How to Apply
While test scores and grades are important, we also care about why you want to enter the field and your career goals. We’ve designed this program to have two pathways to admission. Discover what comes next on your path to becoming a sonographer.
Students seeking a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to the Sonography Program after first completing the required coursework at one of the affiliated academic institutions listed below. We’ve worked with these institutions to ensure you get the exact prerequisite education you need to be a strong candidate for our program.
- Saint Mary’s University (SMU) — Winona, Minnesota
- University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) — Rochester, Minnesota
- University of Wisconsin - River Falls (UWRF) — River Falls, Wisconsin
Once you complete the required coursework, you’ll apply for the Sonography Program. Typically, students will apply during their sophomore year.
If you have existing college credits from an institution not listed as an affiliated institution, you must first transfer your credits into UMR. This is to ensure all coursework prerequisites are met. Refer to the affiliated university transfer policies for details.
If you have an existing associate or bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites, you may apply for the certificate option.
The certificate option will allow you to sit for the credentialing exams. If you have already completed an associate or bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply for the certificate option.
Non-U.S. citizen applicants
Application for admission is open to U.S. workers. Visa sponsorship is not available for this program. U.S. workers are those who are authorized to work in the United States.
A World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package course-by-course evaluation of foreign academic credentials is required for all applicants with foreign academic credentials. Visit the World Education Services website to learn more about the process.
Before you apply
Learn what you need to have completed and what requirements you need to meet before applying to the Sonography Program.
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 or public speaking
A minimum of one semester of college-level speech or public speaking is required.
A minimum of one semester of college-level English is required; two semesters are preferred.
One medical terminology course is required; it must be an official academic course resulting in a grade on a school transcript. Courses are available from community and technical colleges or online.
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 algebra-based, college-level introductory physics with a lab is required (virtual or online labs are not accepted).
Certified nursing assistant or other health care certification, Licensure or registry
Examples of certifications meeting the prerequisite requirements include, but are not limited to:
Applicants are most competitive if they have:
- A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- An ACT composite score of 20 or higher
- Previous patient care experience
- Observed sonographic procedures
- Prerequisite coursework that is less than 10 years old
- A bachelor's degree or are enrolled in the UMR, Saint Mary’s University in Winona, or University of Wisconsin - River Falls bachelor's degree programs
- No more than two courses in progress at the time of interviews (mid-March)
Candidates must meet the technical standards (with or without reasonable accommodation) necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in health professions as outlined in the Sonography 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.
Approximately 12 students are accepted on a competitive basis each year to the Sonography Program. Ten student positions are located at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and two student positions are located at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida.
Application process for the BSHP degree option at UMR
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) degree option should complete the University of Minnesota Rochester application for admission. BSHP students are jointly admitted to UMR and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and do not need to separately apply for admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
Application process for certificate option, SMU bachelor's degree, or UWRF bachelor's degree option
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Students pursuing the certificate option or a bachelor’s degree through SMU or UWRF should refer to the below Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences application instructions to apply for the Sonography Program.
Having this page available while completing the online application is helpful, as these directions are specific to the Sonography Program.
Complete the following steps to apply:
- Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
- Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
- Select - Sonography Program
- Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
- Complete the Recommendation Request section (see below)
Additional required items
- Complete the essay questions and upload them to the Supplemental Items section. Essay should be 300-500 words and include whether you're applying for the Minnesota or Florida campus.
- Two recommendations are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a form and upload a letter.
- Academic: Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the field of sonography. 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 sonography. References may include employers, teachers, or supervisors.
- Unofficial high school, college, and university transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section for application purposes. If accepted to the program, official transcripts must be emailed from the institution to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed directly to:
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Siebens Building, 11th Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Applicants considered for acceptance are invited to visit Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, or Jacksonville, Florida, for a personal interview with the admissions committee. Only the top-ranked applicants are invited for an interview. Interview expenses incurred by the applicant are not reimbursed.
Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to provide contact information for two references: one professional (job or volunteer service supervisor) and one personal (teacher, mentor, instructor or clergy, but not a family member).
Admission letters are mailed by the end of April. Your reply is requested within two weeks.