Prerequisite Courses

The information below applies to the Fall 2023 admission cycle.

Applicants must have completed, or be currently enrolled in, Introductory College Physics, College Algebra, and Anatomy and Physiology II before the March 1 application deadline.  Applicants may not have more than nine credits of remaining prerequisite courses that will be completed during the summer semester prior to enrollment in the fall.

The following 47 credits are required from an accredited college or university and must fulfill all College requirements regarding acceptance of transfer credit.

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. 

Our Advisor’s Manual, a guide to taking these prerequisites at various institutions in Arkansas, is available by clicking the button below.

Download the Advisor's Manual for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication*3
College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics)3
Two-semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory**8
Fine Arts
Music, Art, Theater3
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
History of the United States or National Government3
General Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Computer Concepts or Computer Fundamentals3
Medical Terminology3

*Due to rules set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Speech Communication is a required prerequisite and cannot be substituted by an additional Fine Arts/Humanities course.

**Anatomy & Physiology I must be completed at the time of application to the DMS program.  College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology II, AND Physics must be either completed or in-progress at the time of application to the DMS program.

***Physics course(s) must cover acoustics, wave motion, heat, electricity, force, and energy.  Two courses may be required to cover all topics.  Refer to the website to determine acceptable Physics courses.  If your school is not listed, please contact the CHP Office of Admissions for assistance.

Advanced Placement (AP) credits are only accepted for the general education requirements and cannot be used to satisfy the math and science requirements.

To be considered for acceptance into the program, the applicant must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application. In addition, only grades of “C” or higher are accepted in all course work.

Actual course titles may vary among institutions. Consult the Division Director for preprofessional counseling.

Fulfillment of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography preprofessional curriculum does not assure admittance into the professional program (please see Application Procedures and Deadlines).