All prerequisite coursework must be completed or in progress with a C grade or higher by the application deadline.

BSHP option

Students pursuing the bachelor's degree option should review the University of Minnesota Rochester admission requirements. Bachelor's degree students are jointly admitted to UMR and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Students pursuing the bachelor's degree option must complete all prerequisites listed under the certificate option as well as general psychology, general chemistry, microbiology with a lab and statistics. See the UMR prerequisite course and transfer guides for Minnesota four-year colleges and universities or for Minnesota two-year community colleges.

Certificate option

Students pursuing the certificate option should refer to the requirements below.


An associate degree or higher must be completed before the program start date.

See a list of accepted prerequisite coursework at Rochester Community and Technical College. For equivalent courses at Minnesota four-year and two-year colleges and universities, refer to the UMR transfer guides above.

Subject Prerequisites
College algebra A minimum of one semester of college algebra is required; a higher level math course also satisfies this requirement.
Anatomy and physiology with lab A minimum of two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab are required (virtual or online labs are not accepted).
Speech or public speaking A minimum of one semester of college-level speech or public speaking is required.
English A minimum of one semester of college-level English is required; two semesters are preferred.
Medical terminology One medical terminology course is required; it must be an official academic course resulting in a grade on a school transcript. Courses are available from community and technical colleges or online.
Medical ethics or ethics A minimum of one semester of college-level medical ethics (preferred) or ethics is required.
Physics with lab A minimum of one semester of algebra-based, college-level introductory physics with a lab is required (virtual or online labs are not accepted).
Certified nursing assistant or other health care certification, licensure or registry

These certifications meet the prerequisite requirements for patient care:

  • Certified nursing assistant (C.N.A.)
  • Registered medical assistant (R.M.A.)
  • Registered nurse (R.N.)
  • Licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.)
  • Certified EMT
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Radiologic technologist R.T.(R) or senior radiography student

Applicants are most competitive if they have:

  1. A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  2. An ACT composite score of 20 or higher
  3. Previous patient care experience
  4. Observed sonographic procedures
  5. Prerequisite coursework that is less than 10 years old
  6. A bachelor's degree or are enrolled in a UMR bachelor's degree program
  7. No more than two courses in progress at the time of interviews (mid-March)

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Application for admission is open to U.S. workers. Visa sponsorship is not available for this program. U.S. workers are those who are authorized to work in the United States, including:

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

A World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package course-by-course evaluation of foreign academic credentials is required for all applicants with foreign academic credentials. Visit the World Education Services website to learn more about the process.

Technical standards

Candidates must meet the technical standards (with or without reasonable accommodation) necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in health professions as outlined in the Sonography Program technical standards document.

A summary of required abilities includes:

  • Sufficient motor functions to perform basic life support, transfer and position patients, and position and operate health care and imaging equipment, as well as the capability to manipulate multiple objects simultaneously
  • Sufficient sensory and observation abilities in order to differentiate subtle variations in color, shape and texture; observe patients from a distance or close at hand; hear audio and see visual alarms; and read various forms of documentation
  • The ability to read and comprehend written instructions and documents independently

Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. To seek exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations, students accepted for admission must initiate a request with the program director at least six weeks before the program begins.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Sept. 29, 2016