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.
- Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.
The Radiography program is accredited by:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
For more information about the JRCERT, please visit www.jrcert.org.
The continuing accreditation status of the program was considered at the November 17, 2020 meeting of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program was evaluated according to the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography (2014). The program documents compliance with all relevant Standards; therefore, the JRCERT awards: ACCREDITATION FOR A PERIOD OF EIGHT YEARS. The maximum duration that may be awarded by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology in this category is eight years.
Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:
Acting Program Chair, Radiography