Program Description

Radiography prepares individuals for a career in diagnostic imaging as a radiographer. The radiographer is a technologist who produces images of the human body to aid physicians in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the entry-level certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiography Technologists (ARRT) and may obtain employment in hospitals, medical clinics and private offices after successfully gaining state licensure. Program curriculum focuses on theoretical and applied radiography and includes clinical experience in a radiology department. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students learn to use imaging technology to demonstrate body parts for diagnostic purposes, including bedside, trauma, pediatric and special procedures. Radiography Mission Statement: The Northcentral Technical College Radiography Program provides a comprehensive foundation for competent, customer focused radiography professionals for our community with pathways for advanced imaging.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,828
Books & Supplies: $1,282

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in the practice of diagnostic radiography
  • Model professional and ethical behavior consistent with the A.R.R.T. Code of Ethics
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Practice radiation safety principles
  • Carry out the production and evaluation of radiographic images


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Radiographer


The Radiography Associate Degree is a 66 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

Gen Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
Radiographic Procedures 1 5.00
Introduction To Radiography 3.00
Radiographic Imaging 3.00
Radiography Clinical 1 2.00
College 101 1.00

Second Term

Radiographic Procedures 2 5.00
Radiography Clinical 2 2.00
College Mathematics 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00
Advanced Radiographic Imaging 2.00

Third Term

Radiography Clinical 3 2.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00

Fourth Term

Imaging Equipment Operation 3.00
Radiography Clinical 4 4.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00
Imaging Modalities 2.00

Fifth Term

Radiographic Image Analysis 2.00
Radiographic Pathology 1.00
Radiography Clinical 5 4.00
Radiation Protection And Biology 3.00
Speech 3.00

Sixth Term

Radiography Clinical 6 1.00
ARRT Certification Seminar 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (visit the website to compare NTC’s Radiography program to others).

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This program has been accredited for 8 years. The next accreditation review is planned for 2030.

Program Mission Statement

The Northcentral Technical College Radiography program provides a comprehensive foundation for competent, customer focused radiography professionals for our community with pathways for advanced imaging.

Program Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate professionalism.
  2. Students will demonstrate communication skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate critical thinking.
  4. Students will demonstrate entry level radiographer clinical competence.
  5. Graduates will be satisfied, ARRT successful and meet the needs of employers and the community.

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2024–2025 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semesters — Fall 2024 and Spring 2025.
Expenses Student Living With Parents (Home) Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
Living Expenses (Housing & Food) $3,008 $9,147
Books / Supplies $1,465 $1,465
Transportation $4,017 $4,017
Personal Expenses $3,608 $3,608
Loan Fees $85 $85
Professional Licensure / Certification $310† $310†
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2024–2025 academic year. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, the Wisconsin Resident tuition rate is $149.50 per credit and Out-of-State resident tuition is $224.25 per credit.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, Student Fees include: a minimum $5.00 material fee and a $13.15 per credit activity fee. A $4.00 per semester insurance fee will be assessed to students taking at least one course which has a scheduled session on campus.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

† American Registry of Radiologic Technologists: $225 (incurred during second year, spring semester), State of Wisconsin License to practice Radiography: $85 (incurred during second year, spring semester).

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Additional Information

Radiography Student Handbook

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC’s Radiography Associate Degree Program prepares graduates to be eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification and registration examination in Radiography ( Continued ARRT certification and registration is recognized throughout the United States and meets Wisconsin licensing guidelines. Individual states may have additional professional licensing requirements that can be explored at The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.
  • You must be 18 years of age to start clinical.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification is required prior to starting program courses or within the timeframe discussed at program orientation. Accepted certifications include BLS CPR from American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Verification of high school graduation or GED completion is required.
  • After admission to the college, you will be considered a pre-radiography student. Students are eligible to submit a financial aid application at this point and can work to complete general education courses as laid out in the program curriculum. Students interested in beginning the core clinical radiography program courses will declare during the designated dates.

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Documentation can be sent via email to, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be emailed to you.