Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies for the program?
Applicants must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and an average of C or better in the prerequisite courses. Practicing professionals with a medical license and a degree from an AMA approved school, as well as degree-holding sonographers registered by the ARDMS, are also encouraged to apply.
Where can I find the requirements for degree completion?
The complete curriculum for the program is available to review under the Curriculum tab. Students will be expected to complete the required courses, as well as the required clinical hours, in order to complete the program and receive a degree. You can see a broad overview of the program under the Program Overview tab.
Will I be able to complete my clinical hours close to my home?
Our goal is to have students complete their clinical hours in their respective communities. Ideally, each student enrolled in the program will have a clinical site close to home. However, there are many factors that influence availability and we cannot guarantee placement in your community until we investigate the clinical site. Factors involved in clinical placement are an agreement between MCPHS University and your site, and include the quantity and variety of exams performed, how many sonographers are employed, and how many registered sonographers are at the facility.
What if there is not a clinical site available close to my home?
The number of clinical sites under contract by MCPHS University dictates the number of students accepted into the program. If there is not a site nearby, students may need to travel to a site outside of their geographical area. Students must sign a travel agreement prior to acceptance into the program.
May I contact a facility in my area to complete my clinical rotations?
No; the experienced professionals at MCPHS University will contact the facility to initiate the affiliation process. If you have a particular clinical site in mind, such as a site in which you work, please alert your clinical coordinator so they can communicate with the site directly. Clinical site acquisition is a complicated process with which the clinical coordinator is familiar, and limiting the conversation to the site and coordinator will help prevent any confusion.
Will I be able to work while enrolled in the program?
MCPHS Online programs are designed for practicing professionals, because advancing your career shouldn’t disrupt your schedule. However, there are clinical hours that are required to complete the program. Flexibility will be necessary to complete the clinical hours in a timely fashion.
Will I be eligible to take the ARDMS national licensure exam upon graduating?
Yes; the MCPHS Online program prepares students to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Prerequisite 3 exam
What sonography modalities are offered in the MCPHS Online DMS program?
The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offers three tracks: Vascular, Echocardiography (Echo) and General Sonography. For more information about these modalities, see our individual program overviews.
Can international students enroll?
No; international students cannot enroll in the MCPHS Online program. International students can earn their BS in DMS in the same modalities at the MCPHS University physical campuses. For more information, click here.
How do I apply?
You can complete our free application and begin the process here [link to application]. If you have any questions about the program or its requirements, call the MCPHS Online Admission office at 617.879.5022 or email email@example.com.