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 24-32 hours per week; except for scheduled program activities. Typical clinical hours are 8am-4:30pm with a 30 minute lunch break.

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 you may qualify as an associate degree or certificate applicant. See the pre-requisites for the certificate track.

Do I have to have all of my prerequisites completed before I can apply?

The pre-requisite courses must be completed the spring semester prior to the start date of the program in the fall semester. No exceptions.

What can I do to improve my chances of getting accepted?

Selecting the best fit for the DMS program is an evolving task and includes points earned through grades, placement tests (TEAS), and personal interviews. Background checks, FBI fingerprinting and drug screening and clinical observation are part of this process. The best way to compete for acceptance is through a strong academic performance in the pre-requisite and related coursework, TEAS examination and personal skills that can be identified through an interview. 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) 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