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How to Apply

There are two entry points for applicants to the DMS program.

  1. Traditional Program: Applicants may be accepted if they have completed all 48 credits of prerequisite course work.  Senior students will select one of two areas of concentrations in either vascular sonography or adult echocardiography.  The 48 credits of prerequisite courses plus the 72 credits of professional courses equals the 120 credits requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  2. B.S. Degree Completion: Applicants who are certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) may be accepted into the online B.S. Degree Completion track if they have completed all 88 credits of prerequisite course work.  A minimum of one visit to the UAMS campus is required during the first year in the program.
    1. ARDMS certification.
    2. 88 prerequisite credits transferred from any regionally accredited college or university, including:
      1. A minimum of 47 credits of specific liberal arts and science courses.
      2. 41 credits of electives; 13 credits of which must be upper level (3000 or 4000) electives. The upper level electives may be completed concurrently at UAMS or transferred from any 4-year regionally accredited college or university.
    3. The 88 prerequisite credits plus 32 credits in the B.S. Degree Completion track equals a total of 120 credits required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Of the 120 credits, a minimum of 40 credits must be upper level (3000 and 4000) courses.

Application Procedures

Traditional Program

Application materials should be received by March 1 to be considered for admission. Late applications may not be reviewed after this date. Send all materials to the CHP Welcome Center unless otherwise instructed.  Applicants must provide:

  1. Application for Admission: The application is required and is available here.
  2. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the application.
  3. Official Transcripts: Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all undergraduate courses is required.
  4. Professional Observation: Applicants are required to gain an understanding of the responsibilities and duties of the diagnostic medical sonographer through direct observation of an ARDMS Registered Sonographer in a hospital department where sonography is practiced and through discussion with current sonographers in the field.  Details of the observation and a verification form are available at the link below.  The form must be received before the March 1
    1. Download the Professional Observation Formadobepdf_icon
  5. Counseling: Qualified applicants must present themselves in person for academic counseling in the division. This counseling session will be scheduled by the program.
  6. TOEFL scores as applicable. See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.


B.S. Degree Completion Program

Application materials should be received by May 15 for the Fall semester, by September 30 for the Spring semester, and by March 1 for the Summer semester.  Late applications may not be reviewed after these dates.  Applicants must provide:

  1. Application for Admission: The application is required and is available here.
  2. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the application.
  3. Official Transcripts: Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all undergraduate courses is required.
  4. Proof of ARDMS Certification: Upload a copy of your ARDMS certification card to the “Upload Documents” section of the application.
  5. Essay: Submit an essay of 450-550 words describing your personal history in sonography and why you want to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography online. This essay must be submitted online in the “Upload Documents” section of the application.
  6. TOEFL scores as applicable. See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.

*Admission Requirements for Foreign, Non-permanent Resident Alien, and Non-native English Speakers: All applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens or for whom English is not their native language must meet additional admission requirements. Please consult the Admission/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.

Arkansas residency will be considered during selection for admission.

Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status as a criterion in deciding against any individual in matters of admission, placement, transfer, hiring, dismissal, compensation, fringe benefits, training, tuition assistance, and other personnel or educationally-related actions.

All documents should be submitted to: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Health Professions, Office of Student Affairs, UAMS, #619, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Telephone: (501) 686-5730.

State Authorization of Distance Education and Clinical Placement Policy

**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.