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Medical Sonography info session for Wake Tech

This is the mandatory information session for the Medical Sonography program at Wake Tech CC. Once you are done with the information session, you will need to complete the test. You will need to score 100% on the test to be given credit for completing the session.

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Medical Sonography info session for Wake Tech

  1. 1. Medical Sonography Information Session
  2. 2. Purpose of Info Session To provide information pertaining to the admissions process for the Medical Sonography program. By completing this session and passing the test, you are acknowledging that you’ve been informed about and understand the minimum admissions requirements, the competitive admissions procedures, and are aware of the deadlines for the clinical Medical Sonography application
  3. 3. Career at a Glance The program prepares the student for a career as a medical sonographer, a skilled health care professional who uses high-frequency sound waves that produce images of internal structures of the body.
  4. 4. A person in this career… Sonographers, also called ultrasound technicians and diagnostic medical sonographers, use ultrasound high frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body tissues. This helps doctors diagnose and monitor a variety of conditions such as heart disease, pregnancy and cancer. As a sonographer, you’ll work directly with patients. Most of your work is done at diagnostic imaging machines in dimly lit rooms, but you may also perform procedures at patients’ bedsides. Because imaging is sometimes needed in emergencies, sonographers sometimes work evenings, weekends or overnight.
  5. 5. Wake Tech’s Associate Degree in Medical Sonography The program is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS). Upon entry of first cohort of students, the program will seek accreditation through Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  6. 6. Eligibility for Licensure Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take examinations in ultrasound physics and instrumentation and specialty examinations administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and find employment in clinics, physician's offices, mobile services, hospitals and educational institutions.
  7. 7. Student Resources Veteran Services - Students eligible for Veterans' educational benefits are required to verify their attendance through the VA Certifying Official in Financial Aid. Veterans should notify the VA Certifying Official immediately anytime their status changes or their schedules are modified. Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday. • Email: Disability Support Services - Individuals with disabilities who need assistance or require special accommodations to access college activities should request such services in advance by calling Disability Support Services at 919-866-5670 or Sorenson Video Phone for Deaf 919-324-1508. Individualized Learning Center (ILC) - The ILC provides Wake Tech students with the tools they need to develop as successful, independent learners. They offer professional tutoring without charge to Wake Tech students at six campus locations and online. Career Lens - Available to Wake Tech prospective/enrolled students and alumni. Career Counselors provide guidance in defining goals, exploring career pathways, and using career and employment tools and resources. To learn more, contact Laura Bethea at or 919-866-5424.
  8. 8. Important considerations before applying to the AAS Medical Sonography program
  9. 9. Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks are required for Clinical Courses • Results of these tests could impact your ability to complete sonography clinical courses and therefore your ability to meet sonography program requirements or completion • Many health care employers now require negative results from drug testing and criminal background checks before employment • Clinical affiliate institutions require a criminal background check and drug screening of our students just as they do for their employees before participation in patient care. The student is responsible for correction of errors on any drug screen or criminal background check report.
  10. 10. Health Records for Sonography Students • The following are required for participation in clinical course activities: – Students admitted to the sonography program must be physically and mentally capable of performing the Sonography Technical Performance Standards – Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical exam, TB testing, and immunization records prior to the start of classes. – Students will need to obtain and maintain health insurance cover during the clinical component of their program of study. Students who are accepted into the clinical portion of their program will be given more information and instructions about this requirement at program orientation sessions – Annual Flu vaccinations are required when they become available – Students SHOULD NOT submit any health forms until after they are formally admitted to the Nursing program
  11. 11. Time Commitment/Course load • College places more emphasis on you as an independent learner supported by a professor knowledgeable in the course material. As a result, you will spend 2-4 hours a day in class and be expected to spend as long as it takes outside of class to master the content of the course. Therefore, to help determine the course load most appropriate for you, use the formula: – 3 credit hours = 3 hours in class/week = 6-9 hours study time/week – 12 credit hours = 12 hours in class/week = 24-36 hours study time/week • It is important to remember that there are only 24 hours in each day and only 168 hours in each week. Make your choices with all possible variables being considered. A Medical Sonography student’s classes are an important commitment and an investment in the future. Class hrs/week Lab hrs/week Clinical hrs/week Total time in class/week Study time hrs/week SON 110 1 3 3 7 21 SON 130 2 3 0 5 15 SON 271 1 3 0 4 12
  12. 12. How do I get started? • There are 2 phases when applying for Medical Sonography: – Phase 1 • Becoming a pre-Sonography student to take general education classes. – Phase 2 • Applying to the Medical Sonography program to take SON classes
  13. 13. Phase 1: Getting Started at Wake Tech You must complete the following steps to be admitted to Wake Tech as a pre-Sonography student: 1. Complete the NC Residency Determination (RDS) Interview (prior to completing an online admission application). 2. Complete a Wake Tech application for admission online. 3. Complete FAFSA online if applicable. 4. Complete a mandatory Medical Sonography information session. 5. Submit official copies of High School transcripts and all previously attended Colleges/Universities. a. Once received, your file will be reviewed for admissions and course placement. b. If needed, register and take the placement test. For registration and list of exemptions, visit
  14. 14. NC Residency Determination What is the NC Residency Determination Service (RDS)? • RDS provides residency determinations in accordance with North Carolina residency laws and applicable federal statutes for the purposes of: – In-state tuition – State financial aid • RDS provides a process to claim and document NC residency. • RDS allows the use of one residency determination for admissions applications to multiple NC colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency eligibility for state grant purposes. • Once completed, you will be provided with a residency certification number (RCN)
  15. 15. Applying to Wake Tech • After completing the residency determination and receiving your RCN, visit and fill out the Wake Tech application through CFNC – You will select Medical Sonography as your intended major • Current or Special/Visiting Students – Contact a Health Sciences Admission and Academic Advisor after the information session to have your major changed.
