Mayo Clinic Radiography Program student examining a patient

To apply for the Radiography Program, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. A job shadow in a general radiology department is required. This can be done at Mayo Clinic or another health care institution. Please contact the program for additional information on setting up a job shadow.

Students pursuing the bachelor's degree through:

Certificate option

Students may be eligible for the certificate option if they have successfully completed a bachelor's degree or will obtain a bachelor's degree prior to the start of the program.

Students also may be eligible for the certificate option if they have successfully completed an associate's degree or will obtain an associate's degree prior to the start of the program.

Certificate students are required to complete all the prerequisite course work to be eligible for admission.


All students are required to complete these prerequisite courses:

  • English. Minimum of one semester of college-level English composition.
  • Mathematics. Minimum of one semester of college algebra; a higher level math course also satisfies this requirement.
  • Anatomy and physiology. Minimum of two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab component.
  • Chemistry. Minimum of one semester of college-level chemistry with a lab component.
  • Physics. Minimum of one semester of college-level physics with a lab component.
  • Speech. Minimum of one semester of college-level speech.
  • Medical terminology. Minimum of one semester of medical terminology for health professionals.
  • Ethics. Minimum of one semester of college-level ethics or medical ethics.

You are most competitive if you:

  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including courses in mathematics and sciences
  • Have previous patient care or customer service experience
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in the radiography profession

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

Transfer student policy

Transfer credit for previous general college course work may be accepted by SCSU, SMU, MMC, MSU, UMary, UMR or USF; refer to the transfer policies of these universities. Transfer of credit is not accepted by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; see its credit transfer policy.

Technical standards

Candidates must meet the technical standards (with or without reasonable accommodation) necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in health professions as outlined in the Radiography Program technical standards document.

A summary of required abilities includes:

  • Ability to acquire a defined level of required information as presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic and clinical sciences.
  • Hearing abilities adequate to provide safe and efficient patient care and to effectively communicate with health care personnel.
  • Sufficient motor functions such that they are able to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to clients in all health care settings within a specified amount of time.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a degree of sensitivity and cultural appropriateness with patients, parents and/or guardians; establish good rapport, convey or exchange information at a level allowing development of a health history; identify problems presented; explain alternative solutions; and give directions during treatment and post-treatment. Communication includes oral and written modes.
  • Possess the emotional health and maturity required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, maintenance of patient confidentiality, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, faculty, staff and students.
  • The ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information.

Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. To seek exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations, students accepted for admission must initiate a request with the program director at least six weeks before the program begins.

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 Office for Diversity.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Sept. 23, 2017