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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma (General and Cardiac Sonography Option)


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Applications are submitted externally through the BCIT website.

Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
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    Experience
  • Location
    Burnaby
  • Campuses
    Burnaby

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    City of Burnaby
  • Length
    22 months, full-time
  • Tuition Estimate
    Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Approx costs: Level 1: $1,150; Level 2: $600: Level 3: $400; Level 4: $200
  • Credential Granted
    Diploma

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications accepted November 1st* to January 5th.*  *or next business day

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

Note: Applicants to this program must be residents of British Columbia. This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

Application Fee: Contact BCIT

1) Program Admission Requirements

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has a competitive selection process. Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Post-secondary education
  • A strong GPA
  • A demonstrated interest in the field
  • Related volunteer and/or work experience

Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Only final grades (not midterm grades) will be accepted to meet these entrance requirements.

  • Physics: one of the following (or equivalent*), completed within the past five years:
      • Physics 11 (73%) or
      • PHYS 0309 - Pre-Entry Physics 1 (73%) or
      • PHYS 0110 - Physics 11 Challenge Exam (73%)

    *Physics 12 (73%) or 3.0 credits of post-secondary physics at 100 level or higher (73%) will be accepted for recency only if the applicant has Physics 11 (73%) but not within the past five years.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

With the exception of English, these entrance requirements must have been completed within five years from the program start date. If more than five years have elapsed, upgrading in the required subjects may be necessary.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements


Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete the following:

    • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI):
      • Interviews are usually held in January, February, and March.
      • Applicants are only eligible for one MMI.
      • The Nuclear Medicine, Medical Radiography, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs share the MMI process.
      • The MMI results will be transferred If the application is transferred to one of these programs.
  • Two letters of reference: Letters are to be sent by the person providing the reference directly to the program area.

During this process, applicants will be assessed by program staff for their suitability for the program and this profession.


Step 3: Conditionally accepted applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT, you will be notified through myCommunication. The following will be required for full acceptance::

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Recommended for success

  • Physical and mental stamina. Applicants with a history of arm, shoulder, neck, and/or back injury should carefully consider their suitability for this career choice. Examples include but are not limited to carpel tunnel syndrome, nerve entrapment, rotator cuff tears, thoracic outlet syndrome, and spinal injury.

  • Fine motor control / manual dexterity

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to:
    • visualize objects in three dimensions
    • accurately differentiate shades of grey, colors and sounds
    • work independently and in team situation
    • manage stressful and busy work environments
    • move and transfer patients from wheelchairs to stretchers and to the washroom
    • assist patients with toilet needs
    • multitask accurately and efficiently
    • problem solve in a variety of situations


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offers three areas of specialization:

  • General Sonography Option
  • Cardiac Sonography Option
  • General and Cardiac Sonography Option

Candidates apply to their preferred option and may indicate their second and third option choices in the online application.


BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy BCIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English-Language Proficiency required for study at BCIT is detailed here.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

Out-of-Province

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

BC Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you can still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience.

To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program.

There is helpful information for Mature students in the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admission & Registration webpage.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

 

How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs check here.