DMS Applicants - Southwestern Illinois College

Application Requirements

Materials Needed to Apply

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program before beginning program courses.

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application
  • Applicants must submit the following to the Enrollment Services Office:
  • Applications are accepted from Sept. 1 and Feb. 1 each year for a fall start.
    • Supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, etc.) must be on file by identified deadlines.
  • Proof of completion of Associates/Bachelors in Health Science degree with patient care clinical component.
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • College course grades supersede high school grades.
  1. Official Transcripts
  1. Understand that the Application Point System is Based on:
  • SWIC GPA Option–higher scores receive more points
  • Proof of completion of Associates/Bachelors in Health Science degree with patient care clinical component.
  • Proof of college transcript meeting application requirements of an Associate in Applied Science in a healthcare-related field or an Associate in Science received from a two-year accredited allied health program that is patient-care related and required clinical education.
  1. Meet with an Academic Advisor

Other Requirements

The following criteria are required of accepted applicants, and all information will be explained in detail at program orientation meetings.

Orientation & Performance:

Applicants accepted to this program must attend all required orientation sessions and be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Applicants or enrolled students are encouraged to contact the Disability & Access Center to discuss potential issues associated with meeting these requirements.

Health Insurance:

Health insurance is required during clinical education courses. Students are personally responsible for any costs incurred for injuries occurring during their clinical experience.

Medical Requirements:

These requirements do not have to be fulfilled until they are explained at the orientation meeting. DMS students will be required to possess current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level, show proof of immunizations, TB test, completion of a physical examination form, and verify health insurance coverage before beginning any clinical experience. To request a medical and/or religious exemption, please contact the program coordinator.

Background Checks and Drug Testing:

Criminal background check and drug testing are required.

  • A list of disqualifying convictions is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health website. Students with convictions must possess a waiver from the IDPH to participate in the program.
  • Drug testing will identify illegal and prescription drugs. If results are positive, the student must provide proof of prescription in his or her own name in order to pass the drug test. Medical marijuana, which is not FDA approved, is also considered a positive drug testing result.

Graduation Requirements:

Applicants admitted to the program must follow the requirements for graduation at the time they are admitted and must meet all course, program, degree, and sequencing requirements specified.

Students are responsible for program policies as listed in each year’s DMS Student Handbook. Students who fail to meet program-specific requirements will be dropped from the program and may be required to reapply and compete for admission in the succeeding year.