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Eligibility and Requirements

To begin KU's cardiovascular sonography certificate program, you'll need to meet the following requirements.

Degree/Academic Requirements

A bachelor's or associate degree with emphasis in science is preferred.

Students without a bachelor’s degree must be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with an emphasis in a health care-related field, and/or have substantial experience working in a health care field.

All college coursework must be from accredited institutions. Credentials or transcripts not from an accredited U.S. academic institution will require evaluation by KU before acceptance.

Prerequisite Courses

The following courses must be completed from an accredited institution with a "C" grade or better to be eligible for the program: algebra, English or speech/oral communication, human anatomy & physiology, medical terminology and physics.

Grade Point Average

An overall grade point average 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).

Health and Physical Requirements

Good physical and mental health are essential to this field. Specifically, excellent visual acuity is necessary. The student must also possess manual dexterity, sufficient hearing and speech ability and good physical coordination in positioning patients and operating equipment. Students must have full utility of both arms, both 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 Opportunity Office at KU Medical Center. Please review the program's technical standards for details.

Vaccine and Clinical Site Requirements

Matriculated students will need to provide an immunization profile prior to participating in curricular and/or clinical experiences required by the program. Please read the information found at the bottom of the program's curriculum page and be sure that you understand these requirements.

Background Check and Drug Screen

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit to a background check and provide the report to KU. This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Applicants will be asked to request the report and make payment only after official acceptance into the program.

For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check and drug screen instructions. Drug screening is required for activities in a clinical environment. Depending on geographic location, more than one drug test may be needed.

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 are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international applicants before applying.

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science
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Kansas City, KS 66160
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