Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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DMS Admissions Process

The DMS application for fall 2018 is now closed. 

Admissions Criteria

We urge you to carefully read the instructions for the application you are completing before beginning the application process. Applicants need to only complete one application through the online system, and all documents MUST be on file when the application is submitted.
Please Note: Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Because of the limited number of clinical positions (maximum of 14 each year) the program utilizes selective admissions every Fall semester. Therefore, admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants must be admitted to RCBC as a degree-seeking student (with a current RCBC email and student ID number) and must also qualify for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program based on the following standards:

The application open date for Fall 2018 will be October 17, 2017 and the deadline will be March 15, 2018.  Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 15, 2018.

  • Admissions Application to RCBC via: www.rcbc.edu/apply
    • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Submission of a completed Diagnostic Medical Sonography program application online with the essay
  • Successful completion of all required developmental and pre-requisite courses as determined by the results of the college admission placement exam or transfer credits.
  • Completion of all required pre-requisite courses (BIO 110, BIO 111, PHY 107, MTH 107, ENG 101) with a grade of a C or better.
  • Completion of other non-DMS courses is recommended but not required.
  • Achievement of a RCBC cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or greater in all college level courses.
  • Applicants must attain a minimum age of 18 years at the time of the start of program.
  • Meeting all admission standards DOES NOT guarantee admission into the program.
  • The HESI exam is NO longer a requirement for application


A 300- 500 word essay will be part of the application.  The topic will be regarding why you are interested in pursuing Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a career.

Acceptance into the Program

  • Accepted students will be notified by RCBC email and mail prior to the start of the program.
  • Accepted students will be notified by RCBC email of the mandatory Diagnostic Medical Sonography orientation date (Accepted students must attend the orientation meeting or will forfeit their seat in the program). Students are accepted on a contingent basis and acceptance can be denied if communicated requirements after contingent acceptance is not met.
  • Students who are not accepted or do not accept admission to a specific Diagnostic Medical Sonography class may submit written notification and can be considered for the future class with a new application during the open application dates for the future Fall semester.

Other Requirements

To meet the mandatory requirements of our affiliate agencies, all accepted Diagnostic Medical Sonography students must document annual proof of the following to be submitted to The American Data Bank Company (Student records tracking system, more information will be given to accepted students and an additional fee will be assessed to each student):

  1. Medical/Health Insurance – it is the student’s responsibility to have all insurance policies current prior to beginning of clinical rotation. Students who allow their insurance to lapse must withdraw from the program.
  2. Health Provider BLS CPR Card – it is student’s responsibility to have a current CPR card for the healthcare professional prior to beginning the clinical rotation.  The CPR certification must be through the American Heart Association.
  3. Physical Examination – each student will be given a physical examination form to be completed. This form requires:
    1. Physical Exam and medical history
    2. The two-step Tuberculosis test (single test must be completed annually)
    3. Lab tests
      1. Rubella
      2. Eubeola
      3. Varicella
    4. Tetanus (within the past 10 years)
    5. Hepatitis B (or titers proving immunity)
  4. Criminal History Background Checks/Urine Drug Test – the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO), the primary accrediting body for our clinical agencies, mandates criminal history background checks (CHBC) and urine drug tests for all individuals engaged in patient care. It is required that all students enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program undergo a CHBC and urine drug test for clinical placement. If a student is denied clinical clearance due to CHBC or urine drug test information, that student will be denied acceptance into the program.
  5. Transportation – students are responsible for reliable transportation to the College and to the
  6. clinical sites.
  7. Malpractice Insurance – malpractice insurance is required and is available through the College. The fee for the coverage is part of the tuition rate, therefore there will be no additional fees to the students.