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

About Sonography | Personal requirements | Forms | Eligibility/prerequisites | Enrollment process | Curriculum | Tuition and fees | Policies | Shadow experiences | Contact us | About Aurora St. Luke’s

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Required Coursework

All applicants to the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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.

It is strongly recommended that the courses listed below be completed prior to application.

  • Algebra, statistics, or higher mathematical course
  • Communication (acceptable courses include English, speech, or composition)
  • Physics
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Medical ethics and law
  • Medical terminology
  • Patient care (obtained through Certified Nursing Assistant, CNA, training or Allied Health Education)
  • Pathophysiology

Explanation of Patient Care Requirements

The prerequisite requirement of a patient care 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.

Prerequisites

Educational Background Requirements Patient Care Experience
Allied Health Professional

Graduate of or student currently enrolled in an accredited allied health program that includes direct patient care.

The allied health program is a minimum of two (2) years in length.

Enrolled students must successfully complete their program to be eligible for application.

To determine program accreditation visit:

Applicants under this prerequisite must possess a minimum of 200 hours direct patient care experience. Experience may be obtained in one of the following ways:

  • Within current healthcare career
  • Within clinical education component of allied health program (lab hours do not count toward minimum hours)

Verification of Patient Experience Form documenting patient care experience hours must be submitted with the application.

Minimum required patient care hours must be completed by December 31st of the application year.

Bachelor Science Degree

Minimum overall 3.0 GPA in addition to GPA requirements in courses listed above.

Degree must be conferred by the start of the program.

Applicants under this prerequisite must possess a minimum of 100 hours of direct patient care experience obtained through work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in either a hospital or nursing home setting.

  • Current Wisconsin Department of Health Services Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry
  • Verification of patient care experience form
  • Minimum required patient care hours must be completed by December 31st of the application year. CNA course hours do NOT count toward the 200 hour total

University Partners

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

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

Applicants under this prerequisite must possess a minimum of 100 hours of direct patient care experience obtained through work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in either a hospital or nursing home setting.

  • Current Wisconsin Department of Health Services Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry
  • Verification of patient care experience form
  • Minimum required patient care hours must be completed by December 31st of the application year. CNA course hours do NOT count toward the 200 hour total

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.

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