Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Admittance Decisions

Applicants to any Imaging Science program are ranked based on academic and interview scores. Emphasis is placedon math and science coursework related to the Imaging Sciences at all certificate and degree levels. A minimum interview score of 25 out of a possible 40 is required. Those programs admitting on a rotational basis do so annually and class sizes admitted are dependent on available clinical sites. In addition to coursework, each student must provide proof of ability to perform the skills needed to practice in the imagine sciences effectively.

In addition to coursework, each student must provide proof of ability to perform the skills needed to practice in the imagine sciences effectively. Healthcare facilities must meet federal guidelines, and students must also meet these requirements in order to be allowed to gain clinical experience in these facilities. To meet these requirements, each student must supply proof of a negative TB test, hepatitis B vaccine or waiver, physical exam certifying ability to function in the required capacity, proof of immunizations (including MMR immunity), and CPR training. A criminal background check and drug screen are required for admission. If the background check reveals previous convictions, it is up to each clinical site to determine the eligibility of students to attend clinical at the site. Students who are denied clinical experiences due to past convictions may be unable to progress in the program which will result in failure to complete the required courses for the program. In any case where a drug screen is positive and an authorized prescription is not produced to validate the presence of the drug in the individual’s system, a student may be disqualified as a candidate for admission. Upon notification of the drug screen results, the student will have 5 working days to provide prescription validation. Students are responsible for costs associated with any required testing

Functional Capacities

Applicants to any Imaging Sciences program must be able to meet the functional capacities outlined in the South College Catalog. Students who believe they will not be able to meet one or more of these requirements without accommodation must notify the Imaging Sciences Department Chair and a determination will be made on a case by case basis whether reasonable accommodation may be made. In no instance will an accommodation be made which will put the applicant, other students, or patients at risk.

Diagnostic Medical Certification/Licensure

Students successfully completing the Associate of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to apply for admission to write the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).  Successful completion of the ARDMS examinations provides certification to practice as a registered sonographer in most states.

State licensure is currently required in NH NM, ND, and OR.  All other states do not require licensure. Passing of the certification exam is required in order to apply for state licensure. South College works with students in preparation to sit for the exam.