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Pre-Professional Health Sciences


Students who are service-oriented, compassionate, interested in healthcare and human body issues, and academically competent can develop into skilled health care professionals.

Our undergraduate program emphasizes quality academics and Christian caring empathy and prepares students for entrance into health professional programs.

EMUs pre-radiology program prepares students for entrance into radiology programs.

About Radiology Technicians

Students who are interested in working in hospital as part of a team of health care workers with patients but do not plan to go into other medical programs may be interested in a pre-radiological technician program. Of the largest groups of health care providers, radiology technicians come in third, behind nurses and physicians. Radiologic technicians create diagnostic images using different types of radiation and work under the guidance of radiologist medical doctors. They might specialize in X-ray, MRI, mammography, computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy (used in Barium X-rays, cardiac catherization, and more), or sonography (ultrasound). In addition to making images, radiology technicians may prepare and inject radiopharmaceutical agents, administer radiation therapy or assist in procedures such as angioplasty.

Radiographic programs require some degree (associates or higher) and consist of two years of training before taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national registry exam.  Some states will require licensing to practice as a radiology technician.  At least two regional hospital systems offer radiological technician programs. These programs combine clinical and didactic experiences.  Both are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Sentara RMH
School of Radiologic Technology
3200 Peoples Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone (540)564-7230

Winchester Medical Center
Medical Radiography Program
220 Campus Blvd, Suite 300
Winchester VA 22601
Phone (540) 536-7935

 Preparing for study after EMU

Required & Recommended Courses for Pre-Radiology

Competitive candidates will have completed:

  • An associates degree or baccalaureate degree, likely in biology
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better
  • Prior radiological shadowing is desirable (not required)
  • Pre-requisite courses
    • Anatomy with lab (BIOL 437 Advanced Human Anatomy)
    • Physiology with lab (BIOL 447 Advanced Human Physiology)
        • Alternately students may fulfill the requirements with BIOL 112 and BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • WRIT 120 Introductory College Writing (or higher)
    • MATH 110 Algebra and the Environment (or higher)
    • PHIL 334: Ethics: Conceptions of Personal Good

Some programs also require:

  • CS 110 Introduction to Computer Science
  • Medical Terminology
  • CHEM 102 Matter & Energy or CHEM 223 General Chemistry I
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • SOC 201 Sociology of Health

Some programs will require the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

More Information

A description of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist organization and information about education, publications, certification, etc.

If you’re curious about Radiology, set-up a guided tour of Sentara RMH’s School of Radiologic Technology.