How to Apply

Mayo Clinic echocardiography faculty member observing student during an echocardiogram

Enrollment options

When it comes to applicants, we look at more than test scores and grades. While those numbers are important, we also care about things like why you want to enter the field and the impact you hope to make. We’ve designed this program to have two pathways to admission. Discover what comes next on your path to becoming a cardiac sonographer.

Affiliated bachelor's degree option

If your goal is to complete the Echocardiography Program with a bachelor’s degree, you’ll first need to apply to, attend and complete your coursework through one of the affiliated academic institutions listed below. We’ve worked together with these institutions to ensure you'll get the exact education you need to be a strong candidate for our program.

Once you complete the require coursework, you’ll apply for the Echocardiography Program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences*. 

Students enrolled in an affiliate program should contact their affiliate institution for any additional requirements during their enrollment in the Echocardiography Program. 

*Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) degree option at UMR are jointly admitted to UMR and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and do not need to apply separately for admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Certificate option

If you already have completed college coursework and meet the prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply for the certificate option. The certificate option will allow you to sit for the credentialing exam.

Students may be eligible for the certificate option if they have met all of the following:

  • Earned an associate degree (or higher) before the program start date
  • Completed all of the required program prerequisite coursework

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicant's policy.

Before you apply

Before you apply, learn what prerequisites and technical standards we require of each of our applicants.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite coursework

All prerequisite coursework needs to be completed before the program start date with a grade of a C or higher.

AreaRequirements

College algebra

A minimum of one semester of college algebra is required; a higher-level math course also satisfies this requirement.

Anatomy and physiology with lab

A minimum of two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab are required (virtual or online labs are not accepted).

Speech, communications or public speaking

A minimum of one semester of college-level speech, communications or public speaking is required.

English

A minimum of one semester of college-level English is required; two semesters is preferred.

Medical terminology

One college-level medical terminology course is required; it must be an official academic course resulting in a grade on a school transcript.

Medical ethics or ethics

A minimum of one semester of college-level medical ethics (preferred) or ethics is required.

Physics with lab

A minimum of one semester of college-level introductory physics with a lab is required (virtual or online labs are not accepted).

Patient care

A course involving direct patient care is required. Coursework that meets this prerequisite includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Certified nursing assistant (C.N.A.)
  2. Registered medical assistant (R.M.A.)
  3. Registered nurse (R.N.)
  4. Licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.)
  5. Certified EMT
  6. Respiratory therapist
  7. Radiologic technologist R.T.(R) or senior radiography student

Note: An active certification or registry is not required.

Competitive applicants 

Applicants are more competitive if they have:

  • Observed echocardiographic procedures
  • Prerequisite coursework that is less than 10 years old
  • A GPA greater than 3.0
  • Prior work or volunteer experience within health care or customer service experience 
  • A bachelor's degree or are enrolled in an affiliated bachelor's degree program
  • No more than two courses in progress at the time of interviews (mid-March)

Technical standards

Applicants must meet the technical standards (with or without reasonable accommodation) necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in health professions as outlined in the Echocardiography Program technical standards.

To seek exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations, students accepted for admission must initiate a request with the program director at least six weeks before the program begins.

Application process

Application process for BSHP degree option at UMR

Minnesota students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) degree option should complete the UMR application for admission. BSHP students are jointly admitted to UMR and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota, and do not need a separate application for admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Please note, students already enrolled at UMR can only apply to the Minnesota campus.

Application process for ASU, SMUMN, UWRF, and certificate option

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Nov. 1–Jan. 15 August  Online application

Students pursuing the certificate option or a bachelor's degree through St. Mary's University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, or Arizona State University should refer to these Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences application instructions:

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 or Phoenix, AZ
    • For Area of Interest → Echocardiography Program
    • For Start date → Choose date
    • For Entry Term → Select term available
  • On the My Account page:
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → "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. Online application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want 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
    • Input information regarding the ACT, SAT, and/or GRE as it applies to you
  • Professional licensing and registration
    • Enter any professional licenses you hold
  • Submit an essay
    • In your essay, describe why you are choosing the Echocardiography Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and a career in echocardiography. Please specify in your application essay whether you are applying for the Minnesota campus, the Arizona campus, or both. The essay should be 300 to 500 words and double-spaced.
  • Signature and submit
    • Certify and sign your application
    • Submit your application

3. Complete the recommendations. After submitting the application, select "Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s)." This program requires two recommendations.

  • Enter email addresses for eachrecommender under the "Recommendation Requests" section. You should include an educationalrecommender and a workrecommender:
    • Educational reference: Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the field of echocardiography. References may include current or former teachers or professors.
    • Work reference: Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of echocardiography. References may include employers or supervisors.

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

4. Submit transcripts. Submit an official transcript of all high school, college, and university credits. If sent by mail, transcripts must include the embossed school seal and should be sent in the original unopened envelopes. If sent by email, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. 

For both Minnesota and Arizona applications, send the required materials that are not completed online to the address below or by email.  

Email: rstechocardiographyprogram@mayo.edu 

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

Interviews

Applicants considered for an appointment are invited to visit Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, or Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, for a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. Only the top-ranked applicants are invited for an interview. Interview expenses incurred by applicants are not reimbursed.

Applicants invited for an interview are asked to submit contact information for two references: one professional (work or volunteer) and one personal (teacher, mentor, instructor or clergy, but not a family member).

Acceptance

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

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