Sonography
Application Process

Health Sciences Application Process

Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program. ALL Health Sciences program applicants must:

  1. Enroll in ACC Apply to ACC.
  2. Follow the application process steps for the Sonography Programs (see below)
  3. Collect the required documentation and/or complete all immunizations before applying for program admission.
  4. Submit your program application
    • To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory criminal background check will be required prior to admission to the Sonography Program. As specific timelines must be met, do not do this until instructed by the Program.
    • To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory drug screen is required for clinical rotations. As specific timelines must be met, do not do this until instructed by the Program.

Sonography Application Steps

(updated 2/19/2013)

Download Application Process Checklist NOW: PDF

Sonography program applicants must follow the steps below. All students must complete the Health Sciences pre-admission process, including all prerequisites and other requirements, before applying to any program.

Steps 4 A., B., & C. may be done concurrently; all other Steps MUST be done in the order listed on the Checklist and below:

Step 1: Sonography Programs Advising

  1. Review the entire Sonography website
    • Complete the mandatory on-line Information Session. This is an information session for those interested in the ACC Sonography programs. A copy of the Sonography Information Session Assessment Post Test must be brought to the Advising Session and must be included with application documents (see Application Checklist).
  2. Schedule your Sonography Programs Advising Session
    • Contact the Sonography Department Chair: via email dmsprog@austincc.edu for an appointment
    • Documents to bring to Advising Session:
      • Unofficial copies of all non-ACC transcripts
      • On-line Information Session Verification (Post Test) form
      • Completed Pre-Applicant Survey

Step 2: Apply for Admission to the College

  • Follow the instructions/process at http://www.austincc.edu/apply/destinationacc.php
    • NOTE: Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Sonography Program
  • Sonography requires that the TSI status be complete or exempt.

Step 3: START YOUR IMMUNIZATIONS NOW!

Step 4: Additional Sonography Application Requirements

  1. Complete all prerequisite college credit courses with a minimum GPA of 2.7
    • Historically a competitive GPA is approximately 3.5
    • Human Anatomy, College Algebra, and General College Physics must have been completed within 5 years of application date.
  2. Sonography Lab Volunteer Sessions
    • A minimum of one session (1 session = 1 hour) for each specialty lab is required for all applicants (additional points can be earned on Applicant Ranking Worksheet for volunteering up to 4 sessions per each specialty lab). You will serve as the "patient" for the DMS, DCS, and ESC-VT student labs to experience a variety of sonograms and to see how faculty members work with students in the lab setting.
    • Sonography labs vary by semester; do not delay in completing your Sonography Lab Volunteer sessions!

      • Call 512-223-5945 for DMS and VT lab appointments
      • Call 512-223-0294 for DCS lab appointments.
  3. Patient Care Education (minimum to apply: Certified Nurse Aid course or equivalent)
    • Nurse Aid Certification courses are offered through the ACC Health Professions Institute, call 512.223.7542 for more information.
    • The CNA course is NOT required if you have completed one or more of the following direct patient care programs: Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Radiologic Technologist (RT-R), Paramedic, EMT-Basic, Respiratory Therapist or Surgical Technologist.
    • Applicants who have completed an EMT-Basic, Paramedic, Radiologic Technologist, RN, LVN, Surgical Technologist, and Respiratory Therapist Program are awarded the points shown in this criterion on the Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet.
    • The highest level of Paitient Care Education completed is awarded points.
    • Applicants are NOT required to hold a specific credential or license (including CNA) to apply.
    • Patient Care Experience: points will be awarded for hours of volunteer or paid patient care experience. If applicable, the Patient Care Experience Form MUST be used.

Step 5: Apply to a Sonography Program

  1. Submit the Online Application Form http://www.austincc.edu/health/sono/packet.php The Online Application is accessible from December 1 each year to February 1, the next year (available for that 2 month period ONLY). The Application is sent to the Sonography Programs when you click "Submit" at the end of the application.
  2. Compile your Application Packet Documents (Your name must be on each document.)
    • Immunization Form You MUST use this form; have your health care provider complete all requirements on the form, including appropriate dates and signatures. Immunization requirements were changed on October 1, 2012. Please review the updated form for new requirements.
    • Information Session Verification form
    • Sonography Program Advising & Pre-Applicant Survey forms
    • Copies of all Sonography Student Lab Volunteer Session waiver forms
    • Documentation of formal patient care education (copy of diploma or credential card)
    • Completed Patient Care Experience Form (if applicable)
    • Unofficial copies of all college transcripts (ACC and/or transfer)
  3. Submit your Application Packet in person or by registered mail to the:
  4. Health Science Admissions and Information Office

    Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd. Austin, TX 78702 (Building 8000, Room 8356)

    OR

    Round Rock Campus, 4400 College Park Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665 (Building 3000, Room 3105)

    Application Packets must be submitted by 5:00p.m. on February 1st
    (5:00p.m. of the next business day if the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday).

