Frequently Asked Questions
If I already have an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, do I still have to take the prerequisite courses?
Your prior coursework must come from a regionally accredited institution. The courses will be evaluated and if they are equivalent to the course given at LIU and the grade is a C or better they may be transferred in.
Can I go directly into the sequence of DMS courses?
The short answer is yes.
Students who are accepted into LIU and have a prior Associate's or Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and have completed the required college level science and math courses (Algebra, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, statistics and communications (speech), etc.) can, if accepted, you will go directly into the sequence of DMS courses.
How long is the program?
The program overall takes 4 years to complete. The professional part of the program is 5 semesters in length, including the summer semester between the third and fourth year. Students will complete an integrated didactic and clinical curriculum.
Will I be able to work while taking the professional courses?
The short answer is no.
During the first semester of the professional phase, classes are given three times per week so while there is time for you to work, there is a tremendous amount of material that is covered. Former students who have tried to work and attend class have found it extremely difficult, not impossible, to succeed while doing so.
In subsequent semesters, the answer is a definite no as classes and clinical internships take up a full five-day work week.
Do I have to find my own clinical internships?
No. You will be assigned a minimum of two different clinical sites for your internships each semester. You cannot pick where you want to go. You switch back and forth between internships in general ultrasound that is sometimes paired with obstetrics and adult echocardiography each semester.
Is it possible to do internships in areas other than the three main concentrations?
Yes, if you have made sufficient progress in the main concentration areas and if your grades are good enough. Going to a specialty internship takes away from the time you spend in one of the major fields of study. You therefore, must be sufficiently strong in all of the subject areas to allow you to miss some clinical time honing your scanning skills in those areas.
The areas where you may be able to do a specialty internship are musculoskeletal ultrasound, non-invasive vascular sonography or pediatric echocardiography.