Q: When do classes begin?
A: Classes begin only once a year in September.
Q: How many students are accepted each year?
A: The VUMC DMS Program maintains a small class of 5 students each year.
Q: How many applicants are there each year?
A: The exact number of applicants is difficult to predict, but since 2010 the number of applicants to positions offered has maintained a ratio of approximately 7 to 1.
Q: May I apply for admission before I complete all of the pre-requisite coursework?
A: Applications are still accepted and considered for admission as candidates are still completing the pre-requisite coursework. All admission criteria and pre-requisite courses must be completed before matriculation into the Program.
Q: How often will I be in class and clinical?
A: The Program curriculum will not exceed 40 hours per week and students can expect to be in class or clinical an average of 33 hours per week. Classes and clinical are typically scheduled during weekday hours but students are advised that the Program reserves the right to establish and/or modify the schedule as necessary. All changes are provided for students with adequate notification.
Q: Does the Program offer night classes? Weekend? Online?
A: At this time, there is no option for night, weekend or online classes. Due to the small size of the Program's student and faculty population, all classes and clinical are conducted during daytime hours on campus and at clinical affiliates.
Q: May I attend the Program part-time?
A: Due to the intense and progressive integration of the didactic and clinical requirements of the Program, part-time attendance is not an option at this time.
Q: May I work while enrolled in the Program?
A: Students may work while enrolled in the Program but are advised to minimize the number of hours due to the intensive educational requirements for completing the curriculum. All students are required to remain current in assignments by maintaining a minimum average in order to progress through the curriculum.
Q: Do you accept out-of-state or international students?
A: The Program considers any applicant who meets the admission criteria including the pre-requisite coursework. For applicants whom English is a second language, the English pre-requisite course must be completed in an accredited institution in the United States. International transcripts must be translated into the US equivalent.
Q: Does the Program offer job placement?
A: There is a nationwide demand for highly skilled sonographers. Employment options may vary upon graduation. The Program makes no guarantee of specific job placement upon graduation, but the Staff does assist students and graduates in preparing for and seeking out job opportunities.
Q: Is there a waiting list for admission into your Program?
A: There is no waiting list for admission. The applicant pool is evaluated on an annual basis. Any applicant who is not offered a position and wishes to be reconsidered the following year must reapply.
Q: How do I know if the courses I have taken will transfer into VUMC?
A: If you have attended a regionally accredited college or university and can provide a transcript with a grade of C or better for the course the course will be accepted. If you have any questions about a specific course, it is suggested that you e-mail the Program Director for clarification.
Q: Which Physics course must I take to satisfy the pre-requisite?
A: Any Physics course (prefix PHYS) will be accepted. If you are looking to enroll in a Physics course, it is recommended that you take the Non-calculus based Physics. Many institutions name the classes differently. If you are unsure whether a class is acceptable or not, you may e-mail the Program Director for clarification.
Q: How can I make myself more competitive in the applicant pool?
A: Maximize your academic performance (Overall and Pre-requisite GPA's), select references carefully and demonstrate motivation and maturity during the interview process regarding your decision to pursue a career in sonography. Your knowledge and understanding of sonography will give you an edge during the interview process. While applicants are not required to perform observations in order to apply, any form of observation or direct knowledge of the imaging modality in the patient care setting will help you as you prepare for the interview process. The Program is looking for applicants who are making informed decisions about this career and are able to communicate his/her knowledge of the field.
Q: Where are the clinical assignments conducted?
A: There are numerous clinical assignments within the school. We have several locations within the Medical Center where our students are assigned throughout the curriculum plan. We also are affiliated with the VA (Veteran's Affairs) Hospital which is on VUMC campus, Center for Women's Imaging at Crystal Terrace and One Hundred Oaks, Cool Springs Imaging and Hillsboro Imaging.
Q: Is there financial aid or scholarships available for students?
A: There is financial aid available through the link provided for the VUMC Allied Health Programs. Scholarships are often available through the professional associations, specifically SDMS (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) and the AIUM (American Institue of Ultrasound in Medicine) which can be located through the links provided on this website.
Q: Do I have to complete an observation in a sonography department?
A: Observations are not required until you are offered admission which then may require a full 8 hour day of observation in the Medical Center's Ultrasound Section. This is to not only offer you a chance to experience sonography in practice, but also to experience our primary learning environment.
Q: May I submit my application electronically?
A: The Program is not currently equipped to accept electronic applications. All applications must be sent via postal service to the Program Director.
Q: Once I complete the pre-requisite courses may I apply for the program?
A: In order to be considered for admission you must meet at least one (1) of the admission criteria (Allied Health Degree, Bachelor's Degree, 3+1 Degree completion) PLUS have all of the pre-requisite courses completed. Completing the pre-requisite courses only will not make you eligible.
Q: If I live out of state, will I have to travel to campus for an interview?
A: The interview is an important and interactive component of the selection process. We require that all applicants visit campus for this interview not only to permit us an opportunity to know you better, but also to provide you the same for getting know our faculty, staff and campus.