Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Information
A. Minimum Standards to Apply
- Apply to Cypress College to obtain a Cypress College student ID#. The email address used on the Cypress College application will be used within your Health Science Application and for all email interactions between the college faculty and staff, clinical sites, and any other program related email interactions.
- High School graduation, or passing of the General Education Development (GED) test, or the High School Proficiency test.
- Minimum age of 17 years to apply. Must be 18 years old at the start of clinical training.
- Present evidence of good physical and mental health, as determined by medical examination upon admission to program and prior to enrollment.
- Overall GPA of 2.0 in all college classes taken. Official transcripts of all colleges attempted are required.
- Must have own transportation to all affiliated hospitals.
- Students need to have all program pre-requisites and general education courses completed with a grade of “C” or better, from a Regionally Accredited College.
B. Program Prerequisites and Requirements
The following required courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course to be considered. Once a passing grade is achieved, courses cannot be repeated for a better grade.
- RADT 142C – Radiologic Electronics (or any introduction or general physics course) – 4 units
- RADT 153C – Radiography Patient Care – 3 units
- HS 145C – Survey of Medical Terminology – 3 units
- HS 147C – Survey of Disease – 3 units
- BIOL 210C – Anatomy & Physiology – 5 units
- COMM 100C or ENGL 100Cor ENGL 101C or ESL 110C – Communication/Writing – 3 units
- CIS 111C – Computer Information Systems – 3 units
- MATH 040C – Intermediate Algebra (or any math meeting GE) – 4 units
- DMS 160C – Introduction to Sonography – 2 units
Satisfactory completion of DMS 160C – Introduction to Sonography must be completed at Cypress College during the Summer Session prior to the next Fall semester. This course is offered only to the accepted and alternate students who will start the program in the next Fall semester.
General Education and Graduation Requirements
The following General Education/Graduation areas are required for the Associate Degree. For options refer to the Associate Degree requirements in the catalog. All general education courses must be completed with a “C” or better. Please refer to the Cypress College Catalog for current Native General Education requirements.
- Language and Rationality
- Written Communication (4 units)
- Arts and Humanities
- Arts (minimum 3 units)
- Humanities (minimum 3 units)
- Social Science (minimum 6 units)
- Physical Activity/Health (1-3 units)
Social Justice, Equity and Sustainability (formerly known as Cultural Diversity)
C. Application Procedures
- Before the application opens online, review and follow the required instructions on the Checklist and Sample Application on the Diagnostic Medical Sonography home page.
- Apply to Cypress College to obtain a Cypress College student ID#.
- Once a Cypress College Student ID# has been received, submit required official transcripts from other colleges to Cypress College Admissions and Records. Admission and Records will not accept transcripts opened prior to submission, PDF documents sent from a student, unofficial transcripts, or a Cypress College transcript.
- Digitally (directly from school to school) – send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attn: Transcripts. You can choose Cypress College if that is an option when ordering.
- Through mail (unofficial if opened) –
Admissions and Records – Transcripts
9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630
- Application must be completed online during the month of February. Application deadline.
- Notification letters are emailed out no later than May 1.
- Log into the online Health Science Application using MyGateway credentials. Submit needed documents following the instructions within the online Health Science application.
- Determination of acceptance is based upon the selection criteria.
D. Candidate Selection Criteria
- Students for the DMS program are currently selected using the point system listed below. No other criteria are used for selection. Students who are not accepted to the program will need to re-apply the following year. Applicants normally exceed capacity.
- Students need to have completed all general education courses and program pre-requisites by the time of applying.
- Total GPA points on program prerequisites (max 50 points)
- 4.0 = 50 points
- 3.5-3.9 = 40 points
- 3.0-3.4 = 30 points
- 2.5-2.9 = 20 points
- 2.0-2.4 = 10 points
- Five (5) points will be given for each consecutive eligible application.
- Ten (10) points for successful completion of DMS 160C, at Cypress College, with a grade of “C” or better.
- Must be accepted into program or an alternate to take DMS 160C.
- Grade point average (GPA) of all program pre-requisite courses will determine who will be selected in the event there is a tie in points. Date and time of application will be used for identical GPA’s.
- Acceptance is based on a confirmation response by the deadline stated in the notification letter from the applicant selected and followed by mandatory attendance at an orientation.
- Selection criteria are subject to change.
- Class enrollment is based on the number of approved clinical education centers available. Student capacity is also determined by the Joint Review Commission in Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
- F-1 visa students will not be accepted for admission into any program when applications by qualified U.S. citizens exceed space available (AP 5012 1.4.).
Required Documents Needed from Students to Start the Program
- Clear Background Check (instructions provided by Program Director)
- Complete Physical and Flu shot (forms provided by Program Director)
- Pass Drug Screen (depending on hospital assignment)
- Personal liability insurance (instructions provided by Program Director)
- Personal health insurance
E. Radiologic Technology Program Requirements
Semester I Fall
DMS 170C – Sonography Physics – 3.5 units
DMS 172C – Sonography Externship (16 hr./week) – 5.0 units
DMS 175C – Abdomen Scanning – 4.0 units
RADT 262C** – Cross Sectional Imaging – 1.0 units
HS 165C** – Ethical Choices in Healthcare – 1.5 units
Semester I Units – 15.0
Semester II Spring
DMS 186C – OB/GYN Scanning – 4.0 units
DMS 176C – Pathology and Small Parts – 3.0 units
DMS 207C – Clinical Education I (24 hr./week) – 8.0 units
Semester II Units – 15.0
DMS 188C – Doppler Techniques – 1.5 units
DMS 217C – Clinical Education II (32 hr./week) – 7.0 units
Intersession Units – 8.5
Semester III Fall
DMS 195C – Carotid and Arterial Sonography – 4.0 units
DMS 227C – Clinical Education III (32hr./week) – 11.0 units
Semester III Units – 16.0
DMS 210C – Review Seminar – 2.5 units
DMS 237C – Clinical Education IV (32hr./week) – 11.0 units
Semester IV Units – 13.5
** May be taken prior to enrollment.
NOTE: The Sonography courses must be taken in a specific sequence. Students must attain a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses to obtain the certificate. A Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is also available. Please refer to the current college catalog.
Health Science Counselors
Division of Health Science
9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630-5897
Health Science Applications Office
Health Science Building/TE3-217
9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630-5897
The Cypress College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
9355 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: (727) 210-2350
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