  16. 16. Transcripts • All transcripts (high school and college) must be original and come directly from the school. Wake Tech does accept electronic transcripts. • Transcripts will be reviewed by a Health Sciences Admission and Academic Advisor to see if a prospective student meets minimum admission requirements to waive the college placement test.
  17. 17. Transfer credit • College transcripts are only reviewed after a student has been accepted to the college. • Official transcripts from accredited institutions will be reviewed against established standard equivalencies, and transfer equivalency will be recommended by the appropriate dean (or a designee). – Advisors do NOT award transfer credits. The registrar is responsible for transcript evaluations. – If you have questions/concerns about transfer credits, please email • All decisions about transfer equivalency are discretionary on the part of the college. The college will apply principles recommended by accredited higher education organizations that set standards for transfer credit. A transcript review can take 6 – 8 weeks to process. • Students may be required to submit a course syllabus if additional information is needed.
  18. 18. Where can I see my transfer credits? • Log in to WebAdvisor • Go to Current Curriculum Students • Plan and Register • My Progress • Any courses with grades starting with “T” are courses that transferred to Wake Tech. • If you don’t see a transfer credit you believe you should have received, you can submit a transcript evaluation appeal through Student Forms or email
  19. 19. Phase 1 completion Review of Phase 1 o Complete NC Residency determination o Complete Wake Tech college Application o Complete Info Session and pass test o Submit all Official Transcripts (high school and any college) o Take placement test, if needed Once you have completed all requirements for Phase 1, make sure your application has been processed, and you have been accepted as a Pre-Medical Sonography student. You can contact us via email at or You can sign in to our queue at
  20. 20. Pre-Sonography Student Once you have completed the Phase 1 requirements and checked with a Health Sciences Admission and Academic Advisor, you can be accepted to Wake Tech as a Pre-Sonography student! • Pre-Son students may begin taking Pre-Curriculum and General Education courses • If this is your first time attending college, you must complete the New Student Orientation ( • All students must complete the eLearning intro assessment at You can NOT register/take SON classes (Clinical courses) • Competitive admission to take SON classes
  21. 21. New Student Orientation • New Student Orientation is recommended for all students – even those transferring from other colleges. Find out about registering for classes, financial aid, email, parking, and more, and get valuable tips from current students! • New Student orientation is mandatory for anyone who has never attended college. • You can make a reservation for the New Student Orientation at
  22. 22. • If you are new to Wake Tech or have not successfully completed an online course (with a grade of A, B, or C) at Wake Tech in the past five years, you must complete eLearning Intro before you can register for an online course. • eLearning Intro is a FREE orientation available in Blackboard. You can take it at any time! It provides a series of quizzes to assess your knowledge and learning modules to assist you with: – Online Learning Expectations: persistence and time management skills for success online – Using the Computer: for completing assignments and assessments online – Blackboard Bootcamp: how to navigate, communicate, and collaborate on Blackboard • Each module takes between 20 minutes and 3 hours to complete; most students complete all three modules in 1 to 5 hours. You must score 90 or higher on each module to move on to the next one. After you’ve completed all three, you’ll be able to register for an online course in approximately 2 to 3 hours.
