Admission Criteria

The following criteria (both 1 and 2) are required to be considered for the Sonography program:

1) Associates degree or higher in a healthcare program

  • The program MUST have hands-on patient care clinical rotations.
  • Examples:
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Occupational Therapist Assistant
    • Registered Nurse
    • *LPN (Associate Degree Programs OR if it is a Certificate Program, then an Associate Degree in another field is still required, plus one year of full-time work in a hospital setting.)
  • Other hands-on healthcare certifications/licenses may be considered on an individual basis. Anything considered likely entails years of work experience in a hospital with direct patient care work where that hospital/facility would be willing to host the student for clinical training. One example would be an ekg tech that a cardiac department wants to train in cardiac sonography.  A CNA or CMA certificate is not eligible to apply unless they work in a hospital and the sonography department is willing to host them via our Employer & Clinical Site Exception Policy (link is at the bottom of this page).

2) Completion of Required Sonography Pre-reqs

Basic medical science and interpersonal communication education is required as a foundation for the clinical role of the diagnostic medical sonographer. All prerequisite courses must be at the post-secondary/college-level education courses completed with a letter grade of C or higher. 

  • Only one course is required in each category:
    • Communication (Examples: English, Comp, or Speech)
    • Human Anatomy (if combined with human physiology, Human A&P I and II must be taken)
    • Human Physiology (if combined with human anatomy, Human A&P I and II must be taken)
    • Mathematics (examples: Intermediate Algebra, Algebra, Statistics, or Trigonometry)
    • Physics (examples: General physics course, no lab required or Radiographic Physics (if in or a graduate of a Radiologic Technology program)
    • Medical Terminology

Click here for Washburn courses that meet the sonography pre-req requirements



  • Unfortunately, if you live in California, it is the only remaining state that is not part of NC-SARA.  We cannot accept any applicant for online courses that is not part of NC-SARA.  This includes clinical rotations and/or residency. For more information on NC-SARA please visit their website.

Apply to the Sonography Program

Applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2024-Feb 1, 2025. No applications are held over year to year and will not be returned to the applicant.

Please watch the instruction video, read all instructions included in the Sonography application form, and review the required application materials below. Once you begin filling out the online application, you will not be able to save your progress and return later.

The application deadline is February 1.

NOTE: This is not an application to Washburn University. If you are not a current Washburn Student, you will need to separately apply to Washburn.

Selection Process

  1. A prospective applicant must meet the criteria laid out in the admissions criteria above
  2. A prospective applicant must be deemed eligible by the program director
  3. A prospective applicant’s references, background check, and other application components must be deemed satisfactory by the program director and clinical coordinator
  4. There must be a signed affiliation agreement in place for the prospective applicant to ensure clinical placement

Employer & Clinical Site Exception Policy

The Employer & Clinical Site Exception Policy exists for a hospital to have the ability to request an individual, who does not meet the normal admissions criteria, to complete the sonography program at their hospital. 

Application Deadline

February 1st is the deadline to be considered for the following fall class.



Allied Health
Benton Hall, Room 107
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2170

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