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Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Info

Building careers in healthcare!

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Allied Health

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Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

Allied Health

Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

Allied Health

Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

Allied Health

Building careers in healthcare!

See how you can start today.

Program Accreditation & Licensure

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has the following accreditation.

  • The Texas Board of Higher Education.
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Admission & Prerequisite Requirements

 By submitting an application packet, an individual verifies that he/she has

1) Read the web page 

2) Obtained all necessary documents 

3) Understood the procedures to be followed for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

I. GENERAL ADMISSION PROCESS 

It is required that all Sonography Program applicants follow the steps outlined below. Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated timeframe will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review. 

  • Meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program.  Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available. 
  • All applicants must meet and/or complete all the course prerequisites prior to submitting applications. 
  • Complete application packets for the program, must be submitted and postmarked by United States Postal Service no later than June 7th. No “walk in” or emailed applications will be accepted. 

REQUIRED STEPS 

 1. Review all items on the website to assure complete understanding of all requirements, as well as providing all required forms.
 2. Download the Diagnostic Medical Songraphy Application form and complete. 
 3. Download the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application checklist.

4. Download the Volunteer hour’s documentation form. (PDF)
5. Obtain OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL educational institutions to include SPC and/or Alamo Colleges. These transcripts must validate that the overall GPA is a 2.8 or higher and pre-requisites courses a minimum of 2.0 GPA. 

APPLICATION FILING PERIOD 

Application filing period March 1 – June 7th.
Applications must be postmarked by the final filing date, June 7th.

 II. ADMISSION/PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must complete college course requirements PRIOR to submitting applications. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or greater.  All remedial courses must be completed prior to applying to the program. 

These courses are: 
    College Algebra  (MATH 1314) **   *** 
    Introductory Physics (PHYS 1305)**  *** 
    Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2404) **   *** 

Effective Fall 2013, and based on new federal regulations, students are not allowed to repeat previously passed courses more than once.” It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Student Financial Services to inquire how a repeat course may impact their financial aid or veteran’s assistance.
***All Pre-requisites must be accomplished with a 2.0 or better.
*** All Pre-requisites must have been accomplished within the past 5 years. 

2. INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

All applicants must attend a mandatory information session.  Complying with the informational session requirement is only valid for the upcoming application period.  Due to the rigor and time demands of this program, it is realized that the incoming student will require family and social support to assure a successful completion. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that a member of the applicant’s support network attend with applicant. 

Informational Sessions are scheduled on the following datesin the Center for Health Professions (CHP), Room 115: 

  • Dates for informational sessions for the upcoming academic year 2014-2015 wil be announced in January 2015. 

**Sonography Informational Session certificates will be issued at the end of the session. A copy of this certificate must be included in the admission packet. **  

3. STANDARIZED TESTING

All applicants are required to take a standardized test. For Allied Health programs, applicants will be taking the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) The Essential Academic Skills Test  (TEAS  V). The TEAS V is a web based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the Allied Health field. The TEAS V exam is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge the covers reading, essential math, basic science and English/language usage.

The cost of the exam is $70.00.  

 

  •   Students must register prior to taking the exam. 
  • Click here to register for the TEAS V exam. 
  • Students interested in improving their test scores may retake the TEAS V test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts. 
  • The resulting overall score will be used in the applicant ranking process.  
  • A copy of the TEAS V scores must be submitted with the application.

4. HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEERING  

All applicants must participate in 40 hours volunteer (*) work in a healthcare setting.    

  • Each applicant selects his/her own site for their volunteer experience.
  • Recommended settings include a hospital, a nursing home, a hospice organization, an assisted living setting, a respite organization, etc.
  • Health care experience includes any activity in which the applicant assists, transports, aids and/or performs any patient care procedures in a health care setting.
  • Phlebotomy, Pharmacy technician, medical office assistant (front office), and/or other medical office duties do not qualify for this requirement. 
  • Completed Volunteer form must be submitted with application. The minimum requirement is 40 hours within the year of application.
  • Additional bonus points will be given for additional hours up to a maximum of 200 hours. See Applicant Ranking Worksheet for the bonus point allocation. 

“Volunteer” hours are defined as time spent in a true volunteer status, where there was NO financial compensation received by the applicant for any of the time that was spent volunteering. Verification of work accomplished will be validated by Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admission committee. Feel free to attach any additional documents.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 5. HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL LICENSE 

There will be additional ranking points to any individual who holds a CURRENT certificate or license in one of the following Allied Health professions: nursing, respiratory, pharmacy, radiology, nuclear medicine, or CNA.  To receive the additional ranking points, an official photocopy of license or certificate must be included with the application packet. See Applicant Ranking Worksheet for bonus point allocation.

III. SELECTION PROCESS

The competitive application and acceptance process is based on a weighted point system, in accordance with the Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet.   

  • Those eligible will be selected based on the requirements listed on the Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet. 
  • Only the top 20 ranked individuals will be selected for admission into the Program.  
    •  The number of students accepted into the DMS program is based on availability of approved clinical education centers  
  • Those applicants who are not accepted may reapply the following application period. NO WAIT LIST IS MAINTAINED.   

 After careful review of all applicants, program director, together with faculty committee, will review all applications. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or nonacceptance via mailed letters. 

