Frequently asked questions
How do I apply for a Sallie Mae loan?
Online at www.salliemae.com under the “Smart Option Student Loan” option. UMBC Training Centers’ Sallie Mae school code is 00210598. For qualified students, Smart Option Student Loans are available from Sallie Mae Financial Corporation. These are not financial aid loans provided by the federal or state government but are private loans underwritten and approved by Sallie Mae based on the credit worthiness of the student and/or co-signer. Once approved by Sallie Mae, students may be certified by UMBC Training Centers for loan amounts up to twice the cost of tuition for courses and programs that are confirmed to run. A signed registration form must be received by the school before a loan is certified and disbursed.
When does the program start and how long does it last?
The program starts every August and concludes mid-September the following year for a total of 13.5 months.
What is the tuition for the program?
Currently, the tuition is $20,995.00.
What are the additional costs beyond tuition?
Students are responsible for the parking fees at area hospitals, uniforms, books, CPR, medical exam, background check, drug screen, lunch, professional organization fees, and registry exam fees upon completion of the program. A $300 Registration Fee is due upon enrollment and a $1,000 Lab Fee is due in addition to the first tuition payment.
What are the hours of the program?
Expect class and clinical hours to begin at 8 am (unless otherwise stated.) The day concludes at 4:30 – 5:00 pm. Students are required to attend all classes/clinical rotations during these hours Monday-Friday.
Are there any evening or weekend classes?
No, at the present, all classes are daytime classes that are held weekdays.
What certification do I receive upon completion of the program?
The UMBC Sonography Program is a non-credit certificate program. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon graduation from the program.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, the program has been continuously accredited by CAAHEP. All graduates of the UMBC Sonography program are considered registry eligible upon graduation from the program.
What is the Holiday or vacation schedule for students?
The program is closed 7 major holidays with extended breaks for Thanksgiving, Winter/Christmas, New Year’s, and Spring Break.
Can I continue to work while I am in the program?
We do not recommend students work while in the program due to the demands of the program. However, we recognize that some students must work to support themselves. Please be conscious of your work hours so that they do not interfere with class time and/or study time.
What is the dress code for the program?
The dress code for class is casual; jeans, t-shirts, khakis, polo shirts, etc. Students must look neat and professional at all times. Shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, halter tops, and mini t-shirts are not allowed, as well as anything obscene or offensive.
Is there a required uniform for the UMBC program?
Yes, the UMBC Sonography program requires all students wear a uniform that identifies them as UMBC students while at clinical site rotations. The student must appear neat and professional at all times.
Are applicants required to complete prerequisite courses at UMBC?
No, prerequisite courses may be completed at any accredited college.
Can any of the prerequisites be waived?
Transcripts are evaluated by the admissions office for courses that may meet the prerequisites, but no prerequisites are waived. Only one CLEP examination will be accepted in lieu of a prerequisite.