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Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL& 101 or ENGL& 102 or ENGL 103English Composition I or Composition II: Argument & Persuasion or Composition III: Writing about Literature5
HIT 130Medical Terminology3
MATH& 141Precalculus I5
BIOL& 241*Human Anatomy & Physiology I5
BIOL& 242Human Anatomy & Physiology II5
PHYS& 115* or PHYS& 116General Physics II or
General Physics III
CMST& 101
or CMST 110 or CMST& 220
Introduction to Communication
or Multicultural Communication or Public Speaking

*There is an additional prerequisite for BIOL& 241, which is BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 110 and an additional prerequisite for PHYS 115, which is PHYS 114. (Only a requirement for students attending Tacoma Community College and no other colleges.)

  • 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. For a more definitive scale, refer to the TCC college catalog.
  • 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 (e.g. – a school accredited by one of the regional accreditation organizations).
  • Any higher level equivalent course may be accepted in place of the listed prerequisites.
  • All official transcripts from another accredited college must be received in the Records & Registration Office, Bldg. 7 by the application deadline of July 1.

PHYSICS 115 COURSE CHANGE (updated 11/8/2013)

  • The physics department at TCC will be offering PHYS 115 during winter & summer quarters.
  • For ONLY those students who will need to take PHYS 115 summer quarter, the DMS program will accept ONLY your PHYS 115 grade after the July 1 deadline.
  • ONLY the PHYS 115 at TCC will be accepted and evaluated after July 1.
  • PHYS 115 from other schools are not acceptable for summer quarter only.
  • Late grade approval will only be accepted at TCC.
  • Only those students who must enroll in the PHYS 115 course at TCC in order to complete their prerequisites will be considered for this conditional application date extension.

Additional Requirements

  • Participate and complete the required Diagnostic Medical Sonography Virtual Information Session Session within the academic year immediately prior to the application deadline. It is required to print off the certificate at the end of the virtual information session
  • Students must complete 8 hours of job shadowing in a sonography department. Only completed, verifiable forms will be accepted. Refer to page 11 of the program packet for detailed instructions and guidelines.
  • Students who have meet all the above pre-req's and are ready to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, will need to be an admitted or registered student at Tacoma Community College and have access to the student portal and a TCC email account. To apply through the TCC portal please follow this link for the DMS Online Admission process instructions.
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