Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program


Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent
  2. The following courses, with a grade of ‘B’ or better in each:
    • English 12 or English 12: First Peoples or equivalent*
    • Foundations Math 12 or Pre-Calculus Math 12 or equivalent
    • Physics 12 or equivalent
    • Biology 12 or equivalent
  3. Completed Self-Report on Suitability form (see Application Package Appendix C) Required entrance courses must be completed within the past 5 years.
    Note: For candidates whose first language is not English – In addition to having English 12 (or equivalent) applicants must also provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the following:
    1. English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of 88 with no section below 20, within the previous 2 years or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) equivalency of 6.5 with no bands below 6.0.
    2. Successful completion of six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized college or university in an English speaking country. Preference will be given to residents of Northern British Columbia. Northern British Columbia is defined as the Northern Health Authority’s geographical boundaries.

Selection Process

In the event of over subscription to the program, applicants who meet the admission requirements will be reviewed through the Selection Criteria listed below. The selection process will begin after September 14, 2018 for the January 2019 intake. All subsequent intakes will fall in line with regular CNC deadlines.

Successful completion of program requirements does not guarantee students a seat in the program.

  1. The cumulative grade point average of the required English, Biology, Physics and Mathematics courses (minimum GPA 3.0 with a ‘B’ or better in each) contributes its actual points, i.e. a GPA of 3.7 contributes 3.7 points. 4.33
  2. 30 course credits or more at the post secondary level in which the language of instruction was English and with an overall GPA of 2.50 contributes 2.00 points 2.00
  3. Education in a health care field – proof of degree, diploma or certificate (minimum 6-month full time program) is required 1.00
  4. 2 Original references 1.00
  5. Residency in the two years prior to the date of application contributes a maximum of 2.00 points (proof may be required):
    • BC/Yukon/NWT resident (1.00 point)
    • Northern BC resident (2.00 points)
    • Maximum of 2.00

Total possible score 10.33

Students who meet the admission requirements but are not offered a seat will be waitlisted for the program year in which they apply only.

Note: Self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants who meet the admission requirement by the priority deadline will be given priority for 2 seats. If there are more than 2 qualified Aboriginal applicants at the priority deadline, these qualified applicants will be ranked accordingly.

Program requirements once accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program (to be submitted prior to program start date):

  • Proof of current immunizations status – as recommended by the BC Center for Disease control and required by provincial health authorities. Students may be prevented from starting clinical placements with incomplete immunization schedules.
  • CPR certification, Level C (minimum requirement). CPR online courses are not acceptable. Students are responsible for maintaining certification for the duration of the program
  • Criminal Record Search with the BC Ministry of Justice. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting
  • Successful completion of Medical Terminology for Sonography (SONO 101) or equivalent

All costs associated with the above are the responsibility of the student.

Clinical Requirements:

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program includes extensive unpaid clinical practice hours that allow students to apply skills in the health care setting. Successful completion of all clinical hours is mandatory for successful program completion. Students participating in clinical placements and working in patient care areas (whether working directly with patients or not) are required to adhere to all agency policies including (but not limited to):

  • Influenza Prevention Policy – Provincially mandated through the BC Centre for Disease Control, this policy states that anyone working in patient care areas must either be vaccinated yearly or wear a mask for the duration of the influenza season. Information will be provided to students as it becomes available.
  • N95 Respiratory Protection Policy – Worksafe BC regulates the use of Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers; this policy requires anyone working with patients on respiratory isolation precautions be FIT tested for a N95 respirator. This is an annual competency requirement that is incurred at the student’s expense. Students will be provided with specific instructions on how to access fit testing by the program prior to the first clinical. Clinical placements are throughout the Northern Health Authority and other provincial health authorities. Students will be required to travel to clinical sites and/ or acquire accommodations near clinical sites. All travel and living expenses related to clinical placements is the responsibility of the student.

    Depending on the clinical site and preceptor availability, clinical practice may be configured and offered outside of the existing timetable structure and sessional dates. Attendance in each clinical practicum is compulsory; students who do not complete their total required practicum hours will be at risk for failure. Any time a student is unable to attend practicum due to unforeseen circumstances, the student must contact his/her clinical instructor and clinical area with notice; time for notice will be determined by each clinical site. Making up missed clinical time cannot be guaranteed, and may only be granted in extenuating circumstances, pending the availability of a clinical site and preceptor. Clinical placements may require the student to be available for day/evening/night shifts and on weekends.

General requirements

Qualities essential to success for Medical Diagnostic Sonography students include:

  • Strong sense of responsibility, caring nature, interest in the well-being of others, excellent interpersonal skills, strong problem-solving skills and ability to work in diverse teams
  • Physical and mental stamina, Sonographers are required to move and transfer patients, work with and around heavy equipment, and to manage in busy and often stressful workplace environments
  • Ability to meet all competencies listed in the Self-Report on Suitability form Maintain professional sensitivity to disturbing scenarios such as trauma patients, surgical procedures and symptoms of hospitalized patients
  • Exemplary demonstrated written and oral English; sonographers are required to accurately follow written requisitions and fast-paced verbal directions
  • Computer literacy is required in both the workplace setting and in the classroom setting where course work will be delivered via electronic platforms (online learning)

Re-Admission Policy

A student who is unsuccessful in any one course required in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will be permitted to repeat the course once under the readmission policy. A student who withdraws from the program voluntarily must notify a faculty member and will be required to apply for re- admission to the program. Students who have any combination of two instances of withdrawal or failure in a Sonography course may only apply for re-admission with documented approval from the Dean (or delegate), who will detail any special considerations in a written contract with the student. Re-admission is considered on a space-available basis and will be administered according to the following priorities:

  1. A student who has successfully completed the pre requisite courses and has withdrawn from the program will be awarded first priority.
  2. A student who has failed a required course will be awarded second priority.
  3. A student requesting transfer from another Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at another institution will be subjected to the above criteria and be awarded third priority.

Selection for re-admission seating will be based on the priorities listed above. If there is more than one student applying the same priority, the higher GPA determined from the courses they previously took in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will be used to select the successful readmission applicant.

All required Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses must be completed within a 5 year time frame. Students applying for readmission may be required to demonstrate that they have maintained their knowledge and skills for re-entry into the program which includes assessment by Sonography faculty. Students will be required to re-enroll in any clinical practicum course (even if successful in the course prior to withdrawing from the program) if more than 18 months has lapsed since the student withdrew from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

  • Credential: Diploma
  • Type: Full time
  • Length: 2 years
  • Campus: Prince George;
  • Fees: TBA
These fees are an estimate.

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