Radiography | Western Technical College


Associate of Applied Science

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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.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost


This program will cost about $10,100* 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.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Radiography Technologist
X-Ray Technologist
Radiology Technologist

Program Outcomes

  • 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

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements

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 and its prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better.  Please see the details below.

  • Radiography Essential Functions
  • Background Check
  • General Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisites
  • One year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Biology
  • 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 with a Health & Public Safety College Advisor to complete your Intent to Enroll form.


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
Phone: 312-704-5300

For more information about the JRCERT, please visit

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.

Additional Information

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:

Program Contact

Katie Scriver
Acting Program Chair, Radiography

Transfer Agreements

Grand Canyon University
University of WI - La Crosse
University of WI - Oshkosh
Viterbo University

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