Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet VUMC Center for Programs in Allied Health Admission Policies. (CPiAH Catalog p. 19)

Candidates for admission must satisfy EACH of the following criteria by submission of official transcripts:

  1. High school diploma or the equivalent
  2. Post-secondary education which, at minimum, meets one (1) of the following with a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.75*
    • A Bachelor’s or an Associate’s Degree (Applied Associate’s is also acceptable) from an accredited allied health program in direct patient care and possess the recognized credential in the healthcare specialty*
    • Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university
    • Demonstrate eligibility for the Bachelor’s Degree upon completion of the VUMC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program curriculum from one of the following Affiliate Institutions: (This option requires written recommendation from the affiliate institution’s faculty advisor.)
      • Middle Tennessee State University
  3. Six (6) pre-requisite courses* at an accredited post-secondary institution with a grade of ‘C’ or better:
    • Algebra or College Math equivalent
    • General Physics (Radiographic Physics will be accepted)
    • Minimum of 2 semesters of Biological Sciences, including one semester of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Medical Terminology
    • English Composition or Speech (must be completed at a college or university within the United States)

*Individuals may submit application with incomplete pre-requisite coursework by indicating a plan of action to satisfy this requirement prior to matriculation (see Application for Admission).

Admission Procedures

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After review of all submitted applications by the Admissions Committee, qualified applicants are granted a phone interview with the Program Director. Top candidates are offered a subsequent interview with faculty and staff. The following criteria is considered in the evaluation of all applicants:

  • Overall GPA
  • Completed pre-requisite coursework GPA
  • Reference scores
  • Interviews
  • Professional Potential (comprehensive rating of the applicant's overall preparedness)

The top five (5) applicants are offered admission and the next five (5) applicants are offered an alternate position for that same year.

*The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional interviews.

The VUMC-DMS Program does not accept incoming academic or experiential credit.

International Applicant Requirements

VUMC is not able to admit international students at this time. Green Card holders are not considered International Applicants and are therefore eligible for admission consideration.

  • The program considers applicants as an international student if the applicant is a citizen of any nation other than the United States of America. Applicants will not be considered as an international student if you are a dual U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, refugee/asylee, or a U.S. citizen living abroad.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation Applicants whose prior education was obtained at a non-U.S. Institution are required to submit with the application for admission a full translation of the transcript into U.S. equivalency (i.e., equivalence of credits per course and of degree conferred; translation into English language only is NOT accepted). This translation must be conducted and provided by an independent evaluation provider.

The following are examples of foreign transcript and degree evaluators. VUMC does not endorse any evaluators.

At VUMC all instruction occurs in English. VUMC does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) as part of the admission process. Program-specific requirements are provided in program sections of this catalog.

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 5053 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, VUMC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship or loan programs; athletic or other VUMC-administered programs; or employment. In addition, VUMC does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation consistent with VUMC non-discriminatory policy.