Admission Requirements

Admission into the sonography program is highly competitive. The program accepts 8-10 students each year. The number of students accepted is dependent on the number of clinical internship positions available at clinical affiliates. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply.

Entry into the program does not guarantee eligibility for ARRT/ARDMS certifications or employment upon graduation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they meet any specific eligibility requirements of the ARRT/ARDMS and/or potential employers.

Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to map out their educational pathway to their chosen career. 


Timeline for Admissions Process

  1. Applications received during the month of March
  2. Notification of Interview: Mid-May
  3. Interviews: Late May
  4. Acceptance: Early June
  5. Background/Drug Screen due: Early July
  6. Final Class Rosters: Mid July
  7. Orientation: Late July
  8. First Day of Semester: Mid-August

Admissions Requirements:


Candidates must have one of the following:

  • 2 year degree/certification in an allied health program that included: 
    • 24 full-time consecutive calendar months or 60+ semester credits
    • clinical internship/externship
    • national certification/registry exam that the candidate has passed
  • 4 year degree in any discipline

International degrees and certifications may qualify if they are recognized by the World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE) after a course by course evaluation. 

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisites must be completed in the U.S., be at 100 level course # or above, with a final grade of C or higher, and must be complete by the end of the Spring semester in which the application is submitted.  Prerequisite courses may be taken at other institutions and equivalent coursework may be acceptable.   Students wishing to transfer credits or substitute an equivalent course for any course listed below should seek approval from an advisor or the program director prior to applying. 

DMS 101 Introduction to Sonography
RTE 255 Multiplanar Sectional Imaging
HPR 178 Medical Terminology (1+ credits)

MAT 121 College Algebra (or higher, 3+credits)
BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I (may require a pre-requisite)
BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II

ENGLISH or COMMUNICATIONS (100 or higher, 3+ credits)
PSYCHOLOGY or SOCIOLOGY (100 or higher, 3+ credits)


Candidates with the highest application scores will be selected for an interview and notified via email in May. The interview is 4 hours long and consists of various activities and interview sessions. Top performing interviewees will earn a spot in the program, solely on their interview performance (not grades, essay, community service, etc.). Of candidates interviewed, typically 40-50% get offered a spot in the program.

Background/Drug Screen

Applicants are required to complete a background/drug screen after they are offered a spot in the program and may be subject to additional screenings while in the program.  Students with a failed background check/drug screen are ineligible for participation in the program. To see what criminal offenses disqualify applicants for admission, please see the list of Disqualifying Criminal OffensesEntry into the program does not guarantee eligibility for licensing certifications or employment upon graduation. Students with criminal backgrounds should find out if they meet the specific eligibility requirements of licensing bodies and/or potential employers prior to pursuing a healthcare career. 

Technical Standards

In keeping with the accreditation standard of a curriculum that reflects assessment of affective, cognitive, and psychomotor domains, the Medical Imaging Program has adopted technical standards which outline the health and physical requirements for students enrolled in the program. These standards apply to all candidates for admission and to all students at all times during training. For detailed information, please see Technical Standards.


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