  23. 23. Paying for classes • If you need to apply for Financial Aid before taking classes, make sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at • Wake Tech’s school code is 004844 • Financial Aid email: If you plan to enroll: Complete the FAFSA by: Submit paperwork by: Fall Semester May 1 June 1 Spring Semester October 1 November 1 Summer Term March 15 April 15 Important Deadlines
  24. 24. Financial Aid Checklist • Activate and monitor your Wake Tech email and My Financial Aid account in Web Advisor – You may be selected for verification by Wake Tech. If so, you will receive a list of required documents by email; submit them to the Financial Aid Office promptly and allow 2-6 weeks for processing. – You may be selected for verification by the School Servicing Center (SSC). If so, log in to to learn about the paperwork required. Submit documents promptly to SSC • View your list of documents in My Financial Aid under Required Documents. • ACCEPT THE FINANCIAL AID TERMS AND CONDITIONS. • Remember eligibility guidelines: – You must be accepted into an eligible program to receive financial aid. See a list of eligible programs on our website under Resources. – Financial aid covers only classes required for your eligible program. – To receive a loan, you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours of coursework at the time of disbursement. – For students enrolled in a mini-mester (8-week) course, funds are not disbursed until classes begin and enrollment is verified. – Emails from the Financial Aid Office may require immediate action; monitor your email carefully.
  25. 25. Payment Plan • Wake Tech offers a tuition payment plan through a service called Nelnet. This is not a loan program. You incur no debt. There are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The cost to enroll in the payment plan is $25 (per semester) that will be added to your first payment only; it is a nonrefundable fee for the Nelnet account enrollment. Once enrolled, you will receive an email from Nelnet with agreement details and payment confirmation. • Online Enrollment – Enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan online by logging into Self-Service. – Select Student Finance – Select Pay With Payment Plan – Click on the Proceed to Payment Plan link, and be sure to have the following information ready: • The name, address, and e-mail address of the person responsible for making the payments.. • If paying by credit or debit card: The card number and expiration date.
  26. 26. Registering for classes • You will be eligible to register for the next semester classes based on your priority registration date and time. – Registration is conducted online via Self-Service. You may view a registration guide on how to register at – Registration dates are listed on the priority dates calendar; prior to your registration, you can view your registration date and time when you log in Self-Service. • See a Health Sciences Admission and Academic Advisor each semester to discuss your academic plan. • Do NOT wait. Classes fill up very fast • Can’t guarantee full-time schedule.
  27. 27. Course Sequence • Based on placement test scores or transfer credit, you may or may not need to take Pre-curriculum classes. If placed into them, you would need to complete them before being able to take College-level courses. • Below are some courses that have the Precurriculum courses as a pre-requisite: Pre-requisite Course MAT-003 and ENG-002 CHM 090 Chemistry BIO 163 ENG-002 ENG 111, PSY 150, HUM elec.
  28. 28. MAT 003 MAT 003 is a precurriculum class which some students may be required to take if : • Their high school unweighted GPA is below 2.2 or • They had to take the college placement test for admission purposes, and their score places them into MAT 003. *MAT 052 and MAT 071 are considered corequisite classes. These courses are designed to support students in the development of skills necessary for success in MAT 152 and MAT 171 by complementing, supporting, and reinforcing Student Learning Outcomes. RISE Placement Test and Scores Register for: If you score above a 75% on Tier 3 of the placement test OR You pass/complete Tier 3 of MAT 003 MAT 152 MAT 171 If you score above a 75% on Tier 2 of the placement test OR You pass/complete Tier 2 of MAT 003 MAT 152 MAT 171 and MAT 071* If you score above a 75% on Tier 1 of the placement test OR You pass/complete Tier 1 of MAT 003 OR you have a high school gpa of 2.2 to 2.8 MAT 152 and MAT 052* If you score less than 75% on TIER 1 of the placement test or have below a 2.2 high school gpa, you will begin with the transition course. MAT 003
  29. 29. ENG 002 ENG 002 is a precurriculum class which some students may be required to take if they had to take the RISE placement test for admission purposes, and their score places them into ENG 002 or if their unweighted high school gpa is below 2.2. RISE Placement Test and Scores Register for: If you score above a 75% on Tier 2 of the placement test OR You pass/complete Tier 2 of ENG 002 ENG 111 If you score above a 75% on Tier 1 of the placement test OR You pass/complete Tier 1 of ENG 002 ENG 111 and ENG 011* If you score less than 75% on TIER 1 of the placement test, you will begin with the transition course. ENG 002 *ENG 011 is considered a corequisite class. This course is designed to support students in the development of skills necessary for success in ENG 111 by complementing, supporting, and reinforcing ENG 111 Student Learning Outcomes.
