FAQ - DMS
Who do I contact if I have questions?
For a faster response including general and admission questions or to speak with our program advisor, please email us first before attempting to call our department. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the prerequisites for LLU’s Sonography program?
Do I have to be a Seventh-Day Adventist to Attend Loma Linda University?
No, Loma Linda University accepts students from all faiths.
Are religion classes required at Loma Linda University?
Yes. One religion class is required during the Sonography program.
What is the process for applying to the program?
- Refer to our Sonography Program Checklist
Will I be prepared to take the board exams for Sonography when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the LLU sonography programs, our graduates are able to sit for the national board exams. Passing the national board examinations will result in the receipt of one or more specialty credentials: Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS), or Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS) depending on the track.
Is your Diagnostic Medical Sonography program accredited?
Yes, The Loma Linda University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has been fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in general sonography and vascular and echocardiography since 1985. In addition, our vascular lab here at Loma Linda University Medical Center was awarded the Accreditation of Vascular Labs (ICAVL) in 1993 and our cardiac labs are also accredited by ICAEL.
Please note: All transferring credits must be from an accredited institution of higher learning.
What is LLU looking for in a prospective student who applies to the Sonography program?
- An individual knowledgeable about sonography, either from reading or observing, who knows why she/he wants to enter the profession.
- An enthusiastic, motivated individual who desires to maintain high standards for didactic and clinical performance.
- Strong references from the applicant's prior work supervisors, instructors, or health care professionals knowledgeable about the applicant.
- A person whose transcripts reflect academic excellence in science classes as well as related courses.
- A person who is motivated to take initiative, be a leader, and maintain high standards.
What physical and mental abilities must I posses to become a sonographer?
Entrance and completion of this program signifies that the candidate is prepared to practice in the sonography profession. The candidate must be prepared to work in the standing position, do frequent walking, lift and transfer patients, communicate effectively, perform with both hands, and discriminate in color, depth, and temperature. For more information on this, please contact the department.
What academic standards do you require to enter and stay in the program?
Students must have a minimum of 2.5 average GPA in science prerequisites and a 2.5 overall GPA in prerequisites. Students must maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA to remain in the program.
Is there a waiting list to get into your Sonography program?
We do not have a waiting list for our sonography programs; however, the program is competitive. We usually receive 35-45 applicants for general/vascular, and 12-14 applicants for Cardiac. We accept 12-14 applicants for general/vascular and 6 cardiac applicants into our programs each year. We recommend that you do submit your application early during the open enrollment period. Waiting and delaying closer to the deadline may decrease your chances of acceptance. Programs may fill completely before the published deadline date. We also recommend that you complete observation hours at LLUMC to see what we have to offer.
How many applicants do you accept each year?
- 14 applicants per year - general track
- 6 applicants per year - cardiac track
What is the approximate cost of the program?
Tuition costs do not include books and supplies, clothing, living and transportation expenses. Additional fees apply for international students. The online admissions fee of $60 dollars. There is also a required deposit fee of $100 once you have been accepted to hold your spot in the class. These fees and deposits are nonrefundable. The deposit is applied to your first quarter's tuition. All fees are subject to change and are estimates.
What is the deadline for applications?
The application window for the 2017 Certificate Medical Sonography programs are October 1 to February 1.
The application window for the 2018 New Medical Sonography Bachelor's degree program is June 1 to October 31.
It is recommended you apply early on in the enrollment process!
When does the program start?
The program begins the third week of September, which is the Fall Quarter of each year.
The 2018 Bachelors program will begin in the Summer quarter. (June 2018)
What is the salary range for Sonographers?
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers earn an average of $64,440 or $30.95 an hour and is dependent on geographic area, experience and specialty. Those with more on the job experience and higher job positions can earn up to $88,490 yearly.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
What is the job outlook for Sonographers?
The medical professions in general are experiencing challenges due to changes in healthcare. Our students have a very high success rate in obtaining positions before or soon after graduation.
