English Composition I
English Composition II
MATH 130 or
College Algebra or Introductory Figures
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
Anatomy & Physiology II
Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
2. Possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 including all colleges attended
**NOTE: Science courses over 7 years old may require repetition. Check with the Allied Health Admissions Office.
A. No. Observation time is recommended but not required. Observation time in an ultrasound environment is STRONGLY recommended for enhancement of your application. Any rotation through ultrasound during any previous education is NOT considered volunteered time. New applicants are recommended to have no more than a maximum 50 observation hours. Applicants re-applying are recommended to have no more than 25 additional hours of observation.
A. The Program is looking for applicants who are making informed decisions about this career and are able to communicate his/her knowledge of the field. Maximize your academic performance (Overall and Pre-requisite GPA's), select references carefully and demonstrate motivation and maturity during the interview process regarding your decision to pursue a career in sonography. While applicants are not required to perform observation time in an Ultrasound department in order to apply, any form of observation will strongly enhance your application.
A. Acceptance in the DMS Program is provisional based on the student submitting to and passing a Background Check / Drug Test, agree to the Technical Standards of the Sonography Profession, and submit required immunization records.
A. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is located on the Delgado Charity School of Nursing Campus. All courses, including labs, are held on this campus.
A. The DMS Program is affiliated with the majority of hospitals in the Metropolitan New Orleans area. Students are assigned to multiple clinical education centers during the length of the program to obtain required hands-on clinical experience. The student is responsible for their own transportation.
A. Classes and clinical education for the DMS program are held during daytime hours (8:00 am-4:00 pm). Students are either in class on campus or at the clinical site five days a week (Monday through Friday).
A. Classes begin only once a year in August.
A. The DMS Program maintains a class of 12 students each year.
A. Students may work while enrolled in the Program but are advised to minimize the number of hours due to the intensive educational requirements for completing the curriculum. All students are required to remain current in assignments by maintaining a minimum average in order to progress through the curriculum.
A. There is no waiting list for admission. The applicant pool is evaluated on an annual basis. Any applicant who is not offered a position and wishes to be reconsidered the following year must re-apply with updated documents.
A. There is a nationwide demand for highly skilled sonographers. Employment options may vary upon graduation. The Program makes no guarantee of specific job placement upon graduation, but the Faculty does assist students and graduates in preparing for and seeking out job opportunities.
A. The DMS Post-Associate Certificate program begins only in the Fall semester. Courses, offered during the daytime only, are taken in a specific order and completed in four consecutive semesters. There is no opportunity to accelerate through the curriculum in less than four semesters even with previous coursework and experience; nor can a student register for courses to fit their personal schedule as they would for other college degrees. The Program cannot be completed on a part-time basis.
Due to the level of difficulty, intensity, and the required amount of studies, the Program requires a full-time commitment. Clinical hours and on-campus class hours consist of 36-40 hours per week. Clinical hours (Field Experience courses) are during the day at the hospitals. Nearly all students find that concurrent employment is not feasible.
A. Yes. Uniforms are required in the clinical setting. Street clothing may be worn during class and lab courses but must abide by the Nursing Campus dress code.
A. Yes. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from school and clinical sites.