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.
    • To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, health insurance is mandatory for clinical rotations and is required for full admission to a Sonography Program. As specific timelines must be met, do not submit documentation of health insurance until instructed by the Program.

Sonography Application Steps

(updated 2/4/2015)

Download Application Process Checklist NOW:

2016 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
    • Complete the Sonography Advising Session Request Form here.
    • Documents to bring to Advising Session:

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.
  • Applicants with Bachelor's degree or higher MUST request transcript evaluation (see Admissions office for a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form).

Step 3: START YOUR IMMUNIZATIONS NOW!

  • The ACC Health Sciences Immunization Form MUST be used.
  • NOTE: If you are choosing to have the serologic testing for the MMR, and/or Hepatitis B, and/or Varicella requirements, the results MUST show immunity. Any serologic test results of "equivocal" require that you obtain the vaccinations as listed.
    • Contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator (http://www.austincc.edu/health/immunications.php) if you have questions about immunizations requirements and/or your immunization records. The Sonography Programs faculty cannot answer your questions about immunizations.

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, Human Physiology, College Algebra, and Applied 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 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, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Therapist or Surgical Technologist.
    • Applicants who have completed an one of the above programs are awarded the points shown in this criterion on the Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet.
    • The highest level of Patient 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.
  4. Complete HOBET V exam within 6 months prior to the Sonography application deadline.
  5. Earning OPTIONAL BONUS POINTS on the Applicant Ranking Worksheet

  6. Completion of Corequisite Courses on Degree Plan: additional points will be awarded for completion of any corequisite course (non-Sonography course) of the AAS degree plan.
  7. Formal Patient Care Education Greater than CNA: additional points will be awarded for completion of EMT-Basic or higher (see list above).
  8. Direct Patient Care Experience: additional points will be awarded for 80 or more hours of volunteer or paid patient care experience. The Patient Care Experience Form must be used: http://www.austincc.edu/health/sono/documents/PatientCareExpDocumentation_10.pdf to document your additional patient care experience hours.

Step 5: Apply to a Sonography Program

  1. Submit the Online Application Form http://www.austincc.edu/health/sono/packet.php  between April 1 to June 1. 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.
    • 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)
    • HOBET V exam results
  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 June 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.

     

Selection for Admission to the Program

Please see Applicant Ranking Worksheet in the Application Process at http://www.austincc.edu/health/sono/documents/2016SonographyApplicantRankingWorksheet.pdf for the criteria used for the ranking process. Check the Application Status section at http://www.austincc.edu/health/sono/application_status.php to view the current state of the Admission Process.

All applicants are notified by mail of acceptance or non-acceptance

during the first week of July each year.

Accepted students are required to attend a Sonography Orientation held in July of each year. Information on location, date, and time will be included in acceptance packet.

  • Please note that to be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory criminal background check and a drug screen are required for full admission to a Sonography Program. As specific timelines must be met, do not do these requirements until instructed by the Program.
  • Please note that to be compliant with clinical facility requirements, health insurance is mandatory for clinical rotations and is required for full admission to a Sonography Program. As specific timelines must be met, do not submit documentation of health insurance until instructed to do so by the Program.

Non-accepted students are encouraged to meet with the Health Sciences Admission and Information Office at the Eastview Campus to discuss reapplication and ranking improvement.

Admission Selection Process

(updated 2/4/2015)

Sonography Applications are accepted between April 1 to June 1 of each year. 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 June 1st.

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-VT and DCS-VT 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 (6 semesters) dictates the number of students accepted for each program every year. The top 10-12 applicants are accepted for each 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.
  • To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, health insurance is mandatory for clinical rotations and is required for full admission to a Sonography Program. As specific timelines must be met, do not submit documentation of health insurance until instructed to do so 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 one 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-VT or DCS-VT program; every applicant pool is fresh (no waiting list is used) so acceptance into a Sonography program is based on an applicant's ranking within the pool for that year.

 

Applicant Ranking Worksheet for 2016 Class (follow this link)

This Applicant Ranking Worksheet is effective 2-4-15 and replaces all previously published worksheets.