A review of the student’s credentials, clinical experience and/or formal sonography coursework will be individually assessed through prior-learning assessment criteria for determination of certificate course requirement equivalency.
Students may be awarded up to 44 credits for prior learning and clinical experience. In addition, college transcripts will be evaluated for determination of course equivalency. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Misericordia University to be awarded the baccalaureate degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
After transcript and prior learning assessment evaluation, an individual plan of study will be created for each student. Credits required may include courses within the University’s sonography certificate program, core and/or cognate classes. The student must complete a minimum of 8 credits of advanced sonography coursework.
Scenario 1: On- the- job training with no formal college education.
If a sonographer possesses the RDMS (Abdomen and OB/GYN certifications) 40 credits will be evaluated for transfer through the University’s prior learning assessment method.
Scenario 2: Graduate of Misericordia University’s certificate program.
Typically a graduate would possess a minimum of 70 credits, therefore approximately 55 credits or less would be required for completion.
Scenario 3: Graduate of a non credit bearing CAAHEP accredited program.
Similar to scenario 1 in which credit evaluation would be based upon number of clinical hours, prerequisite courses, and certifications/specialties earned by the sonographer.
Scenario 4: Graduate of an Associate Degree in Sonography Program.
Minimum of 60 credits may be applied toward the degree.
Scenario 5: Sonographer who holds a bachelor degree in another field of study.
Up to 60 credits may be awarded with evaluation of credits required for completion of the degree.