  30. 30. “G” classes If you are accepted based on your unweighted high school GPA from high school, your course placement is based on your GPA. – Below a 2.2 – register for MAT 003, ENG 002, and ACA 090. – Between a 2.2 and 2.8 – You can register for ENG 111/ENG 011 and MAT 152/MAT 052 OR MAT 171/071. These classes will have a “G”. – ENG 011, MAT 052, and MAT 071 are considered corequisite classes and are designed to support students in the development of skills necessary for success in ENG 111, MAT 152, and MAT 171. – Above a 2.8 – You can register for ENG 111 and MAT. Do not register for a class with a “G”.
  31. 31. Clinical Sonography: Competitive Admission Process • Sonography is a limited enrollment program with a selective admission process based on a point system • We do not have a wait list! • Entry into the clinical SON classes is a competitive process. There is NO GUARANTEE that you will be accepted into the SON classes even if you complete all of the general education classes.
  32. 32. Associate Degree in Sonography General Education courses Clinical Sonography Courses • ENG 111: Writing and Inquiry • ENG 112: Writing/Research in the Disc -OR- • COM 110, 120, -OR- 231 • PSY 150: General Psychology • Hum. Elective ART, DRA, HUM, MUS, PHI, REL • PHY 110 AND PHY 110A • *BIO 163: Basic Anatomy and Physiology • *MAT 152: Statistical Methods -OR- • *MAT-171: Pre-Calculus Algebra *BIO-163 must be completed within 5 years of clinical Sonography program entry (first SON courses) *MAT 152 or MAT 171 must be completed within 10 years of clinical Sonography program entry (first SON class) SON 110 Intro to Sonography SON 130 Abdominal Sonography I SON 271 Doppler Sonography Topics SON 111 Sonography Physics SON 131 Abdominal Sonography II SON 120 SON Clinical Ed I SON 140 Gynecological Sonography SON 241 Obstetrical Sonography I SON 242 Obstetrical Sonography II SON 250 Vascular Sonography SON 220 Son Clinical Ed III SON 221 SON Clinical Ed IV SON 289 Sonographic Topics SON 225 Case Studies
  33. 33. General Education courses • ENG 111 • ENG 112 -OR- COM 110, 120, OR 231 (one course) • PSY 150 • MAT 152 -OR- MAT 171 (one course) • HUM elective- HUM, ART, MUS, DRA, REL, PHI (one course) • PHY 110 AND PHY 110A • BIO 163 – Anatomy and Physiology – To be considered for transfer credit MUST have a concurrent laboratory component and must have been completed within five years of the date of the first SON class to which you are seeking admission. – BIO 168 and BIO 169 are acceptable. Both classesmust have labs. The five year window is based on the date the BIO 169 was completed.
  34. 34. What about the SON classes? The Clinical classes – the SON classes – You can NOT register for SON classes until you are accepted into the program • This is Step 2 of the Admissions Process – These classes are taught at the PHSC only – Expect a Full-time day schedule • We recommend that you don’t work or else have a very flexible schedule since SON class schedules can change during the semester – Schedule is set and must be followed – Must maintain a “C” in all classes to progress
  35. 35. Phase 2: Apply to Clinical SON Program specific requirements To apply to be able to take the clinical SON courses, you will need to meet additional requirements as set-forth by the Medical Sonography program. 1. Meet chemistry proficiency 2. Complete prerequisite classes: a. ENG-111, MAT-152 OR 171, BIO-163, PHY-110/110A, and ENG/COM elective all with grade “C” or better 3. Be a Certified Nurse Aide I (active and listed on registry) 4. Complete ATI TEAS exam 5. Submit clinical course application before deadline
  36. 36. Meet Chemistry Proficiency Chemistry proficiency may be met by one of the following – Completion of a college chemistry class with a grade of “C” or better – Completion of a high school chemistry class (one full unit) with a grade of “C” or better – CHM 090, CHM 092, CHM 094 with a grade of “C” or better – Completion of Wake Tech’s chemistry tutorial, CheMOOC
  37. 37. NA 1 Certification You must be listed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry ( by the Medical Sonography application deadline and keep your NA I credential current through the 1st day of your first SON class. (No Exceptions) The only credential that will replace this requirement will be a NA 2. Wake Tech’s Workforce Continuing Education Division offers a Nurse Aide class. The registration process is done online at Please note the registration cost will not be covered by financial aid. Please note that it may take 2-3 weeks between the last day of your Nurse Aide class and the time you can take the Nurse Aide I exam. Make sure to plan accordingly and have your Nurse Aide I exam completed and passed prior to the date you want to submit your Sonography clinical application.
