Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Selection Point System

Admission Selection Criteria for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Science Degree program is based on a point system, as part of the admissions process. After the May 15 application deadline has passed, committee members carefully tabulate and confirm points accumulated by each applicant.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Point System

Grade Point Average

Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA by the application deadline to apply to the program. 

Health Education/Related Work Experience

Applicants may receive points in ONLY ONE of the following categories:

Graduate with an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, or an Associate in Applied Science degree from a regionally accredited institution  2
Military Service - two years or more  2
Work: One year of full-time equivalent work in a healthcare position during the last two years, involving direct patient care  3     
Graduate of a Health Science/Nursing program - Two semesters or more, with NO recent experience in direct patient care
Graduate of a Health Sciences/Nursing Program - One semester or less, WITH 6 months full-time work experience within the last two years involving direct patient care  5
Graduate with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution  5
Graduate of a Health Sciences/Nursing Program - Two semesters or more, WITH 6 months full-time work experience within the last two years involving direct patient care  7

Group Information Sessions

Each applicant will receive 5 points for attending a group information session. This session is hosted in the few months preceding the application deadline and provides details about the program. Students must sign in at the information session to get points.

Health Science Advising Session

Applicants who have completed an advisement session with a Health Sciences Advisor, as evidenced by a signed advisement card, will receive 4 points. This card can only be obtained from a Health Science Student Advisor, and no duplicates will be issued. The card is only valid for 1 year after the issue date.

Observation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires that prospective sonography students complete the following observation requirement. Students must spend two 4-hour observation days within our Sonography Skills Laboratory. 

All Observational/shadowing assignments must be arranged through Eastern Florida State College’s Diagnsotic Medical Sonography Program. After the observation period, students will be interviewed by the Program Manager. Observations should be done early in the application process.

Contact information: Harry Holdorf   holdorfh@easternflorida.edu  321-433-7130

Specific College Course Work Bonus Points

If completed by the application deadline, applicants can earn the following points for the  courses below:  An "A" is worth 5 points, a "B" is worth 3 points and a "C" is worth 1 point.

Sciences: If completed within five (5) years of the application deadline, the following science courses will result in points:

  • General Biology (with lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab)
  • Physics

    NOTE:  The applicant's first "passed" attempt for the above courses, during the last 5 years, will be used for point calculation.

General Education Prerequisite (No year requirement)

  • College Algebra (or Higher)

Health Science Electives: One point will be given for the completion ("C" or better) of the following courses. (No year requirement)

  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Healthcare

Please see a Health Science Advisor regarding any substitutions to the above requirement.

Essay

A typed, one-page essay on the topic of "Why I am Choosing Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Career" will result in 2 points.

TEAS Test Scores

As an entrance requirement, all applicants must take the *TEAS  Test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) and will require a Reading Comprehension score of 65% and an Adjusted Individual Total (overall) score of 55% to be considered for program admission. The TEAS test may be taken twice for application consideration into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program by the application deadline. Test scores are valid for 2 years. If the TEAS  test is taken twice, the highest score from each section will be collated. Eastern Florida State College's Testing Center only allows the TEAS to be taken once on site during an application year. If a student needs to retest during the same year, they will need to find an alternate testing site.

No points will be awarded for TEAS.

Volunteering / Service Learning

New Opportunity for 2019 applicants! Service Leaning Volunteering Experience

Interested students may earn 5 points by volunteering in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program as an ultrasound model for scanning by the Sonography majors and by exploring other opportunities that would jointly benefit the student and the program.

Two Options for Earning Points

4th/5th Credit Option: Students currently enrolled in a course at Eastern Florida State College that offers a 4th or 5th credit option are eligible to sign up for a Service Leaning volunteering experience through the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

Requirements
      • Completion of 20 hours of volunteering in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
      • Each Student must verbalize that they will consider applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
      • Students must purchase and wear program-specific scrubs.
      • Students must complete a project that is both beneficial for the students and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Students will submit the project to the Service Learning Center at the completion of the experience. The type of project to be completed is to be determined by both the student and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Manager prior to the start of the experience.

Non-Credit Option: Students will be an ultrasound model for scanning by current ultrasound students in addition to various other duties that will be deemed appropriate by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Manager.

All interested students should contact Evelyn Young, Director of Service Learning at younge@easternflorida.edu, 321-433-5614 or Dr. Harry Holdorf at holdorfh@easternflorida.edu, 321-433-7130.

Repeat Applicants

If an applicant applied to the previous year's program, but was not accepted, they will be awarded 2 points toward the next year's application. Applicants must have requested that their folder be held over.

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sex, gender preference, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. 

EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.