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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions

To be considered for admission to the CSP DMS program, students must first be accepted to the University (Step 1), ensure prerequisite coursework has been completed and confirm specific DMS program requirements have been met (Step 2), and apply to the DMS Program (Step 3).

Please see the details below.

STEP 1: APPLY TO CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, St. Paul (CSP)

Please click here to apply to CSP.

For information about licensure requirements and limitations, even before you start at CSP, please click here and scroll to Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    • Start Your Application
    • In the program section of the application under “I am interested in (a/an):” select “Undergraduate degree as a First-Year student.”
    • Under “Please select your academic program of interest,” select “Sonography – Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2 year degree)”
      Once Submitted, you can follow your application process through the application portal.
  • To be considered official, transcripts must be sent from your school directly to CSP through a secure online portal or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.

    Request your official transcripts online.

    Transcripts sent by mail:

    Concordia University, St. Paul
    Office of Admissions
    1282 Concordia Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104

  • Please submit a typed essay you would like your admissions counselor to consider in the application review process. Minimum of 500 words suggested. Submit as a PDF document through your application portal or email it as an attachment to [email protected]

    Applicants currently enrolled in CSP’s PSEO program do not need to submit an admissions essay.

    CSP Essay Topic Options (select one):

    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
  • Please review and sign the DMS Acknowledgment Form. This will be found on your application status page once an application has been submitted.

Students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete the academic success essay and/or an additional semester of coursework.

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    • Start Your Application
    • In the program section of the application under “I am interested in (a/an):” select “Undergraduate degree as a Transfer student.”
    • Under “Please select your academic program of interest,” select “Sonography – Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2 year degree)”

    Once Submitted, you can follow your application process through the application portal.

  • To be considered official, transcripts must be sent from your school directly to CSP through a secure online portal or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.
    Please note that if you have completed less than 20 college credits, you will need to submit a high school transcript and admissions essay in addition to your college transcript(s).

    Request your official transcripts online.

    Transcripts sent by mail:

    Concordia University, St. Paul
    Office of Admissions
    1282 Concordia Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104

  • Please review and sign the DMS Acknoweldgement Form. This will be found on your application status page once an application has been submitted.

Students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete the academic success essay and/or an additional semester of coursework.

STEP 2: COMPLETE DMS PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING PREREQUISITE COURSES

Students must complete a number of prerequisite courses and the TEAS exam before applying to CSP’s DMS program.

Program Requirements

  • Prerequisite courses can be taken at Concordia University St. Paul.

    If students have previous college credit, once admitted to the university, a credit evaluation will be done on any transfer credits to see if those fulfill prerequisite requirements. All prerequisites courses are required to have been completed within the past 5 years with a grade of ‘C’ or higher with the exception of DMS 100 which needs to be completed with a grade of B- or higher.

    Listed below are the prerequisite courses required. Your academic advisor will create a plan that fits your needs. The average time to complete these courses is 1-2 semesters if students are taking all prerequisites at CSP.

    • BIO 117 Human Anatomy & Physiology for Sonography
    • DMS 100 Introduction to Ultrasound (must be completed at Concordia University, St. Paul)
    • MAT 165 Quantitive Reasoning for Health Care Professionals
    • ENG 120 College Writing
    • PHS 112 Introductory Physics for Biological and Health Sciences I

    Each prerequisite course may be repeated in its entirety one time in order to meet the grade and GPA requirements.

    • Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be submitted with a score of 62% or higher. CSP ranks applicant by their overall TEAS percentile.
    • Complete the TEAS exam within one year prior to your application to the DMS Program (only two attempts allowed per year).

    Complete the TEAS Exam Through CSP

    The TEAS Exam is offered through CSP virtually. This is open to anyone to register, including CSP pre-DMS and non-CSP students. Students can also complete the TEAS exam outside of CSP.

    • Register here: https://atitesting.com/teas/register#prep
    • Registration will close 24 hours prior to exam.
    • Cost of exam is $100. Applicant will pay upon registration.
    • Applicants will receive an email prior to the exam (12 hours) with a link to log onto for the dry run. Check spam folder if email is not received.

STEP 3: APPLY TO THE DMS PROGRAM

Students will apply to the DMS program during the Introduction to Ultrasound prerequisite course.

General Concentration:

  • Up to 16 students accepted in the Fall and in Spring.
  • Applications for admission to DMS in Fall are due by July 1st.
  • Applications for admission to DMS in Spring are due by November 1st.

Echo Concentration:

  • 10 students accepted in the Fall.
  • Applications for admissions to DMS in Fall are due by July 1st.

Program Requirements:

  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses. Detailed information found in Step 2.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • A TEAS exam score of 62% or greater.

Contact Admissions

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 651-641-8230

DMS Program FAQ's

  • Please visit the tuition and financial aid website for tuition and fees information. The information is found under “Adult Undergraduate/Online Programs Tuition”.

  • This program is a full-time day program. Once in the sonography program, it is recommended students prioritize coursework and minimize work commitments. The program requires dedicated practice time to ensure competencies are achieved. If a student falls behind, it can be challenging to catch up.

  • Once the program begins, it is 5 semesters in length and will go through the summer. There is no part-time option available.

  • The General Concentration is a hybrid model – primarily online classes with labs at our campus in St. Paul, MN.

    The Echo Concentration is all in-person – classes and labs at or near our campus in St. Paul, MN.

  • This is a specialized two-year Adult Undergraduate program. It is not designed to be a traditional on-campus program and does not include on-campus housing options.

  • General Concentration:

    • The Sonography program requires 960 hours of clinical training that will be completed during the last six months of the program.
    • Clinical training will likely require placement at a site outside of the Twin Cities area or outside of Minnesota. Clinical sites vary year-to-year and the University makes every effort to secure sites that allow for the best learning environments for each individual student.
    • The Program Director and Clincial Coordinator will assign students to a clinical facility. Consideration will be given to the site’s needs and student’s desires based on availability.
    • Students may not turn down a site.
    • Housing will be arranged by the student.

    Echo Concentration:

    • Clinical training for the Echo concentration will be completed throughout the program at clinical sites in the Twin Cities metro area.
  • General education courses do not need to be completed prior to admission to the sonography program. They can be taken at any point during the program prior to graduation.