DMS Admissions

There is an increasing demand for diagnostic medical sonographers in the Rio Grande Valley as well as in the Nation. Accrediting agency standards limit the number of students that can be accepted into the program. The limited number of registered sonographers restricts the number of students. A great career is almost guaranteed for the TSC graduate sonographer.

Admission to the program is competitive; therefore, requirements are rigid. This is a selective admission program. Sonography courses for this program are open only to students officially admitted to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

Minimum criteria to be considered for admission in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are:

  • Admission to TSC — Contact the enrollment office for admission requirements (956) 295-3600
  • Submission of completed Application for Admission to the DMS Program
  • Submission of testing results that meet TSC testing requirements for admission
  • Documentation of any certifications currently held
  • Submission of two recommendation forms from physicians, employers, and/or instructors familiar with applicant’s work
  • A DMS Lab observation is required (schedule with Administrative Assistant)
  • Unofficial TSC transcript showing all accepted transferred courses

Pre-program Courses (all grades must be posted on TSC transcript by application deadline):

BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2302 Anatomy and Physiology II
MATH 1314 College Algebra (with a grade of C or better)
PHYS 1305 Elementary Physics I (with a grade of C or better)
ENGL 1301 Composition I


Please use this form to help you know if you meet the requirements to apply. The score at the bottom will be used in considering your admission to this program.

The applicant’s grades in the following: BIOL 2301, 2302, MATH 1314, PHYS 1305, ENGL 1301, and entrance exam test results are reviewed and recorded.  Certain applicants may be selected for an interview by the Admissions Committee.  The previously mentioned considerations, including an interview rating, are weighed and a total point score is obtained.  Applicants with the highest score ratings will be accepted in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

Prospective students should immediately begin a file in the DMS program even if the pre-requisites have not yet been completed.

Application and ALL other criteria are due by 12:00 Noon, on the last working day of May. A criminal background check, physical exam, up-to-date immunizations, and CPR certification are required of all students prior to clinical assignments.

For more information, please contact our Administrative Assistant by calling (956) 295-3731

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508, 85th Leg., R.S. (2017), amended Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code to add Subchapter E relating to notice to applicants to and enrollees in certain educational programs regarding the consequences of criminal conviction on eligibility for an occupational license.

Pursuant to Chapter 53, Subchapter E, of the Texas Occupations Code, please be advised that Texas Southmost College offers programs that lead to an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001. Licensing authorities may have guidelines concerning prior criminal convictions that would make an individual ineligible for issuance of a given license. If you are enrolled in a program that may prepare an individual for an occupational license and/or if you later decide to change to a program that prepares you for an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001, in accordance with state law, please be advised of the following:

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program;
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code 53.102.

Note that the provisions of Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code relating to the consequences of criminal conviction do not apply to licenses granted by the Supreme Court of Texas, law enforcement officers (Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1701), emergency medical services personnel (Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 773), or persons licensed by the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the State Board of Dental Examiners, or the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners that have been convicted of a felony under Chapter 481 or 483 or Section 485.003 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. If you are seeking one of these licenses, please be aware that other provisions of the law may be applicable relating to the consequences of criminal conviction.

All applicants to and enrollees of Texas Southmost College are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license. Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.