UPMC Chautauqua School of Radiology in conjunction with the UPMC Chautauqua Healthcare System will provide students and faculty equal opportunity with regards to recruitment and matriculation practices and will not be based on age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Qualified disabled persons will not be discriminated against because of their disability.

Academic Prerequisites for Admission

Prerequisites required for an applicant to be considered for admission into the program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed 9 credit hours of college level general education. The following list of courses will be accepted: (not a conclusive list)
    • Mathematical/logical reasoning – *3 credit hours are Mandatory in this subject* – algebra, problem solving, statistics, or precalculus
    • Written/Oral communications – *3 credit hours are Mandatory in this subject* – English composition, writing about literature, or creative writing
    • Information systems – computer sciences
    • Social/behavioral sciences – psychology, life span development, sociology
    • Natural Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Health Science and Personal Health & Safety.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the following prerequisite courses in either their high school education or in post-secondary education:
    • Two (2) English courses – English Composition as one of the courses is highly recommended.
    • Three (3) Science courses that are to include any combination of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Health Science and Personal Health & Safety. *general science & earth science courses are not accepted *
    • Two (2) Math courses – approved courses include Course I, II, III or College Algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus and statistics * basic math will not be accepted as a minimum requirement*
In each of the above-mentioned courses, the applicant must have received a final grade of 75% or better for that course to be accepted as a minimum requirement.

In addition, once accepted and then upon completion of the program, all candidates taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist must posses an Associates Degree. *please see College Affiliations*


Due to the aforementioned academic prerequisites, it is imperative that transcripts from all institutions that the applicant may have attended must be submitted with the final application. These transcripts will be used as proof that the applicant did meet the minimum academic requirements necessary for the selection process.

Technical Prerequisites

An applicant must possess the following in order to accomplish the essential requirements of the program.

  1. Sufficient eyesight, either naturally or through correction, to observe and assess patients, manipulates equipment, and evaluates radiographic quality.
  2. Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to instruct patients and communicate with other health care providers.
  3. Respond promptly to emergency situations.
  4. Sufficient strength to manipulate radiographic equipment and ensure safe transfer of patients.
  5. The ability to tolerate demanding physical work loads and adapt to various work environments (e.g. surgery, emergency room, intensive care, etc.) The candidate must be able to lift a minimum of thirty (30) pounds and possess the ability to support up to seventy-five (75) pounds.
  6. The need to function effectively under a great amount of stress.
  7. Be able to stand and move around for long periods of time.
  8. Possess good verbal and non-verbal skills of communication