Diagnostic Medical Sonography AS FAQs

Q: How long does it take to complete the Sonography 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 does the program cost?
A: The program has 72 credit hours. Current tuition and fees can be found on our Tuition and Fees webpage

Q: Are there any additional costs 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.

Q: If I have a Bachelor/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 to 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. .  Math and Science prerequisite courses must be completed within seven (7) years of the program’s admissions deadline.  All other prerequisite courses do not expire, but can be petitioned to be repeated for a better grade if the course is older than seven (7) years prior to the admissions deadline.

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 15.

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 Sonographer make?
A: This depends on 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 a student is accepted into the Sonography program?
A: Yes, applicants 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 on any campus other than Dale Mabry?
A: No, because of classroom and laboratory equipment availability, Sonography classes and laboratory practice is conducted only at the Dale Mabry campus.