 Before being fully accepted into any Allied Health Program, students must:

  • Pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen (at the student’s expense). Both of these MUST be completed prior to the start of the Fall semester. Noncompliance will result in dismissal from the program. 
  • Obtain a physical exam by a physician/nurse practitioner, and submit the completed healthcare form that gives a full release to perform patient care. 
  • Complete CPR for healthcare professional course and submit a copy of card as verification.  
  • Attend an all-day (eight hour) on campus Sonography orientation prior to beginning of the Fall semester. This will be held during the summer, with the final date stated in the acceptance letter. 

Failure to complete and submit all requested paperwork listed above by the assigned date results in forfeiture of placement within the program.  The assigned date will be stated in the conditional acceptance letter. 

After final acceptance to the program, all Allied Health students must comply with both Texas law and clinical facility requirements related to immunization and testing. Note: Students should not delay completing their required immunizations; some take up to 4-6 months to complete. Failure to complete the required series will prevent students from participating in clinical rotation.  

The required immunizations are:  
a. current TB test (within 12 months)
b. Proof of either 
   - two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine OR
   - a serum titer confirming immunity (there must be at least 4  wk. between the first/second MMR vaccination) 
c. Hepatitis A series
d. Hepatitis B series** 
   -Proof of the first Hep B immunization on or before October 1st is REQUIRED
e. Varicella (chicken pox) or a serum titer confirming immunity
f. Meningitis (if under the age of 22)
g. Diptheria/Tetanus (within 10 yrs.) 
h. flu shot in the 4th semester of the program 

** Note: The hepatitis B injection series is a 4-6 month process. There must be a minimum of four weeks between the 1st and 2nd immunization, minimum of eight weeks between the 2nd and 3rd immunization, and a minimum of sixteen weeks between the 1st and 3rd immunization. 

Application & Selection Process

Category 

Point Values 

Maximum Points 

Points Earned 

Overall GPA

Official Transcripts from ALL educational institutions attended by applicant MUST be submitted

Must have an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher to be eligible for consideration

4.0 -   3.8 = 25pts

3.79 - 3.5 = 20pts

3.49 – 3.3 = 15 pts.

3.29 – 3.0 = 10pts.

2.99 – 2.8 = 5 pt.

 

 

 

25 pts. 

 

Prerequisite Course

GPA

 

 

 

 

 

** BIOL 2401 & 2402: if used to meet the pre-req of 2404, an average of the two grades will be used

Each of the following courses MUST be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Must be completed within 5 yrs. of application. (no earlier than 2009)

Math 1314 College Algebra           ______ =______pts.  

                    

PHYS 1305 Intro. Physics I             ______ =______pts. 

 

BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy  

& Physiology**                                  ______ = ______pts. 

 

 

30 pts. 

  A = 10 pts.

B = 7 pts.

C = 3 pts.

 

Co-Requisite Course Completion

Each of the following courses MUST be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Points will be awarded based on course grade for each co-requisite complete at the time of application.

 

ENGL 1301 Composition I                           ______pts. 

 

Humanities (40) core or Visual and 

Performing Arts (50) core                         ______pts. 

                                                       

Social Behavioral Sciences (80) core    ______pts.  

 

 

15pts. 

 

A = 5 pts.

B = 3 pts.

C = 2 pts. 

 

HOBET V

 

 

Additionally the HOBET V scores will be used as a tie breaker for student ranking if necessary.

A copy of the scores MUST be submitted with the application

The overall test score will be utilized to award points.  Test scores are valid for two years from the date of testing. 

Students interested in improving their test scores may retake the HOBET V test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts. The highest overall score will be utilized for ranking.    

                                        90-100% = 30 pts. 

                                        80- 89% = 25 pts.   

                                        70 – 79% = 20 pts. 

                                        60 -69% = 15 pts. 

                                         < 60% = 10 pts.             

30 pts. 

 

 

 

Total points 

 

100 pts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Informational Session        

Date attended:        

 

 

Patient Care Volunteer Hours* 

Volunteer form completed and returned

 

Yes_____________                   No________________

 

 

 

BONUS POINTS 

Maximum Points 

 

Licenses or Certifications

Hold a current certification or licensure from an Allied Health Care or Nursing accrediting body

Patient care tech or CNA                          2 pts.

LVN/LPN                                                     3 pts.

NMT,RT,RN,MD                                         5pts.                                           

 

 

 

5 pts. 

 

Medical Terminology

Completion of course with a 2.0 GPA or higher

2 pts. 

 

Degree

AAS                          2 pts.

BS                             5 pts.

5 pts. 

 

Volunteer hours

Additional volunteer hours:

40 – 100 hrs.   2 pts.

101 – 200 hrs. 3 pts.

3 pts. 

 

Total bonus points 

 

 

 

Total overall points 

 

115 pts. 

 

 

*Patient care volunteer opportunities include any activity in which the applicant assists, transports, aids and/or performs any patient care procedures in a health care setting. Phlebotomy, Pharmacy technician, medical office assistant (front office), and/or other medical office duties do not qualify for this requirement. Recommended settings include a hospital, a nursing home, a hospice organization, an assisted living setting, and a respite organization.

Contact Information

Interim Program Director:
Virginia Narvaez, RDMS (AB OB/GYN), ARRT (R), (M)
vnarvaez@alamo.edu 

Location:
MLK Campus
Center for Health Professionals (CHP) 130P

Phone:
210-486-2718