Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Prerequisites

Equal opportunity/nondiscrimination policy

At the Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography we are committed to selecting the most qualified candidates from the eligible group of applicants. It is our policy in all student actions, including the selection process, to evaluate all applicants and enrolled students on the basis of qualifications and ability, without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or membership in any legally protected category.

Transfer credits

All enrolled students must complete the prescribed curriculum in its entirety in order to graduate from the program. The program does not accept transfer credits from colleges and/or universities due to the highly specialized nature of our program's curriculum. In addition, the program does not accept transfer students from other CAAHEP accredited certificate programs.

Applicants With Foreign Transcripts

In order to determine academic achievement, Foreign Applicants are required to have their transcripts evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

The student should inform ECE that they are applying to Aurora St. Luke's School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. ECE will then review transcripts and determine the American equivalency. If necessary, ECE will make recommendations to prospective applicant.

Any costs associated with the transcript evaluation are the responsibility of the applicant. Please contact ECE at www.ece.org

General requirements

Program accreditation standards and guidelines for admission state each applicant shall demonstrate completion of high school (or equivalent)

Applicants must be citizens, lawful permanent residents or otherwise lawfully residing in the United States.

The program will not sponsor applicants for immigrant or non-immigrant visas.

The program does not provide a physician-training program or residency in Diagnostic Ultrasound.

Prerequisite Required Coursework

All applicants will be able to show successful completion of the following courses with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. All courses must be at the post-secondary (college) level:

  • Algebra, statistics, or higher mathematical course
  • Communication (acceptable courses include English, speech, or composition)
  • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Medical ethics and law
  • Medical terminology
  • Patient care
  • Pathophysiology

You must complete any course(s) listed above that are or were not covered in your program prior to application.

Explanation of Patient Care Requirements

The prerequisite requirement of a patient care course is necessary due to the length of the sonography program and the concentrated sonography curriculum. The program curriculum does not include basic patient care coursework.

Examples of patient care course content that are central to the sonography program include: infection control, aseptic technique, communication techniques and regulations, history-taking skills, chart use and recording, basic patient care and safety, ergonomics, vital signs, suction, oxygen, crash cart, venipuncture, pharmacology, allergic reactions and medical emergencies.

Applicants must demonstrate health care experience sufficient for the development of an understanding of the sonographer role, of the health care environment, and of their own aptitude for the sonography profession. Direct patient care experience is necessary to ensure a level of proficiency needed to be successful in the sonography program.

The sonography clinical education component of the program requires an immediate ability to focus on sonography-specific skills. Therefore, basic patient care skills are required upon admission to the program.

Prerequisite #1 Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of or students currently enrolled in an accredited program in one of the following health related fields. Students currently enrolled in one of the following health related fields, must successfully complete the program to be eligible for application:

  • Cardiovascular Technology – the program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). To determine if your program is accredited visit www.caahep.org
  • Health Exercise Sciences – degree awarded from an accredited college / university
  • Radiologic Technology – the program must be accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). To determine if your program is accredited visit www.jrcert.org
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology – the program must be accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). To determine if your program is accredited visit www.jrcnmt.org
  • Registered Nurse – degree awarded from an accredited college / university

In addition, all applicants under this prerequisite must possess a minimum of 500 hours direct patient care experience. Experience may be obtained in one of the following ways:

  • Within current healthcare career
  • Clinical experience not including proficiency or clinical lab demonstration hours while attending one of the programs listed above
  • Documentation of patient care experience hours must be submitted with the application. Acceptable documentation is a formal letter from the applicants current manager or program director.

Applicants must possess current registry and/or certification within their healthcare specialty. Recent graduates of an approved allied health education program listed above must complete registry and/or certification within 30 days of graduation.

Prerequisite #2 Requirements

Applicants are currently enrolled in a Health Sciences program at one of the following university partners:

The applicant will possess a minimum of 100 hours of current direct patient care experience as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in either a hospital or nursing home setting. Applicants must have the Verification of Patient Care form completed by their current employer and return the form with their application materials. Failure to submit the required documentation will result in an incomplete application.

Applicants must be in good standing with the University and have completed the educational requirements of the university prior to application.

Applicants enrolled with university partners are required to comply with admission criteria as defined by both the University and Aurora St. Luke's School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography admission criteria.

  • Application materials and deadlines are available from the health science advisors at each respective University.