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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
The Classroom Experience

LMC student works in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography labWhen do classes begin?
All new US technology classes at Lake Michigan College begin in the Summer semester of each year. The number of admissions is determined by clinical positions available at clinical sites affiliated with LMC.

How do I apply to the Ultrasound program at Lake Michigan College?

  1. Apply to Lake Michigan College
  2. All students and medical imaging professionals must make an appointment with an advisor before registering for ANY prerequisite classes.
  3. Candidates must meet the following requirements for acceptance into the 2015 Summer program
    (View the 2014 Summer program requirements)

Section One for 2015

The following documents are to be submitted to the Records Office:

  • Application for Admission to Lake Michigan CollegeApply online.
  • High school transcript or GED resultsAcceptance Criterion:  High school GPA of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale) or GED composite score of 55.  Equivalent Substitute:  Associate Degree or Twelve (12) credits of college level courses (above 100 level) which include a laboratory course in Biology or Chemistry (grade C or better in each class).
  • College Transcripts.  Please note any transcripts must be official from other institutions containing courses that will fulfill a Health science requirement must be immediately sent directly to the LMC Records Office. For courses currently in progress, the transcript containing these courses must be received by the deadline listed in Section Two of this document. When you submit your Application for Health Science Candidacy and the review shows that you have met all the requirements as outlined on this form, you will be placed on a Candidacy List.

    The following must be taken in the assessment center:

  • COMPASS Assessment.  This is a basic skills assessment which covers reading, writing (English), and math.  This is a College requirement for all first time college students and is offered by the Assessment Center as listed in the LMC Class Schedule.  A study guide is available.
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Test:  This test must be taken by the end of LMC fall semester. This is an additional test to the above COMPASS reading assessment which must be taken by all Pre-Sonography Technology students except those with a previous degree (A.D., B.S., M.A.) from a school with English as the official language.  Given in the Assessment Center as listed in the LMC Class Schedule.  A study guide is available. Acceptance Criterion:  Grade of 11.8.  If the test results in below-level scores, the recommended course must be taken and another Nelson-Denny Test must be successfully completed at the end of the course.
  • Algebra Proficiency Test: If MATH122 LMC or transfer is older than 5 years you must take the Algebra Proficiency Test.
  • After meeting with a general academic advisor the student must meet with the program director.  Please make the appointment through the Health Science Department Secretary -, or 269-927-8768.

  • Section Two:

    Candidacy List Requirements:

    1. Successfully complete HEAL 166 CPR/AED (Professional Rescuer, Adult, Infant and Child).  Or, Prior Experiential Learning Credit for HEAL 166.
    2. Successfully complete READ 110 Medical Terminology.  No Prior Experiential Credit will be allowed.
    3. Successfully complete BIOL 110 Human Anatomy & Physiology (10-year limitation) with a "C" or better.
    4. Successfully complete PHSC 101 Physical Science: Chemistry & Physics (10-year limitation) with a "C" or better.
    5. Successfully complete PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology.
    6. Successfully complete ENGL 101 English Composition I
    7. Successfully complete MATH 122 Intermediate Algebra. Or higher level MATH that requires MATH 122 as a prerequisite
    8. Current LMC overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
    9. Criminal background check, drug screen test, and fingerprinting if accepted into the program.

    Pre-Health Science Candidacy Audit – Students may submit this request to the Records Office early in the fall semester. The Records Office will review the student’s record and notify the student of completed and outstanding requirements. This is only a review of the student’s records. To be considered for placement on the candidacy list, the student must submit an application.

    Application for Health Science Candidacy – To be placed on the candidacy list, the student must submit an Application for Health Science Candidacy to the Records Office. This application can be submitted as soon as the student has completed all requirements, or is registered for any outstanding courses or any courses being re-taken to improve a grade. All requirements must be completed and the application submitted no later than the published deadline. Only students submitting this application will be considered for candidacy placement. Students may apply to no more than two Health Science Programs.  For example: Nursing and Radiologic Technology, or MRI and Radiologic Technology, and other combinations of two, but no more than two.

    These forms are also available from the Records Office or the Health Science Office.

