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AREA OF CONCENTRATION: The program is designed to prepare the student for employment as an entry-level sonographer. The sonographer is skilled by academic & clinical training to perform ultrasound examinations under the supervision of a qualified physician. Students should complete the prerequisite courses. Students are encouraged to complete as many of the general education courses as possible prior to entering the Sonography program.

The program curriculum includes all courses required for an Associate of Science Degree. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in all courses required for program admission. The program begins in the spring semester each year. The duration of the program is 24 months for the Associate of Science Degree (77 credit hours).

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 in September.

To apply for this program of study, students should obtain a program application packet from the Division of Health Sciences, containing a current listing of admission and course requirements.

After being accepted 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 "C" (75) or better in order to continue to the next term. If a student achieves less than a "C" (75) or withdraws from any course that is required for the Associate of Science Degree, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program. The student may re-apply to the program. The application deadline for each class is in September.

PRIMARY ADVISERS:  Program Coordinator, DeeAnn VanDerSchaaf (850) 913-3318
                                    or Asst. Coordinator, Vicki Bynum (850) 873-3591

Application process:

  1. New students should apply for General Admission to Gulf Coast State College <click here>
  2. Returning students who have not attended GCSC in the past year must also re-apply for admission.
  3. New students must pay $20 non-refundable college application fee online, at the Business Office in person or by phone, or at the GCSC Bookstore.
  4. Returning students who have not attended GCSC in the past year must pay a $10 non-refundable college application fee online, at the Business Office in person or by phone, or at the GCSC Bookstore.
  5. New students must attend a free online College Orientation prior to course registration.
  6. Request official high school transcripts, or GED with scores, and have them mailed to the GCSC Enrollment Services Office.  They must be received by the Enrollment Services Office by the application deadline.
  7. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended, and have them mailed to GCSC Enrollment Services Office.  They must be received by the Enrollment Services Office by the application deadline.
  8. Transfer transcripts must be evaluated by GCSC Enrollment Services prior to admission deadline.
  9. Submit a Sonography application including the Technical Standards Form and Letter of Intent.
  10. Submit 3 Recommendation Forms found in the packet.
  11. Schedule an advising session with the Sonography Asst. Coordinator, if needed.

Application deadline is September 15th each year.

Please follow these program Prerequisites and General Education requirements for the application submission.

Communications Area 3
•+* ENC1101, English I  
Humanities Area 3
Mathematics Area 3
+* Approved college-level mathematics (MAC/MGF/STA)  
Natural Sciences Area 3
+ BSC1020, Human Biology (or BSC2085/L, BSC2086/L)  
Social Sciences Area 3
Behavioral Sciences
•* PSY2012, Psychology  
•* or SYG2000, Sociology  
Core Requirement
•* PHY1020 or Approved Physics course 3
Major Courses
+#* SON1211, Medical Sonography Physics 3
+#* SON1000, Introduction to Sonography 2
+#* SON1100, Prin/Protocols of Sono Imaging 2
+#* SON1100L, Prin/Protocols of Sono Imaging Lab 2
+#* SON1170, Sonography Circulatory System 2
+#* SON1170L, Sonography Circulatory System Lab 1
+#* SON1214, Practical Aspects of Sonography 2
+#* SON2220, Advanced Sonographic Imaging 1
+#* SON2171, Intro to Vascular Sonography 3
+#* SON2171L, Intro to Vascular Sonography Lab 1
+#* SON 2175, Vascular Sonography 3
+#* SON1111, Abdominal Sonography I 3
+#* SON1112, Abdominal Sonography II 3
+#* SON1121, OB/GYN Sonography I 3
+#* SON1122, OB/GYN Sonography II 3
+#* SON1052, Sonography & Pathology 4
+#* SON1144, Superficial Structures 2
+#* SON2113, Sono Cross Sectional Anatomy 4
+#* SON1804, Clinical Education I 2
+#* SON1814, Clinical Education II 3
+#* SON1824, Clinical Education III 3
+#* SON 2834, Clinical Ed IV 4
+#* SON 1221, Ultrasound Guided Interventional Procedures and Techniques 1
+#* SON2061, Sonography Review 2

Sonography Program Curriculum

Spring - 1st year

Spring 2nd - year

SON 1000, Introduction to Sonography 2 crs SON 1112, Abdominal Sonography II 3 crs
SON 1211, Medical Sonography Physics 3 crs SON 1122, OB/GYN Sonography II 3 crs
SON 1214, Practical Aspects of Sonography 2 crs SON 1814, Clinical Education II 3 crs
SON 2113, Cross-Sectional Anatomy 4 crs SON 2175, Vascular Sonography 3 crs
PSY 2012, General Psychology or SYG2000, Sociology      3 crs

Summer - 1st year

Summer - 2nd year

SON 1170, Sono Circulatory System 2 crs SON 1144, Superficial Structures 2 crs
SON 1170L, Sono Circulatory System Lab 1 cr SON 1221, Ultrasound-Guided Interventional             Procedures and Techniques 1 cr
SON 1100, Principles/Protocols Sono Imaging 2 crs SON 1824, Clinical Education III                             3 crs
SON 1100L, Principles/Protocols Lab 2 crs SON 2220, Advanced Sonographic Imaging            1 cr

Fall - 1st year

Fall - 2nd year

SON 1111, Abdominal Sonography I 3 crs SON 2834, Clinical Education IV 4 crs
SON 1121, OB/GYN Sonography I 3 crs SON 1052, Sonography Anatomy & Pathology 4 crs
SON 1804, Clinical Education I 2 crs SON 2061, Sonography Review 2 cr
SON 2171, Intro to Vascular Sonography 3 crs Humanities I, II, or III 3 crs
SON 2171L, Intro to Vascular Sonography Lab 1 cr  

Requirements after conditional acceptance:

  1. Satisfactory criminal background check - must be done through GCSC at the student's expense
  2. 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.
  3. Submit original, completed GCSC Physical Examination, with satisfactory results, signed by a physician.
  4. Submit original, completed GCSC Immunization Form including Hepatitis-B series signed by a physician.
  5. Submit proof of current TB skin test or TB blood test with satisfactory results, or Declination with chest x-ray report less than one year old.
  6. A 10-panel chain-of-custody urine drug screen, at student's expense, is required after acceptance into the program.

 * Minimum grade of 75% required
 + Prerequisites required
 # Applies only to A.S. Degree and Certificate programs