Medical Sonography FAQ’s

Medical Sonography FAQ’s


I have received my letter of acceptance from CFCC as a Pre-Sonography student. What happens now…?

When students apply to the college they indicate which program of study they wish to pursue. As a pre-sonography student you are ready to begin taking any courses still needed to meet the admissions requirements for the program and your general education courses that are listed in the sonography program curriculum. These general education classes will apply to your degree and earn you points towards the selective admissions point count. There is a separate application process for admission into the Medical Sonography Program. Sonography classes are only taken after students are accepted into the program.



How do I find out more information about the program…?

The fastest way to find out more information is to view the Sonography Program’s website Program information packets are also available in L-304.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend one information session during each application period.



What are the required courses before applying to the program?

Applicants must have obtained a grade of “C” or better in each of the following:

      • High school or college algebra
      • High school or college biology
      • High school or college physics
      • Minimum GPA of 2.5.

Requirements are subject to change. Please refer to the most current application information on the web site and program packet.



Why do the requirements for entry into the program change from one year to the next?

In order to maintain our accreditation with CAAHEP, we must remain in compliance with their standards. The program must also comply with standards set forth by the State of North Carolina. Whenever CAAHEP changes a standard the college must make changes in their programs. These changes may require us to add a new course to the curriculum or require that we change or drop other courses. Changes in CAAHEP standards may also call for us to revise the requirements for entry into a program. Our adherence to these standards allows us to continually provide the highest quality of education possible.



How long is the waiting list for the medical sonography program?

There is no waiting list. All applicants must go through the application process each year.



Is there an advantage in taking my general education courses at CFCC?

Points are awarded for a CFCC GPA of 3.5 or higher (based on a minimum of 12 credits/semester excluding developmental classes). These GPA points are not awarded to students with transferring credits.



I need to know if the college will accept transfer credit for a course that I took at another college. Who can I contact regarding transfer credits?

Please call the Counseling Department at 910-362-7017 regarding questions about transfer credits.



When are appointments scheduled for academic advising?

Currently enrolled students are advised each semester during a pre-determined two week advisement period (see college calendar). During this advisement period, health science faculty members share advising duties and students interested in health science programs are advised on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. An advising schedule will be posted in L-304 the week prior to the advisement period.



How do I increase my chances of being accepted into the program once I have finished all of my general education courses?

Additional points are awarded to students who have taken a college medical terminology course and completed CIS 111 or 110 .



How many students apply to the medical sonography program each year?

The program has had up to 138 applicants in one application period. The numbers vary annually.



How many students are accepted each year?

Ten students are accepted each year contingent on an adequate number of clinical sites



Why can’t more students be accepted into the program?

Medical Sonography is a unique learning experience that requires one-on-one instructor training with every student. With the current number of faculty and the time needed with each student we cannot accept more than ten students. We can only have one student at each of our clinical sites due to our accreditation requirements. We have a limited number of clinical sites, some of which are over fifty miles away. To meet these requirements, we cannot accept larger numbers of students into the program.



What is the length of the program once I am accepted as a Medical Sonography student?

The Medical Sonography Program is a two year, full-time program. Sonography courses are taught in a required order over the five semesters of the program. Most students admitted into the program have completed all general education courses within the curriculum; however this does not decrease the length of the program.



Do the programs only start in the fall?

Yes. One class of ten students is admitted each fall semester.



Do I need CPR certification to be accepted into the program?

Only upon acceptance into the program will you be required to obtain a 2 year American Heart CPR certification for infant, child and adult.



Are there any night classes?

There are no evening classes; however some clinical education rotations may require evening and / or weekend hours.



Will I get to choose the clinical sites where I will attend clinical education?

No. All students are required to rotate through all clinical sites.



Is it true that sonographers do not have to deal with blood or needles?

False. Sonographers participate in biopsy procedures, aspiration of body fluids and blood and other surgical procedures sometimes performed within the operating rooms. These procedures require the use of needles and expose the sonographer to blood and body fluids. Students are trained to properly handle bloodborne pathogens.



How much patient contact is required of a sonography student?

Students are required to have direct patient contact beginning in the first semester. This contact will consist of performing sensitive ultrasound exams such as breast scans, testicular scans, and transvaginal scans.



What is the average salary for a sonographer?

The average starting salary is approximately $45,000



Can having a past felony conviction affect my qualifications for the program and a career in sonography?

Criminal background checks are required for attendance at the clinical sites. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, then you may not be able to attend clinical education. In addition, you may not be allowed to sit for the ARDMS national certification registry exams. This means that you can never become registered and thus will not be able to practice sonography. If you have ever been convicted of a felony then you are advised to contact the ARDMS and get this issue resolved prior to applying for acceptance into this program. For more information go to