Eligibility and Prerequisites
Prospective students of various educational backgrounds may be eligible for program admission. To be considered for admission, prospective students must follow one of the three pathways outlined below:
University Affiliate Program (3+1.5)
This pathway is for students enrolled in degree programs at the following affiliate universities: Benedictine University, Elmhurst University, Lewis University and Roosevelt University. Students will complete 3 years of undergraduate and prerequisite coursework at their home institution followed by 18 months of clinical training and instruction at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Upon successful completion of degree and program-specific requirements, the student's home institution will confer a baccalaureate degree upon the student and Northwestern Memorial Hospital will award a certificate of completion. Affiliate students must apply to the diagnostic medical sonography program and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher for undergraduate courses and for prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
This pathway is for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a degree GPA of 2.5 or higher. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher and the cumulative prerequisite GPA must be 2.5 or higher. Upon successful completion of program-specific requirements, Northwestern Memorial Hospital will award the student a certificate of completion.
Certificate Program for Students Registered in a Healthcare-Related Field
This pathway is for applicants who are graduates of an accredited two-year patient care-related program. Applicants must be nationally certified and in good standing in disciplines such as nursing (RN), radiologic technology, medical assistant or respiratory therapy and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher for the certificate/AS degree. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher and the cumulative prerequisite GPA must be 2.5 or higher. Applicants must be registered in their discipline prior to the start of the DMS program. Upon successful completion of program-specific requirements, Northwestern Memorial Hospital will award the student a certificate of completion.
NM Clinical Schools does not offer student visa sponsorship to non-affiliated students.
All applicants must demonstrate successful completion of prerequisite college-level courses. A grade of "C" or higher in each course below and a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.
School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Prerequisite Course and Degree Checklist
Please read the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Prerequisite Course and Degree Checklist.
Meeting all application requirements does not guarantee acceptance and/or admission into the program.
This program is for the education of sonographers and not for physician, physician background or residency training in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.