General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Associate of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Applicants interested in the program are required to visit the college and meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Perspective students declaring Diagnostic Medical Sonography as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program:
- Complete the Sonography program application form.
- Submit transcripts from all colleges/radiography programs attended evidencing a minimum college/radiography program GPA of 2.75.*
- Meet minimum score requirements on the college entrance examination, OR present documentation of a score of 19 or higher on the ACT Assessment Examination, OR present documentation of a 900 combined score or higher on the SAT I examination, OR meet the South College requirements for admission as a transfer student.
- Complete BIO 1030 Anatomy & Physiology for Imaging Sciences, College Algebra (or higher) or Statistics, College-Level General or Health Science Physics and Lab, a communications skills course which may be met by a variety of courses including Speech, English, or Composition, Fundamentals of Healthcare, and Patient Care and Assessment. A minimum grade of “C” or better in a maximum of two attempts is required for each.*
- Complete and document a minimum of 5 clock hours of observation in a sonography department.
- Meet specific health and/or essential functions pertinent to the responsibilities performed by the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Drug and background screenings are required by clinical affiliates. Failure to pass the screenings may disqualify a student as a candidate for admission.
- Be able to commit to full attendance and participation in a rigorous educational program which requires class attendance, significant out–of–class preparation time, and clinical education assignments off-campus to geographically dispersed areas.
*Each of these areas is used to rank applicants for full program admission. If minimum standards are met by more applying students than clinical seats, these rankings determine program admission.