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DMS FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to study radiologic technology first to be a sonographer?
Our program has two pathways for admission: Option 1 is an associate degree in radiologic technology, followed by DMS courses. Option 2 is freshman entry, in which the student takes Kent Core and elective yours and does not require a medical background. Sonography is its own medical imaging discipline, and the technology is new even to students with a background in radiologic technology.

How long is the program?
The actual DMS program is 16 months of classroom and clinical education. Students must have junior college standing (including completion of Kent Core, 24 hours of electives and Structure & Function, Algebra, Physics, and General Psychology). Junior college standing is currently achieved after 3 years of full time coursework (approximately 80 hours). It takes the typical student at least 4 years full time to earn their bachelor degree.

Can I study sonography as an associate degree?
There are various types of DMS programs. Our program results in a Bachelor of Radiologic Imaging Sciences Technology and cannot be studied as an associate degree program. The option for earning an associate degree (ATS) exists for registered sonographers. Interested individuals should contact Jan Gibson at jjgibso1@kent.edu.

Where can I find required pre-requisite courses?
Roadmaps for both Option 1 and Option 2 are available at http://www.kent.edu/catalog/2013/re/ug/ris?requirement=ris-brit-progreq

Is there a waiting list for the DMS program?
Our DMS program does not have a waiting list. We are a selective admission program, with the top 10 applicants each year being admitted.

How are students selected?
Students are evaluated by their overall GPA, grades in math and science courses, previous employment experience and interviews. Students interested in applying to the program should seek advisement from the DMS program director regarding coursework to improve chances of selection.

Where are clinical education sites?
Students are assigned to clinical education sites, and may be required to travel to any of our affiliated sites. Clinicals are held at hospitals and imaging centers throughout northeastern Ohio. Current clinical sites for the program include Akron General Health System, Alliance Community Hospital, Aultman Health Foundation, Robinson Memorial Hospital, Salem Community Hospital, St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, Summa Health System, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Union Hospital, University Hospital - Geneva Medical Center.

When are classes held?
Classes and clinical education for the DMS program are held during daytime hours. Students are either in class on campus or at the clinical site five days a week (Monday through Friday).

Can I attend the program part-time?
Pre-requisites courses can be taken on a full time or part time basis, and can be taken at any Kent campus or another university. Students in the sonography program progress as a cohort and are full time. Once accepted in the program, the students are either on campus or at clinical education five days per week.

Can I transfer in pre-requisites courses from other Universities or Colleges?
Students should apply to Kent State University and have official transcripts evaluated. Students can use the website www.transfer.org as a guide to potential transferability of courses.

What if I attended a hospital-based radiologic technology program?
Students who attended a hospital-based radiologic technology program will need to complete an associate in technical studies degree (ATS) in addition to completing Kent Core classes.

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