Applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The application for 2018 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is open!!! The program has changed, now there are 3 options:

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This is my experience on applying to the program, but don’t worry if your experience is slightly different. Of my classmates, you will find that there are students that just graduated university, some who did one to two of years of post-secondary education and there are some wanting a career change. Our classmates are from all walks of life.

Requirements:
• Post-secondary education
• Strong GPA
• Demonstrated interest in the field
• Related volunteer and/or work experience

Post-secondary education

In April 2016, I was thinking about going back to school and looked into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. The first requirements that I needed to meet was Math 12, Biology 12 and Physics 11, all taken within the last 5 years. Since the courses I took were too long ago (I graduated high school in 2006 and University in 2011), I wrote all three of the BCIT challenge exams before the application deadline. I then uploaded my transcripts from high school and Simon Fraser University to my application. By the way, you do not need to have a degree to get into the program. It would have been beneficial to have taken an anatomy and physiology course before starting the program but not crucial. I didn’t take one but other classmates said they found it useful.

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Demonstrating interest and related volunteer/work experience

Working at BC Cancer as a lab technologist, I was worried that I wouldn’t have the right experience since I had no patient interaction. To make up for this lack of experience, I decided to look into volunteering. This is the site I used to find places that were health-related: govolunteer.ca.

The first place I volunteered at was at Hawthorne Seniors Care Community. I worked with patients that had moderate to severe dementia and the people there were so sweet. I had the opportunity to learn about different therapies and skills in communication. Another place I joined was Saint John Ambulance. They trained me to be an Advanced Medical First Responder and in CPR-HCP. I was able to attend local events, Canucks Games and Concerts as a first aid attendant. I had the opportunity to help out with the Opioid crisis, ready to preform first aid if someone was experiencing an overdose. If you are interested you can check out their website: SJA Volunteer

It wasn’t too difficult balancing home life, studying, working and volunteering. I even had time to go to Spain, Morocco and Portugal in between. The last thing I had to do was fill out my questionnaire, submit it and wished for the best. When filling out the questionnaire, make sure to do your research and ask yourself: what would make you a great Sonographer? They are looking for students who will be most successful in this program.

GOOD LUCK!

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4 thoughts on “Applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

  1. Hi! I don’t know if this is allowed, but is it possible for you to give any information on the MMI, like what to expect or what kind of questions? I’m the worst when it comes to interviews so I just wanted some pointers. Thank you in advance! I’ve read your other posts and I’m glad you’re enjoying this program!

    • Hi Christa,

      I am currently writing a post about interviews. I am not allowed to talk about specifics about the MMI, but this will have some pointers that I did for preparing for them. Hope it helps, it should be out this week sometime. Good Luck!

      Sarah

  2. Hey! I’m still in high school but I’m looking into this as a long-term profession! I’m just a little fuzzy on what it means for post-secondary education. Am I required to take a general study before I take this course? Additionally, all of my high school courses will still be applicable so that wouldn’t be posing another problem! Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Lexi,

      Yes, I think a year of general study at any university would be your post-secondary education (I would probably do something health care related/science related). You could contact the program to make sure.

      Good luck

      Sarah

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