Sonography Degree FAQs

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Am I able to transfer previous college credits toward earning my degree?

Students entering Adventist University of Health Sciences programs may transfer a certain number of credits from regionally-accredited institutions. As part of the application process, a transfer credit evaluation will be performed on all previous college coursework.
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What should I look for in a distance education degree program?

The strongest distance education programs are those with proven track records. They experience low student attrition rates, receive consistently high student satisfaction scores, and require minimal travel. The Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly known as Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) program has all of these important attributes.
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How much does the program cost?

Tuition is $395.00* per credit hour. There is also a per trimester $290 matriculation fee as well as a one- time $20 application fee. Easy access to affordable education helps us fulfill our goal of ensuring that every student who has the desire to further their education has the opportunity to do so. *Tuition rates are based on the current Tuition Schedule, are determined annually, and are subject to change.
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How long will it take to earn my degree?

The online degree programs can be completed in as few as 5 terms. Applicants may have credits they can transfer to meet general education requirements and decrease the amount of time in the program. The maximum amount of time you have to complete the program is 5 years. A Distance Enrollment Specialist can provide a free individual assessment of your transfer credits to help you determine approximately how long it will take you to complete your degree.
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Is Adventist University of Health Sciences an accredited school?

Yes, Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly named Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Certificates, Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. Note: The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. In addition, it is also accredited by: The (ACEN) Accreditation Commission For Education In Nursing (formerly NLNAC National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, The College is licensed by: The Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities Florida Board of Nursing
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Why is regional accreditation important?

Regional accreditation is the primary type of institutional accreditation recognized in the United States. Some institutions with online programs hold national accreditation rather than regional accreditation because they are unwilling or unable to meet the rigorous standards of regional accreditation. Many educational institutions holding regional accreditation do not recognize credits or degrees earned at institutions that are nationally accredited. Regional accreditation is very important if you plan on transferring credits from one college or university to another during your degree program, or if you plan on pursuing advanced degrees in the future.
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Is online learning for me?

Online learning is ideal for working professionals because it provides the opportunity to study when it is convenient for you. The flexibility this program offers makes it possible for even the busiest individuals to earn their degree. Add to that the unprecedented support that you will receive throughout the program, and it is easy to see that the Adventist University of Health Sciences online degree programs just may be the answer you've been looking for.
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I am not computer savvy; can I still participate in this program?

Yes. We realize that many students are computer novices, so Adventist University of Health Sciences provides technical support and a full-time program manager who will be your personal guide throughout the program. New students also receive special support prior to starting class during an interactive orientation to online courses.
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I have an extremely busy schedule and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?

Yes. You can complete your studies at your convenience in the comfort of your own home. No campus visits are required. You will have access to your coursework 24 hours a day, so you can plan your class time.
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Do I have to repeat basic college classes like English and Psychology that I took many years ago?

Please refer to the current Adventist University (formerly known as Florida Hospital College) Academic Bulletin online to learn about time limitations.
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How many hours per week will I need to study?

On an average, most students spend 15-20 hours per week studying to ensure completion of 6 credits each trimester. However, this can vary greatly, depending on your personal study habits, and professional circumstances.
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What is Canvas?

Canvas is a classroom-based software program that provides the instructor and student with a user-friendly environment that allows for a number of different learning experiences and environments. The features include discussion forums, e-mail, student presentations, online testing, posting of assignments and lectures, Internet relay chats, online grade book, and many other features that an instructor may make available to the student. Colleges and universities worldwide choose Angel to deliver powerful online teaching and learning experiences.
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Is Adventist University of Health Sciences new to online education?

No, Adventist University (formerly known as Florida Hospital College) developed its first series of online courses in 2001 when the University launched the online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree. Since then, Adventist University has added the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2004, and in 2007 the online Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree was offered. Currently more than 1,000 students from around the world are enrolled in the College's online programs.
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What are the computer requirements for participating in this program?

Click here for current computer requirements and specifications.
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How many credits do I have to take per trimester?

A particular number of credits per trimester is not mandatory; however many of our students will take 8-12 credits per trimester once they have completed their first trimester. Usually for the first trimester we recommend that our students take only 1 or 2 courses. We do this so that our students can become familiar with our program and get comfortable working in the online environment.
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Will I have to come to Adventist University of Health Sciences at any point while in the program?

You will never have to come to our campus for any reason at all. We do invite all of our graduates to the graduation ceremony once you have completed the program.
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Is there a minimum number of times that I have to login per week?

There is not a minimum number of times that you must log in per week, but you must log in for your chat session. It is also beneficial to log in on a regular basis to check if there are changes to your course.
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When will I have to log in for the chat sessions?

Usually there will be a couple of choices for chat time because we understand that healthcare professionals’ work schedules change frequently. We also need to accommodate people on the West Coast as well as the East Coast. The larger the class, the more options there will be for chat times.
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What if I need help with the program?

