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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Advanced Placement

Associate Degree  |  10-526-2  |  1-800-547-2882


Eligibility for advanced placement requires a person to be a graduate of a two-year ARRT accredited Radiography program.
*However, applicants currently enrolled in a two-year ARRT accredited Radiography program may apply after completing their first full year of the program. An official transcript showing completion of the first year is required.

Graduates of a Nursing-Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree program may be considered on a case-by-case basis for acceptance. Students must be Nursing Board eligible. Before applying contact an academic advisor at (715) 833-6346.

Steps for Admissions

  • Phase I – Complete all steps in Phase I to be accepted as a pre-program Diagnostic Medical Sonography student. Pre-program students are eligible for financial aid and will be invited to complete Phase II requirements and general education courses. Pre-program students may not register for Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses (526 numbered courses).
  • Phase II – If not completed at time of application, complete all steps in Phase II to become program eligible or for placement on the waiting list.
  • Phase III – Students who need to complete Phase II requirements will need to submit the Core Course Eligibility Form when the last Phase II requirement is satisfied to alert Admissions of program readiness.

Pre-Program Requirement (Phase I)

  1. Submit Application for Admission located at
  2. Pay the one-time $30 application processing fee.
  3. Education Requirement – Applicants must be a high school graduate or have completed the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or the General Education Development Certificate (GED).
  4. Submit official transcript(s) of your postsecondary education in the Radiography field (* see above remarks).
  5. Submit proof of current registration/certification in a Radiography field (* see above remarks).
  6. Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form – For instructions to request a background check, please go to A hardcopy instruction packet can be supplied upon request by calling 715-833-6200. Background checks processed for other entities will not be accepted.

    PLEASE NOTE: Your processed criminal history results are considered current for Admission purposes for four years. If you are still enrolled as a student or re-enter CVTC after the four-year expiration date, you will be required to request another background check and pay the required processing fee. Also, once enrolled in core courses, you may be asked to complete another background check to meet certain clinical site compliance agreements.

Core Program Requirement (Phase II)

  1. Submit proof of completion of the academic prerequisite of algebra with a "C" grade or better in one of the following ways:
    1. Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript)
      Note: High school seniors currently enrolled in prerequisite classes must submit proof of current enrollment, OR
    2. One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript), OR
    3. Complete equivalent college level courses (offered for credit at CVTC as 834-110 Elementary Algebra).
  2. Complete 806-177 General Anatomy & Physiology with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" is not acceptable). If this course was taken at a college other than CVTC, submit a transcript showing the grade and credits earned.
  3. Complete 804-113 College Tech Math 1A with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" is not acceptable). If this course was taken at a college other than CVTC, submit a transcript showing the grade and credits earned.
  4. Complete 806-154 General Physics 1 with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" is not acceptable.) If this course was taken at a college other than CVTC, submit a transcript showing the grade and credits earned.
  5. Complete the HESI A2® Exam – HESI A2® scores of 75 or higher in each of the following areas: Anatomy & Physiology, Math, and English are required. The English score is a composite of grammar, reading, and vocabulary. You will be subject to a testing fee and the number of times you can test are limited. It is recommended that you take the HESI assessment after you complete General Anatomy & Physiology. For more detailed information about CVTC's HESI requirement and to schedule a testing appointment go to

Core Course Eligibility (Phase III)

Applicants who meet all requirements in Phase I and II will be accepted or placed on a waiting list as of the date all documentation is received.

  1. Core Course Eligibility – Applicants completing Phase II requirements must submit a completed Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office.
    • Prior to the end of each term you will be notified through student email of the CCE Form submission date for that term. You are also encouraged to check with the Admissions Office prior to the end of the term in which you are completing coursework to find out the exact CCE Form submission date.
    • On the form applicants should indicate the August semester and year they will be prepared to begin the Advanced Placement Diagnostic Medical Sonography core courses. Applicants are placed on waiting lists by date of eligibility regardless of the semester and year requested.
    • Students completing all Phase II requirements will be accepted or placed on a waiting list only when the Core Course Eligibility Form is on file.

Additional Information:

  • A Pre-Entrance Health History and Physical Examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.
  • Proof of current CPR certification by the American Hearth Association - BLS Provider level or the American Red Cross - Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider level is required of students before entering the clinical courses for this program.  CVTC offers 531-454 CPR-BLS Provider; find more information at   Proof must be verified with a current CPR card.  Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers are not acceptable.  Your instructor will ask for a copy of your card on the first day of your clinical courses.
  • General Education Classes - Students are encouraged to complete the general education courses that are part of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prior to starting core courses. 
  • Clinical Requirements – Students can expect to be placed in clinical training sites throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and possibly other states. 
  • Course Sequence - Upon acceptance to the core program, students are required to follow the core course sequence (526 numbered courses) and semester credit load as identified on the Program Requirement Sheet.
  • Financial Aid – Information on financial aid availability, procedures, and deadlines may be obtained by going to the or by calling 715-833-6200.
  • Transfer Credit – Applicants with post-secondary credits should submit an official transcript to the Admissions Office for evaluation and possible transfer credit.

Pregnancy Policy

Chippewa Valley Technical College does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions and will fully comply with Title IX regulations. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student’s medical provider, and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Some courses may include a level of interaction with hazardous materials or situations. In such cases, it is up to the student’s medical provider to determine whether or not the student is able to participate due to pregnancy or related conditions. Students are encouraged to contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to set up an appointment as soon as the pregnancy is known.

Last Updated: February 22, 2024 @ 8:19 a.m.

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