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Additional Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Echocardiography Program Requirements

TSI Exam Exemptions

Students who have recently taken approved college assessment tests may be exempt from all, or part of, the TSI Assessment. SAT, ACT, STAAR, TAKS and TSI scores are valid for 5 years, if the student has enrolled in any institution of higher education during that time period. TAAS scores are valid for 3 years if the student has enrolled in any institution of higher education during that time period. For further information, please refer to our placement testing website.

Notice as of 11/10/2020:  Update to the January 2020 notice-new curriculum plans effective Fall 2020. Application requirements below are for these Programs.  See degree plans:

DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19, PLEASE FREQUENTLY MONITOR THIS PAGE FOR ANY 2021 APPLICATION UPDATES.  APPLICANT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FOLLOW THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION/DOCUMENTS/REQUIREMENTS.

Update as of 4/22/2021: Please see the updated Application Immunization Checklist to include new clinical requirement-COVID vaccination(s)

Important Dates

Item Date

Send official transcripts

Recommended to submit by:  April 11, 2021. However, if in a Spring class in progress please speak with a LSC-CyFair Division IV Workforce Advisor.

Program Application

Available:  March 8, 2021 - May 24, 2021, 12:00 pm 
 

PSB Exam

Available: January 19, 2021 - May 17, 2021
Schedule early to obtain a testing date; no exceptions on last date to test 5/17/2021. Frequently monitor the LSC-CyFair Assessment Center website. Instructions and the PSB Remote Testing request form are posted to the Assessment Center website; fee is $85.00.

Ultrasound Assessment

Dates Pegasus USA exam is available: February 8, 2021 - May 17, 2021. No exceptions on last day to test. See information and instructions for scheduling directly with Pegasus below in the Application Materials/documents section. Note: LSC student email address and LSC student id # required to schedule. Fee is $65.00.

Mandatory New Student Orientation (post acceptance)

TBA

Immunizations/Titers June 30, 2021 (for those accepted; refer to Immunization Checklist below)

Admission Requirements

  • Background Check: to be completed after acceptance.  See additional information below.
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider CPR: Required upon acceptance and by program deadline
  • Program Prerequisites: all courses must be completed prior to submission of application - and by the end of the regular Spring semester. Course must have been completed and grades posted in Lone Star College course history prior to submission of an application.
  • Bacterial Meningitis vaccination
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance: fee is included in tuition once accepted
  • PSB Test: required to be able to apply. Refer to details below
  • Pegasus USA exam: required to be able to apply. Refer to details below
  • TB Test: required upon acceptance. Chest X-Ray may be required based on results of TB Test (refer to Immunization Checklist for TB test details) 
  • Hepatitis B: refer to Immunization Checklist - requirement is positive titer only. Required upon acceptance and by program deadlineFor those who have a history of Hepatitis B infection, contact Program Director for more information.
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) positive titer: refer to Immunization Checklist
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): refer to Immunization Checklist - needs to have been received after age 18. Required upon acceptance and by program deadline
  • Flu Vaccine: must be completed in the Fall after acceptance
  • Varicella positive titer: refer to Immunization Checklist - requirement is positive titer only. Required upon acceptance and by program deadline
  • Health Insurance Required upon acceptance and by program deadline
  • Information Session: attendance at current year session is required to be able to apply. Refer to link below for details. 
  • Copy of a valid TX Identification card or driverís license. Required upon accepatance and by program deadline
  • Hepatitis C bloodwork (titer) screening to verify status. Refer to Immunization Checklist
  • Drug screening to be completed after acceptance, per clinical requirements

General Information

The Lone Star College-CyFair Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 , Seminole, FL 33775;   727.210.2350; http://www.caahep.org/) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS, 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043; 443-973-3251; http://www.jrcdms.org/).  Lone Star College-CyFair, as part of  Lone Star College, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).  The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs have been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Students must complete all appropriate developmental coursework or retake the section of Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) and score high enough to place into college-level coursework.

Students must complete ENGL 1301, MATH 1314, PHYS 1410, BIOL 2404 (BIOL 2404 must be within 5 years) prior to submission of an application and all with a grade of C or better for the diagnostic medical sonography programs. RADR 1313 and RADR 2305 may be substituted for the PHYS course requirement.

Accepted students are required to successfully pass a background check and are required to successfully pass a drug screening. Clinical regulations also require that students complete various immunizations and/or titers (refer to Immunization Checklist). For all accepted students, all clinical requirements must be completed by due date set by Program.

Prospective students are required to attend an information session. See link below for dates, times, and locations.

Refer to the current LSC catalog for the most current list of courses in the Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture areas that can be used towards an AAS degree.

