Applying for Professional Curriculum

Please note that you must be currently enrolled at one of our Academic Affiliates and seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in order to be eligible for application into our program.

Eligibility Requirements

Admission to UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is highly competitive and granted to a limited number of applicants each year. A diagnostic medical sonography student must be a mature, dependable person who is “people oriented” and genuinely interested in caring for individuals who are ill, injured or disabled. All applicants are evaluated on the same basis regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, religion, age, national origin or veteran’s status.

The following information offers a general description outlining the attributes of a successful candidate.

  • Students must be in good health and physical condition in order to be capable of performing the duties required of a sonographer.
    • Immunizations must be current.
  • Applicants to the program must have attained the level, scope, and breadth of educational preparedness necessary to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving, highly technical, and diverse professional curriculum taught at UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Priority consideration will be afforded to those applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses with an earned grade of “C” or higher in each course.
    • Applicants who are actively enrolled in and making satisfactory progress in a prerequisite course will be given consideration.
    • Applications will be scored accordingly.
    • Applicants who have outstanding prerequisite course work who are not actively enrolled in and/or are not making satisfactory progress in will be deemed ineligible for the current enrollment period.
  • The applicant’s cumulative GPA for pre-professional course work must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Practical experience caring for the ill and injured is required as it prepares the student for clinical practice.
    • Such experience is obtained through CNA certification and a minimum of 100 hours of patient care experience performed in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, urgent care or trauma centers.
    • CNA waiver: Applicants who feel they exceed the patient care requirement because of extensive direct patient care work experience may request a waiver of the CNA prerequisites. To do this, the applicant must send a letter to the School of DMS formally requesting a waiver. The request must include a description of the work done that the applicant believes satisfies the prerequisites and documentation of the applicant’s job duties and dates of employment. The Admissions Committee will vote and will notify the applicant of their decision. The Admissions Committee’s decision is final.
  • The admission process is highly competitive due to the limited number of student positions available.
    • Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to proceed through each step of the selection process.
    • Interviews are not guaranteed.
  • Applicants must provide proof of current CPR certification from either the AMA or the American Red Cross, by the application deadline. CPR certification needs to include BLS (Basic Life Support) for Adults, Children and Infants. Students will be required to maintain current CPR certification throughout their clinical education at the UW Hospitals and Clinics School of DMS.
    • Note: CPR certification courses administered online will not be accepted.
  • Applications that are complete and received by the deadline are reviewed, evaluated and given a number score. Applications are scored based on past academic performance, accomplishments, references, work-related experience and aptitude.
    • The highest scoring applicants are invited to interview.
    • Those applicants whose qualifications and combined application/interview scores indicate the greatest potential for professional and personal development are selected for enrollment.
    • Applicants who are not accepted into the program may re-apply the following year.

Application Deadlines

Applications are submitted through an Education Coordinator at each affiliate college/university. Each affiliate collects the application materials which it then forwards to UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Submit application materials to the appropriate contact at your university affiliate by the following deadlines:

  • Carroll University applicants: Dec. 1
  • Edgewood College applicants: Dec. 1
  • Marian University applicants: Dec. 15
  • UW-La Crosse applicants: Dec. 15
  • UW-Milwaukee applicants: Dec. 1
  • UW-Oshkosh applicants: Dec. 15

Application Checklist

The following steps must be followed before an application is considered complete:

  • Complete and submit the School’s application form to the appropriate Education Coordinator at your affiliate university. 
  • Submit the $50, non-refundable application fee via check or money order payable to the UW Hospitals and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Submit an Autobiographical Statement of 200 words or fewer describing why this field interests you. Include your qualifications for becoming a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
    • The essay must be typed, double-spaced, signed and dated by the applicant to verify authenticity.
  • Submit two (2) School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography reference forms.
    • It is preferred that references come from both educational and employment sources. Personal references from relatives, friends and social acquaintances are not acceptable.
    • Completed reference forms should be returned to the affiliate university by the application deadline so that it can be added to your entire application packet.
  • Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary course work.
    • Official transcripts must be mailed from the college or university that issued them.
    • Prerequisite coursework must be complete or in-progress prior to the application deadline and have an earned grade of C (2.0) or better.
    • The applicant’s overall GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit documentation of CPR and CNA certification, 100 hours of direct patient care and a minimum of 8 hours of job shadowing in ultrasound, or a detailed plan regarding when this will be completed before interviews take place.


  • Applicants must submit all materials to their affiliate university by the application deadline.
  • Qualified applicants will be notified for an interview no later than March 1 of each year.
  • Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance no later than April 1 of each year.