Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program, the following are required:

  1. Degree/Academic Requirements
    A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in science is preferred.
    If the student does not have a bachelor's degree, they must be registered or licensed in one of the following fields: radiography, nuclear medicine, nursing, ultrasound (or other two-year allied health certificate program).
    All college course work pertaining to this application must be from accredited institutions. Credentials or transcripts not from an accredited U.S. academic institution will require evaluation by the KU International Student Services Office before they will be accepted for eligibility.

  2. Prerequisite Courses
    The following courses must be completed from accredited institutions to be eligible for the cardiac sonography program.

    Algebra
    English or speech/oral Communication

    Human anatomy & physiology
    Medical terminology
    Physics

  3. Grade Point Average
    An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be eligible to apply. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course (above).

  4. Health and Physical Requirements
    Good physical and mental health are essential to the field of sonography. Specifically, excellent visual acuity is necessary. The cardiac sonography student must also have manual dexterity, sufficient hearing and speech, and good physical coordination in positioning patients and operating nuclear medicine equipment.  Students must have full utility of both arms, hands and fingers in order to perform examinations and operate equipment. The ability to handle extremely heavy objects is required.

    Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case by case basis by the program and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at KUMC. Please review the program's technical standards for details. The Educational Programs of the University of Kansas Medical Center reserve the right to make changes without prior notice to any of the polices stated in this document.

  5. Background Check
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.

  6. International Students:
    An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.


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Last modified: Feb 06, 2014

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What is Sonography? Learn about this exciting career in this video from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


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