Diagnostic Medical Sonography Information and Forms

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Sonography Programs

Sonography is one of the dynamic, fast-paced, rapidly advancing fields within Medical Imaging. The number of ultrasonographic procedures continues to increase. Technology is advancing rapidly and growth is expected to continue well into the future.

The highly skilled professionals that perform ultrasound examinations in a clinical facility are known as sonographer, ultrasonographer, or ultrasound technologist. There are various specialties within the field that include the abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular, neurosonography, and echocardiography to name a few. This professional is a key member of the health care team that provides individualized care to a variety of patients utilizing highly technical instrumentation to create and interpret images of the internal organs, tissues, and blood flow.

This career requires people who are highly skilled in performing the tasks of the field. Our students receive an education in the didactic requirements of the field by highly qualified instructors with the advanced certification required.

The didactic courses are supplemented with hands-on lab instruction and practice in our lab facilities at the Arvada campus. In addition to the didactic education students receive, there is a hands-on clinical component within the program that affords students the opportunity to work in some of the best clinical environments in the area, under the supervision of qualified staff, while utilizing their learned skills on actual patients.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field with specialization in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Vascular Technology, and Echocardiography. Students will be eligible, on program completion, to take the widely recognized ARDMS certifying examination.

Red Rocks Community College currently can accept up to 20 students each year. Admission into the program is extremely competitive and clinical site dependent. Please visit our website for more information about the Admissions Criteria and Application Process.

Entrance Requirements

All applicants to the Sonography Program must have a two-year degree/certificate in an AMA approved, direct patient care, Allied Health field with an internship/externship OR a baccalaureate degree from a US or Canadian College or University. Canada shares accrediting agencies with the United States.

The following courses must be completed as well:

RTE 255 Multiplanar Sectional Imaging

DMS 101 Introduction to Sonography

HPR 178 Medical Terminology

MAT 121 College Algebra

BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Students wishing to transfer the above courses must submit transcripts to student records for evaluation prior to applying to our program.  The program application is a separate process from applying to the institution.

Attention All Applicants

The prerequisites have changed from years past.

The Application Period

The application period for the August class is March 1st to 31st of the same year. Applications may only be submitted during this time. Applications received at any other time will not be considered. Applications and all supporting documents must be received by May 31st to be considered.

Applicants Please Note

It is necessary for applicants to first apply to Red Rocks Community College using the online application. RRCC must also have official copies of your transcripts.

A new class in the Sonography Program begins each fall. Persons interested in admissions to the program must complete several steps prior to submitting an application. Applications are accepted each May, for classes beginning in August that year. The areas of study to choose from: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography. The program is 5 semesters (21 months) in length. Students attend full-time and must complete the course work in sequence.

Apply to Red Rocks Community College and provide any transferring, official*, transcripts to the Student Records department. You may apply to the school at any time, and you must complete the college’s
application prior to applying to the Sonography Program. This is not the same as applying to the Sonography Program.

If English is not an applicant’s first spoken language, the TOFEL examination must also be taken. A minimum score of 71 (IBT) is required for admission.

You should seek opportunities for job shadowing at local healthcare facilities. Points are earned for every 4 hours of shadowing performed. Job shadowing is not required. Job shadowing forms can be found at the program website.

Submit all required materials to the Medical Imaging Department at RRCC between March 1st and March 31st.

Applications will be evaluated and scored. Points are awarded prerequisite GPA, qualifying degree, prior healthcare work experience, job shadowing, and writing skills. These scores are totaled and the top individuals are invited for an interview. Following the interviews, individuals are selected for admission to the sonography program in the fall. The number of students selected varies between 12 and 16 depending on available clinical sites.

Interviews will be held in June.

Those selected for the program will receive a new student packet in July. Orientation for applicants selected for the DMS program will be held the first week of the fall semester.

For additional information feel free to contact the Medical Imaging Education Department, kent.blevins@rrcc.edu.

*official transcripts are transcripts that the student orders from the institution to be sent directly to our institution. Official transcripts are also transcripts given to you by the institution in a sealed envelope with the registrar’s seal or signature across the envelope seal and not opened by the student.