Diagnostic Medical Sonography Prerequisites

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography is an 18-month program consisting of three 24-week terms (including summers). Classes meet Monday through Friday and vary based on clinical schedules. Working is discouraged while enrolled in the program, as no special concessions are made for working students.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have completed the necessary prerequisite courses. All coursework must be completed a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Prerequisite Courses

  • • Reading & Composition – CAN 2
  • • Intermediate Algebra or higher
  • • Anatomy and Physiology – CAN 10
  • • Medical Terminology

Where applicable, it is recommended to use the California Articulation Numbers (CAN) as listed in California Community College catalogs. For more information on general education courses from other institutions, visit www.collegeboard.com.

Applicants must also meet the technical standards to be considered for the program. Technical standards provide a reference against which candidates for enrollment are evaluated by the Admissions Committee.

Application Process

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has a highly-selective application process in which only the most qualified candidates are chosen to fill available seats per cohort start.

Admission is determined based on a point scale of the following:

  • • Wonderlic BST assessments, to be administered during the application process
  • • Postsecondary education (attainment, GPA)
  • • Healthcare work experience
  • • Application panel interview

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*Official transcripts of all completed prerequisite courses must be sent to SJVC with the application prior to the deadline.

Foreign Institutions & Transfer of Credit

Applicants who have completed coursework outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) or equivalent organization. An official copy of the Academic Detailed Report from IERF or an equivalent organization must be included with the application. All applicants must include course descriptions of prerequisite coursework in the application packet.

For additional information regarding the application process, please contact the DMS Admissions Advisor at (866) 544-7898 or email admissions.dms@sjvc.edu.