All prerequisite coursework needs to be completed before the Program start-date, with a C grade or higher.
Students pursuing the bachelor's degree option should review the University of Minnesota Rochester admission requirements. Bachelor's degree students will be jointly admitted to UMR and MSHS.
- 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. Please refer to the UMR website.
Students pursuing the certificate option should refer to the requirements below.
- An Associates degree or higher must be completed before the program start date.
- College Algebra: A minimum of one semester of college algebra is required; a higher-level math course will also satisfy this requirement.
- Anatomy and Physiology with lab: A minimum of two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab are required.
- 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 is 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 on-line.
- 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 college-level introductory physics with a lab is required.
- Certified Nursing Assistant or other Health Care Certification/ Licensure/Registry: The following certifications meet the prerequisite requirements for patient care:
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Certified EMT
- Respiratory Therapist
- Radiologic Technologist RT(R) or senior Radiography student
- Applicants will be most competitive if they:
- Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0-point scale).
- Have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher.
- Have previous patient care experience.
- Have observed sonographic procedures.
- Have prerequisite coursework that is less than 10 years old.
- Have a Bachelor's degree or are enrolled in a UMR Bachelor's degree program.
- Have no more than two courses in progress at the time of interviews (mid-March).
U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Immigrant Status is required for admission to the Sonography Program.
Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills, professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners. Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities:
- Critical thinking
- Sound judgment
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.
Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments, but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:
- Occupational Health Review and/or Physical Exam
- National Background Study
- Drug Screen
- Health Insurance
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS program.
Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school.
Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.
Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.
In addition to the general standards described above, the Sonography Program requires candidates to have:
- Sufficient motor functions to perform basic life support, transfer and position patients, position and operate health care and imaging equipment, and 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.
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.