Health Professions: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Completion of courses:
All accepted students will be required
to complete the first semester of general education courses successfully
prior to the start of sonography coursework. Any student not successfully
completing general education coursework will be replaced with an
alternate candidate who has completed all general education coursework.
- Deadline May 15th to apply
Students must complete a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program application and submit it by May 15 for the class
that begins each August to the Domicile Health Professions
and Records, TCC-Virginia Beach Campus, in the Princess Anne Building,
Room A100-A, as well as the general admissions application of the
college. Students may be admitted to the program at a later date
if vacancies are available. You will be contacted shortly after
the deadline date concerning your application.
All official transcripts (if applicable)
must be on file at Tidewater Community
College, Central Records/Office of the Registrar, P.O. Box 9000, Norfolk, VA 23509-9000 to be considered
for the program.
- Essay and Interview
Applicants are required to complete an assigned
essay and have a personal interview with the program representative(s).
- Medical Exam
Students who have been accepted into the program must submit documentation of a medical examination prior to entering the
- Background Check
who receive a final grade lower than a "C" in any DMS
course must obtain permission from the program director to continue
in the program.
Selected learning experiences will be provided
by cooperating area hospitals and facilities. Students are expected
to provide transportation to such facilities.
- Other expenses
Purchase of items,
such as uniforms and accessories, are the financial responsibility
of the individual.
For more information on the DMS Program at TCC call the Program
Director, Felicia Toreno, at (757) 822-7271.
Student Selection Process
- Depending upon
the number of applications, only selected applicants, based
on their academic record, may be considered for the program.
- Positions in this program are very limited, so program faculty
are not able to interview or accept all applicants who meet
the basic admissions requirements.
See further notes below:
- Applicants to all health
professions programs must be categorized in priority jurisdictions
by the program application deadline
date. State applicants will
be considered prior to out-of-state applicants.
One semester of English, one social science
electives, and a humanities elective will be required of all
The Admissions Committee will
applicants to come in for a personal interview.
Students will be required to complete an essay
as part of the application process. Details will be sent to
students invited to interview
for the program.
Applicants will be notified of the committee's
decisions by mail as soon as possible after all applicants
Fifteen students will be accepted each year.
Sonography classes will begin each January in the Spring Semester
Applicants who are accepted will be required
to submit evidence of a complete physical examination and a
offender check before
the beginning of the fall semester. No students with
a felony background will be
admitted into the program.
No visible tattoos, facial piercing or gaugings
(earlobe piercing enlargements) are allowed.
The program maintains an absence and attendance
policy stricter than the College policy.
The program demands a high level of critical
The program requires a high volume
of reading for homework assignments.
- Applicants will be ranked
according to the health professions admissions ranking scale.
Admissions decisions will be made based on the applicant's
ranking, which considers area of residence, academic record and medical background.
- Students will accumulate points during the admissions process
based on residency, previous formal allied health education,
and all non-sonography classes that have already been completed.
Please refer to the ranking scale found in this packet.
applicants must be eligible to enroll in ENG 111 and BIO 141 in order to be considered for entrance into the program.
is strongly recommended that applicants apply early, deadline May 15th, and make
sure all transcripts are received before the deadline.
To improve your chances of being accepted, it is strongly
suggested that you complete as many of the general education
courses in the
DMS curriculum as possible.
- Courses that can be competed prior
to the start of the program and will earn applicants points in the application process include:
- BIO 141 Human Anatomy and
Physiology I, (Entrance Benchmark)
- MTH 126 Mathematics for Allied Health (or
- PHY 100 Elements of Physics (or higher college physics),
- English 111 College Composition,
- two Social Science electives,
- a Humanities elective,
- HLT 141 or143 Medical Terminology, (Entrance Benchmarks)
- SDV 101
Orientation to Health Care, and
- ITE 115 Basic Computer Literacy
or a demonstration of computer competence.
- Social Ethics,
PHI 226, is recommended as a humanities elective
Information about Tidewater
Community College’s computer
competency requirements can also be viewed
online or picked up in the Admissions Center.
grants, loans, and scholarships is available from the Financial
Aid Office and can be reached by calling (757) 822-7292.
Check Application Status
Contact Gloria Singleton at the Domicile and Records Office
in the Princess Anne Building, Room A100-A, Virginia Beach
Campus, or call (757) 822-7340 to check on your application
folder. Please take the time to verify receipt of your application
and transcripts. Due to the number of applicants, only students
with completed applications will be considered for the program.
The following steps must be completed by May
___ 1. Complete the required TCC applications. Health Professions Application
___ 2. Take the English and math placement tests at the College
as soon as possible. Consult the Counseling Office (757-822-7212)
to determine your need to take these placement tests and for
dates the tests will be given. All developmental work indicated
by the Placement Tests must be completed satisfactorily prior
to the beginning of the program. All students accepted into the
program MUST place into ENG 111. No students will be offered
interviews unless developmental work has been completed and students
are able to take MTH 126 and ENG 111 during the Fall semester.
___ 3. Attend a DMS open house. Open house is held the third Thursday of every month (except December) on the Virginia Beach campus in room MN 121 of the Regional Health Professions Center, Building M from 4 to 5 p.m.
___ 4. Have all official transcripts of previous college records
or higher educational experience sent directly to Central Records
___ 5. Submit an unofficial transcript along with the Health
Professions application. Transcripts often delay the evaluation
of applications, and this will help ensure you receive “points” for
all classes completed by the application deadline.
___ 6. Meet program application benchmarks. Note: Benchmarks may change based on the number of program applicants.
a. Be a Virginia Resident
b. Complete math and English placement tests
c. Take Medical Terminology
d. Earn a grade of A or B in BIO 141
e. Take a formal medical hands-on program
f. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
|BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
|Mathematics for Allied Health (MTH 126 or higher)
|PHY 100 Elements of Physics (or higher physics)
All remaining courses earn the following:
|English 111 College Composition I
|A Social Science elective
|A Humanities elective (Recommend PHI 226 Social Ethics)
|HLT 141 or143 Medical Terminology
|SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care
|ITE 115 Basic Computer Literacy
(or documentation of computer competence)
___ 7. Students will earn points for medical background. Formal
education will earn the following points:
30 points -
|Radiography senior students or registered radiographers
||Other two-year health programs
||One-year programs and a state license for CNA graduates
||CNA programs and licensure – Applicants with no medical
background should consider taking a nurse aide (CNA) course
in order to earn some points in this category. This is also
a very good way to obtain patient care skills and be sure
that a hands-on health care field is really what you want
from a career choice.
||Work only. Note: has not benchmark for the past several years due to the large number of program applicants
___ 8. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure
that the domicile office receives all documentation,
including the application and transcripts
by the application deadline of May 15.
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should check periodically to see if materials have been updated.
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gender or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion,
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