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  • The application deadline for the 2023/2024 program is January 30, 2023.


  • Tuition for the July 2023 through September 2024 class is $22,495.00. Additional (non-refundable) fees include:
    • Enrollment Fee: $300.00
    • Lab Fee: $1,000.00
    • Technology Fee: $500.00

Although changes in fees are ordinarily announced in advance, UMBC Training Centers reserves the right to make such changes without previous announcement.


60 college level credits (Associates Degree Preferred) to include the following college-level courses:

Mathematics 3 credits College-level algebra, statistics, or higher mathematics course.
Physics 3 credits Acceptable Physics courses: Introductory, allied health, or general physics course. Must be at least 3 credits.
Biology 3 credits Any college level biology course with or without lab.
Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 credits Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) and II (with lab). Human Biology I and II (with lab) also accepted.
English Composition I 3 credits Introductory college-level English writing class.
English Composition II 3 credits English writing or literature course.
Speech 3 credits Oral communications.
Psychology 3 credits Psychology or Human Behavior
Medical Terminology Credit or non-credit Non-credit online course available
Medical Ethics and Law Credit or non-credit Non-credit online course available
ESOL Credit or non-credit Required for international students
  • All prerequisites may be included in the 60 college credits required to apply for the program. If any prerequisites were not met as part of a degree program, they must be completed prior to applying for the program.
  • All prerequisite courses MUST receive a grade of “C” or better to count towards the program, including transfer classes. All Anatomy and Physiology courses must include a lab. Applicants may not be in progress with more than two courses during the spring semester in the year for which they apply. A midterm grade must be available before the interview date.


It is mandatory for all applicants to attend a Sonography Information Session when applying for acceptance into the program.

To apply, the following items must be received by the application deadline:

  • Sonography application packet and appropriate application fee. Please indicate your specialty of interest (Ex: Cardiac) and indicate a second choice on the application (Ex: Vascular) in the case that placement becomes full in that specialty.
  • Sealed transcripts from previous colleges/universities, including prerequisite classes. Applicants can be in progress for up to two for-credit courses at time of application, but must provide proof of registration (via a receipt or transcript) at time of application. If student is offered acceptance into the program, it will be pending the receipt of the final grades (must be a “C” or better to count) and official transcripts upon completion.
  • International students must submit a copy of their foreign transcripts to the program and send their original transcripts from secondary school and college to World Education Services (WES) for a course by course evaluation to transfer credits and grades to U.S. equivalent. An official report must be sent directly to the UMBC Sonography Program. A fee will be incurred through WES. International students must take the TOEFL exam unless the student has completed a college course in the U.S. A minimum TOEFL iBT® score of 20 in each category is required. UMBC Training Centers cannot provide an I-20 form for a student visa. International applicants must already have a visa allowing them to study in the United States.
  • Two Applicant Appraisal Forms (Adobe Acrobat reader required) from someone, other than a family member, who can evaluate your work/study habits, conduct/behavior, reliability/competence
  • Submit an essay on the following topic – Discuss “Legal and Ethical Issues Encountered by Sonographers.” Directions: The essay should be approximately two pages, typed, double-spaced with 1” margins. Please use a 12-point Times New Roman font and include a bibliography with at least 2 references. Your paper will be checked for grammar, content, and correct form. The essay must be mailed with your application. This is the new topic for students applying for the class of 2023-2024.
  • Submit completed volunteer form documenting 40 volunteer hours in a healthcare setting such as patient representative, waiting room volunteer, volunteer in a medical office, nursing home volunteer, Red Cross volunteer, missions trip or externship that involved medical assistance to the needy, etc. Veterinary experience not accepted. Applicants employed in the Allied Health field do not need to perform volunteer hours but will need proof of current employment or previous employment in writing.
  • Recommended but not mandatory: Submit a completed shadow form documenting a minimum of 6 hours shadowing a sonographer in a healthcare setting.
  • Do not use plastic folders or staples for any portion of the application or the additional documentation.

* The staff of the UMBC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program reserves the right to reject applications that are incomplete.


To apply, the following items must be received by the application deadline:

  • Application and appropriate application fee
  • Sealed transcripts from previous colleges/universities
  • Two completed appraisal forms
  • Essay
  • Completed Volunteer Form
  • One-page resume


Following a review of all applications by the admissions office, qualified applicants will be instructed by the beginning of March to schedule an interview. Interviews will typically take place during March. Applicants are accepted based on the following requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 required; GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • Academic history
  • Interview with members of the Selection Committee
  • Quality of essay
  • Two completed applicant appraisals

Interviewees will be notified by the end of April of accepted, waitlisted or declined status.


UMBC Training Centers does not accept federal loans or grants and does not provide financial assistance; however, it does work with Sallie Mae, which provides loans for career training. You may not apply for a Sallie Mae loan prior to acceptance to UMBC DMSP.

Online at www.salliemae.com, you may apply for a ”Smart Option Loan”. UMBC Training Centers’ Sallie Mae school code is 00210598.


UMBC Training Centers accepts GI Bill funding towards tuition payments.  Click here for documents regarding these benefits.

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