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Medical Sonography - Admission Criteria


Admission to the Sonography Program happens once a year in the Fall semester. It is important that all potential applicants for the Sonography Program understand the selective admissions process. Please review carefully the information regarding minimum requirements and other pertinent information. The Sonography program has a limited enrollment of 10 candidates that are admitted into the program in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents must be completed and submitted online by March 1st of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program. MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY 192 2021-22 Catalog


The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Medical Sonography AAS Degree (A45440) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma.  Exception: current high school students.
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office.
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Demonstrate college-readiness in both English and Math based on the RISE Placement Test policy. College-readiness can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
    1. An unweighted high school GPA of 2.8 or higher from a United States high school. Applicants with an unweighted GPA of 2.20-2.79 will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG-111, a college-level math course and the corresponding corequisite support courses. 
    2. Successful completion of the RISE Placement Test (English and Math). Applicants must achieve a passing score on both tiers of the English test and the first two tiers of the Math test. 
    3. Successful completion of Transition English and Transition Math courses with a grade of at least “P2”. Applicants who earned a grade of “P1” in transition classes will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG-111, a college-level math course and the corresponding corequisite support courses. 
    4. Completion of college-level English and Math courses with a grade of “C” or higher at SCC or another regionally accredited institution. 
    5. Satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT. (See the Testing section for more details.) 
    6. Satisfactory scores on a high school equivalency diploma (GED or HiSET) taken in 2014 or later that place the student into ENG-111 and a college-level math class without a required corequisite support course. Applicants whose scores require that they take corequisite support courses will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG-111, a college-level math course and the corresponding corequisite support courses.
  6. Take the ATI-TEAS Version 7 Exam. Applicants may take the exam twice per academic year (August 1-July 31). There must be a minimum of 30 days between exams. Exam scores are valid for three years from the date of the exam. The previous version of the exam (ATI-TEAS Version 6) is acceptable as long as it was completed within three years prior to the program deadline. Refer to the Testing section for more information.
  7. Complete the following prerequisite courses:  BIO 163, COM 140, MAT 152, & PHY 125. You can still apply to the program in March while taking these courses. These courses must be completed before starting the Sonography program in August.
  8. Complete the online Pre-Sonography Evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is orient you to the field of Sonography and aid in deciding if sonography is the right career field for you. This evaluation will be available on the college website in January of each year.


Submit an online application by March 1. The application will be available in January of each year at this link.

In order to complete your application, you will need an uploaded copy of your most recent transcript with 10 completed semester hours.

Applications will be scored using the following criteria:

  1. GPA x 10
  2. ATI-TEAS Score
  3. Points for Grades Earned
    1. BIO 163: A= 4; B= 3; C= 1
    2. ENG 111, ENG 114, PSY 150 AND HUM/COM: A=3; B=2; C=1


The ten highest scoring applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office of provisional acceptance to the program. Provisional acceptance is contingent upon completion of the prerequisite courses. The prerequisite courses are: BIO 168/169 or BIO 163, COM 140, MAT 152 and PHY 110/110A or PHY 125. Provisionally accepted students must return the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance Form to the Admissions Office in order to reserve their seat in the program.



The following performance standards are required to perform the duties and responsibilities of a working sonographer.

Physical Requirements 

  1. Work standing on his/her feet 80% of the time 
  2. Use both hands, wrists, and shoulders to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning and perform fine motor skills.
  3. Lift more than 50 pounds routinely. 
  4. Transport, move, and or lift patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to the examination table or patient bed, and physically assist patients into proper positions for examination. 
  5. Push, pull, bend and stoop routinely to move and adjust sonographic equipment and perform studies. 
  6. Use senses (vision, hearing, and touch) to adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions; distinguish audible sounds; perform eye/hand coordination skills required in sonographic examinations; and recognize changes in patient’s condition and needs. 
  7. Work in a semi darkened room for prolonged periods of time. 
  8. Be physically capable of carrying out all assigned duties.
  9. Ability to retain information learned in the classroom, lab and each clinical site
  10. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment
  11. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces, and lift, move, and push heavy patients and equipment.
  12. Ability to use both hands during each exam.
  13. Ability to use computer keyboards.

Mental and Intellectual Requirements 

  1. Communicate effectively, verbally and nonverbally, with patients and other healthcare professionals to explain procedures, give instructions, and give and obtain information.
  2. Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence according to established standards. 
  3. Understand and reach quickly to verbal instructions and patient needs
  4. View and evaluate recorded images for the purpose of identifying proper protocol, procedural sequencing, technical qualities and identification of pathophysiology.
  5. Apply problem solving skills to help optimize patient care and produce the best diagnostic information possible. 

Emotional Requirements 

  1. Provide physical and emotional support to the patient during sonographic procedures.
  2. Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick and or the injured.
  3. Handle stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations. 
  4. Adapt to changing environments and be able to prioritize tasks. 
  5. Project an image of professionalism.
  6. Demonstrate a high level of compassion for others, a motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values. 
  7. Interact positively with people from all levels of society and all ethnic and religious
  8. Interpersonal skills allowing interaction with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  9. Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form using the English language.


  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Admissions Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-Medical Sonography, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to attending clinic. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  5. A student who presents problems of physical or emotional health at any time throughout the program and has not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable period of time may be required to withdraw from the program. Any student whose behavior conflicts with safety may also be required to withdraw from the program.


Applications are due by March 1. In order to complete the form, you will need to upload a copy of your most recent transcript and an observation form.


Student/Graduate Achievements:

  2016 Graduates 2017 Graduates 2018 
Retention 92% 70% 90% 80% 82% 78%
Job Placement 73% 71% 100% 88% 78% 71%
Credential Success
100% 67% 100% 50% 83% NA
Credential Success
100% 100% 100% 71% 80% 50%

The Sonography program is accredited by the CAHEEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education)which provides a peer review process administered by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC/DMS).  

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