How to Apply

UAMS Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Professional Observation Alternative

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare facilities are restricting visitors. This includes applicants/prospective students trying to schedule a professional observation as part of the UAMS Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program’s application process. We understand not everyone will have access to complete an in-person professional observation and have created an option to meet this application requirement.
If you are unable to locate a facility to complete an in-person professional observation, you will need to watch both videos listed in the links below. After viewing, please write a 500 word essay describing your interpretation about the role of a sonographer as part of the healthcare team and upload this essay into your application in the UAMS GUS portal. All components of the UAMS Diagnostic Medical Sonography application must be received by March 1st.

Video #1: The Profession of Sonography.

Video #2: Real Talk Sonography: Episode Five

Application Procedures

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 Office of Admissions unless otherwise instructed.  Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the OAA application.  On the first page of the application, be sure to make the following selections to choose this program:
    -Academic Career: Undergraduate
    -Campus: Main UAMS Campus
    -Term: Fall
    -Academic Program: College of Health Prof UGRD
    -Admit Type: Applicant
    -Academic Plan: Diag Med Sono Traditional BS
    -Academic Sub-Plan: N/A
  2. 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.
    NOTE:  Admissions is aware that due to COVID-19 and the impact on colleges and universities, some students are being issued pass/fail, credit/no credit prerequisite grades. We are acceptable of that grading system during the semesters/quarters impacted by COVID-19 as long as the college or university documents “pass/P or credit/CR” and the credit hours on the transcript. 
  3. 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.   The form must be received before the March 1.  Download the Professional Observation Form
  4. Counseling: Qualified applicants must present themselves in person for academic counseling in the division. This counseling session will be scheduled by the program.
  5. TOEFL scores as applicable.  See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the 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.

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.