Diagnostic Sonography Program Requirements

Overview

You are required to meet ONE of our three prerequisite educational pathways to be eligible to apply to our program. In addition, all applicants must meet the patient care experience requirements specific to their pathway, and all applicants must complete a job shadow prior to applying. 

Allied Health Professional

Allied health professionals include dental hygienists, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists and speech language pathologists.

Pathway 1 requirements
Graduate of or student currently enrolled in an accredited allied health program that includes direct patient care.

The allied health program must be a minimum of two years. Enrolled students must successfully complete their program to be eligible for application.

Required coursework

  • Algebra, statistics or higher mathematical course
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Communication
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits; acceptable courses include English, speech or composition)
  • Physics
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
    • 2.5 GPA required
  • Human anatomy and physiology
    • 2 semester courses (3–4 credits)
    • 3.0 GPA required
  • Medical ethics and law
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Medical terminology
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Pathophysiology
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
    • 3.0 GPA required

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required for the courses listed above.

Bachelor's Degree

Pathway 2 requirements
Degree must be conferred by the start of the program. Minimum overall 3.0 GPA.

Required coursework

  • Algebra, statistics or higher mathematical course
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Communication
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits; acceptable courses include English, speech or composition)
  • Physics
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
    • 2.5 GPA required
  • Human anatomy and physiology
    • 2 semester courses (3–4 credits)
    • 3.0 GPA required
  • Medical ethics and law
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Medical terminology
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Pathophysiology
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
    • 3.0 GPA required

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required for the courses listed above.

University Partner Students

Prerequisite curriculum is managed by each university affiliate. Specific coursework may vary from one affiliate to another.

If you would like to learn more about the coursework required before beginning clinical training, please contact the admissions department at whichever institution(s) you may be interested in attending:

Pathway 3 requirements
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 departments. Application materials and deadlines are available from the health science advisors at each respective university.

Required coursework

  • Algebra, statistics or higher mathematical course
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Communication
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits; acceptable courses include English, speech or composition)
  • Physics
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
    • 2.5 GPA required
  • Human anatomy and physiology
    • 2 semester courses (3–4 credits)
    • 3.0 GPA required
  • Medical ethics and law
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Medical terminology
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
  • Pathophysiology
    • 1 semester course (3–4 credits)
    • 3.0 GPA required

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required for the courses listed above.

Patient Care Experience

Applicants must demonstrate health care experience sufficient for developing an understanding of the sonographer role, the health care environment and 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.

Pathway 1 requirements
Applicants must have a minimum of 200 hours direct patient care experience. Experience may be gained in one of the following ways:

  • Within a current health care career
  • Clinical experience, not including proficiency or clinical lab demonstration hours, while attending an allied health education program

Pathway 2 & 3 requirements
Applicants must have a minimum of 100 hours of direct patient care experience gained through work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in either a hospital or nursing home setting. CNA course hours do NOT count toward the minimum hour requirement.

All 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 this form will result in an incomplete application.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is required prior to applying to the sonography program. Shadow candidates must be 18 or older, and applicants must document their shadowing experience.

Learn about job shadowing experiences

Personal Characteristics

In addition to a completed pathway, all applicants must meet certain physical, mental, emotional and personal characteristics.

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Apply to the Program

Learn how to apply to the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at St. Luke’s in Milwaukee and get information about the application process and requirements.

Contact Us

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Admission Policies

Our program does not have open enrollment. There is no waiting list. 

Sonography Program Forms

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Shadowing Experience

Learn about job shadowing and how to schedule an appointment.