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Admissions Requirements

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program student admission is the responsibility and at the discretion of the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. Admission standards meet and/or exceed Alvernia University’s admission standards. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is competitive and the selection of students will be based on personal composition, academic ability, references, interview performance, aptitude tests, writing samples, and previous healthcare experience.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program admits classes every January. The application deadline for January enrollment is June 1. Please note: January 2019 admission class has closed.  We are now processing applications for January 2020 admission.

Admission into the Program is highly competitive. For this reason, the Program Director operates in accordance with a selective admission process, which means the best-qualified applicants each year receive consideration for admission.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater in high school or post-secondary coursework is required for all applicants. The most recent post-secondary GPA will be used in the admission decision. All accepted students must maintain at or above the minimum GPA of 2.5 to enroll in the January admission class.

To be considered for admission, all applicants must show proof of the following:

  • A high school diploma or a state-authorized examination.
  • A high school transcript to include a minimum of 16 units and an earned grade of “C” or better in the following subjects and units:
    • English: 4 units
    • Social Studies: 3 units
    • Mathematics: 3 units, including Algebra I
    • Science: 3 units, including Physics or Chemistry/Lab (Physics is preferred)
  • Applicants may be required to validate minimum admission requirements through college-level coursework.
  • Successful completion of an interview, which is granted by the Program Director to the best qualified candidates.
  • SAT: 500 in each section; ACT composite of 19, Essay score of 7 or higher. Exceptions to the SAT/ACT requirement will be at the discretion of the Program Director.
  • Satisfactory scores on a pre-admission examination that assesses dexterity and visual sharpness. DMS applicants can only test once in the same admission cycle. The scores are valid for up to 2 years; however, applicants will be required to take the latest version of the exam regardless of past scores.
  • TOEFL* paper-based score of 560 or internet-based score of 83 (*if applicable).
  • Two official School of Health Sciences reference forms.
    • Please note: Applicants will need to use the official School of Health Sciences reference forms when applying for admission. The reference forms for the DMS Program should be completed by a current or past employer, a supervisor, a teacher/instructor, a counselor and/or clergy.

    In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates who demonstrate “above average” educational potential will be considered for preferred admission based on the following criteria:

    • Documentation of a high school or collegiate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The most recent GPA will be used in the admission decision.
    • An earned “B” or better in college level coursework in Mathematics, Biology, English or Communications.
    • Recommendations: “recommend with confidence” rating.
    • Exemplary demonstration of communication and interpersonal skills during the formal admission interview. The Program offers formal interviews to the strongest candidates in the active applicant pool.

    A numerical evaluation system is used during the admissions process to objectively determine the suitability of each candidate. Final selection is the responsibility of the Program Director.

    Acceptance is contingent upon submitting post-acceptance documents, approved background checks, health information, and fees in accordance with established deadlines.