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JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Union County College offer a 2 year Professioanl Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program which includes fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. Graduates will receive both a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and an Associate in Science Degree.
The Professional Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a 2-year day program. It consists of 81 college credits including 41 general education college credits and an additional 40 credits in professional diagnostic medical sonography courses with clinical experience.

Is there a waiting list for admissions?

There is no waiting list for admissions. However, there may be a waiting list for diagnostic medical sonography clinical courses. Enrollment for the professional diagnostic medical sonography courses is determined by date of admittance, satisfactory completion of the science and other general education course requirements and seat availability.
The general education courses are offered day, evening and weekend hours. The professional Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses are held during regular daytime hours, as are all the clinical assignments. There are no weekend classes or clinical rotations. The professional Sonography courses begin every Spring semester.
Applications are processed for either fall or spring entrance. Select on the Application where indicated the semester applying for. However, applications should not be submitted at the last minute since transcripts, references and other material are required for a completed application by the deadline. See Admission Requirements.
No. It is neither recommended nor necessary to do so. The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography program consists of two parts: general education courses (prerequisites and co-requisites to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography professional courses), which include science and liberal arts courses, and diagnostic medical sonography courses (professional/clinical). While advanced standing may be awarded, courses are not pre-requisites for acceptance. You do not have to attend Union County College first (or any other college) before applying to the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools' Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

The term "pre-requisite" is not the same as the term "admission requirements." Pre-requisite courses are courses that must be completed before progressing to the Professional Program and/or to the next course. The pre-requisite courses listed in the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum are part of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. They are not admission requirements. Therefore, you do not have to complete them prior to applying for admission.

The criteria, which concern you as the applicant, are the admissions requirements outlined below. The Admissions Committee evaluates all required information and documentation.

  • Official High School Transcript or GED

    REQUIRED OF ALL APPLICANTS. Overall grades are reviewed, particularly algebra, biology with a lab, chemistry with a lab and a second unit of mathematics. Applicants are required to have a “C” (70%) or higher in each subject.

  • Scholastic Assessment/Aptitude Test (SAT or ACT)
  • High school seniors or applicants who have graduated from high school within the last three years, must submit SAT or ACT scores. This requirement is waived for all other applicants. The Schools’ SAT code is 2452.
    • 400 or higher is required in each SAT section.
    • ACT scores – 22 or higher in Math; 23 or higher in Reading; 8 or higher in Writing.
  • Previous College Transcripts (if applicable)
    • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended must be submitted.
    • Applicants with previous college experience are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all relevant courses.
    • No grade lower than “C” will be accepted for transfer.
    • Up to 36 general education credits may be transferred. Those with a prior baccalaureate degree may transfer up to 40 general education credits.
    • There is also a five-year time limit to transfer Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Physics has a ten-year time limit; the other general education courses do not have any time limits.
    • All science courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Previous School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Transcripts
    • To transfer Professional credits, the Professional course must match in content and sequence.
    • A passing grade must have been earned from the school from which the professional Diagnostic Medical Sonography course is being transferred. This will be evaluated by the Educational Director and Program Director.
  • Current or previous Union County College students
    • If one has ever attended Union County College (UCC), is currently attending UCC, or has plans to attend UCC prior to enrollment in the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools of Medical Imaging, acceptance is contingent upon achieving and maintaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
    • In addition, it is necessary to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the courses relevant to the Schools of Medical Imaging programs.
    • A grade of “C” or higher is required in all science courses.
    • A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to enter the first professional course.
    • A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at the end of each semester in order to progress into the next professional course.
    • For courses taken at Union County College, a student may not attempt a course for the third time without the Department Dean’s approval.
    • Final grades of “W” will count as an attempted course and will be included in the course-repeat process.
    • The applicant must make arrangements to have an official Union County College transcript forwarded to the Schools’ Admission Office, following completion of courses.
    • In the event that the applicant’s Union County College cumulative grade point average is below a 2.0, acceptance to the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography will be cancelled.
  • Letters of Reference
    • Three complete signed references, both the reference form and an accompanying letter, are required.
    • These references should be from individuals who are acquainted with the applicant in a professional capacity. References from family members of friends are NOT acceptable.
    • Consult the Application Checklist (included with the application) for specific reference requirements
  • Essay

    This 250-word writing sample must address one of the three essay topics listed on page 4 of the application. The essay is evaluated on grammar, spelling, clarity of thought and on neatness.

The minimum passing grade for each professional course is “C+” (76 - 79). Since many of the courses are sequential, the student must successfully pass the course and attain the required grade prior to advancing.

  • Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each semester.
  • All professional courses are sequential. Students wanting to begin Diagnostic Medical Sonography (each January) must have completed the required general education college courses with a minimum of “C” or better as listed in the Curriculum Design for Diagnostic Medical Sonography on the Schools’ website.
  • If the applicant has not completed these courses, she/he should still apply to the program and may complete the pre-professional required courses at Union County College as an accepted Diagnostic Medical Sonography student.
  • Applications for credentialing will not be verified until ALL obligations are satisfied.


Note: The JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Curriculum includes science, general education and professional diagnostic medical sonography courses. While many sections are offered, registration into these courses cannot be guaranteed. Registration for all diagnostic medical sonography courses is on a seat availability basis. Seat availability means that students with advanced standing are not guaranteed enrollment in diagnostic medical sonography courses for the semester they prefer. Students may register for other required general education courses. All biology courses (Anatomy I and II) have a five-year time limit; physics has a ten-year time limit. Consult the Curriculum Design page of the Schools' Catalog for additional information.

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