NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Ferris State University - Main Campus

Program: Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce images and data that assist health care professionals diagnose various disease and disease processes. Sonographers are taught to work independently and to operate highly technical ultrasound equipment to acquire sonographic images.

The six-semester sequential course of study at Ferris leads to an associates of applied science degree. Ferris provides an internship in the last three semesters.

Graduates of the program are eligible to write the Physical Principles/Instrumentation Examination (The Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation) and Specialty Examinations for the RDMS Credential (Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology) upon completion of all required clinical experience as dictated by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Graduates of the program are eligible to write the ARRT Sonography Credential.

Admission Criteria

  1. Admission to DMS requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5, (2.7 if less than 12 transferrable credits - consult FSU if you are not sure).
  2. A grade of a B- (3.0 at NMC) or better must be earned in MTH 111 or 121, BIO 106, and PHY 105; a C in HAH 101 and n ENG 111 (2.0 at NMC). These grades must be earned within two attempts. These courses (marked below with an *) must be completed prior to applying for admission into the professional sequence (SONO courses).
  3. All science and math courses must be taken within 5 years of application to your professional sequence.
  4. Students may apply Feb 1–15 while still completing admission requirements in that Spring semester but those who already completed admission criteria in the Fall semester will have priority in the admission for that year.
  5. Please contact the Office of Health Professions at (231) 591-2270 or email CHP@Ferris.edu.

Basic Requirements

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111*

English Composition


ENG 112

English Composition


Natural Science


BIO 106*

Human Biology


PHY 105*

Physics of the World Around Us




Choose one of the 2 courses below:*


MTH 111

Intermediate Algebra (preferred)


MTH 121

College Algebra


NOTE: If you have already completed MTH 120 to meet this requirement by following an older transfer guide, please contact the Office of Health Professions at (231) 591-2270 or email CHP@Ferris.edu at FSU about this math requirement.

Social Science


PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology



Required Classes



HAH 101*

Medical Terminology


HAH 120

Infection Control (FSU class - COHP 102 - is available online every semester if NMC class is full.)


Choose one:

BUS 155

Interpersonal Communication


COM 111

Public Speaking



Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: July 2022 for Fall 2022