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Frequently Asked Questions


Find the answers to our most commonly asked questions here!

Q: How long is the program?
A: The program is 2 years (full 24 months) after admission, regardless of how many college credits of general education classes the student has, or regardless of what degree/degrees in other fields the applicant was previously awarded.

Q: How much the program cost?
A: The program has 72 credit hours. Current tuition and fees can be found on the HCC Website: /ssem/tuition.aspx 

Q: Is there any additional cost beside tuition?
A: Cost for books is about $ 1,600.00, uniforms about $ 400.00. These estimates
are for the whole two years in the program.

Q: Is there a waiting list?
A: No. The selection of candidates is not based on first-come, first-serve system.
Every year admission is based on GPA; therefore there is not a waiting list.

Q: If I have a Bach laureate/Master Degree in a different field, do I have
preference for admission to this program?
A: No. Every applicant will have the same equal opportunity, according with his or her
GPA in the five prerequisite courses, regardless of previous degrees/titles.

Q: Can I apply to the program before completing the prerequisite courses?
A: No, because admission to the program is strictly based on the GPA on the
five prerequisite courses.

Q: When do the classes start?
A: Classes start once a year in August.

Q: Is there a deadline to apply?
A: Yes, application deadline is every February 15th.

Q: If I am taking the prerequisite courses in Spring, can I apply for Fall semester?
A: No, because by the time you finish classes in Spring the selection process will
be over. The Selection Committee needs grades of all prerequisite courses by the deadline to establish a ranking of all applicants in order to make the selection.

Q: Are there any night classes for this program?
A: No, all classes are day-time from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Q: How much does a Sonoghrapher make?
A: This depends the employer, type of work setting (out patient clinic or hospital). In a recent survey (graduating class of 2004) the annual average in the Tampa
Bay area is $45,760 a year.

Please go to www.ardms.org and look for employment compensation survey.

Q: Are there any additional requirements once student is accepted into the
Sonography program.
A: Yes, applicant are required to:
1. Pass a drug screening test. This test is administrated the same than the
orientation day.
2. Have a current physical examination submitted in the HEALTH SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT PHYSICAL EXAM FORM. A licensed physician or a Licensed Nurse Practitioner must complete the form. A copy of the form will be provided during the Sonography program orientation day.
3. Have and maintain current BCLS for Healthcare Providers certification.
4. Attend orientation. Final acceptance in the program will be contingent upon student attending the scheduled orientation session. Students will be notified of the time and place in their acceptance letter.

Q: Is Sonography offered in other campus other than Dale Mabry?
A: Because of classroom and laboratory equipment availability, Sonography
classes and laboratory practice is conducted only at the Dale Mabry campus.

This page last updated February 5, 2015 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu