Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept federal aid or financial assistance?  
No, we cannot accept either. However, you may qualify for a student loan such as a Sallie Mae or Ascent Student Loan.

How do I apply for a Sallie Mae loan?
Online at under the “Smart Option Student Loan” option. For qualified students, Smart Option Student Loans are available from Sallie Mae Financial Corporation. These are not financial aid loans provided by the federal or state government but are private loans underwritten and approved by Sallie Mae based on the creditworthiness of the student and/or co-signer. Once approved by Sallie Mae, students may be certified by UMBC for loan amounts up to or exceeding the cost of tuition for courses and programs that are confirmed to run. A signed registration form must be received by the school before a loan is certified and disbursed. Applicants may not apply for a Sallie Mae loan unless accepted by UMBC DMSP. UMBC’s Sallie Mae school code is 00210500.

When does the program start and how long does it last?
The program starts every July and concludes in August of the following year for a total of 13.5 months.

What is the tuition for the program?
Currently, the tuition is $26,495.00 for the 2025-2026 school year.

What are the additional costs beyond tuition?
Students are responsible for additional costs including the parking fees at area hospitals, uniforms, books, CPR, medical exam, background check, drug screen, immunization tracker, lunch, professional organization fees, and registry exam fees. A $300 enrollment fee is due upon acceptance.

What are the hours of the program?
Expect class and clinical hours to begin at 8 am (unless otherwise stated). The day concludes at 4:30 – 5:00 pm. Students are required to attend all classes/clinical rotations during these hours Monday-Friday.

Are there any evening or weekend classes?
No, all classes are daytime classes that are held on weekdays. There are no flexible course options.

What certification do I receive upon completion of the program?
The UMBC Sonography Program is a Professional Certificate program.  A Certificate of Completion from UMBC is awarded upon graduation from the program.

Can I enroll in more than one track?

Students may be accepted into only one track: Abdomen-Extended and OB/GYN (our “General” track), our Adult Cardiac track or our Vascular track. Upon graduation, there are job opportunities and full careers in any of the three tracks.

Is the program accredited?
Yes, the program has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates of a CAAHEP-accredited program such as the UMBC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program qualify to take the national registry exams and earn a sonography credential in their chosen specialty.

What is the Holiday or vacation schedule for students?
The program is closed for major holidays with breaks around certain holidays. An extended break is scheduled during the Winter session.

Can I continue to work while I am in the program?
Due to the demands of the program, we do not recommend that students work while in the program. However, if you must work, please ensure that your work hours do not interfere with class, clinical days or study time.

What is the dress code for the program?
The dress code for class is casual: jeans, t-shirts, khakis, polo shirts, Bermuda shorts, etc. Mini-skirts, tank tops, halter tops, yoga pants/shorts and crop tops are not allowed, nor anything obscene or offensive. In the clinical sites, a scrubs uniform is required. A complete dress code is published in the Student Handbook.

Is there a required uniform for the UMBC program?
Yes. While at clinical site rotations, our program requires all students wear a uniform that identifies them as from UMBC DMSP. The student must appear neat, clean and professional at all times.

Are applicants required to complete prerequisite courses at UMBC?
No, prerequisite courses may be completed at any accredited university or community college.

Can any of the prerequisites be waived?
Transcripts are evaluated by the admissions office for courses that may meet the prerequisites, but no prerequisites are waived. Only one CLEP examination will be accepted in lieu of a prerequisite.

Does the UMBC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program issue 1098-T forms?
No, since UMBC DMSP is not an eligible institution under IRS guidelines, we cannot issue 1098-T forms.

What is the Cancellation and Refund Policy for the program?
If UMBC DMSP receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the start date of classes: full refund of tuition paid.
If UMBC DMSP receives a notice of cancellation 9 business days prior to the start date of classes: 50% refund of tuition paid.
After the start of classes, no refund of tuition paid.
Fees paid are non-refundable.