I applied to COTC. Is that the same as applying to the
No. Sonography is a competitive, selective healthcare program.
Students first apply to COTC (the college) and indicate interest
in a health technologies program (or apply to a pre-health
track). Then students complete a separate application to
apply to the sonography program.
How do I learn about the application process for the sonography
Students interested in sonography must
watch a video and register and attend an
What are the requirements to apply to the sonography program?
OBSERVATION HOURS HAVE BEEN WAIVED FOR THE MAY 2021
A 2021 DMS Application Checklist can help students keep track of application
Pre-requisite classes must be completed
There are classes students must take, have taken or have been
awarded transfer credit for before they can apply to the
- Math 140: College Algebra
- BIO 130: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- PHYS 105: General Physics
- ENGL 112 Composition I
Students who have completed the courses or receive transfer
credit for the courses must have gotten a grade C or
Students must complete 16 hours of observation within 12 months
of applying to the sonography program. 2021 DMS Observation Instructions are available
to help students understand observation requirements.
A DMS Observation Form must be completed by the clinical site where
observation hours occur.
Students must complete an ATI TEAS exam before
applying to the sonography program. Students must create an
account to register.
There is also a fee students must pay to take the ATI TEAS test,
so we highly recommend students prepare for the exam and
take advantage of TEAS test prep materials. Students can re-test if they
ATI TEAS exam scores are good for 12 months, and the most recent
score will be the one considered as part of a student’s
Students must get an FBI background check and it cannot be
older than six months prior to the sonography program
An FBI background check must be sent directly to COTC from a
fingerprinting agency, or students can get an FBI background
check at the Department of Public Safety located in the John L.
and Christine Warner Library and Student Center on the
Students who want to get their background
check completed through COTC must pay online first and
present their receipt to the Department
of Public Safety.
When are applications for the sonography program available/due?
Applications are typically available in late March each year. The
deadline to apply to the sonography program is May 15 each year.
May 15, 2021 is a Saturday. Please make arrangements to meet with
an Advisor for the application before close of business, 5 p.m.,
Friday, May 14, 2021.
What classes will I take if I get accepted into the
The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or
degree are listed in a plan of study.
Will I take classes online or face-to-face?
Students will be required to take classes on campus for the
sonography program. Some general education courses may be
available online, but students should plan to be on campus to use
equipment and engage in hands-on learning.
Students majoring in general ultrasound or cardiovascular
ultrasound begin classes in their major during fall semester.
Classes are sequential — meaning they must be taken the
semester they are offered. They are offered in the daytime only
and held face-to-face.
What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for
COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each
Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants,
scholarships and loans.
Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for
some scholarships. Other scholarships
require an application.
Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at
740.366.9435 or email NWKemail@example.com.
How do I get started at COTC?
Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow
the COTC Steps to Enroll to