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Diagnostic Ultrasound/Radiation and Imaging Sciences Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

There are two paths to transfer for career training.
You can complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement and include the prerequisite courses as indicated here and transfer to a Bachelor’s degree program. Use the AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.

Or, you can obtain professional certification at a community college that offers the Associate in Diagnostic Ultrasound. These programs do not require that you complete the AA-DTA before transfer, but do have prerequisite courses.

Areas of Study in Diagnostic Ultrasound/ Radiation and Imaging Sciences: Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Pathophysiology, Echocardiography, Cardiac and Vascular Evaluation, Prenatal Evaluation, Imaging Instrumentation, Patient Positioning, Exam Techniques, Radiation Safety, Radiation Therapy, Professional and Medical Ethics.

Where can I go for help?

Diagnostic Ultrasound/ Radiation and Imaging Sciences Faculty Advisors

John Moffat
206-546-4569 Rm 2809
Kira Wennstrom
206-546-4578 Rm 2816
Joyce Fagel
206-546-6984 Rm 5229

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

Career Planning

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen two-year or four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

School Transfer Information
Bellevue College
Seattle University
Spokane Community College
Tacoma Community College
  • The community colleges offer Associates in Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences. These degrees do not require completion of AA degree to enter. 
  • Bellevue College also offers a follow up Bachelor in Applied Sciences in Radiation and Imaging Sciences.
  • Seattle University offers a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound (enter with AA degree and prerequisites)

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

ART 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105  

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Recommended: MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 .

Strongly Recommended:

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level.

Strongly Recommended

Course Selected:

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g. Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Recommended: SOC& 101  (for Bellevue College).

General Electives (Minimum 25 Credits)

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) .

Strongly Recommended:

Selected Courses:

What is Diagnostic Ultrasound/Radiation and Imaging Sciences?

Diagnostic Ultrasound is a non-invasive medical procedure that uses special equipment with high-frequency sound waves to form an image of body tissue. Radiation and Imaging Sciences encompasses X-ray exams, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT Scans) to perform and develop diagnostic imagery. Diagnostic Ultrasound, Radiation and Imaging Sciences are essential exams for physicians to assess and diagnose medical conditions. Sonographers, X-ray and Radiation Technicians work closely with Radiologists, Cardiologists, Obstetricians, Orthopedic Surgeons and other physicians to help treat illnesses and injuries.

What can I do with a Degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound/Radiation and Imaging Sciences?

Students who major in Diagnostic Ultrasound or Radiation Sciences develop the knowledge and skills to perform highly technical imaging procedures. In addition, technicians must have strong critical thinking, problem solving and communications skills to work as part of a health care team. Some technicians specialize in radiation therapy to treat cancer and other diseases.

Potential employers include: Medical imaging clinics, hospitals, private physician’s office, medical centers and other health care facilities. For more, please visit

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

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