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Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program (Minnesota)

Application Process


A maximum of eight students are accepted on a competitive basis each year for the Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program. Classes begin in late August.

How to apply

Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 for classes beginning late August.

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing an application.

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → Rochester, MN
    • For Area of Interest → Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography
    • For Start Date → Choose date
    • For Entry Term → Select term available
  • On the My Account page:                                  
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → select Start an Application
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is what you want
    • Click Continue with Application Selected Above
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select Start a New Full Application

2. Complete the online application. Once you have created an account, you will be able to continue with the application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want using the navigation menu on the left.

  • Program of interest:
    • Review populated data for accuracy
    • Complete Reapplying and Education Completed questions
  • Personal information:
    • Review populated data
    • Complete any other fields
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it now
  • Demographic data:
    • Fill in as necessary
  • Education:
    • Add education
  • Employment:
    • Add work experience
  • Standardized testing:
    • Not required
  • Professional licensing and registration:
    • Please enter your adult cardiac sonography credential number (ARDMS or CCI)
  • Essay:
    • Please answer the following question in the essay within the application: Why are you choosing the Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences? The essay should be between 300-500 words.
  • Signature and submit:
    • Certify and sign your application
    • Submit your application

3. Complete the recommendations and supplemental items. After submitting the application, click "Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s)."

  • Resume:
    • Upload your current CV/resume
  • Recommendations:
    • Two professional references are required and should be from the following:
      • Physician reference. Choose a physician from your facility who interprets echocardiograms and can speak to your cardiac sonography experience and exam quality. It is preferred that your physician reference holds an FACC or FASE credential, but not a requirement.
      • Work reference. Choose a person familiar with your professional qualities and your potential success in the field of echocardiography.  References may include employers, supervisors or sonographer colleagues.

**If you do not complete these at the time of submission, please visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

4. Submit supporting documentation. Submit these materials:

  • Official transcripts of all college and university credits. Transcripts must include the embossed school seal and should be sent in the original unopened envelopes.
  • Evidence of current credentialing status from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
  • Documentation of the equivalent of three years' experience as an adult cardiac sonographer.

For all applications, send the required materials that are not completed online in one envelope to:

Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Gonda Building, Room 6-138
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905


Applicants considered for an appointment are invited to visit Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, for a personal interview with the admissions committee. Only the top-ranked applicants are invited for an interview. A scanning skills evaluation will follow the panel interview. Interview expenses incurred by applicants are not reimbursed.


Admission letters are mailed by the end of May. Your reply is requested within two weeks.