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Prerequisites for an Associate of Applied Science

All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum of 2.0 in each course with a collective GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • ENGL 1301      Composition I
  • MATH 1314     College Algebra
    • Will accept Statistics or higher level mathematics course.
  • PHYS 1410  Elementary Physics ***
    • Will accept Radiography Physics.
  • BIOL 2401   Anatomy and Physiology

*** Will accept PHYS 1405 taken prior to Fall 2016.  Other physics courses may meet the eligibility requirements for the DMS Program. Any physics course not taken at Temple College requires the approval of the DMS Department Chair.


Co-Requisite Requirements for an Associate of Applied Science

  • BIOL 2402        Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSYC 2301        General Psychology
  • HUMA XXXX  Humanities Elective

It is STRONGLY recommended you complete all co-requisites prior to being seated in the DMS program. Failure to do so could result in a delay in your graduation date. You are not eligible to secure employment as a Sonographer until you have graduated from the program.


 Requirements for an Associate of Applied Science

To graduate from Temple College and receive the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of all prerequisites with a minimum of a 2.0 in each course with a collective GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Complete 65 semester hours of required course credit, exclusive of the developmental courses.
    1. Included in the 65 semester hours of course work are the 41 hours of DMS Core courses.
    2. Each DMS core course must be completed in the required sequence with a 2.0 grade or higher.
  3. Pass the exit exam with a 2.0 or higher.
    1. The exit exam is a comprehensive review exam covering all material during a student’s tenure in the program.
  4. Complete the Application for Graduation by deadline date.

Prerequisites for an Advanced Technical Certificate

To be eligible for an Advanced Technical Certificate the prospective student must meet the following requirements

  1. An Associates or Bachelors in Radiologic Technology*
    1. Have successfully challenged the ARRT boards
    2. Are in good standing with the ARRT
    3. Maintained a 2.0 or higher in each course with a collective GPA of 2.5.
  2. Have an Associates or Bachelors degree in another allied health care discipline other than Radiologic Technology that incorporated the following courses into their curriculum:*
    1. College Algebra
    2. Elementary Physics OR College Physics***
    3. Composition I
    4. Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL 2401 AND Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL 2402
  3. If you are eligible to sit for an allied health care board exam you must have successfully passed your boards and be in good standing with the credentialing body.

*if your degree plan did not include a-d listed in #2 you will be required to complete those courses with a minimum of 2.0 in each course and an overall GPA of 2.5.

*** Other physics courses may meet the eligibility requirements for the DMS Program. Any physics course not taken at Temple College requires the approval of the DMS Program Chair.

You should contact the DMS Program Chair prior to enrolling in any physics course at another institution other than Temple College. The DMS Program Chair will determine if the course you are planning to take meets the requirements for the physics prerequisite for the DMS Program.


Requirements for an Advanced Technical Certificate

To be eligible for an Advanced Technical Certificate the student must meet the following requirements

  1. Have an Associates or Bachelors in Radiologic Technology*
    1. Have successfully challenged the ARRT boards
    2. Are in good standing with the ARRT
    3. Maintained a 2.0 or higher in each course with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Have an Associates or Bachelors degree in any health care discipline other than Radiologic Technology that incorporated the following courses into their curriculum:*
    1. College Algebra
    2. College Physics
    3. Composition I
    4. Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL 2401 and Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL 2402
  3. Completion of all previous courses with a 2.0 or higher in each course and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

* If you are eligible to sit for an allied health care board exam you must have successfully pass your boards and be in good standing with the credentialing body.

* If your degree plan did not include a-d listed in #2 you will be required to complete those courses with a minimum of 2.0 in each course and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher prior to being considered for a seat in the DMS program.

In order to graduate from Temple College and receive the Advanced Technical Certificate in Sonography, the student must meet the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 45 hours of course credit in the required sequence with a minimum of a 2.0 in each course.
  2. Pass the exit exam with a 2.0 or higher.
    1. The exit exam is a comprehensive review exam covering all material during the student’s tenure.
  3. Completion of the Application for Graduation by deadline date.
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It is the goal of the DMS team in conjunction with the support services at Temple College to:

  1. Prepare graduates to successfully challenge the ARDMS boards through didactic education and clinical experience.
  2. Prepare students to be successful in meeting the challenges of being a Sonographer.
  3. Provide a high quality education experience for all students.
  4. Provide tutoring and online tutoring to all students to help ensure their success in the program.
  5. Provide students with an awareness for the significance of continuing education and instill in them the desire to continue their education after graduation.
  6. Graduate Sonographers to practice Sonography within an ethical and legal framework consistent with ARDMS and SDMS standards.
  7. Graduate Sonographers to use critical thinking to analyze clinical data and current literature as a basis for decision making in Sonography.
  8. To prepare competent entry level Sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Uniforms and other supplies

Students enrolled in the DMS Program at Temple College must purchase uniforms. The cost of uniforms is not included in any Temple College fees. Additional expenses incurred as part of the program are the responsibility of the student.

Student Travel Policy

A significant portion of the rotations must take place at clinical sites. These clinical sites may not be all located in Temple. Temple College and the DMS department assume no responsibility for expenses incurred as a result of travel or transportation that must be arranged to satisfy course requirements.

Liability Insurance

All students accepted into the DMS program will be required to purchase professional liability insurance at the time of registration. The cost of professional liability insurance is not included in any Temple College fees. Additional expenses incurred as part of the program are the responsibility of the student.

Criminal Background Check*

A satisfactory criminal background history check will be required after conditional acceptance into the DMS program.  Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require an additional criminal background check.  Permission to perform the criminal background history check must be given by the student. Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program.  It will be necessary to dismiss a student from the DMS program if they are barred from practicing at any healthcare facility.  Future employment and licensing may be affected by the results of a criminal background history check.

* If the background check reveals a previous history of criminal activity the student should check with the ARDMS to verify they are eligible to sit for the ARDMS board exams.  In the event the ARDMS would deny that student from sitting for the board exams the student will be disqualified from being seated in the DMS program at Temple College.  In the event the ARDMS will not deny that student from sitting for the board exam the student is required to obtain a written statement from the ARDMS and include that statement with their application.

Drug Screening**

Drug screenings are performed as a condition of acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Temple College. Failure to give permission will result in being denied a seat in the DMS Program at Temple College. Additional drug screening can be requested at any time by Temple College or any clinical site during enrollment in the DMS Program at Temple College. Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the DMS Program without eligibility for reinstatement.

**A positive drug screen without a Physician’s supporting documentation will result in being denied a seat in the DMS program or immediate dismissal from the DMS Program without eligibility for reinstatement.