Who do I contact if I have questions?
Contact our office regarding the profession and academic program. We can be reached at (909) 558-4931 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is preferred.
What are the prerequisites for LLU’s sonography program?
Do I have to be a Seventh-Day Adventist to Attend Loma Linda University?
No, Loma Linda University accepts students from all faiths.
Are religion classes required at Loma Linda University?
Yes. One religion class is required during the two year program.
What is the process for applying to the program?
Will I be prepared to take the board exams for sonography when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the LLU sonography programs, our graduates are able to sit for the national board exams. Passing the national board examinations will result in the receipt of one or more specialty credentials: Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS), or Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS) depending on the track.
Is the LLU sonography program accredited?
Yes, The Loma Linda University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has been fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in general sonography and vascular and echocardiography since 1983. In addition, our vascular lab here at Loma Linda University Medical Center was awarded the Accreditation of Vascular Labs (ICAVL) in 1993.
What is LLU looking for in a student who applies to the sonography program?
What physical and mental abilities must I posses?
Entrance and completion of this program signifies that the candidate is prepared to practice in the sonography profession. The candidate must be prepared to work in the standing position, do frequent walking, lift and transfer patients, communicate effectively, perform with both hands, and discriminate in color, depth, and temperature. For more information on this, please consult the Sonography Program Handbook.
What academic record do you require to enter and stay in the program?
Students must have a 2.5 average GPA in science prerequisites and a 2.5 overall GPA in prerequisites. Students must maintain at 2.5 GPA in the program.
Is there a waiting list to get into your sonography program?
Currently we do not have a waiting list for our sonography programs; however, the program is competitive. We usually receive 35-45 applicants, and 12-14 applicants are accepted into the program. We recommend that you do submit your application early during the open enrollment period. Waiting and delaying closer to the deadline may decrease your chances of acceptance. Programs may fill completely before the published deadline date. We also recommend that you complete observation hours at LLUMC to see what we have to offer.
What is the approximate cost of the program?
SAHP Tuition Costs
Tuition costs do not include books and supplies, clothing, living and transportation expenses. Additional fees apply for international students. The online admissions fee of $60 dollars. There is also a required deposit fee of $100 once you have been accepted to hold your spot in the class. These fees and deposits are nonrefundable. The deposit is applied to your first quarter's tuition. All fees are subject to change and are estimates.
What is the deadline for applications?
Online applications are accepted beginning October 1 of the previous year to the planned entrance to the program. The postmark deadline is February 1. It is recommended you apply early!
When does the program start?
The program begins the third week of September, which is the Fall Quarter of each year.
How many students do you accept each year?
How many applications do you receive each year?
What is the salary range for sonographers?
In 2010, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers earned an average of $64,440 or $30.95 an hour. Those with more on the job experience and higher job positions can earn up to $88,490 yearly.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
What is the job outlook for sonographers?
Employment of diagnositc medical sonographers is expected to grow by 44% between 2010-2020, much faster that the average for all occupations. As ultrasound technology evolves, it will become a more common method used to assist in diagnosing medical conditions, favored over more invasive procedures.
Do I need to apply to the school as well as to the sonography program?
You need only to apply once.
What must I do if I have studied outside of the United States?
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluation center from the list below. Email our admissions director if you have any questions regarding foreign transcripts. Please note: there are additional University requirements and fees for international students. Please contact our student services for more information. Information for international students (PDF)
Is financial aid available or are there student loans available?
Financial aid is available to students depending on their credit history. Contact the financial aid department for more information and deadlines. Please note: FASA applications are due on or around March 1st of each year. Students are encouraged to secure educational funding as part of their application process. Living expenses can be built into financial aid assistance as an option. Financial Aid is not available to International Students at this time.
Do you offer weekend or night classes for sonography?
No. This program is a full-time day program. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch. You will also be assigned homework to complete. Classroom sessions are held once a week for 5 to 7 hours. Clinical training is 32-35 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The program includes rotations to 19 different hospitals for additional clinical training.
Do you offer online courses for sonography?
No. Our courses are offered with hands-on learning within the classroom and clinical settings not easily replicated through online learning.
Can I work full-time or part-time while taking this program?
The sonography tracks are very comprehensive and intense professional programs. We do not recommend that you attempt to work full-time during this program to assure optimal success. You cannot work full-time during this program and achieve success.
How long are the programs?
Where do I get the sonography observation forms?
Forms page- Print and bring the Sonography Observation Form with you.
If I live out of the area, can I do my career observation time at another facility?
Yes but it is highly recommended you do some of your observation at LLUMC to experience what the program has to offer and to meet our sonography professionals and faculty.
What do I wear to career observation appointments? Dress professionally: Lab coat or scrubs preferred or professional dress for patient care setting. Wear sturdy shoes. No open toe shoes. See our observation page for more information.
How do I apply for the sonography program?
Please only apply for one program at a time. There is a $60.00 online application fee.
Am I required to provide transportation to school and to clinical sites?
Yes. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from school and clinical sites. Some sites are located as much as an hour away from the Loma Linda campus.
Can I apply to track II (Cardiac) after I complete track I (diagnostic/vascular)?
Yes, however, most medical facilities only hire into one specialty. It is the small hospital in a rural area that would more likely need a diagnostic sonographer and an echocardiographer.
If I have a math/accounting degree and have had a first career in accounting, do I have to take intermediate algebra within five years of entering the program?
No, if you have a degree in the field of mathematics or accounting, and you have recently ended a career in math or accounting, and you can show on your transcripts that you have had multiple classes in math, algebra, or accounting, then you do not have to retake the intermediate algebra class within five years of beginning the program. Final approval of this waiver must be made by the director of admissions and the diagnostic medical sonography program director.
Do I have to take all of the prerequisites to enter track II or track III if I am already an RDMS and currently working in sonography?
No, if you are currently employed as a diagnostic medical sonographer and you are planning to enter Track II, you do not have to retake the prerequisites. Final approval of this waiver must be made by the director of admissions and the diagnostic medical sonography program director.