Admission Process

Prospective students must:

  1. Complete official school application. (Applications are accepted between June 1 and Jan. 15 for the following September program.) You will need a verification of patient care experience form filled out by your supervisor for any CNA work experience and/or sonography job shadow experience.
  2. Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary colleges/universities. Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the college/university.
  3. Submit a one-to-two-page personal statement in the student's own handwriting stating why he/she wishes to become a sonographer. (Upload document on application.)
  4. Letters of recommendation are no longer required for application, but will be accepted.
  5. Mail application material to: Froedtert Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226.

The school does not notify candidates of the arrival of application materials. All application materials become the property of Froedtert Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The school reserves the right to refuse the forwarding or copying of these materials.

Upon receipt of the above items, we will review all application elements will. The below Transcript Assessment Form will be used to score the application and transcript.

  • Applicants who have completed all prerequisite classes (with passing grade of C or above) and score a minimum of one point in each section of Part I will receive an invitation, via e-mail, to an information session. These sessions provide the applicant with an overview of the program and an opportunity to ask questions. View a map of the interview location. The event will be held at Froedtert Hospital.
  • Applicant selects an interview date at the end of the informational session. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission Policy

The admission process for the School consists of two parts.

  • Part I (the application and transcript)
  • Part II (the interview)

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Part I: Transcript Assessment

As mandated by the Joint Review Commission on Accreditation of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs on behalf of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs the Froedtert Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical sonography requires the following prerequisites for application to our professional education curriculum:

  • Algebra, statistics, or higher mathematics course
  • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics
  • Communication skills (either coursework or demonstrable work experience)
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Patient care (CNA license/worked hours is the most common demonstration)
  • Medical ethics and law
  • Medical terminology
  • Pathophysiology

Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program works in partnership with the following institutions of higher learning to provide a high quality and comprehensive education.

  • UW-Milwaukee
  • UW-Oshkosh
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Marian University

If you are currently enrolled in one of these colleges or universities, please contact your advisor for specific course information and help in planning your path to application. Partners may be updated. If your university isn’t on this list, ask your advisor for additional information.

If you meet these requirements but are not enrolled in a partner institution, you are still encouraged to apply and if you have any questions on qualifications please contact [email protected].

Part II: Interview Process

A personal interview is mandatory for consideration of acceptance. Interviews are scheduled from February through March. On the day of the interview the applicant will be interviewed by a panel of faculty members. Following the interview, an interview assessment form will be completed, by each panel member, which includes a rating of the applicant’s:

  • Professional appearance
  • Professionalism and maturity
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Initiative/motivation
  • Critical thinking

We will assess the total score from Part II.

Applicants who have completed the prerequisite courses will have the total points from Part I and Part II assessed — applicants with the highest number of points will be considered for acceptance. Class selection is based on the highest accumulation of points.


Selection of students is made by transcript, application and interview assessment. All applicants are considered equally for admission regardless of age, race, creed, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, veteran status or handicap. The School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography guarantees equal opportunity for all. Participation in the program will be contingent on the successful completion of a physical examination, drug screening and background check. The physical examination, drug screen and background check will be completed by Froedtert & MCW health network at no cost to the applicant.

Personal and Physical Characteristics

Qualified Applicants:

  • Must be able to hear patient calling for assistance
  • Must be sympathetic and tactful
  • Must be dependable
  • Must be able to accept responsibility
  • Must be a good listener
  • Must be accurate with records and detail
  • Must be able to work under pressure
  • Must be able to lift heavy patients
  • Must be able to coordinate eye-hand movements
  • Must be able to see a television image
  • Must be able to reach extensively

The Admissions Committee will meet in March to select the class for the upcoming September start date. The number of students selected each year is determined on the current job market and clinical spots.

The Program Director will notify all applicants of the final decision via e-mail by April 1. Selected candidates must:

  • Return the confirmation letter
  • Submit a non-refundable commitment fee, $100.

Upon receipt of the above items, the student will receive an e-mail from the DMS program outlining requirements prior to starting the program. Along with orientation information from the Froedtert Hospital Human Resource department one month prior to the fall start date.


Froedtert Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography has articulation agreements with several institutions of higher learning in the southeastern Wisconsin region. The student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, upon completion of the pre-professional and professional components. If you are interested in the four-year degree, please contact the respective universities or colleges.