Pre-Radiation Science Technology Curriculum

            To be eligible to apply to UNMC’s radiation science technology program, students must have 50 credits of pre-requisites (60 credits preferred) done, which are listed below.  Radiation Science Technology is a competitive program and thus, students should strongly consider having a major of interest to pursue, alongside the radiation science technology curriculum.  If accepted to UNMC’s program, students would complete the 21 month program there and would receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Radiation Science Technology from UNMC.

            Radiation Science Technology is also available at an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree level at Clarkson College and Methodist College in Omaha.  Students interested in these programs can apply directly after high school or take certain pre-requisites at UNO before application to those programs.  It is recommended that students interested in either of these schools visit the institutions for a tour and a discussion about their programs of interest.

            Completion of a radiography program such as UNMC’s, certification in Radiation Science Technology, and completion of the pre-requisites listed below (minus the 15 electives) are required for application to the following UNMC programs: cardiovascular interventional technology, computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy (add CSCI 1000 to the list below), and diagnostic medical sonography.

            No grade below C will be accepted.


Biological Sciences                                                                              (4 credit hours minimum)

BIOL 2740                                  Human Physiology & Anatomy I                             4 credits

BIOL 2840                                  Human Physiology & Anatomy II (recommended)     4 credits


Chemical Sciences                                                                               (4 credit hours minimum)

CHEM 1140 & 1144                      Fundamentals of Chemistry & Lab                          5 credits

*Requires Math 1310 or placement beyond as pre-requisites.


Physics                                                                                                (4 credit hours minimum)

PHYS 1050                                 Intro to Physics                                                   4 credits

(Higher level physics may be substituted.)

*It is recommended that students take the lab, PHYS 1054, with the lecture, but it is not required.


Mathematics                                                                                         (3 credit hours minimum)

MATH 1320                                 College Algebra                                                   3 credits


Statistics                                                                                             (3 credit hours minimum)

STAT 3000                                  Statistical Methods I                                             3 credits

PSYC 3130                                 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences                       3 credits

SOC 2130                                   Basic Statistics                                                     3 credits


English Composition                                                                             (6 credit hours minimum)

ENGL 1150                                 English Composition I                                           3 credits

ENGL 1160 or 1164                      English Composition II                                          3 credits

(Advanced writing composition courses can be substituted, if proficiency is established by examination.)


Speech                                                                                                 (3 credit hours minimum)

SPCH 1110                                 Public Speaking Fundamentals                               3 credits


Humanities                                                                                           (3 credit hours minimum)

Humanity courses include subjects such as art, english literature, foreign languages, history, music, philosophy, religious studies, and theatre, to give several examples.

Social Sciences (both psychology & sociology suggested)                                 (3 credit hours minimum)

PSYC 1010                                 Intro to Psychology                                             3 credits

SOC 1010                                   Intro to Sociology                       3 credits

Medical Terminology                                                                             (2 credit hours minimum)

Many places in Omaha offer a Medical Terminology course, including UNMC, Metropolitan Community College, Creighton, Clarkson, and Methodist.

Electives                                                                                               (15 credit hours minimum)

For information about UNO courses, call the dean’s office at 402.554.2458. For information on programs in Radiation Science Technology Education at UNMC, please call 402.559.1029. Their programs include radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and sonography.

For information on the Radiologic Technology program at Nebraska Methodist College, call 402.354.7200 or for Clarkson College, call 402.552.3100.