About the Program
Diagnostic Medical Sonography prepares students to conduct ultrasound examinations, focusing on obstetrics and gynecology, abdomen and superficial structures, cardiac sonography and vascular sonographic studies.
Students receive theoretical and clinical training in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Overall program goals and objectives are directly related to the National Competency Profile (NCP) version 5.1, approved by Sonography Canada.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1550
Semester 2: $850
Some additional costs, such as laptops, scrubs, and costs associated while in clinical are not included in the estimated 'Books, Supplies & Program Fees'. If you require more information, please contact the program. Fees for books and supplies might be subject to change.
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
75% in each of
- English 30-1
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
- Physics 30
- Biology 30
1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater or completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ITMS100- Medical Terminology.
Only Alberta residents will be considered.
It is not a requirement for Medical Terminology to be completed by the application deadline; however, if accepted into the program, proof of completion of the course or challenge exam with a passing grade of at least 60% MUST be submitted to the student application file by July 31st.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Online Interview
During the interview, you will be asked questions regarding the program and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography profession. Suggested methods of investigation include:
- Review of program website
- Open House
- Program Previews
- DMS Information Sessions
- Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
- Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
- CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification prior to commencing clinical training. BLS certification must remain current throughout clinical training therefore it is recommended that certification be obtained just prior to clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100 - Basic Life Support | NAIT.
- Computer Literacy- Applicants must have strong computer skills including: word processing, Internet and e-mail. Course material may be delivered using an online learning platform.
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. The selection process is based on:
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 88.25%. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
- Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores; academics presented in Phase 1 must be maintained. The format for Phase 2 is prerecorded online video interviews. Candidates who are successful in moving to Phase 2 will be given adequate notice of the interview requirements and instructions. The interview process consists of two components: part a) The School of Health and Life Sciences interview, and part b) the Program specific interview. The interview scores are combined for a ranking score. Applicants must complete both interview components to be considered for an admission. The first round of interviews will occur in December for applicants that submit a complete application prior to November 1st.
Additional Requirements and Information - Any prospective students with back, arm, shoulder, wrist or neck problems or significant health challenges should consider their options carefully before applying and are advised to consult with the Program. As well, students will be required to perform, and be subject to, ultrasound scans in the lab.
Students are required to work 40 hours per week during the clinical training. Clinical placements will follow the didactic portion of the program, during which students will perform exams on patients' abdomens, superficial structures, obstetrics and gynecology, and cardiac sonography and vascular sonographic studies.
The main purpose of these placements is to achieve the required clinical competencies. No one site will provide all competencies; therefore students will be assigned to a variety of sites which may be situated outside Edmonton and/or Alberta. Site assignment will be based primarily on the competencies required by each student and the site offering the competencies. All costs associated with clinical placement (i.e. travel and accommodation etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
This program is accredited.
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Insight Medical Imaging - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Scholarship||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the second year of the program.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.