Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do I need to take general and related courses?
At OSU-Oklahoma City, you will earn an associate in applied science degree with a major in Cardiovascular Sonography. The general and related courses required for this degree will assist in providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to care for your patients and will assure that you meet the requirements of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for earning a college degree. (See important points of consideration when applying).
- Will courses taken at other universities transfer to the OSU-OKC Radiologic Technology program?
General education courses such as English Composition, History and American Government will usually transfer if they are three credit hour courses. Science courses must be a minimum of four credit hours. It is strongly recommended to call our Admissions Department to ensure course transferability and/or our advisement department to undergo advisement for any remaining required prerequisite coursework. Please call the listed departments before calling our Cardiovascular Sonography office. The University Admissions Department can be reached at 405-945-3224 and the Health Sciences academic advisor can be reached at 405-945-3313. You may also click here to check course equivalency.
- How long will it take to complete the Cardiovascular Sonography program?
The program is designed to take five (5) semesters to complete starting from the time you are actually admitted into the program and take your first sonography course.
- Can I "Fast Track" the sonography courses?
You cannot double up on the sonography courses because each course builds upon the previous course. Even if you have all of your support and related courses completed or have a degree in another field, it will still take 5 semesters to complete the sonography program.
- How do you determine who is going to be accepted?
Admission to the Cardiovascular Sonography program is based upon a points system utilizing the following criteria: Cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average), Admission Assessment Examination (TEAS) Results and College coursework complete. Bonus points are given for course pre-requisites taken at OSU-OKC. If there are any applicants with equal amount of points, a Supplemental Achievements and/or Skills Narrative Letter will be evaluated for selection into the program class. Therefore, it is suggested that Supplemental Achievements/Skills Letter include information such as previous collegiate degrees, medical experience, and community involvement/volunteer work.
- What are the application deadlines? For more information, call the department at 405-945-8698.
We will accept another Cardiovascular Sonography class each August.
- Do I have to take the TOEFL Test if I want to attend OSU-OKC?
If English is your second language, you will be required to take the TOEFL. The test is administered at the following location:
Prometric Testing Center
2224 NW 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
- What do I do if I am not accepted?
Let the Diagnostic Medical Sonography department know that you wish to reapply. Resubmit your sonography program application, a current OSBI report, and update any official college transcripts of courses not taken at OSU-OKC campus. If your GPA is less than 2.5, make an appointment with the advisement office for academic counseling. Below are some suggestions for improvement:
- Take/complete your general education, support and related coursework.
- Take courses at OSU-Oklahoma City.
- Take/retake science courses (be careful about scheduling of multiple science courses at the same time).
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater to qualify for application.
- Improve your cumulative GPA, by supplemental coursework, to earn more points.
- Cardiovascular Sonography Majors may take the TEAS ATI entrance exam twice year, and the highest score will be accepted. Applicants must wait at least 90 days prior to retaking the test.
- How often does the Cardiovascular Sonography program admit students?
The OSU-Oklahoma City Cardiovascular Sonography program admits a class every year for the fall semester. Up to 20 students are admitted each year with the applicant pool varying from 60 to 100 applications. The accepted number is commensurate to the number of clinical rotations that we have available to offer the students.
- What are my chances of passing the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) after graduating from the OSU-OKC Cardiovascular Sonography program?
To become a registered sonographer, graduates must pass 2 national board exams: one for the modality in question, (e.g. Adult Echocardiography), and one for the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Physics examination.
Details can be obtained from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.