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School of Sonography

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Applications are accepted from August 1 through October 15 for the class beginning the following January. Early application is encouraged, as the date of receipt may be a determining factor among equally qualified applicants. Any person desiring to enroll in the Mercyhealth School of Sonography is required to submit the following to the program director:

  • An application with a $20 non-refundable fee (make checks payable to Mercyhealth School of Sonography)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Copies of official college transcripts showing pre-requisites completed with a GPA of 2.5 or better and evidence of an associate degree or higher

All applicants must have completed or be enrolled in the pre-requisite courses in addition to having an associate degree or certificate from a two-year accredited allied health program, or possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science or medically related field to enter the program. Courses need not be completed to apply but must be completed to be admitted into the program.

Applicants are sent a notice of receipt of their application and a notice to sign up to take the aptitude test. There is a $30 non-refundable fee for the aptitude test.

Applicants are scheduled for interviews and job shadowing if they have been successful on the aptitude test.

All applicants are asked the same questions by the interview committee. The applicant is encouraged to ask their own questions.

After interviews are completed, applicants are ranked on points they have received in the following areas:

  • GPA in the pre-requisite courses
  • Aptitude test score
  • Interview score
  • Additional points given based on:
  • Prior application (1)
  • Military service (1)
  • Previous experience in an acute care setting (1)

Applicants with same point totals will have the tie broken by the date the application was received. Up to five applicants with the highest point totals are accepted into the program. The remaining candidates are ranked as alternates in decreasing point value. If one of the selected students does not accept their seat before the start of the program, the alternate will be notified of the available position. 

The selection process is normally completed by December 15 with all grades due by December 15 for the class that begins in January. Students will be advised of their admission or non-admission status by U.S. mail the third week in December.

Admission to the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is conditional upon submitting to and satisfactorily passing a criminal background check, a pre-admission physical exam and screening tests. These are provided at no charge to the student. The school will accept as many applicants who exhibit—by past education, experience, testing, and a personal interview—a high potential for success in diagnostic medical sonography.

Applications are reviewed based on the same qualifications regardless of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status.

Technical Standards

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that careful consideration be given to all applicants seeking education or employment. The act also requires that accommodations be provided to the disabled person when proven to be reasonable. It also supports the identification of essential job functions that may be used with other selection criteria in the screening of potential applicants for a professional curriculum or employment.

The diagnostic medical sonographer is a caregiver who plays a fundamental role in the diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition.

Implied in this caregiving role are essential job functions that require the sonographer to demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills. The performance of these job functions must be consistent with the expectation that diagnostic medical sonographers must not place themselves, a fellow worker, or the patient in jeopardy of physical or mental harm.

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