    In order to be considered for a Summer 2015 seat, the student's paperwork, successful tests, course work, and application must be complete by May 1, 2015.  Completion of the candidacy list requirements, as determined by Application for Health Science Candidacy, places you on the candidacy list, but does not guarantee a seat in the program. 

    For non-medical imaging applicants on the candidacy list, a program-specific GPA will be calculated using the following four (4) courses: READ 110, BIOL 205, PHSC 101, and PSYC 201.  Admission to the program is based upon the students with the highest program-specific GPAs.  Should two individuals qualify for the same seat; the cumulative GPA listed on the transcript will determine the ranking.

    What are the physical capability requirements?
    Physical capabilities required in operating US equipment and positioning patients are:

    • Physical stamina required in lifting up to 50 pounds for patient transfer and positioning; bending, pulling, and pushing US equipment for bedside examinations
    • Demonstrating good near and far visual acuity in monitoring patients and equipment while performing US examinations.
    • Physical stamina and dexterity to sit at a computer console for manipulation of data and data entry under low light conditions
    • Ambidextrous ability to grasp and operate transducers while frequently adjusting various equipment parameters. 

    What will I learn?
    Upon completion of the US program, students will:

    • Demonstrate an entry level working knowledge in US imaging.
    • Employ professional values, critical thinking, and communication skills as responsible members of the health care community.
    • The students will exhibit an understanding of professional values and the importance of life-long learning and professional development.
    • Graduates will be employable and meet the needs of the health care community.

    How long is the program?
    Students qualified through current prerequisites can enroll for the six (6) consecutive semesters (18 months) of study. Students not registered as medical imaging professionals must fulfill the prerequisites and enroll in the support classes necessary to meet the requirements for the Associates Degree program. The structured curriculum is designed in accordance with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS), the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)and allows for all College scheduled holidays and recesses.

    Graduation and National Registry Information
    The student will receive an Associate’s Degree upon completion of the program. Graduates with a previous medical imaging certification from the ARRT may sit for the national examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Sonography or sit for the national examination given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. The students without prior ARRT certification or degree are eligible to sit for the national examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Sonography. Students who successfully complete sonographic physics courses are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers SPI Physics examination. Students who pass the ARRT sonography examination will be eligible to sit for the national examination given by The American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers. The program’s accreditation process will dictate eligibility requirements for those who are not previously ARRT certified or do not have a prior degree as to being able to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers examination directly after graduation.

    Please see a program advisor for specifics.    

    Any applicant that has been convicted of a felony will be not eligible to sit for national certification examination. If you have questions about your situation, please contact:

    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
    1255 Northland Dr.
    St. Paul, Minnesota, 55120-1155,
    phone 651-687-0048


    American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    51 Monroe St, Plaza East One
    Rockville, Maryland, 20850-2400
    phone 301-738-8401

    Physical Exam and Immunizations
    A physical exam is required prior to beginning fall classes.  A form will be provided upon acceptance into the program.  The physical must include the following:

    • Proof of freedom from communicable diseases
    • Vaccinations or proof of antibody titer immunity for the following:
      • MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)
      • Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)
      • Hepatitis B vaccination (provided by a program clinical affiliate, if needed)
      • TB Skin Test with negative results or proof of freedom from TB by chest x-ray
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
      • Seasonal flu shots certain months of the year 

    Serious Illness, Surgery, or Injury
    Enrolled students presenting with a serious illness, surgery, or injury will be required to obtain a doctor's written release on an LMC form verifying that he/she is able to meet class and/or clinical practice requirements without limitations, without aggravating an existing condition, and without jeopardizing the safety and well being of patients.  This written release will be discussed with the Program Director and retained in the student's file.  The typical length of recovery for surgery is 6 to 8 weeks, therefore it is unlikely the student will be able to continue in the program after surgery unless the surgery is minor and the release form is appropriately signed.

    Upon voluntary declaration of the pregnancy to program faculty, it is strongly recommended that the student declare the pregnancy in writing to the Program Director.  If a pregnant student elects to take a leave of absence, the Program faculty will work with the student for a mutually agreeable planned re-entry into the Program.  The Program operates on a limited enrollment format with readmission dependent upon availability and previous semester(s) completed.

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