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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:

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Echocardiography Program
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • Essay is to include the following and then uploaded in the Supplemental Items section:

In 300 to 500 words, double-spaced, describe why you are choosing the Echocardiography Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and a career in echocardiography.

Specify whether you are applying for the Minnesota campus, the Arizona campus, or both.

  • Two letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.  
    • Academic: 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.
    • Professional: Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of echocardiography. References may include employers or supervisors.
  • Official high school, college, and university transcripts must be emailed from the institution to blitch.kelly@mayo.edu or mailed directly to:

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

Interview process

Applicants considered for an acceptance 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.