The DMS program follows and enforces the Oakland Community College and the clinical
affiliated agencies’ policy for maintaining a drug-free campus and work place. Therefore,
negative result for a urine drug screen test (no drugs found) is a requirement for
admission into the program. All students selected for admission must have a urine
drug screen test at their own expense and must be drug free in order to be eligible
for admission. More details about the process of drug testing (where to be tested,
the cost of the test, and how the results of the testing are reported to the Health
Professions Department) will be sent to the selected students in the information packet
and can be obtained from the Health Professions Department.
Health Insurance is strongly encouraged. The college, the health care facilities
and workman’s compensation do not cover the students against accidents or illness.
Students are responsible for the cost of any medical or emergency care.
A current health history and physical examination are required within three months
prior to starting the first clinical sonography course of the program. The Medical
History and Health Examination forms are available through the Health Professions
Department. All required immunization and tuberculin (TB) test or chest x-ray (if
TB is positive) must be done as a part of the initial examination.
Tuberculosis screening must be repeated and submitted annually (either Tuberculin
skin test (TB test) or TB Screening Questionnaire).
Students who drop out of the Sonography Program for more than one year must have another
physical examination and have the appropriate forms on file prior to resuming clinical
All sonography students must provide documentation for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella
(chickenpox), Tdap, Hepatitis B, and influenza (annually, during flu season). For
Hepatitis B, either proof of immunity or a signed declination of immunization must
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.
Other Admission Requirements
Student membership to the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS) is required.
Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BLS-HCP) through the American Heart
Association or the American Red Cross: Prior to the first clinical DMS course at
OCC, students are required to show evidence of current BLS Healthcare Provider Certification.
Certifications must be renewed prior to the card expiration.
All required information must be submitted to the Health Professions Office by the
specified dates. Furthermore, other requirements may be added at any time if necessary,
to meet the needs of the external agencies.
Students who do not pay tuition by the deadline will be deregistered and will not
be registered again in the same semester. Students who have been deregistered and
have not yet started the program may lose their seat in the program. Students who
have been deregistered and have already begun the program will be registered when
space is available.
Second year sonography students are required to maintain current health records and
a CPR certificate, liability insurance and results of TB test (or chest x-ray) in
the Department of Health Professions Office. Any second year sonography student who
is not in compliance with these regulations, prior to Fall instruction, will be denied
entrance to the clinical component.
This is merely an overview of program policies, if you require a more detailed description
of all program policies, please register for an information session or contact the