Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Applications for Fall 2017 entrance through Fall 2019 entrance (DMSD)
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Admissions Guidelines

Minimum requirements to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program:

  1. CCRI Application for Enrollment into General Studies with a pre-Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMSD) concentration.
  2. Official copy of a high school transcript, GED® transcript or baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution, including date of graduation or completion.
  3. ACCUPLACER test issued by CCRI's Department of Advising and Counseling.
    • Reading Comprehension Requirement:
      • Score of 80 or above in Classic Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension
        or score of 253 or above in Next Generation Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension
        or ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of "B-" or better
  4. Complete the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    • ENGL 1010: Composition I
      ENGL 1300 will not substitute for ENGL 1010.
    • MATH 1200: College Algebra
      MATH 2111 and MATH 2141 also meet this requirement
      MATH 1700, while no longer offered at CCRI, will still be accepted
    • PHYS 1000: Physical Science
      PHYS 1030 will also meet this requirement
  5. Complete the following required prerequisite course with a grade of "B-" or better:
    • BIOL 1070: Anatomy and Physiology
      or BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy
  6. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required to apply to the program and be maintained until enrolled in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  7. Take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination administered through Advising and Counseling.  The exam may be taken no more than three (3) times.  See the PSB website for more information.

    All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Science (PBHS) application and does not guarantee acceptance.  Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester must resubmit a PBHS application for the program and meet current requirements.  Once accepted into the program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Allied Health Department.

  8. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.

Conditionally accepted students are required to complete the following:

    • When directed by notification from the Office of Enrollment Services, students must submit a background check
      Results of BCI may prevent admission due to clinical agencies' requirements.
    • Applicants must have a physical examination and the required immunizations completed prior to beginning the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
    • Students also must have a current CPR card (American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider level) obtained through an AHA-recognized community training center. This course is also available at CCRI (HEAL 0200). CPR must be documented prior to the start of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program

Final acceptance is based upon the completion of the above criteria.

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.
For more clarifying information regarding any of the above please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at:

  • Mike Hynes, Knight Campus, 401-825-2266, mhynes@ccri.edu
  • If more specific information is needed, contact Paula Cardillo, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director, at 401-333-7449 or via email at pcardillo@ccri.edu


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Admission Criteria Point System

The performance‐based acceptance process is based on the performance indicators identified for the program. A point system based on the admissions guidelines has been assigned to the performance criteria.

The criteria for the incoming class will include:

  • GPA in prerequisite courses
  • Grades in MATH 1200 (or MATH 2111 or 2141) and BIOL 1070 (or BIOL 1010 or Anatomy & Physiology 1)
  • ACCUPLACER reading score/degree completion
  • PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test (academic aptitude)
  • PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test (information in the natural sciences)
GPA for prerequisite courses ENGL 1010, MATH 1200(or MATH 2111 or 2141), PHYS 1000, and BIOL 1070 (or BIOL 1010 or A&P1)  
Example: 3.67 GPA x 10 = 36.7 points  
Maximum points 40 points
Grade in MATH 1200 (or MATH 2111 or 2141) and BIOL 1070 (or BIOL 1010 or A&P1)  Each course's letter grade is converted to points and added
A     (4.0) 10 points
A-    (3.7) 8 points
B+   (3.3) 7 points
B     (3.0) 5 points
B-    (2.7) 3 points
C+   (2.3) 2 points
C     (2.0) 1 point
Maximum points 20 points
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Test* Score  
ACCUPLACER score of 90 or better  
or Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 259 or better  
or a bachelor's degree   
or  a grade of "A" in ENGL 0890  
Maximum points 10 points (can only receive points once, even if multiple criteria are met)
PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam* (academic aptitude total)  
Percentile score x 0.25  
Example: 72 percentile score x 0.25 = 18 points   
Maximum points 25 points
PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam* (information in the natural sciences)  
Percentile score x 0.05  
Example: 85 percentile score x 0.25 = 4.25 points  
Maximum points 5 points 
Maximum Total Points 100 points

*The ACCUPLACER and PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exams may be taken no more than three times. 

In the event of a tie, the students' earliest date of application will be used as the tie-breaker.

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of "B."

A student with a baccalaureate degree or higher may still be required to complete an ACCUPLACER test depending on the prerequisites for individual general education courses.

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing requirements for the health sciences professions.

Please note: A Social Security number is required to begin the certification process for the health sciences professions.

Biology Requirements - Changes to Anatomy and Physiology Courses


BIOL 1010 - Human Anatomy will be offered for the final time in Summer 2019.  This course is limited to two (2) attempts.

BIOL 1020 – Human Physiology will be offered for the final time in Fall 2019.  This course is limited to two (2) attempts.

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (A&P1) will be first offered in Fall 2019.  This course is limited to two (2) attempts.

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (A&P2) will be first offered in Spring 2020.  This course is limited to two (2) attempts.

What does this mean?

For students interested in the February 2020 application period (for Fall 2020 entrance):

Before submitting your application, you will need to have completed either of the two options below:

  • BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1020 at CCRI or equivalent courses at another college or university*.  Remember that BIOL 1010 is last offered in Summer 2019 and  BIOL 1020 is last offered in Fall 2019.


  • A&P 1, which will first be offered in Fall 2019. Note: A&P2 is not a pre-requisite course, but is a program requirement.  You may choose to complete A&P2 prior to entrance into the program, if desired.  Remember, though, that A&P2, like A&P1, is limited to two attempts.

*The Biology Department at CCRI will determine which college/university courses are equivalent

For all potential applicants to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program:

Because we are constantly discovering new ways in which the human body works, BIOL 1020 or A&P2 MUST be taken within the five (5) years before your application to the program.  To put it more simply, if you have taken BIOL 1020 more than five years prior to admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, you will be required to repeat the course.

For any questions regarding BIOL 1010/BIOL 1020 or Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 requirements, please contact:

  • Maddie Josephs, Allied Health Program Department Chair, 401-333-7418, mjosephs@ccri.edu

OR Enrollment Services:

Last Updated: 4/16/19