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DMS Prerequisites

Things to do before applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Tacoma Community College. 


The following prerequisites must be completed before applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Taking prerequisite courses at another college? Check the Common Course Equivalencies Table to make sure you're taking the right classes. 

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENGL& 101 or ENGL& 102 or ENGL 103 English Composition I or Composition II: Argument & Persuasion or Composition III: Writing about Literature 5
HIT 130 Medical Terminology 3
MATH& 141 Precalculus I 5
BIOL& 241* Human Anatomy & Physiology I 5
BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 5
PHYS& 115* or PHYS& 116 General Physics II or
General Physics III
CMST& 101
or CMST 110 or CMST& 210 or CMST& 220
Introduction to Communication
or Multicultural Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking

*There is an additional prerequisite for BIOL& 241, which is BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 140, and an additional prerequisite for PHYS 115, which is PHYS 114. (Only a requirement for students attending Tacoma Community College and no other colleges.)

Prerequisite Details

  • Evidence of completion of the 7 specific prerequisite courses with a grade of C+ (2.3) or better in each course
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of (2.7) or better, based on the 7 prerequisite classes. All prerequisite courses must have been successfully passed within 2 attempts of taking the course. Attempts count when any letter grade is recorded on a student transcript. Withdrawals (W), or (WI) do not count as an attempt.
  • Each grade earned in a prerequisite class will be assigned a certain number of points. For example, an A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, etc. These points will be totaled for every applicant. For this criterion, 7 prerequisite classes would equal total possible points of 28.
  • All math and science prerequisites must have been completed within the past 5 years.
  • Any classes transferred in must be from an accredited college or university acceptable to Tacoma Community College. See Common Course Equivalencies.
  • Any higher level equivalent course may be accepted in place of the listed prerequisites.  Please contact the Program Chair for approval of course substitutions.
  • All official transcripts from other accredited colleges must be received in the Records & Registration Office, Bldg. 7 by the application deadline of July 1.
  • While not required, it is strongly recommended that prospective students take a computer class.

Additional Requirements

  • Provide documentation of current immunizations: 2 step TB skin test (PPD), Tdap, HepB - 3 doses and a titer, MMR, Varicella, and flu shot.
  • There are further requirements for working in health care, including background checks and drug tests. See Essential Requirements for more information. 
  • For general information about previous admission requirements and selection processes, please download the DMS Program Application Packet. Please know the information in this packet is subject to change.