  38. 38. ATI TEAS– Test of Essential Academic Skills The TEAS must be taken within 3 years of the clinical sonography application deadline. • ATI TEAS is a timed exam developed to measure essential skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, science and English. • The exam is approximately 3 ½ hours long. • Consists of 4 sections • Reading: Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure • Math: Numbers & Algebra, Measurement & Data Interpretation • Science: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Life & Physical sciences, Scientific Reasoning • English & Language Usage: Conventions of Standard English, Vocabulary Acquisition • May only test twice per calendar year with 30 days in between tests. • Version: ATI TEAS. We accept TEAS V scores as long as they are within 3 years of deadline. • The price of the exam is subject to change without notice. The exam is currently $77.00.
  39. 39. ATI TEAS– Test of Essential Academic Skills • Based on the composite score, students can earn points to add to their overall ranking points. – 0-62 composite score = 0 points – 63–70 composite score = 3 points – 71-80 composite score = 6pts – 81-90 composite score = 12pts – 91+ composite score = 20 pts • The composite score is an average of the 4 sections of the exam. • Currently students who do not receive TEAS points can still apply to the Sonography Program. There is no minimum score required. • If taken at another school, you must request official scores be sent to Perry Health Sciences Campus.
  40. 40. Competitive Process Earning Points • We will review all Medical Sonography clinical applications to make sure that all requirements have been met. • Once the clinical application has been verified, we will review all educational transcripts that have been submitted. • We will award points based on the grades you made in the program specific general education classes you have completed. • If you want to review your points, we recommend to meet with a Health Sciences Admission and Academic advisor after we have had the opportunity to review your application and transcripts. • Points are awarded for courses taken at Wake Tech or any US regionally accredited institution that meets the transfer criteria established by the Associate Degree Imaging Department. • Letter grades are not given to students who earned credit through AP, CLEP or DANTES. Points will be awarded equivalent to a grade of “B”
  41. 41. Points Calculation Chart
  42. 42. Clinical Application Deadlines Clinical Sonography Program entry Clinical Application Deadline Fall January 31st. Points will be awarded for classes completed through fall semester of prior year. Spring July 31st. Points will be awarded for classes completed through summer semester of the same year.
  43. 43. Let’s Recap All of the following documents and information are required in order to apply for admission to the clinical Associate Degree Medical Sonography Program: • Complete a mandatory Medical Sonography Information Session • If you leave Wake Tech for more than a year, you need a new information session. • Meet the Wake Tech admission requirements and be accepted as a pre-Sonography student. • Start taking the General education classes required by the Sonography program to earn points toward the competitive admission process. • Complete Sonography program specific requirements: • Be listed on the NC Nurse Aide registry as a NA I • Take the ATI TEAS exam • Have a minimum Wake Tech GPA of at least 2.0 (if any courses completed at Wake Tech). • Complete prerequisites with a “C” or better – ENG 111, ENG 112 or COM elect., BIO 163, MAT 152 OR MAT 171, and PHY 110/110A • Submit the Medical Sonography clinical application by the deadline. • Jan 31 for Fall (August) SON entry; July 31 for Spring (January) SON entry You are responsible for fully completing the minimum admission requirements before submitting your clinical Medical Sonography program application.
  44. 44. Community College Student Insurance (CCSI) • The Community College Student Insurance (CCSI) health plan offers medical, dental, and vision care options, and you may choose any or all of these options. The plan includes maternity benefits and coverage for PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing, surveillance testing for women at risk for ovarian cancer, cervical cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, and an annual wellness checkup, among other benefits. • For more information, visit or call 800-509-6988
  45. 45. General Information • Clinical classes start both in the Fall and Spring Semester – Fall starts in August – Spring starts January • When looking at time, look at both the class, lab, AND clinical hours. • Students must abide by Dress Codes required by the Clinical Sites. Policies may vary by facilities regarding Visible Tattoos or Piercings. • If accepted into clinical courses, student must maintain a 78 average (a “C”) to stay in program
  46. 46. Facts to Remember! • You will first be admitted as a “Pre-Son” student so you can complete the general education classes. • If you have transcripts from other colleges that need to be evaluated, it can take up to 8 weeks to process. Remember to check your Self-Service to see if you have received the proper credit. If not, you need to contact the transcript evaluation department at • You will only be accepted to the clinical Sonography program if you have: – Met all Minimum Admission Requirements – Completed NA 1 Certification – Taken the TEAS – Submitted a clinical application & have enough points to be competitive for admission into the clinical Sonography Program • Please be aware that a Criminal Background Check will be required once you are accepted for Sonography. If you are not cleared by the clinical sites, you will not be allowed to continue in the program. – For more information about clinical requirements, please visit their web page at