UC Blue Ash College

Radiologic Imaging Technology


Why study Radiologic Imaging Technology?

Radiologic Technologists are educationally prepared and clinically competent in the handling and use of radiation imaging equipment to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses.  The program emphasizes leadership skills within professional practice such as management or educational opportunities, or clinical specializations in Computed Tomography or Cardiac Interventional Radiography.

Radiologic Imaging Technology student education includes an integrated plan of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. In addition to regular classroom coursework, students spend an average of 24 hours per week practicing their skills in the laboratory or clinical setting.

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue radiologic imaging technology should apply through UC admissions to be admitted to the UC Blue Ash College in the Pre-Health Professions program or be an existing UC student.

Applications for selective admission to radiologic imaging technology will open and close in accordance with the dates provided on the Selective Admissions webpage. Students are accepted into the clinical program each summer to begin fall semester.

A minimum grade of C in all required first year fall and spring semester courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 

Students must pass a criminal background check and drug screen at their own expense, must be able to meet the programs physical, mental, and emotional requirements, and all clinical affiliate training and vaccination requirements.

Additional Clinical Acceptance Requirements and Information:
Upon acceptance to the radiologic imaging technology program, students must meet a number of requirements in accordance with the policies of the program and the clinical sites in order to participate in the clinical experience. These include documentation of specific and current immunizations and vaccinations, American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and health insurance prior to the start of their clinical experience. In addition students will be required to purchase appropriate uniforms, supplies, and educational materials and arrange for personal transportation to and from clinical sites.

Not meeting program and clinical education setting requirements may be grounds for dismissal from the program. Accepted students who do not comply with State/Federal laws (with the exception of speeding and parking violations) or who violate academic honor codes must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility.  An Ethics Review Pre-Application must be submitted to the ARRT prior to the start of fall semester to determine program continuance.

Students accepted to the program may voluntarily notify the program director regarding pregnancy so that additional radiation protection measures can be taken. Students may also voluntarily undeclare their pregnancy. Radiation protection policies and program extension policies that affect pregnant students are available from the program director upon request.

Students who are interested in human anatomy and have a strong background in science and math and the ability to communicate and work well with others will be the most successful in this program.  Students entering the radiologic imaging technology profession must have the following abilities in order to successfully complete the program.

Physical Abilities

  1. Lift and assist patients using proper body mechanics.
  2. Capable of using hands and arms to handle, install, position and move patients and devices.
  3. Safely maneuver all radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment as necessary for each exam. 
  4. Push and maneuver patients in wheelchairs and on stretchers. 
  5. Respond quickly and professionally to patients in emergency situations. 
  6. Communicate clearly with patients and other health care professionals in oral and written forms, including the use of medical terminology. 
  7. Move and align the patient and equipment utilizing lights, lasers and signals to properly position for radiographs. 
  8. Stand for an extended time period and walk for long distances.
  9. Pass background checks and drug screening.

Sensory Abilities

  1. Visual ability to see details at a close range (such as small print labels) and to make observations and assessments necessary in patient care. Be able to use diagnostic equipment, such as automatic injectors and cardiovascular monitors.
  2. Visualize and identify signs of impending danger/injury.
  3. Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hear soft sounds, alarms, and warning sounds or cries for help. 
  4. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and to perform patient care. Perform palpation during radiologic procedures. Administer oral, rectal, and intravenous contrast media.

Mental Abilities

  1. Amenable to learning the safe handling, restraining and working with a diverse population of patients in various physiologic conditions whereby one may encounter blood, vomit, feces, urine, or other bodily fluids.  Patients may be sick, injured, infectious, cognitively/intellectually impaired, or aggressive.
  2. Willingness to assist with or perform a wide variety of routine medical, surgical and diagnostic procedures common to the healthcare setting.
  3. Capacities to read, hear, understand and quickly execute complex verbal and written instructions given in English.
  4. Possess emotional stability when performing duties in emergency, life-and-death situations, or other stressful environments.
  5. During emergencies, be able to respond promptly and appropriately.

Students will be given reasonable assistance/accommodation in overcoming difficulties with these standards. However, there is no guarantee that all potential students will be able to successfully complete the program if unable to perform these actions. Students concerned about the requirements should contact the program director.

Radiologic Technologists possess the knowledge, communication skills, and critical thinking skills to operate complex medical equipment properly and deliver quality patient care. Day-to-day, Radiologic Technologists work with other members of the health care team as well as patients and family members. They explain procedures to patients, ensure proper equipment function, acquire medical images, evaluate image quality, and assist physicians during radiologic imaging procedures. 

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for pre-health professions and radiologic technology via the UCBA advising website.

The use of multiple clinical sites allows students to work with many types of radiographic equipment and to participate in a wide variety of radiologic procedures. This program affiliates with the radiology departments of Bethesda Arrow Springs Medical Center, Bethesda Butler Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Christ Hospital, The Christ Hospital (Red Bank) Imaging Center, The Christ Hospital Medical Center-Liberty Township, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, West Chester Hospital and Mercy West Hospital..

The following requirements must be met:

  1. Grades of "C" or better in all radiologic imaging technology program courses
  2. All clinical and didactic courses must be taken concurrently as listed
  3. Adherence to program policies and procedures
  4. Completion of all university and college requirements for graduation
  5. Cumulative GPA of no less than 2.8

Transfer credits must be fully evaluated for applicability to the radiologic imaging technology program as part of the college admissions process. 

It is highly recommended that international students contact UC International Services prior to applying for this program.  

Students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must complete the English Proficiency Requirements with the designated score, as listed below. With the following exceptions:

  1. Student has taken a full year of High School in the United States and earned a passing grade in one year of Standard English (not ESL).
  2. Student has earned a passing score on the O-Level English Exam.
  3. Student has passed the first year of IB English (SL or HL) with a score of 5 or higher.
  4. Student has attended a full year of school in a country in which has been deemed as English proficient.

High Intermediate Ranges on Examination(s) - for students that do not meet one of the Four Bulleted Exceptions above.


Overall: 72

  • Speaking sub-score: 20
  • Listening sub-score: 17


  • Overall: 6.0
  • Speaking sub-score: 6.5
  • Listening sub-score: 5.5


  • Overall: 50 (concords to 72 on the TOEFL)
  • CEFR level B2 (easiest)=51-58
  • CEFR level B2=59-75

Cambridge Assessment

  • English 175
  • IELTS 6.0 = 169-175
  • IELTS 6.5 = 176-184
  • CEFR level: B2 =160-179

Duolingo English Test (DET)

  • Overall: 95
  • Production sub-score: 112
  • Conversation sub-score: 88

Application Deadlines

For application deadlines, visit the admissions website.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The radiologic imaging technology program is applying to be accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and approved by the Ohio Department of Health. JRCERT accreditation assures quality and requires a detailed peer-review process for ongoing improvement and assessment of the program. Accreditation Standards and program effectiveness data published by the JRCERT are available at www.jrcert.org or via mail@jrcert.org. The address and telephone number for the JRCERT are Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2901; (313) 704-5300.

Contact Information

Allied Health Program
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 558-7928

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Program Code: 28BAC-RIT-BRIT