Program of Study

Medical Sonography, AAS


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Prerequisite Courses: The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" prior to admission to the Medical Sonography Program.
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4 2 0 5
COM 140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 3 0 0 3
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I 3 2 0 4
PHY 125 Health Sciences Physics 2 4
    Totals 12 6 15
Fall Semester 1
ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
SON 110  Introduction to Sonography
SON 130  Abdominal Sonography I
SON 222  Selected SON Clinical Education
    Totals 6 6 9 11
Spring Semester 1
SON 111  Sonographic Physics
SON 120  SON Clinical Education I 15 
SON 131  Abdominal Sonography II
SON 140  Gynecological Sonography
    Totals 6 6 15  13
Summer Semester 1
ENG 114  Professional Research and Reporting
PSY 150  General Psychology 3
SON 121  SON Clinical Education II 15 
    Totals 6 15  11 
Fall Semester 2
SON 220  SON Clinical Education III 24 
SON 225  Case Studies
SON 241  Obstetrical Sonography I
SON 250  Vascular Sonography
    Totals 3 6 24  13
Spring Semester 2
SON 221  SON Clinical Education IV 24 
SON 242  Obstetrical Sonography II
SON 289  Sonographic Topics
    Totals 4 0 24  12

Mission Statement
     The mission of Southwestern Community College’s Sonography program is to meet the needs of the students by offering innovative instruction through comprehensive educational practices that promote student achievement and academic excellence, which will enable the student to graduate with the necessary skills to succeed as a sonographer and/or to continue with other educational goals.

  1. "To prepare competent entry level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."
  2. To prepare students to meet the requirements of and pass the national examination offered by  the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  3. ​To foster independent thinking and life-long learning.

It is important that all potential applicants for the Sonography Program understand the selective admissions process.  Please review carefully the information regarding minimum requirements and other pertinent information.  The Sonography program has a limited enrollment of 10 candidates that are admitted into the program in the fall of each year.  Applications and supporting documents must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by March 1 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.

PHASE I - To be completed by March 1

The applicant must:
  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Medical Sonography AAS Degree (A45440) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program. 
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).  Exception: current high school students
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office. 
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following:
    1. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
    2. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and the corresponding corequisite. This is a required corequisite for the program.
    3. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.
    4. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.
  6. Take the TEAS - Allied Health Exam. The TEAS - Allied Health Exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year. This is not a pass or fail test. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program. For more information, visit the Testing Center TEAS V site. 
  7. Complete 10 hours of observation/lab time in the Southwestern Community College scanning Lab. The applicant will be asked to be a volunteer to be scanned during the lab time by a current sonography student.  The instructors will be available during the lab session, and the applicants are encouraged to ask question about the program at this time.  A sign-up sheet with the lab dates and times will be available outside the Program Coordinator’s office.  The observation hours will start in November and be available through March. If you are currently unable to attend our SCC lab, you may complete the observation hours at 9 local hospitals or outpatient centers. A signed observation form needs to be completed from that facility. Observation forms are available upon request at d_eavenson[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu.
  8. Applicants must be able to meet all Technical Standards required of the program.  Those Standards are as follows:
  • Lift up to 50 pounds routinely
  • Able to reach, bend, and stoop often
  • Able to push and pull routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Able to distinguish colors correctly
  • Work standing on the feet 80 percent of the time
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick and injured
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence


Contact Jasmine Free (828.339.4605 or j_free[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu) or Debra Eavenson (828.339.4323 or d_eavenson[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu) for more information.




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Debra Eavenson
Medical Sonography Program Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4323
Jasmine Free
Sonography Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4605