Do I need to apply to Loma Linda University as well as to the Sonography program?
You need only to apply with one application.
What must I do if I have studied outside of the United States?
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluation center from the list below.
Email our Admissions Director if you have any questions regarding foreign transcripts.
Please note: there are additional University requirements and fees for international students. Please contact our student services for more information.
All international transcripts must be evaluated from one of the foreign evaluation services that LLU accepts. There are only four that are accepted. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc Website : http://www.ece.org , American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Website: http://www.aacrao.org/credential/individual.htm , World Education Services, Website : http://www.wes/org , and American Education Research Corporation, Website: http://www.aerc-eval.com
Is financial aid available or are there student loans available?
Financial aid is available to students depending on their credit history. Contact the financial aid department for more information and deadlines. Please note: FASA applications are due on or around March 1st of each year. Students are encouraged to secure educational funding as part of their application process. Living expenses can be built into financial aid assistance as an option. Financial Aid is not available to International Students at this time.
Do you offer weekend or night classes for Sonography?
No. This program is a full-time day program. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch. You will also be assigned homework to complete. Classroom sessions are held to cover general and cardiac during the week 4 to 5 hours. (general 5 hours once a week , cardiac, 2 hours twice a week) Clinical training is 32-35 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The general program includes rotations to 19 different hospitals for additional clinical training. Cardiac has three afilliates.
Do you offer online courses for Sonography?
No. Our courses are offered with hands-on learning within the classroom and clinical settings not easily replicated through online learning.
Am I required to provide my own transportation to school and to clinical sites?
Yes. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from school and clinical sites. Some clinical sites may be located as much as an hour away from the Loma Linda campus.
Can I work full-time or part-time while taking this program?
The sonography tracks are very comprehensive and intense professional programs. We do not recommend that you attempt to work full-time during this program to assure your optimal success. You cannot work full-time during this program and achieve success.
How long are the programs?
- Track I: Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Vascular Technology - 24 months
- Track II: Cardiac Sonography - 12 months
Who do I contact to set up my career observation at LLUMC?
Contact the program director for further information.
Where do I get the Sonography observation forms?
Forms page- Print and bring the Sonography Observation Form with you.
If I live out of the area, can I do my career observation time at another facility?
Yes, but it is highly recommended you do some of your observation at LLUMC to experience what the program has to offer and to meet our sonography professionals and faculty.
What do I wear to career observation appointments?
Dress professionally: Lab coat or scrubs preferred or professional dress for patient care setting. Wear sturdy shoes. No open toe shoes. See our observation page for more information.
How do I apply for the Sonography program?
You may apply online. There is a $60.00 online application fee upon submission.
Can I apply to Track II (Cardiac) after I complete Track I (Diagnostic/Vascular)?
Yes, however, most medical facilities only hire into one specialty. It is the small hospital in a rural area that would more likely need a diagnostic sonographer or an echocardiographer.
If I have a math/accounting degree and have had a first career in accounting, do I have to take college algebra within five years of entering the program?
No, if you have a degree in the field of mathematics or accounting, and you have recently ended a career in math or accounting, and you can show on your transcripts that you have had multiple classes in math, algebra, or accounting, then you do not have to retake the algebra class within five years of beginning the program. Final approval of this waiver must be made by the director of admissions and the diagnostic medical sonography program director.
Do I have to take all of the prerequisites to enter Track I or Track II if I am already an RDMS and currently working in the sonography field?
No, if you are currently employed as a diagnostic medical sonographer and you are planning to enter Track II, you do not have to retake the prerequisites. Final approval of this waiver must be made by the director of admissions and the diagnostic medical sonography program director.
Where is Loma Linda University?
Loma Linda University is located in Southern California within the Inland Empire near San Bernardino California, in the city of Loma Linda. Loma Linda is about an hour east of Los Angeles and about an hour west of Palm Springs off Interstate 10.