The successful applicant for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program must meet the general admissions requirements for admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) and the following requirements:
Submit the AS Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application once admitted to the University. The application can be accessed at http://my.adu.edu.
A minimum admissions GPA of 2.70, in high school, or on a minimum of 12 college credits. GPAs presented to the Admissions Committee for each applicant will be a cumulative record of all college-level work.
Complete prerequisite courses by the program start date. Prerequisite courses are College Algebra, English Composition I, and either General Physics I or Survey of Physics.
Applicants that have completed a minimum of 12 college-level credits at Adventist University and have completed the requisite courses by the admission deadline will be given preference for program admission. Applicants should be advised that all 3 requisite courses must be completed by the program start date.
A minimum GPA of 2.50 in English, mathematics, and science courses.
A minimum ACT composite score of 19 with an individual score of 19 in math. Applicants with 24 or more credits from a regionally accredited college are exempt from taking the ACT.
Repeated only two (2) cognates, one time each, including transfer credits, to be eligible for admission into sonography courses. Must have a grade of “C” or better for required courses.
Submit two recommendations on ADU Recommendation Forms. If an applicant to an undergraduate program has completed at least one trimester at Adventist University of Health Sciences before being admitted to a program, one of the two recommendations must come from any Adventist University faculty member, adjunct professor, tutoring coordinator, chaplain, or academic coach/advisor. Special recommendation forms for this requirement are available in the Office of Enrollment Services.
Submit an essay explaining the applicant’s interest in becoming a sonographer that clearly identifies which track he or she is applying for and reasons for selecting a faith-based institution, including how the applicant feels he or she fits within the mission of the University.
Attend an interview at an ADU campus. Competitive applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview.
Admission into all professional programs is competitive. Each program has a maximum number of students that can be admitted each year. Students meeting the admission requirements for a given program qualify to be considered for admission to that program. However, due to the competitive nature of each program’s admission process, meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Students may be given preferential consideration, for admission to degree and certificate programs, when they have successfully completed 12 college-level hours at Adventist University.
Each applicant accepted to an on-campus professional program is expected to pay a nonrefundable deposit of $200 to reserve his or her place in the program. The applicant’s acceptance letter will contain a deposit amount and deadline indicating when the deposit must be received by the University. Once the student enrolls in the program, this deposit will be applied toward the student’s account. Students who have paid the deposit, but decide not to enroll in the program, will forfeit the deposit. If that student is admitted to the same program at a later date, he or she will be required to pay the full deposit amount again. If an applicant is admitted to a program with requisites in progress and becomes ineligible for admission due to his or her grades, a full refund will be provided. A professional program deposit is not transferable to another department. Online Education students are not required to pay a program deposit.
Students may progress in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program when they complete the following:
Earn a minimum grade of “C+” (2.30) or P (Pass) in each sonography course.
Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in each of the following cognate courses: Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Sectional Anatomy.
Successfully repeat courses in which the minimum grade is not achieved. No more than two courses may be repeated, and only one of these may be a sonography course.
Present annual verification of tuberculosis screening. If a test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy in the Student Handbook for additional information. Also, present immunizations, including hepatitis B, and health insurance. Verify current certification in professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association, including infant, child, and adult CPR.
Students who do not complete a trimester or progress with their class cannot be assured of placement in the following class. Readmission is subject to available space. Students will be readmitted under current program policies.
Students are considered for readmission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program when they meet the admission requirements and complete the following:
Submit a Reapplication Form directly to the Sonography Department chairperson.
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70.
Meet the department policies regarding health, professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association, including infant, child, and adult CPR, FIT testing, and background check.
Meet specified requirements as set forth by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department.
Meet the time limits for program completion as outlined in this Academic Catalog.
Readmission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is not automatic and is subject to available clinical space.
Adventist University of Health Sciences will consider students for graduation and conferral of an Associate of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography when they have met the general University’s requirements for graduation and have accomplished the following:
Complete a minimum of 72 trimester hours of credit.
Complete the prescribed course of study for either Option A or B with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 in general education courses with a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in all cognates1 and a minimum grade of “C+” (2.30) or P (Pass) in all sonography courses.
Achieve a minimum of 79% on each of the following mock registry examinations administered by program faculty prior to graduation:
Option A: Ultrasound Physics, Abdomen, OB/Gyn, Vascular Technology;
Option B: Ultrasound Physics, Adult Echocardiography, Vascular Technology.
At the end of 6 trimesters, students will be eligible to receive an Associate of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Complete a minimum of 50% of credit in residence at Adventist University before graduation.
Time limits: Students must complete the ASDMS requirements in 60 months.
Complete the service-learning requirement. Please refer to your program handbook for more information.
1 Cognates are defined as Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Sectional Anatomy.
Clinical Rotations: To provide the maximum benefit to the sonography student and to enhance versatility and skills, a wide variety of clinical rotation sites are provided. These clinical sites are within a 60-mile radius of the Adventist University campus. Students are expected to travel to all clinical sites and are assigned to them at the discretion of the department.
Reliable Transportation: Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.