Frequently Asked Questions
Is this program offered online?
No. This is a limited entry program and is not offered online. Students that are accepted into the program are expected to be present for all classroom lectures and activities. Clinical courses require attendance at the clinical site from 8-4:30pm four days per week; except for scheduled program activities.
Do I have to be an x-ray technologist before I can apply?
No. Those that do not have a degree in radiologic technology or another qualified allied health degree can apply as an associate degree candidate. See the pre-requisite requirements for the associate degree track.
I have a bachelor's degree. Can I apply?
Maybe. If your Bachelor of Science degree is in a medically related field. See the pre-requisites for the certificate track.
Do I have to have all of my prerequisites completed before I can apply?
Yes, all pre-requisite courses must be completed by the semester of the application deadline to be considered for admittance.
What can I do to improve my chances of getting accepted?
The best way to compete for acceptance is through a strong academic transcript but good grades are only part of the process. Applicants are screened to identify personal strengths that are essential in becoming a successful student and professional. Selecting the best fit for the program is an evolving task; personal interviews, placement tests, background checks, fingerprinting and drug screening are part of this process. Additional strategies may be implemented in the future.
May I retake a course to improve my GPA?
There are restrictions on re-taking courses to replace or improve a grade. See the program director for details.
Where do I get an application to apply?
Application forms are provided to prospective applicants at the program orientation meetings. See schedule of orientation meetings for dates and scheduling information.
Can I apply for national certifications exams immediately after I graduate?
Yes. This program is accredited by CAAHEP which means that we meet or exceed high standards of training and competency evaluation. Graduates of CAAHEP programs do not need any additional clinical experience to sit for national certification examinations.
Do I need to take national certifications exams to be employed in sonography?
Most likely. Many employers require national certification as a condition of employment; either before or within a period of time after hire. Some states (including New Mexico and Oregon) require a license to perform diagnostic medical sonography. National certification may be recognized by the state as a condition for licensure.
What is the difference between the certificate track and the associate degree track?
The only difference between the certificate track and the associate degree track is in how an applicant qualifies to apply for the program. Once accepted, the program requirements are the same for both tracks.
What if I have a misdemeanor or felony on my record?
Some criminal charges may prevent you from employment in the profession. Each case is referred to professional organizations (links provided below) who will make a determination if your background will prohibit you from working as a sonographer. Applicants must conduct a "pre-application review" from both the ARDMS and the ARRT if selected for acceptance into the program. See the program director for specific details.
ARDMS Pre-application: Criminal
ARDMS conducts a "pre-application review", for a $125 non-refundable fee, for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification.
ARRT Ethics Review: Pre-application Packet
The Ethics Review Pre-Application fee is $100 and is non-refundable and non-transferable.
The ARRT Ethics Review Pre-Application may be used for the following circumstances:
Criminal proceedings including:
misdemeanor charges and convictions
felony charges and convictions
military court-martials; and/or
Disciplinary actions taken by a state or federal regulatory authority or certification board; and/or
Honor code violations