Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Radiography studentDoes UPHS - Marquette still operate the radiography program?

No. Northern Michigan University maintains ownership and accreditation of the radiography program. Northern Michigan University through affiliation agreements provides students clinical experience at MGHS and many others clinical sites throughout the Upper Peninsula, Lower Michigan and Wisconsin.

  1. How difficult is it to be accepted into the program?

NMU seeks to admit students who can provide evidence of potential to succeed in the health care profession of medical imaging sciences – radiography. Our Admissions Committee evaluates many factors when selecting a student. No single attribute will guarantee acceptance into our program. 

  1. Why do you limit your enrollment into your program?

A limited capacity provides students from a broad range of ability levels a one-on-one learning environment of guidance and feedback. Each two-week clinical rotation will have one student at a time to allow the student enough opportunity to reach competency in procedures performed in that clinical rotation.

  1. What do you look for when evaluating your application candidates?    

The Admissions Committee looks for individuals who have a strong academic background in biological sciences and communication. This can be demonstrated through high school and college-level course work and service-oriented work experience. Applicants must possess good interpersonal communication skills and a discernable interest in others.

  1. How can I enhance my chances of being selected?

The Admissions Committee will not guarantee acceptance to any candidate. The ideal candidate:

  • is knowledgeable in the field of medical imaging sciences – radiography
  • has work experience with the public
  • communicates well verbally and in writing
  • possesses a positive attitude, caring demeanor and strong work ethic
  • has a proven record of academic success
  1. Can you receive a BS degree?

Northern Michigan University offers a Bachelor of Science degree for allied health professionals.

  1. Are college programs better than a hospital-based program?

Hospital-based graduates tend to have more clinical experience to master the same radiography curriculum as college-based programs. The NMU radiography program provides the student the best of both worlds: post-secondary diversity and an excellent clinical practicum.

  1. What is the starting wage for a radiographer?

Salaries for radiographers vary geographically. Starting wages in our geographical area range from $19 - $24/hour.

  1. Will I be able to replace courses in the program with previously completed courses (ie. anatomy, algebra, physics, etc.)?

A student completing the pre-requisite courses will follow Northern Michigan University’s policy for transfer courses.  Once accepted into the radiography program a student will complete all RAD courses. The sequential radiography curriculum will be completed as listed in program publications. 

  1. When I am listed as a Pre-RAD student at NMU does this mean I have been accepted into the Radiography Program?

No. Completing the Pre-RAD courses (general education courses) does not mean a student has been accepted into the radiography program. A student must still follow the application process and go through selection.

  1. Can I receive financial aid or use my scholarships?

Yes. Financial Aid is available to all applicable students through Northern Michigan University’s Financial Aid department.

  1. Will I be able to work full-time while attending this program?

It is for each individual to honestly evaluate their abilities and determine if after the full-time commitment necessary to complete the program the individual can handle the added responsibility of full-time employment and maintain the performance standards expected by the program. The radiography program cannot dictate what a student does outside of the program, but past student experiences have demonstrated extreme difficulty for the student to successfully meet the requirements of both.

  1. Do you allow students to attend part-time?  

Our program, which is built upon a sequential curriculum, including a very active clinical practicum is unable to accommodate students seeking alternative forms of education.

    14. What are my options if I do not get accepted into the radiography program?

Students who are not accepted into the radiography program may re-apply the following year if they remain in good standing academically. They may choose to begin completing the bachelor’s degree courses during the interim period.

    15. Can I complete some of the RAD courses while taking the general education courses or while I am waiting to re-apply?

No. RAD courses listed are “closed” courses available only to students in the radiography program. The pre-RAD course schedule is a full course load for a student and RAD courses cannot be taken out of sequence.

  1. Is diagnostic imaging safe to work in? Do you receive a large dose of radiation working in this profession?

Diagnostic imaging is considered a safe working environment. Most of the procedures do not require a radiographer to be in the room when radiation is being used for image production. When an imager has to be in the room with the patient (during fluoroscopy) protective apparel, protection devices, radiation monitors and radiation safety practices are employed.

  1. Does NMU provide job placement after graduation?

NMU will not provide job placement upon program completion. A student may seek assistance in resume writing, interview procedures and job listings through the NMU Career Center. A student may review career outlook, work environment, earnings and job placement for previous graduates in the medical imaging sciences and standards and outcome sections of the website.