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SWIC Catalog 21-22


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Please refer to the following suggested curriculum and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program.


Time Commitment

Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses are offered full-time during the day. The program can be completed in 12 months.

Program Capacity

Belleville Campus

The Sonography program has the capacity for approximately 20 students admitted each summer at the Belleville Campus.

Seats available are dependent on meeting application requirements and on clinical availability.

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Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of the Sonography curriculum, graduates are awarded a certificate as a sonographer.

Graduates of the sonography curriculum are eligible to take the certification examination by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

To work in Illinois, graduates of the program must provide proof of graduation from a sonography training program.

Illinois sonography employers prefer professional certification by the ARDMS for students to gain employment as a sonographer.

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Areas of study offered

Bachelor of Arts degree in History

A Bachelor of Arts degree in History prepares students for careers in business, industry, or government, as well as for continued study leading to advanced degrees, for professional careers in academia, and in various archival and research fields.

A minor in history is a good choice for any of the other social sciences as well as for English, foreign language and journalism.

Associate degree with an emphasis on history

An associate degree with an emphasis on history provides a basic overview of the discipline and prepares you to transfer to a four-year history program.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses are offered full-time during the day. The program can be completed in 12 months.

Are you planning to earn an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in History? We strongly encourage you to consult with a SWIC Advisor prior to enrolling each semester.  We also advise you to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Arts degree listed in the printed or Online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:

  • HIST 101 – World Civilization I
  • HIST 102 – World Civilization II
  • HIST 180 – U.S. History to 1865
  • HIST 181 – U.S. History Since 1865
  • At least one year (101 and 102) of a foreign language

The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate History major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC Advisor regarding their applicability.

  • HIST 286 History of Religion
  • POLS 150-Intro to American Government
  • Other history classes

Associate in Arts
degree requirements

Fulfill all other Associate in Arts degree requirements listed in the printed or Online College Catalog.

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Apply for graduation by the date published in the College Calendar.

Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.