Submit Official Transcripts

Students who have attended class at ANY college, university or institution of higher education other than Lone Star College must submit official transcripts to Lone Star College. State law mandates that official transcripts must be submitted and evaluated by Lone Star College for a studentís application to the school to be considered complete. Be aware that students who submit applications to the Sonography/Echocardiography department instead of following instructions given will be considered incomplete regardless of the circumstances. Students should request official transcripts as soon as possible in order to allow the necessary time to complete the evaluation of EVERY class on their transcript(s). Students are encouraged to use the Transcript Request Form to help ensure proper delivery of official transcripts when request is made to your previous college or university.

Information Sessions

Proceed to the LSC-CyFair Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Echocardiography Information Session page. Please check frequently for any changes. Required credit for attendance and session format(s) may vary due to COVID-19 (update as of Spring 2021-there are no face to face sessions); continue to monitor for updates. See alternate PowerPoint session below, review of PowerPoint is required. Frequently check here for updates to the PowerPoint; applicant is responsible for most current information. Instructions on how to acknowledge PowerPoint review as part of application requirements will be available on this page when finalized (there are no face to face sessions, thus, no certificate of attendance is issued; acknowledgement form will be utilized instead).

2021 Application Alternate Information Session PowerPoint 

Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) Exam

 See updated information as of Spring 2021 above and frequently monitor the LSC-CyFair Assessment Center website.

Ensure that you take the "Diagnostic Medical Sonographer/Echocardiography" test.  Applications submitted with the incorrect test will NOT be considered complete.  It is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure the correct test is taken; otherwise, the applicant will need to pay an additional testing fee to have their test scored correctly.

All PSB test sections need to be completed.

The Assessment Center will print the student's individual score sheet if testing in person or provide score print out to applicant via email if testing virtually.

The PSB test will be available to take for the 2021 application period from January 19, 2021 through May 17, 2021 and can only be taken once during this period (must take at CyFair campus or per alternate options to be determined by the LSC-CyFair Assessment Center).

For sample PSB test questions, go to http://www.psbtests.com/test-resources/#Sample%20Questions

Submit Application Materials

Please check back for 2021 application instructions and submission details.

Sonography/Echocardiography Application materials and documents:

(These materials will be available before the next application period as they are finalized. Note: application requirements and packet materials are subject to changes each year.)

  • Online application (active link to the application is accessible only during application open dates)
  • Applicant Checklist &/or Application Instructions How to apply 
  • Application Immunization Checklist review checklist and see the DMS Application.
  • Selection Process Worksheet Example (see how points are determined; subject to changes each year). 
  • Transcript Request Form Official Transcripts - You must submit official transcripts to the admissions office (required for any courses taken outside of LSC
  • Review current mandatory Information Session PowerPoint-see link above
  • Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) Exam - You must have taken the PSB exam. Refer to information above.  A copy of the scores normed to Diagnostic Medical Sonography are required for application.
    Pegasus USA exam and instructions required for application.
  • Pegasus USA results information
  • Lone Star College Credit Advising Transcript containing all required courses will be required for application.
  • Recommended Videos on Profession (not required to apply; recommended to view
  • 2021 DMS Application Acknowledgment/Signature Form - Required for Application


Consequences of Criminal Conviction, Notice of Potential Ineligibility for License

For credentialing and eligibility information, please refer to The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) www.ardms.org &/or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) www.cci-online.org.

Accepted program students must meet current program clinical site background requirements to be able to participate at clinical.  Eligibility for board examinations is a separate process. Health Occupation programs do not consider applications from Prospective Students not at least 18 years old at the time of the program applicationís deadline, please refer to http://www.lonestar.edu/departments/generalcounsel/Section%20VI.A.2.1%20Health%20Occupations%20Programs%20Admissions%20Policy.pdf

Obtain the most current LSC Health Occupations Immunization Exemption Waiver form from Program Director, if applicable.  For accepted students, completed form and all supporting documentation is due by due date set by Program.  Note that there is a risk clinical site not accepting waiver and not being able to complete clinical assignment if all immunizations/titer requirements are not met.  If unable to complete clinical assignment/rotations, student will not be able to proceed in program.

Legal Information

Lone Star College policy is consistent with Texas law as to requirements and admission of any resident or non-resident student. For admission and tuition purposes, residency is defined within Texas Education Code §54.052. Students will be notified of any additional documentation required of the clinical partner. All students must submit all required documentation prior to the start of a clinical rotation (or externship). Students who are unable to complete the LSC health program clinical skills requirement will not be able to complete the program due to a lack of clinical placement. Additionally, LSC will notify students that a Social Security number may be required for a background check, and may also be required for taking the licensing examination upon completion of program requirements. Students with student visas may have to provide additional or alternate information.

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