Applying to the Program

*NEW CHANGE IN APPLICATION SCORING: Patient care experience is still optional, but now must be paid experience to earn application score points.

3-Step Application Process:

Step 1: Apply to Red Rocks Community College
Step 2: During the month of March, complete the online Ultrasound Application
Step 3: During the month of March, mail-in or drop-off supporting documentation (see below) to the Arvada Campus


Students will not receive a confirmation of receipt of application materials.  Applicants are urged to call the Arvada front desk at 303.914.6011 to confirm receipt of online application and supporting documentation packet.

Applicants cannot apply to multiple medical imaging programs at the same time.    

Supporting Documentation 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documentation (see list below) is received during the month of March, in one packet, at the Arvada campus. If anything is missing from the packet, or it is delivered outside of the month of March, or to the wrong location, it will not be considered.  

Please deliver application packet to: 

Red Rocks Community College
Medical Imaging Education
5420 Miller St.
Arvada, CO 80002

1. Official sealed transcripts documenting:

  • all in-progress and completed prerequisite coursework
  • required bachelor degree, or allied health associate degree/certification

*Exception: Unofficial RRCC transcripts are acceptable

2. Resume, to include:

  • Paid Patient Care Experience (optional): paid employment in patient care within the last 10 years, providing face to face medical services to people as a member of a team of professional healthcare providers, in a medical or in-home environment.  Experience in specific patient care fields listed here will result in higher points. 
  • Community Service (optional): any volunteer experience in the last 5 years will earn points.

3. Two signed letters of reference, dated within the last 2 years.  Letters are scored based on quality of content and must be signed and dated.  Letters from supervisors and/or healthcare professionals will receive more points. 

4. Essay to include:  

  • A title page
  • Your background, goals, interests, achievements
  • Motivation for attending the program and career plans
  • Description of a challenging situation you have experienced and description of how you used problem solving and critical thinking skills to find a solution
  • Format: 2-3 pages (not including title page), double spaced, 12 pt font

5. Job Shadow/Lab Volunteer Documentation (optional)
Job Shadowing with a sonographer is not required for application or admission to any of the Medical Imaging programs, but it is strongly recommended. Job shadowing helps the applicant decide if the career is a good fit for them before they invest their time, energy, and finances toward pursuit of the career. Prospective applicants should seek job shadowing with a sonographer at area hospitals/clinics or volunteer in the RRCC sonography lab. The school does not arrange or recommend job shadowing sites. Candidates must include original copies of their signed job shadowing forms in their application.  Points are awarded based on hours reported on job shadowing form(s). 1 point is awarded for every 4 hours of shadowing, up to a maximum of 40 hours.

Students can also earn job shadowing hours for volunteering to be scanned by students in the campus ultrasound scan lab. Interested students can apply with the Lab Volunteer Sign-up Form. After a lab volunteer session, candidates must ask for a signed Lab Volunteer Form and include it in their application to receive credit. *Please note volunteers may not be contacted until they are needed - typically December thru May. Volunteers do not receive a copy of their images, diagnostic results or medical advice as part of their scan. 

To view a timeline of what happens after you apply, please see the Admissions Timeline

How the Applications are Scored

Nearly 75% of score is based on essay, GPA, and 101 grade. 





GPA in prerequisite coursework only


DMS 101 Grade


Paid Patient Care Experience


Letters of Reference


Job Shadowing/Lab Volunteering


Community Service



Non-Discrimination Statement

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution which prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and/or 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical and/or mental disability or any other category protected by applicable law in its employment practices or education programs. Red Rocks Community College will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and/or participation in vocational education programs.

RRCC has designated Arnie Oudenhoven as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. Report all concerns or complaints relating to discrimination or harassment to the Title IX/EO Coordinator(s). For information, contact Arnie Oudenhoven Executive Director, HR, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, Co 80228. 303.914.6298, Go here for more info on our sexual misconduct policies.