With our program you have many layers of support. It starts with your Distance Enrollment Specialist who guides you through the enrollment process. Once in the program, you have a Distance Student Manager to help you all the way to graduation. You will always be able to ask questions of your professors and instructors, as well as classmates. Our Help Desk staff is at your service to assist with any technical issues.
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Will I have to do any group projects while completing my degree?

Certain classes may require group projects based on the discretion of the class instructor. However, as this is a 100% distance program, the nature of these projects are such that they can be completed online.
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I am interested in pursuing the online BSDMS program at Adventist University of Health Sciences. How do I get started?

Our Distance Enrollment Specialists are prepared to answer your questions and walk you through the steps necessary to apply. Click on the learn more button to have a Distance Enrollment Specialist contact you or call 1-888-768-6276 to speak to us today.
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Is any kind of certification needed to be admitted to the BSDMS program?

Yes, you need to be certified by one of these accrediting organizations:
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT),
  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) 
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20 Responses to “Sonography Degree FAQs”

  1. Sheila maneely says:

    I am lacking only 11 credit hours for my Associates Degree in Administration. Should I finish getting this degree before I enroll in the Bachelors Program for Diagnostic Sonography or can I roll some of these credits over into the program?

    • dbernard says:

      In order to provide an accurate answer, we would need to review your specific qualifications. You can contact a Distance Enrollment Specialist by calling 1-888-768-6276.

  2. THOMAS FABUNMI says:

    Dear sir,
    please can you explain what you mean by $315.00 tuition PER CREDIT HOUR ?. I DONT UNDERSTAND THIS STATEMENT with regards to tuition. please explain in a more simple way the tuition fees for sonography .
    Thanks
    LAGOS , NIGERIA.

    • dbernard says:

      The BS in DMS program is 67 credit hours, however this can differ individually based on whether or not you have any transfer credits. Since tuition is $315 per credit hour, if you need to take all of the 67 credit hours, tuition would be $21,105. There is also a $290 matriculation fee per trimester and books cost an average of $200-$400 per trimester.

  3. Missie says:

    I have a bachelors in health science is this program a good fit for me?

  4. Sreenivasulu A says:

    Hi I am in India. I got registered with ARDMS and preparing for
    exams. Am I eligible to join in BS DMS.

    Please reply.

  5. nancy says:

    Hi I am ARDMS/RVT and RDCS registered. Although my original program was a degree, I went back to do extention programs to obtain my additional qualifications. Will I have to take the abd. obs/gyne, cardiac and vascular courses again?

    • dbernard says:

      We do accept transfer credits from other regionally accredited schools/programs. In order to determine exactly which credits will transfer, an official transfer credit evaluation would need to be completed. This is normally done after you have applied to the school. Please contact us at 1-888-768-6276 if you would like additional details about the program.

  6. Ashley says:

    Is the tuition fee & fee for credit hours the same for those going to school at a campus?

    • dbernard says:

      Yes, our tuition is the same for both on-campus and online students. It is $315 per credit our with matriculation fee of $290 per trimester and a one-time application fee of $20. There are no out-of-state tuition fees. If you’d like more information, you can reach out to a Distance Enrollment Specialist at 1-888-786-6276.

  7. Shonda Smith says:

    How will clinicals be done in the Sonography program.

    • dbernard says:

      The sonography course does not require clinicals. Since it is a completion degree, in order to qualify you must currently be a practicing sonographer. This means the clinicals have already been completed, allowing our courses to be didactic in nature.

  8. A Valentin says:

    Is any kind of certification needed to be admitted to the BSDMS program?

    can u explain that to me please I want to do sonography but Only went to a community college but never finish can I still do online classes.

    • dbernard says:

      In order to qualify for our program, you must currently be registered with the ARDMS, ARRT or CCI in sonography. Our courses are didactic in nature and do not include the clinicals, as these would have been completed during a certificate or AS program. You can visit the CAAHEP website at http://www.caahep.org/Find-An-Accredited-Program/ to find a program where you can complete your certification or AS degree before moving on to get your Bachelor’s.

  9. saru says:

    I have done ARDMS and also MBBS ( US equivalent of MD Medicine ) and Diploma in Radiology ( 2 year post MBBS professional radiologist physician course ) from India . My both this two degree are evaluated by world educations services , NY,USA. How many transfer credit Hrs are given for these courses

    • dbernard says:

      In order to determine how many credits will transfer, we would need to complete an official transfer credit evaluation. You can reach out to a distance enrollment specialist to start this process by calling 1-888-768-6276.

  10. Christina says:

    I am currently enrolled in an associates degree diagnostic medical sonography program and an looking into a bachelor degree. The CAHEEP website says FHCHS is accredited for an associates degree. Is it also CAHEEP accredited for the bachelor program?

    • dbernard says:

      The online BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is not accredited by CAAHEP. Since the Bachelor’s completion degree at FHCHS is didactic in nature and does not include a clinical component, CAAHEP accreditation is not required in order for the program to be ARDMS or ARRT-recognized. Our school is regionally accredited, which is the highest level of accreditation for universities and colleges.

  11. Courtney Case says:

    Hello. I am interested in the sonogram program. I understand the concept of the online classes and such but how will we do our internships?

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