Admission Requirements

Admission to the sonography program is highly competitive and requires acceptance to RRCC, submission of an online application, completion of an interview, and successful completion of a screening process (which includes a background check and drug screen). The program accepts 9-10 students each year. The number of students accepted is dependent on the number of clinical internship positions available at clinical affiliates. 

Entry into the program does not guarantee national licensing 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 January-February 
  2. Notification of Interview via email: March
  3. Interviews: April
  4. Offer of acceptance: May
  5. Completion of screening process: Early June
  6. Official acceptance into program: Mid June
  7. Orientation: TBD
  8. First Day of Semester: Mid August

Admissions Requirements:


Candidates must have one of the following:

  • 2 year degree in an allied health accredited program which is defined as: 
    • 24 full-time consecutive calendar months or 60+ full semester credits or 84+ quarterly credits
    • clinical internship/externship as credit hours (not clock hours) on transcript
    • national certification/registry exam that the candidate has passed
  • 4 year degree in any discipline

International degrees 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., 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. *Please note that an (S) Satisfactory grade may not be acceptable for this or other medical training programs, and should be avoided if possible. Prerequisite courses may be taken at other institutions and equivalent coursework may be acceptable.  Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to determine eligibility of these courses. 

DMS 1001 Introduction to Sonography (2 credits)
RTE 2055 Multiplanar Sectional Imaging (2 credits)
HPR 1040 Medical Terminology (3 credits)

MAT 1340 College Algebra, Trigonometry or Calculus (3 credits)
BIO 2101 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 2102 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

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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