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Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Direct Patient Care Experience

All applicants must have Direct Patient Care Experience (DPCE) BEFORE applying to the DMS program. Further details on DPCE can be found below.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program application does not accept in progress coursework. All prerequisites must be completed and grades must be demonstrated on your transcripts prior to applying.

All college transcript evaluation requests must be submitted to Admissions and Records by the application deadline.

A minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher is required. Also note that all science coursework be completed with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, with a recency of 7 years or under.

Minimum Prerequisites

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Math 105 (Intermediate Algebra) or equivalent college -level course completed with a grade "C" or higher. If you satisfy Math proficiency via placement test, you must attach the test results to your online application.
  • ENGL 1A, 1H, or 1S & 1T, completed with a grade "C" or higher.
  • PHYS 12 (or an equivalent general college Physics course is accepted (Physics course should include the topics of: Thermal, Electricity, Waveforms, Electrical. Magnetism, Acoustical, and Optics. Radiology Physics is also accepted)
  • BIOL 40A, 40B, & 40C, or a Semester of Anatomy and a Semester of Physiology. Must be one full academic year of Anatomy and Physiology, including lab.
  • AHS 52 or ANY Medical Terminology course with a minimum of 3 quarter units or 2 semester units with a grade of "C" or higher. (AHS 200 can be used to meet this requirement).
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certified (Can be delayed until acceptance). Must be certified by The American Heart Association  ONLY.
  • Two or more years of DIRECT PATIENT CARE EXPERIENCE BEFORE applying to the program. Included below are specific responsibilities encompassing direct patient care experiences, along with examples of healthcare degrees and certificates that are recognized by the DMS program as fulfilling the prerequisite for direct patient care experience.

Direct Patient Care (DPC) Experience

Examples of Direct Patient Care Experience includes, but are not limited to, clinical assessment and diagnosis, monitoring of vital signs, performing blood draws, prescribing and/or administering therapies, documenting patient information, providing counseling, aiding in patient transfers, performing basic life support techniques like CPR, assisting in the management of trauma cases or medical emergencies, responding to emergency codes, and communicating with healthcare professionals.

Based on the duration and the breadth of clinical experience, certain degrees will carry a greater weightage compared to others

  • Physician (M.D. or D.O.)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Radiologic Technologist (RT)
  • Respiratory Therapist (RRT or CRT)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Paramedic
  • Veterinary program
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nuclear Medicine Tech
  • Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Phlebotomist
  • Medical Assistant
  • EMT

Please note, that applicants who have a certification in Medical Assisting or Phlebotomy must provide verification of at least 2 years of work experience as a Medical Assistant or a Phlebotomist.

And applicants who hold an EMT certificate must provide proof of at least 1 year of work experience as an EMT. 

Foreign Transcripts

In order to process foreign transcripts and degrees, it is mandatory to have them translated into English and evaluated for equivalency in terms of college semester or quarter hours of credit. The evaluation should also include the calculation of a grade point average (GPA).

This evaluation should be conducted by one of the agencies specified in the list provided.

Foreign Transcript Evaluaton Services List


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