Frequently Asked Questions

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Degree Program - Associate of Applied Science

Is it true that you have to be an X-ray Tech before you can enter the Program?
No, this is not a requirement. LIT offers an AAS Degree for both the Diagnostic Medical and Cardiac Programs. Only the requirements listed in the application are needed.

How do I apply, what are the requirements?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Program - Associate of Applied Science
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Degree Program - Associate of Applied Science

Can I transfer in courses to fulfill the prerequisites?
Yes, LIT will make the final determination on transfer courses. Only credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities are accepted. You may call or e-mail or call the Sonography personnel with specific questions about your transcripts.

Is LIT accredited?
Yes, through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Is the Sonography Program accredited?
Yes, both the Medical and Cardiac programs are accredited by CAAHEP (administered by the JRC/DMS).

When is the application period?
The application is digital and is open from the first day in January until the last day in February.

When do I do the Criminal Background Check?
Once you are accepted in the Diagnostic Medical or Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program you will be given the information on how to obtain your background check.

Do I take HPRS 1204 or CNA (Certified Nursing Aide or Assistant)?
Either class is accepted. LIT offers a HPRS 1204 class as well as CNA classes. Lamar State College-Port Arthur and Lamar State College-Orange both offer CNA. Various nursing homes also offer a non-college credit CNA course (you must get your license for this to be accepted). 

How many students are accepted each year?
A maximum of 12 students in the Medical and 12 in the Cardiac programs are accepted each year. The student capacity depends on the number of available clinical sites for student placement.

Can I do this program on-line, part-time or in the evening?
No, the Sonography Program is a full-time course of study, not a collection of courses that lead to a degree. Clinical must be done during regular department work hours which are weekday, day-time hours with some evening rotations only. Clinical rotations are 3 days a week for 8 hours each day (24 hours a week).

How many times are students admitted each year?
Students are accepted once a year. Students accepted into the programs will start classes that summer.

Are the graduates able to take the ARDMS exams?
Both Medial and Cardiac Sonography graduates meet the ARDMS Prerequisite #2 for taking the exams. They must take a physics exam, and then can choose between the Abdomen or the OB/GYN exams to become registered. Cardiac Sonography graduates must take physics and the adult Echo tests to become registered.

When I’m accepted at LIT am I accepted into the program?
No, acceptance into the program is a competitive application. Space is limited.