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Bachelor’s in Cardiovascular Sonography Admissions Requirements

Raise your potential to new heights and increase your skills as you earn credentials in echocardiography. Sonographers know how valuable they are in the diagnosis of heart and vascular disease, and they also realize that obtaining a bachelor's degree is important in this competitive field. Join us to earn your Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography. 

The Annual Tuition Rate for 2020-2021 is $22,000 for the Bachelor of Science - Cardiovascular Sonography program and $27,500 for the concurrent M.H.Sc. option.  Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice but will be posted for public access. Tuition changes are universally applied to all students and prior rates are not locked-in while matriculating through the program.

For this program, the annual tuition is administered in a flat-rate manner with approximately the same tuition charge each term regardless of the total credit hours/courses in that term. Any courses which are repeated for academic reasons are an exception to this flat-rate plan and will result in an extra per-credit-hour charge.  For 2020-2021 the normal flat-rate tuition is approximately $7,333 per semester plus fees for the Bachelor's-level program. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

  • Initial Acceptance Fee - $500: This fee is required to reserve the accepted student's place in the applicable entering class, and is not refundable in the event of withdrawal. It is payable within 2 weeks of acceptance.
  • Initial Seat Deposit - $250: This fee is due within 6 weeks of acceptance or March 1st, whichever occurs first, and is not refundable in the event of withdrawal.
  • Initial Pre-registration Fee - $250: This fee is due within 8 weeks of acceptance or April 1st, whichever occurs first, and is not refundable in the event of withdrawal.
  • First Semester: The first semester's tuition and fees, less the $1,000 deposits previously paid (above), are due upon registration for courses and must be paid in full before Orientation day in May of each year (specific date determined each year.)
  • Student Services Fee: upon registration each semester, a $500 per-semester student services fee is applied to the student's account
  • HPD Access Fee: A Health Profession Division (HPD) general access fee of $145 is required each year.  

Tuition and fees for each subsequent semester are due upon registration for courses, and must be paid in any case before the first day of classes/courses for that term.  Students will not be admitted initially, nor allowed to register for courses or attend classes until their financial obligations have been met. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

In addition to the tuition and fees described above, there will be:

  • a one-time $225 fee for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Sonography Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) examination.
  • a Registry Review software license which must be purchased during the Clinical year of the program, the current cost is approximately $150. 
  • upon entering the program, students will be required to purchase 2 white student lab coats at approx. $45 each through the NSU Bookstore, and 5 sets of program-approved color-specific scrubs, either through the Bookstore or a third-party vendor (cost will vary.) 

Health Insurance

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospitalization insurance. Students may wish to use the student insurance plan through the university, or use their own insurance.  If a student has their own insurance and does not wish to use the NSU student plan, they must opt-out each academic year via an online process and provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage, or they will be automatically enrolled and charged for the student insurance plan.

For more information, please visit  nova.edu/studentinsurance

Financial Aid

The primary financial responsibility for the student's education rests with the student and his or her family, but economic circumstances for some families may make it necessary for the student to obtain assistance from other sources.

For more information, please visit NSU's Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Prospective cardiovascular sonography students are selected by The Committee on Admissions (COA) through consideration of the overall qualities of the candidate. Individuals with diverse education, work, and life experience who have demonstrated the capacity to pursue the course of cardiovascular sonography will be admitted. Areas of consideration include application content, academic record, letters of evaluation and personal motivation. Upon receipt of the completed application, the COA will select applicants for interview. Applicants must be present for the interview (phone interviews are not acceptable) and expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

It should be noted that many criteria, in addition to credentials, play a role in the admission process for the program. While the program allows the student to demonstrate academic capability, it does not ensure admission to any professional school. Admission to the cardiovascular sonography program will not guarantee admission to any other program of Nova Southeastern University.

Upon receipt of the completed application, fees, credentials, transcripts, the admissions officers and the College of Health Care Sciences will review all material for evidence of the proper education, training, and background to enter the cardiovascular sonography course of study. The university reserves the right to modify any requirement individual basis as deemed necessary by the Dean of the College of Health Care Sciences.

In order to be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science-Cardiovascular Sonography, a student must have completed 30 semester hours of prerequisite education coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.60 on a 4.0 grading scale.

PREREQUISITES (TOTAL 30 CREDIT HOURS)
Arts & Humanities 6
Mathematics (at or above MATH 1040) 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6
Written Composition (at or above COMP1500) 6
Science* 6

* Program-specific Science requirements are for:

  • EITHER 3 credits of Human Anatomy I, or Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits Human Anatomy II, or Anatomy & Physiology II (with or without lab) 
  • OR  3 credits of Human Anatomy I, or Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits General Physics (with or without lab.)

Note: General education courses cannot be survey courses.

Highly recommended but not required courses: 

  • Anatomy & Physiology II or III
  • Basic Medical Terminology

Applicants for admission must submit or be responsible for the submission of:

  1. a completed application along with a $50 non-refundable application fee. Application is available online through "Request Info/Apply Now".
  2. two letters of evaluation from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic advisors, professors, clinical or non-clinical supervisors or community associates.
  3. official college, certificate and/or diploma-based from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, sent directly from the institution to the Enrollment Processing Services (EPS).
  4. Copies of national and/or state professional certification, license or registration, if applicable.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable), sent directly to NSU’s EPS.
  6. a current curriculum vitae (CV)
  7. Evaluation of coursework taken at foreign institutions for U.S. institutional equivalence (if applicable)*

Foreign coursework must be evaluated by one of the following services:

  • World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    (212) 966-6311
    www.wes.org
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: (305) 273-1616
    Fax: (305) 273-1338 E-Mail: info@jsilny.org
    www.jsilny.com
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 415070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

A student-prepared learning portfolio requesting assessment of prior experience for academic credit (only for those graduates from programs other than those from regionally accredited colleges or universities).

All admissions information should be sent to

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: Cardiovascular Sonography Program
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

The Office of Admissions works on rolling admissions basis. Applicants are accepted year round. To ensure that your application has received proper consideration, you should apply early.

The Committee on Admissions will not consider an application until all fees, credentials, transcripts and test scores have been received by the EPS.

The university reserves the right to modify any requirements on an individual basis as deemed necessary by the dean of the College of Health Care Sciences.

The college reserves the right, and the student (by his or her act of matriculation) concedes to the college the right, to require his or her withdrawal at any time the college feels necessary to safeguard its standards of scholarship, conduct, and compliance with regulation, or for such other reasons that are deemed appropriate.

The dean and program director of the cardiovascular sonography program reserve the right to require the student's withdrawal at any time for the above-mentioned reasons.

An evaluation of transfer credit will be completed prior to the first semester of enrollment, and applicable credit will be transferred based on all final official transcripts received. Students will be advised to take courses based on the official evaluation of their file.

Students must provide final official transcripts from all their previous colleges. Their previous academic work will then be evaluated. The Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography course of study will transfer a maximum of 33 prerequisite semester credits (grade C or better).

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