Prerequisite Courses

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.

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/COMMUNICATION
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication*3
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics)3
SCIENCE
Biology
Two-semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory8
Physics
Introductory College Physics**3
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES
Fine Arts
Music, Art, Theater3
Humanities
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of the United States or National Government3
Two-semester sequence of History of Civilization or World History6
Psychology
General Psychology3
Sociology
Introduction to Sociology3
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computer Concepts or Computer Fundamentals3
TOTAL47

*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.

**Introductory College Physics 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.

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.