DMS: How to Apply

If you are a new student to LLCC, visit our Earning a Credit Degree of Certificate page first to learn more about these general steps to enrollment.

If you are a current or returning student, proceed to the next steps listed below.

Carefully review the LLCC DMS program admission requirements. Please note that all of these requirements must be completed before a potential candidate may apply. Admission and program requirements are subject to change.

This checklist does not guarantee admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program. It is to be used for guiding purposes only and to assist the student in determining if ready to apply to the program.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify LLCC Admission/Records/Registration when requirements have been met.

  • Attend a DMS informational session given by the DMS program director.
  • Provide documentation of a bachelor's degree, or an associate in applied science or associate in science received from a two-year accredited allied health program that is patient-care related and required clinical education. If the bachelor's degree is not in a health-related field of study, the applicant must possess a CNA or BNA certification.
  • The following college-level curriculum requisites must be met prior to the beginning of the core curriculum of the DMS education program:
    1. Algebra, statistics or higher mathematics course
    2. General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics
    3. Communication skills
    4. Human anatomy and physiology (I and II)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended evaluated by LLCC Admission/Records/Registration. Students who neglect to do this, or delay doing this, may jeopardize their ability to apply to, be accepted to, or remain enrolled in a health professions program at LLCC.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher for all previous college courses.
  • Documentation of a chargeback agreement. (Applicable to out-of-district students only.)
  • Submit the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program application.

Program-specific courses required for DMS


All science and math courses must have been taken within five years of application date.

  • Algebra, statistics or higher mathematics course: MAT 105, or MAT 113, or MAT 120, or MAT 141 or higher
  • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics: PHY 100, or PHY 101, or PHY 102, or PHY 201, or RAD 110 and RAD 111
  • Communication skills: EGL 101 and/or EGL 102, CMN 101 or CMN 104
  • Human anatomy and physiology: BIO 175 and BIO 176

DMS course sequence once admitted to the program

DMS 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, and 205

Additional requirements

Following acceptance to the program, students are required to have (at the student’s expense):

  • A health assessment
  • Documentation of immunizations
  • A criminal background check and drug screening
  • CPR certification for health care providers
  • Influenza vaccines

Residency criteria

Chapter 112, Section 103-17, of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Health Career programs for students who live outside of LLCC District #526 vary per program based on space available and qualified applicant pools.

Be aware of DMS program application dates and deadlines. Space is limited and we will admit 12-16 students for the 2022 fall semester. Applications must be received by June 30, 2022* by 5 p.m. to be considered for the class starting in August 2022.

*Due to changes to the DMS curriculum that are pending approval, the DMS program may change to an AAS degree. If approved, the 2022 DMS program will start in summer (June 2022) and the deadline to apply will change to April 29, 2022 by 5 p.m. The deadline to apply for summer 2023 entry will be Jan. 27, 2023 by 5 p.m.

Schedule an appointment with a health professions student success coach to map out your plan! The health professions student success coaches are happy to assist you in working toward your educational goal of applying to the DMS program. To ensure that you stay on the right path toward this goal, we require that all potential DMS applicants meet with a student success coach. Your student success coach will review with you in detail the DMS admission requirements. Once you have completed all program admission requirements, your student success coach will provide you with the DMS program application. For information regarding their office hours and appointment scheduling, please visit the LLCC Student Success page.