Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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DMS Admissions Process

Please read the admissions process carefully. All application requirements MUST be completed before submission of the online application.

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) offers a two-year, professional program, leading to an Associate of Applied Science Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree (AAS.DMS). Learning is facilitated through classroom activities, practice labs and clinical experiences in area healthcare facilities.

Note: Applicants need to only complete one application through the online system, and incomplete applications will not be processed. All documents (high school and college transcripts) MUST be on file when the application is submitted.

Admissions Process:

The DMS program has a limited number of spaces (maximum of 14 each year) and admissions into this program is very competitive.

The admissions application for fall 2020 opens November 1, 2019 and closes on January 31, 2020. Admissions Decisions will be sent by late April 2020.

Application Criteria:

Applicants to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are based on the following standards:

  • Completion of the Admissions Application to RCBC.
  • Applicants must attain a minimum age of 18 years at the time of the start of program.
  • Submission of proof of high school completion via
    • High school transcript
    • GED
    • Translation of foreign credential
  • Official transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities transcripts to:
    Office of Outreach & Admissions
    900 College Circle
    Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Specific prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to apply:

  • BIO 110 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 111 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I (lab)
  • ENG 101 College Composition
  • MTH 107 Introduction to Statistics
  • PHY 107 Fundamentals of Physics
  • BIO 114 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 115 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology II (lab)
  • ENG 102 Composition II
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

*Note: Applicants who do not complete all the prerequisites listed above will not be considered.

  • All required prerequisite courses listed will be reviewed utilizing a Point Scale within a rubric model.
  • Students with the highest points (without any failures and repeats) will be admitted first.
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or greater in all college coursework
  • Students with non-repeated failures in pre-requisite courses will not be admissible.
  • Students with no more than 2 failures in total of any of the prerequisite courses listed on the rubric will not be admissible. For the DMS program admissions purpose, C-, D, or F are considered failures.
  • Students who have been in other DMS programs must have the program director from that college or institution email a letter to the RCBC DMS email (dms@rcbc.edu) with attention to the acting program director, Ms. Courtney Dyott, BS, RDMS indicating they were not dismissed for clinically unsafe behavior.  Please note this only applies to students who did not fail or were dismissed from a previous DMS program.  Students who failed and/or were dismissed from another DMS program are deemed inadmissible.

*Note: Meeting all admission standards DOES NOT guarantee admission into the program.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants will be selected according to total points earned based on the admission rubric. This rubric will evaluate the academic performance of a student within the pre-requisite courses.

RCBC DMS Admission Rubric

All applicable courses are evaluated using the following scale:

A = 10 points
A- = 9 points
B+ = 8 points
B = 7 points
B- = 6 points
C+ = 3 points
C = 2 points
C-, D, or F = 0 points

The grades of the required pre-requisite courses and other non-DMS courses listed in the curriculum, will be factored into the chart below and averaged for a total score based off of each attempt.

Courses Needed # of Credits Semester Taken Grade Semester Taken  Grade Average Score 
BIO 110 3          
BIO 111 1          
ENG 101 3          
MTH 107 3          
PHY 107 3          
BIO 114 3          
BIO 115 1          
ENG 102 3          
PSY 101 3          
SOC 101 3          
Total           ________ / 100 

Applicants will be notified of decisions by late April 2020 via their RCBC student email account.

Acceptance into the Program:

Accepted students will be notified by RCBC email of their conditional acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Conditional acceptance includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Attendance at the mandatory DMS orientation for the fall 2020 start. (date TBA)
  • Proof of medical/health insurance.
  • Completion of physical clearances including but not limited to:
    1. Physical exam and medical history
    2. Titers and proof of immunity
  • Clear criminal history background check, fingerprinting and PA child abuse clearance
  • Negative urine drug test
  • Reliable transportation (to clinical sites in NJ and/or PA) and associated fees
  • Students will be enrolled in a Part-time Credit Hour Schedule while in the program

*Note: Students who are not accepted or decline admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program must reapply in a future application cycle.  Acceptance on a future application is not guaranteed.