Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admission Information

Who knew that high-frequency sound could produce life-saving images?! In the sonography program at San Jac, you’ll learn all about this innovative technology — and so much more. Here’s everything you need to know about the application process.

Applying to the Program

Ready to get started on your path to becoming a sonographer? Students are admitted annually into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Due to limited clinical internship availability, students are admitted on a competitive basis. Follow the steps below to apply.
  1. Get Accepted to San Jac

    Before you can apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, you will need to apply and get accepted to San Jacinto College. Once that's done, follow the rest of the steps below.

  2. Attend an Information Session

    All students applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are required to attend an information session before applying. In this session, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the program — and get access to a program application.

  3. Gather Official Transcripts 

    Next, request official transcripts from all the schools you’ve attended — including San Jacinto College. You will need to submit these to San Jacinto College along with your program application.

  4. Process Degree Evaluation

    Head to the Secure Online System (SOS). Here you will process and print your degree evaluation for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program AAS degree. Choose the catalog (school) year you are applying for. Include with your application.

  5. Gather any National Certifications

    If you have any national or state recognized certifications in a healthcare field, gather those and submit them with your program application.

  6. Work History Form

    If you have direct patient care work experience, submit your work history form. Please allow time for your former or current supervisor to sign. Include with your application.

  7. Complete Your Prereqs

    Before you can apply to the sonography program, you’ll need to receive a grade of C or higher in your required prerequisite courses. Students applying for the Fall 2024 class or later will need to take the following prerequisite courses to apply: 

    • Math 1314 College Algebra
    • BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I lecture and Lab
    • SCIT 1420 Physics for Allied Health
    • DMSO 1110 Introduction to Sonography

  8. Complete the HESI A2 Exam

    Required for all radiography and sonography students, the HESI A2 exam is a 4.5 -hour timed, computerized test that evaluates your readiness for the program. Be sure to read the HESI A2 instruction packet.

  9. Apply

    When you’ve completed the above steps (you can also print out our application checklist) you’re ready to apply to the sonography program. Submit an application between April 1 and June 15. You’ll be notified within two to three weeks after the application deadline.

    Applications will be evaluated with our admission scoring rubric.

More About Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Ultrasounds have been used in some of the biggest breakthroughs in modern medicine. With a degree from San Jac, you can make your own waves in medical imaging. Explore these resources to learn more about our programs and your future career.

Use the checklist below to navigate each step of the admissions process. This guide will give you up-to-date information on prerequisite courses, the HESI exam, information sessions and more.

Application Checklist

Admissions Scoring Rubric

Use the checklist below to navigate each step of the admissions process. This guide will give you up-to-date information on prerequisite courses, the HESI exam, information sessions and more.

Application Checklist

Admissions Scoring Rubric

Are you ready to start planning for your future in sonography? Be sure to review the approximate program costs.

Approximate Program Costs

  In-District Out-of-District
Pre-Requisites (texbooks/course materials not included) $996 $1,728
Required Program General Education Course (texbooks/course materials not 
$747 $1,296
Program Core Courses (texbooks/course materials not included) $3,652 $6,336
Total Program Course Costs $5,395 $9,360


Additional Program Costs

  Vendor Cost
Books Barnes & Noble Campus Providers $700
Additional Course Materials Various Vendors $375
Background Check & Drug/Alcohol Screening Castlebranch $180
Immunizations & Physical: TB, MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Hep B, Hep C antibody 
test, Seasonal Flu
Various Vendors $700
CPR for Healthcare Providers  American Heart Association $100
Uniforms Career Uniforms $140
ARDMS* Sonographic Principles of Instrumentation (SPI) Registry Exam (3rd 
ARDMS $275
ARDMS* Abdomen (AB) Registry Exam (5th semester) ARDMS $275
ARDMS* OB/GYN Specialty Registry Exam (5th semester) ARDMS $275
Clinical Management System  Trajecsys & My 
Total Additional Program Costs   $3,233.00


Approximate Total Program Costs

  • In-District: $8,646
  • Out-of-District: $12,593

Additional Information

  • The program is paid for by the semester. All tuition and fees must be paid in full before published deadline dates.
  • “In-District” includes the following Independent School Districts: Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, Pasadena and Sheldon. Students who are not residents of Texas, including foreign students, will be required to pay additional fees
  • Students are responsible for their expenses incurred while in the program. Students are required to furnish their own travel related to their clinical educational experiences.  
  • Financial aid is available through the Financial Aid office. This program qualifies for Texas Workforce funding.
  • Students in this program may qualify for Perkins Grants.
  • Books are purchased in the first year and are used throughout the program. 
  • Additional course materials are purchased in the 3rd semester ($125) and 5th semester ($250) 

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Program Outcomes

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Program Goals

All sonography students receive hands-on training at clinical sites around the Houston area. Check out the program information and clinical obligations to learn more about being a student in the sonography program.


Clinical Obligations

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th Street N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Length of accreditation: 5 years

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Have Questions?

Reach out to learn more about applying for a program in sonography or radiography.
Ashley Grundvig
Sr Administrative Assistant
(281) 998-6150x1476
Shana Lee
Prog Dir, Diag Med Sonography
(281) 998-6150x1748