Admissions FAQs

Competitive Application Process for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiography

Admission to Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Radiography programs are a competitive process with accepting 10 students annually.  A committee meets every fall to rank candidate applications for the waitlist. Students not selected for the wait list are welcome to apply to the next academic year.

Applications with all admission checklist items completed before or by September 15, 2017 will be ranked in a competitive process for admission to the waitlist in summer 2018. Any applications received and/or completed after September 15, 2017 will be considered during our next ranking process in September of 2018 (Exact date to be Determined) for admission to the waitlist in summer 2019. 

Applicants are ranked in their academic success, essays, and success on the HESI exam.  Information on how to schedule & prepare for the HESI can be found here:  It is recommended students complete the HESI once all other checklist items are completed on their

Apply to Semester and Program

Start applying a year in advance!  Monday after Labor Day for upcoming fall semesters, June 1 for next year's summer semester or January 1 for next year's spring semester.

Your NWTC application requires you to choose a specific program for a specific start date (semester). Unlike 4-year colleges, technical college applications require students to "pick a major" before they apply. Each program, or "major", also has a specific start date. Top

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Completed Application

Applications are accepted to the program or waitlist based on "date of completed application." The completion date is when all materials are received at NWTC and meet the admissions requirements. If your application is turned in on Monday, but the qualified academic testing and high school transcripts aren't received until Wednesday, the date of completed application will be Wednesday. Top

Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available if the $30 program application fee or $10 certificate application fee are barriers to applying. Please contact admissions to discuss this option. Top

First-come, First-served by date (not time of application)

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are admitted to programs based on date of completed application, not time of application on a particular day. Even for 5-day window programs, only the day, not the time, is important. Top

Negative Service Indicator

Indicators are put on student records for various reasons. Applications will not be accepted from students who have negative service indicators that block registration at the time the application is submitted. Students are welcome to reapply after the indicators are satisfied and removed. For more information on indicators, contact Student Finance (920) 498-6816. Check my.NWTC to see if you have a hold on your account. Top

One Active Pathway Limit

NWTC limits each student to 1 active WTCS Career Pathway.  If a student chooses to enroll in the highest credential in a pathway, they will automatically be admitted to the related certificate and technical diploma program/s in that career pathway.   

A student can submit an email request to the Admissions department to be placed into more than 1 pathway.  Admissions will review the request and notify the student of his or her status within 72 hours. Top


Out-of-State Applicants

Wisconsin Statute TCS 10 designates three residency categories for the order of admission to a program: District, Non-District State, and Non-State. Non-District and Non-State students are admitted on a space available basis after District students.

See Reciprocity for Michigan and Minnesota exceptions. Top

Paper Application Processing Fee

Paper certificate or program applications will require $10 paper processing fee for each application. Top

Pre-Program Status

Some programs are entered as pre-program and applicants complete a 2-step process. For these programs, when the Step 1 Pre-Program To Do Items are completed, a student is officially accepted to the college as Pre-Program and has access to financial aid and priority registration according to course pre-requisites. Based on capacity in the program and courses, students are either offered a spot in the program or its waitlist after completing the Step 2 Program To Do Items. Some Health programs have a competitive admissions process and are not immediately offered a waitlist spot; see your Application Checklist for further details. Top


If class attendance is interrupted for three or more consecutive semesters, students are asked to reapply to the program and meet the program's entry requirements at that time.

Exceptions are made for students serving in the military reserves or Wisconsin National Guard who have their attendance interrupted for active duty or during a national emergency. Top

Reciprocity Agreements

NWTC has reciprocity agreements with Michigan and Minnesota.

Residency Requirements

Students are considered in-state residents for admission and tuition purposes with one of the following forms of ID:

  • Wisconsin drivers license
  • Current rental or lease agreement with in-state address
  • Payroll stub showing payment of Wisconsin income tax
  • Wisconsin voter registration card
  • 1040 income tax return with in-state address

Students do not have to reside in the state for a certain period of time before they can be considered a resident. Admissions will contact the student if proof of residency is required. Top


NWTC utilizes a variety of materials to evaluate a student’s academic progress.  To help us determine your next step in the admission process or to enroll in courses, please submit an official copy of your high school and college transcripts. 

If you have also taken one of the following exams within the last 5 years, please submit your scores directly to NWTC Admissions: Accuplacer, ACT, TABE Level A, Compass, or Asset.

Need to complete your testing yet? NWTC offers Accuplacer testing at all of our campuses and regional learning centers. Visit the Assessment Center website for hours and information on how to schedule an appointment. Top



NWTC is in compliance with Wisconsin Statute TCS10, which specifically addresses the use of Waiting Lists. When a sufficient number of applications have been received, processed, and accepted to fill the capacity of a program for that term, a Waiting List is established. Top