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
Returning students who have not attended GCSC in the past year must also re-apply for admission.
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.
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.
New students must attend a free online College Orientation prior to course registration.
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.
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.
Transfer transcripts must be evaluated by GCSC Enrollment Services prior to admission deadline.
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.
Required Prerequisite Courses
Required prerequisites must be completed prior to the application deadline.
BSC 2085, Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BSC 2085L, Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
PHY 1020, Basic Concepts of Physics, or approved Physics - offered in the fall and spring only
ENC 1101, English Composition
MAC 1105, College Algebra, or STA 2023, or MGF 1106 Math for Liberal Arts, or higher
General Education Requirements
These classes must be successfully completed prior to graduation.
PSY 2012, General Psychology or SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology
Humanities I, II, or III
Sonography Program Curriculum
Spring - 1st year
Spring 2nd - year
SON 1000, Introduction to Sonography
SON 1112, Abdominal Sonography II
SON 1211, Medical Sonography Physics
SON 1122, OB/GYN Sonography II
SON 2113, Cross-Sectional Anatomy
SON 1814, Clinical Education II
PSY 2012, General Psychology
SON 2175, Vascular Sonography
Summer - 1st year
Summer - 2nd year
SON 1170, Sono Circulatory System
SON 1144, Superficial Structures
SON 1170L, Sono Circulatory System Lab
SON 1824, Clinical Education III
SON 1100, Principles/Protocols Sono Imaging
SON 1100L, Principles/Protocols Lab
Fall - 1st year
Fall - 2nd year
SON 1111, Abdominal Sonography I
SON 2834, Clinical Education IV
SON 1121, OB/GYN Sonography I
SON 1052, Sonography Anatomy & Pathology
SON 1804, Clinical Education I
SON 2930, Special Topics in Sonography
SON 2171, Intro to Vascular Sonography
Humanities I, II, or III
SON 2171L, Intro to Vascular Sonography Lab
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 GCSC Physical Examination, with satisfactory
results, signed by a physician.
Submit original, completed GCSC Immunization Form including Hepatitis-B
series 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 less than one year old.
A 10-panel chain-of-custody urine drug screen, at student's expense, is required after acceptance into the program.
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