    • Keep a copy of each and every document or form you submit in your Application Packet and print out a copy of your On-Line Application before submitting the form to the Sonography Department.

Admission Selection Process

(updated 2/29/2012)

Sonography Applications are accepted between December 1 of each year and February 1 of the next year (a 2 month period). The Sonography Application is available in an on-line format from this website; when completed, the application is submitted by email directly to the Sonography Department. The remainder of the Application Documents must be delivered (in person or by mail) to the Health Sciences Information Office at either the Eastview or Round Rock Campuses. The HS Office office completes an Intake Form for the application packet and forwards the packet to the HS Compliance Coordinator for review of the applicant's Immunization Record. If deficiencies are found in the application packet document, the applicant will be contacted by the Sonography Department. The applicant must submit all required documentation by the February 1 deadline.

When the application period has closed, the Sonography Admissions Committee ranks all applications using the Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet. Applicants specify their desired program on the Sonography Application and the DMS and DCS pools are ranked separately. Prior to accepting students for the next admission class, the Sonography Programs determine the number of students that can be accepted for that class. The number of appropriate clinical sites available and willing to accept student placements throughout the length of the program (5 semesters) dictates the number of students accepted for each program every year. The top 15 applicants are accepted for each AAS degree (DMS and DCS) Sonography Program (the number of applicants accepted MAY vary from year to year).

  • To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory criminal background check will be required prior to admission to the Sonography Program. As specific timelines must be met, do not do this until instructed by the Program.
  • To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory drug screen is required for clinical rotations. As specific timelines must be met, do not do this until instructed by the Program.

Check the Application Status section for the current stage of the Admission Process.

An applicant who is not accepted into a Sonography Program will receive a letter stating his/her non-acceptance which also details the process if the applicant chooses to re-apply in the next applicant pool. Non-accepted applicants are encouraged to visit with the Health Sciences Admission and Information Office to review their Applicant Ranking Worksheet.

Sonography Applications are kept on file for 1 year; if the applicant does not re-apply by then end of the next application period, then his/her application file is purged from the Sonography files.

The following Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet is used in the admission selection process.

  • Please note that there is no ranking "number" that guarantees admission to either the DMS or DCS program; every applicant pool is fresh (no waiting list is used) so acceptance into the DMS or DCS program is based on an applicant's ranking within the pool for that year.

Applicant Ranking Worksheet

This Applicant Ranking Worksheet is effective 3-11-2011 and replaces all previously published worksheets.


Criteria/Requirements POINTS
Sonography Lab Volunteer Sessions (1pt/hour; min. 1 session/specialty)
DMS ____ (max. 4 hours)
DCS ____ max. 4 hours)
ESC-VT ____ (max. 4 hours)
Formal Patient Care Education ________
CNA (certified nurse aide), PCT (patient care tech) = 2 points
1 semester certificate (EMT-B) = 4 points
1 year certificate (LVN) = 6 points
2 or more years degree/diploma (RT-R, EMT-P, RN) = 8 points
Direct Patient Care Experience* Hours (paid or volunteer) _______
40-100 hours = 1 point
100-199 hours = 2 points
200-299 hours = 3 points
300-399 hours = 4 points
≥400 hours = 5 points
GPA from Sonography Pre-requisite Courses A = 4 pts; B = 3 pts; C = 2 pts

**MATH 1314 College Algebra ______ 3 X _____ = ______pts
**BIOL 2304 Human Anatomy Lec ______ 3 X _____ = ______pts
**BIOL 2101 Human Anatomy Lab ______ 1 X _____ = ______pts
ENGL 1301 English Comp I ______ 3 X _____ = ______pts

GPA: _____ (total points/10); GPA in the above courses MUST be at least 2.7 to apply

Additional Sonography Pre-requisite Courses (grades not included in GPA calculation)
**PHYS 1401 General College Physics ______
HPRS 1106 Medical Terminology ______

All Sonography AAS Degree Plan courses must be completed with a grade of C or better
( GPA x 10 = GPA Points )
Co-Requisite Sonography Degree Plan Courses Completed
BIOL 2305 & 2102 Human Physiology (1) _____
PSYC 2301 Intro to Psychology (1pt) ______
HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology (1pt) ______
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication (1pt) ______
PHIL 2306 Ethics (1pt) ______
Re-Applicant (2 points if ranked in previous year)
Total Points:

In the event that one or more applicants receive the same number of Total Points, these points will be added to the Total Points:
0.02 points assigned for each "A" received in the pre-requisite courses
AND/OR
0.02 points assigned for a grade of "B" or better for PHYS 1401
AND/OR
0.05 points assigned to the applicant who completed a 2-year patient care education program

* Patient Care Experience includes any activity in which the applicant assists, transports, aids, and/or performs patient care procedures in a health care setting. Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Office Assistant (front office), and/or other medical office duties do not qualify for direct patient care hours.

** Must be completed within 5 years of application