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Informative diagram of the application pathways from high school to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Radiography Program

When it comes to applicants, we look at more than test scores and grades. While those numbers are important, we also care about your career aspirations and goals. We’ve designed this program to have three pathways to admission. This application pathways infographic details the possible pathways. Discover what comes next on your path to becoming a radiologic technologist. 

Enrollment options

Affiliated bachelor's degree options

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to the Radiography Program after completing the required coursework at one of our affiliated academic institutions. We’ve worked with the below affiliated institutions to ensure you’re getting the exact prerequisite education you need to be a strong candidate for our program.

Once you complete the required coursework, you’ll apply for the Radiography Program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Typically, students will apply during their sophomore or junior year.

Affiliated associate degree option

Students seeking an associate of applied science degree at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) are eligible to apply to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences (MCSHS) Radiography Program. Students who pursue this pathway must complete 28 credits at RCTC prior to starting the MCSHS Radiography Program.

Certificate pathway

If you have already completed an associate or bachelor’s degree and the prerequisites listed below before the start of the program, you may be eligible to apply for the Radiography Program.  Your degree must come from an institution accredited by an agency that ARRT recognizes. View a list of ARRT-Recognized Accreditation Agencies by visiting the ARRT website.

The certificate option will grant you a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and allow you to sit for the credentialing exam directly after completing the Radiography Program.

Articulation agreements

For more information, view our affiliation agreement documents.

Prerequisites and minimum admissions requirements

To be eligible for the Radiography Program, you must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least two hours of job shadowing in a general radiology department (this can be done at Mayo Clinic or another health care institution)
    • This requirement will be waived for the Dec. 2021 - Jan. 2022 admissions cycle.
  • Be currently enrolled at one of the program’s academic affiliates and be on track for degree completion or have already earned an associate degree (or higher)
  • Complete the following prerequisite college coursework with a C or higher prior to the program start date. Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted.
SubjectMinimum requirements


One semester of college-level English composition


One semester of college algebra; a higher-level math course also satisfies this requirement

Anatomy and physiology

Two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab component. This can be fulfilled by completing either Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II or Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses.


One semester of college-level physics with a lab component

Speech or Interpersonal Communications

One semester of college-level speech or interpersonal communications


One semester of college-level chemistry with a lab component


One semester of college-level ethics or medical ethics

In addition to the prerequisite courses listed above, some affiliates may have additional degree requirements or prerequisites.

Competitive applicants

Students will be most competitive if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have good grades (B and above) in math and science prerequisite courses
  • Have completed the prerequisite coursework within five years of applying
  • Have previous patient care or customer service experience
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in the radiography profession

Transfer student policy

St. Cloud State University (SCSU), Saint Mary's University (SMU), Mount Marty College (MMC), Minot State University (MSU), Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), University of Mary (UMary), University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR), University of Sioux Falls (USF), University of Wisconsin - River Falls (UWRF), and Winona State University (WSU) may accept transfer credit for previous general college coursework. Refer to those institutions to learn about their transfer policies.

Transfer students from other radiography programs are not accepted.

PSEO and advanced placement credits

Students considering Advanced Placement (AP) and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) when completing program prerequisite coursework should refer to the college granting credits for questions regarding credit awards.

Admission policy

Learn about Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Technical standards

Candidates must meet the technology standards for the Radiography Program (Minnesota) (with or without reasonable accommodation) necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in health professions. To seek exceptions to these standards, students accepted for admission must initiate a request at least six weeks before the program begins.

Application process

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) degree option at UMR should complete this UMR application for admission. If accepted to the Radiography Program, BSHP students are jointly admitted to UMR and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

All students who are not seeking a degree through the University of Minnesota Rochester should refer to the application instructions below.

Application windowProgram startApply
Dec. 1, 2021 - Jan. 15, 2022 June 2022 Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Radiography Program (RST)
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume.
  • Complete the essay questions and upload them to the Supplemental Items section.
  • Two letter of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
    • Academic. Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the field of radiography. References may include current or former teachers or professors.
    • Professional. Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of radiography. References may include employers, teachers, or supervisors. 
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes. If accepted to the program, official transcripts must be sent to the address below.

Radiography Program
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Siebens Building, 11th Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

  • All students pursuing an associate degree through RCTC must also submit official high school transcripts. These must be mailed from the institution to the above address.

Note: Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for Fall 2021 coursework until official transcripts can be obtained.

Note: Incomplete applications, or applications postmarked or electronically submitted outside of the Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 time frame, may not be processed. Program information and application materials are updated each year and therefore are not valid for subsequent applications.

Any updates or changes to the published information that affect applicants for the next class are made on this website before the application window opens.

Interview process

It has not been determined if interviews will be conducted 100% virtually or in-person for the upcoming admissions cycle.

All applicants who meet the minimum admissions requirements will be offered an interview.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or equivalent examination.

Multiple program applicants

Radiography program applicants must determine their first and second choice program preference by Feb. 23, 2022 if they are also applying for one of the following programs:

  • MCSHS MRI Program
  • MCSHS Sonography Program
  • MCSHS Respiratory Therapy Program
  • MCSHS Echocardiography Program


For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, the Radiography program may accept up to 34 students. All acceptance letters are mailed in March. Your reply is required within seven business days. Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the occupational health review and background checks (federal and Minnesota).

Enrolled students are required to be covered in a medical insurance plan throughout their educational program at Mayo Clinic. Students who do not have health care coverage should purchase a policy from an agency or company of their choice. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences does not endorse any particular plan or provider.

Background checks

All students must complete a state and national background check when accepted. All acceptances are contingent upon satisfactory clearance of the background checks. Mayo Clinic will investigate any discrepancy between the background check and the learner’s application and reserves the right to withdraw the learner’s acceptance based on negative findings. Students are not responsible for the cost of these background checks.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicant's policy.

Equal opportunity

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or veteran status. 

For more information, visit the Education Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.