Admission Requirements Diagnostic Medical Sonography

School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Grady Health System began in 1991. More than 150 students have graduated from the program. The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography has several affiliate clinical sites where student training is enhanced through exposure to many diverse people, various equipment and variety of examination types. This specialized program prepares the graduate for a rewarding career in diagnostic medical sonography in the areas of Abdomen and OB/GYN.

The 18-month course of study awards a certificate from Grady Health System upon graduation. Students who satisfactorily complete the program fulfill the requirements to write the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

This advanced-level program is a full-time, daytime program lasting 18 months. Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. Only 11 students are accepted every 18 months. The current graduation rate is 100 percent.

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  1. Satisfactory physical, mental and emotional health.

  2. Minimum age of 18 years.

  3. Satisfactory graduation from an accredited high school with a college or vocational/technical diploma, with a minimum 2.5 GPA; or passing score on the General Education Development test (GED) of the American Council on Education.

  4. Transfer credits from other Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs will not be accepted.

  5. Scholastic Aptitude  Reasoning Test (SAT I) – minimum math and critical reading (verbal) total score of 850 (writing section not included) or American College Test (ACT) – minimum composite score of 18.

  6. A college degree may be considered in the selection process, but not in place of, SAT I or ACT scores.

  7. College level courses including Math, English, Science, Computers, Psychology, and/or Sociology at an accredited college (with a minimum of grade if 2.0 in each course) will be considered in the selection process, but not in place of, SAT I or ACT scores.

    Courses excluded from consideration are:
    • Remedial courses
    • Developmental studies courses
    • Courses with essentially non-academic content (orientation, career courses, etc.)
    • Non-transferable courses (grades of “D” or lower)

  8. A status of good standing (not on probation, suspension or expulsion) at the last institution attended.

  9. Applicants are required to visit the hospital when invited. This includes a personal interview and a tour of the ultrasound department.

School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

In addition to numbers 1 through 9 for all schools:


  1. Satisfactory graduation from one of the following:
    •  Nationally or regionally accredited Radiologic Technology program.
    •  Programmatic, nationally or regionally accredited, two-year allied health education program that is patient care related (clinical education component is supervised direct patient care in a hospital environment). 
    •  Regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution with a minimum of an Associate’s degree and documentation of health-related experience.
    A degree and/or postsecondary education must be from an institution accredited by one of the following entities:
    • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Senior College Commission (SCC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
    • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
    • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
    • Council on Occupational Training (COE)
    • Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC)
    • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)

  2. Completion of postsecondary education at a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution in:
    • Medical Terminology
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Information Technology
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Algebra or a higher-level mathematics.

  3. Certification in good standing with the appropriate U.S. certification board or eligible to write, and subsequently pass, the appropriate U.S. certification examination by the end of the first quarter if provisionally accepted, as applicable.

Upon acceptance, the applicant must complete or submit:


  1. Physical examination, immunizations (documentation of MMR, tetanus [Tdap], hepatitis B, and   varicella) and/or titers, and PPD (TB).  Additional TB testing is required if PPD is positive.

  2. Criminal background check and drug screen performed through

  3. Proof of professional liability insurance, prior to enrollment, that documents coverage for term of enrollment.

  4. Documentation of CPR certification (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider) by American Heart Association.


Admission Requirements - Foreign Student

An applicant will be classified as a "Foreign Student" if the school credentials he/she submits for evaluation are from schools or colleges outside of the United States. This applicant, in addition to meeting the admission requirements outlined in the previous sections, must also meet the following requirements:


  1. A non-citizen applicant is required to provide documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of permanent resident status by presenting his/her alien registration card. The school is not approved by the INS to enroll non-immigrant status students.

  2. The applicant must present official secondary and postsecondary (college or university) certificates, credentials, or diplomas. Official documents must bear authoritative signatures, seals and stamps. If possible, the institution issuing the document should send these. Certified original translation must accompany all documents not printed in English. Secondary grades should equal the equivalent of a "B" average. Applicants who completed postsecondary courses must have earned satisfactory grades in all courses attempted and be in good standing. The average score should be equivalent to a "C" or better.

  3. If the applicant’s native language is not English, one of the following must be submitted:
    • Proof of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 210. The TOEFL test must have been taken within the last two years to be acceptable.

    • Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of "Intermediate".


Special Consideration

Felony and misdemeanor convictions, regardless of resolution, may cause a student to be ineligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). All Joint Commission accredited hospitals require sonographers to be certified by the ARDMS.

An applicant who has a felony or misdemeanor conviction must determine if he/she will be eligible for the Registry examination before he/she applies to the program. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pursue this matter. The program is not and will not be involved in this process in any manner.

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography will consider, for determination of eligibility, any felony or misdemeanor conviction of an applicant on a case-by-case basis. The ARDMS charges a fee for this service. To obtain Pre-application Review: Criminal information, contact the ARDMS at:

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
51 Monroe Street
Plaza East One
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 738-8401



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