AREA OF CONCENTRATION: The program is designed to
prepare the student for employment as an entry‐level
Sonographer. The Sonographer is skilled by academic and
clinical training to perform ultrasound examinations under the
supervision of a qualified physician.
program begins in the Spring semester each year. The
duration of the program is 24 months for the Associate in Science Degree (72 credit hours).
The program curriculum includes all courses required for
an Associate in Science Degree. A minimum grade
of 75% must be achieved in all courses identified in the program
curriculum, including courses required for admission.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a limited
access program. A selective admissions policy with specific
selection criteria is utilized in order to select the most
qualified applicants. The strength of the applicant pool varies
year-to-year, with the best qualified applicants receiving first
consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire
about these specific admission and selection criteria and to
ensure that all required documents are received on campus
prior to the deadline of September 15th.
Students who have an
Associates Degree in an allied health care field such as radiography, nursing, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and have hands-on experience dealing with patient care, may be given
advanced placement in the program. All other students may
apply by completing the required prerequisite courses. All students are
encouraged to complete as many of the General Education
and other major courses as possible.
After being selected in the Sonography Program, the courses
in the curriculum are progressive in nature, with one course
building on the preceding course. Because of this progressive
relationship, all courses in a term must be completed with a
grade of 75% or better in order to continue to the next term.
student achieves less than a 75%, or withdraws from any course
that is required for the Associate in Science Degree,
the student will not be allowed to continue in the program.
The student may re-apply to the program.
To apply for this program, students should obtain a program application packet which contains a
current list of admission and course requirements. Applications are available online, or in the application rack in the Health Sciences building on the 2nd floor, or in Room 200 of Health Sciences.
deadline is September 15th each year.
PRIMARY ADVISERS: Program Coordinator, DeeAnn VanDerSchaaf (850) 913-3318
or Asst. Coordinator,
New students should apply for General Admission to Gulf Coast State College
New students must pay $20 college application fee online, at the Bookstore, or at the Business Office
Submit official high school transcripts or GED with scores to the Admissions Office
Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended to
the Admissions Office and have a
transcript evaluation prior to the application deadline.
Submit a Sonography application including the
Technical Standards Form and Letter of Intent
Schedule an advising session with the Sonography Asst. Coordinator, if needed.
Requirements after conditional acceptance:
Satisfactory criminal background check - must be done through GCSC at the student's expense
Submit copy of current valid CPR card and maintain certification throughout the program. Acceptable cards are the American Heart Association Healthcare
Provider, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, or American Safety and Health Institute CPR-Pro. We do not accept the CPR Certificates/Card from online CPR courses.
Submit original, completed physical examination, with satisfactory
results, signed by a physician
Submit original, completed Immunization records including Hepatitis-B
series or signed Declination waiver, signed by a physician
Submit proof of current TB skin test or TB blood test with satisfactory results, or Declination with chest x-ray report
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
BSC2085 Anatomy and Physiology I
BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
PHY1020 Basic Concepts of Physics, or approved Physics
ENC1101 English Composition I
MAC1105 College Algebra, or STA 2023, Statistics, or MGF1106, Math for Liberal Arts, or higher