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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 Diagnostic Medical Sonography International Students


Welcome to the Health Sciences Campus of Montgomery College (MC). We are here to help you develop your career as a health professional. Montgomery College has a diverse student population with over 165 nations represented. The Health Sciences Campus is located in Takoma Park/Silver Spring in lower Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. For more information about Montgomery College please visit our MC Website .




 Steps to follow:


1.   Requesting an I-20   

 I-20 form is a student visa for International Students needed for entry in the United States. Please pay attention about the deadline for requesting I-20. The deadline for fall semester is June 1, and spring semester is October first. There are several prerequisites to apply for I-20: (1) Apply to Montgomery College and accepted by the college; (2) Complete a Supplemental Information for I-20 Request Form; (3) High School Diploma with its transcript and international academic credential evaluation; (4) Fulfill English composition course equivalent to EN101 at Montgomery College and English test (Academic American English Placement Test, TOEFL or IELTS); (5) Provide evidence of financial support.

I-20 form is a student visa for International Students needed for entry in the United States.

For more information on F-1 Student Visa or Status and the I-20 Form visit the Montgomery College Admission and Records website.


2.   Transfer Credit Information


Transcripts from colleges or universities from outside the United States need to be sent to an accredited organization, for example like the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Office (ACCRO) or World Education Services (WES), international academic credentials organizations who will charge a fee to have international transcripts be evaluated. Please request that your evaluated transcripts be sent directly to the Montgomery College Admissions and Records Office.


Note: If you have finished a Degree(s) in your native country, and you would like to request an advance standing credit for it, you must have a full evaluation of your transcript(s) completed by credentials evaluation service.

For more information on Credits for Courses Taken Outside the US, visit the Montgomery College Admission and Records webpage.


3. Transfer credit information for international students within the US


 If you are an International Student here in the United States looking to apply for the DMS Program at Montgomery College you will need to transfer your I-20 form from the other college or institution to Montgomery College. However, it is important that you take a look at the deadlines for I-20 transferring and for applying to the DMS Program so that you don't miss either deadline. 

For more information on F-1 Student Visa or Status and the I-20 Form visit the Montgomery College Admission and Records website.


4.   Pre-requisites required for the DMS program


It is crucial that you make sure you have completed the prerequisite courses in order to be an eligible candidate to apply for Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Montgomery College.

 *For more specific information about Pre-requisites and General Education Requirements visit the  Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions.


Once you have been accepted to the program you may work your way through to complete the core courses that you will have to accomplish by the end of the DMS program in order for you to earn a Degree of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Certificate.  It is advisable to complete some of these courses before or while applying to the DMS program.


a.    Assessment for Prior Learning

Because of the importance of English language proficiency in fulfilling program courses and clinical rotation, the applicant should show mastery in English, which includes one of followings: (1) The Academic American English Placement Test; (2) Students who have passed college-level English with a C or better from an accredited educational institution in the United States; (3) TOEFL 91 or higher (internet-based test); (4) SAT 550 or higher on the verbal section. For more information on Credits for Courses Taken Outside the US, visit the Montgomery College Admission and Records webpage.


5.   Credit hours


A minimum of 12 credits per semester are required to maintain full time student status for international students.


6.   Estimated Annual Cost 

Visit the Montgomery College Admission and Records webpage for the most current Tuition Rates for Credit Courses by Residency.

In addition to the tuition, there will be some extra expenses required for the DMS program that may include expenses generated by traveling between your home and your affiliated clinical sites. The DMS Fees link will give you an approximation of the programs costs.


7.   Completion Time for Diagnostic Medical Sonogrpahy Program 


International students, the good news is that the DMS program is a two-year program, however, there are Pre-requisite courses that are required to complete prior to applying to the program and other General Education Requirements that will need to be completed in order to earn an A.A.S in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Therefore, if you have not completed all the pre-requisite courses and need to do so at Montgomery College, the time you spend at Montgomery College will be more than two years.

Since organization and time management are the key to success in this program, visit the  Frequently Asked Questions, it will give you an idea of how your schedule will look like once you’re enrolled in the DMS program.


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Internationals students immigration status while in the United States


To maintain immigration status in the United States an international student is required to enroll as full-time students. A minimum of twelve credit hours are required to maintain student status. Visit the Resources for International Students on the MC Website.


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 Contact Information for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program


For specific questions about the Sonography program,can contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Coordinator, 240-567-5563. For questions about admissions please call 240-567-5000 or email For questions about immigration status please contact the International Student Coordinator.  For advising and counseling please e-mail questions to For more information on Admission and Records, Financial Aid, Counseling and Advising visit the following webpage


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 International coordinator


Follow this link to get information about the International Student Coordinator at Montgomery College.


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 Application Deadline


Applications for the DMS program can be submitted any date between January and February. Deadline for all applications for the DMS program is March 1st each year for a Summer Session I start date.


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Information session for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program


It is recommended that all perspective students attend an information session. Currently we only offer on campus information sessions, however we are working on an online information session so that you can participate online. You can request a packet of information to be sent to you via mail, email to request a packet of information.


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 Living Accommodations for International students at Montgomery College

Students are responsible for their own living accommodations. Montgomery College is not a residential campus college. International students must be able to find their own living accommodations and transportation.



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