Clinical Site Request

We recommend that if you live within a 2 hour driving radius of another CAAHEP accredited program, you should apply to that program. Obtaining a clinical site for you to perform your clinical may be challenging, if not impossible, if you live close to another sonography school. To get a better idea of the likelihood of Jackson College securing a clinical education site in your area, please find accredited programs near you at

If you live outside a 200-mile radius of campus and are not willing/able to relocate to Michigan or Indiana for a clinical site, you may request a clinical site in your location by submitting the Clinical Characteristics and Curriculum Vitae documents found below. Once these documents are received, the Program Director will review the documents to ensure they meet the clinical educational requirements.  Once approved, Jackson College will contact the clinical site to establish an affiliation agreement.

An appropriate clinical educational site will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. There is an ARDMS (RDCS) or CCI (RCS) credentialed cardiac sonographer on staff that is willing to serve as the student’s clinical instructor.  This individual should have previous experience in training sonographers and/or students.
  2. The echo department performs a minimum of 1,000 adult echocardiograms per year. There is a dedicated echo or cardiovascular department for adult echocardiography procedures.
  3. TEE and stress echo are performed in the facility.
  4. We prefer that the facility can provide a variety of patient care settings in which sonographic procedures are performed on in-patients and outpatients. These settings may include the following: ambulatory care facilities, specialty centers, emergency/trauma, intensive/critical/coronary care, surgery, angiography/cardiac catheterization.  Please note that the facility does not need to be all inclusive in the above.

Any potential student can contact the Program Director to see if Jackson College may have an affiliated clinical site in their geographical area.

Ask the Supervisor or Manager of the ultrasound lab to complete the following two forms and submit them to Lindsay Mercer BS, RDCS Cardiac Sonography Program Director, by email at on or before the application deadline of August 15.

Understanding Mandatory Lab Requirement

All students admitted to the cardiac sonography program will be required to complete a hands-on pre-clinical lab course. Students are required to complete the pre-clinical lab course on campus unless the student’s assigned clinical site requests hosting the student for that experience. It should be noted that this is rare and most clinical affiliates do not request to accept this responsibility. The following circumstances will be considered to determine eligibility of hybrid delivery method of the lab requirement:

  1. Clinical Site Request
  2. Review and confirm clinical site’s ability to facilitate educational requirements and experience.
  3. Program Director approval

The following conditions must be met once eligibility status has been approved: 

A clinical site willing to sponsor the student must meet the minimum requirements of a clinical affiliate listed below:

  1. A current affiliation agreement
  2. Completed, submitted, and approved CC and CV forms.
  3. Appropriate credentialed sonographers willing to facilitate the course requirements.
  4. The sponsoring clinical site must be willing to work with student to complete the lab course competencies for the DMS 196 course.
  5. A cleared background check, drug screen and health physical form including immunization forms must be updated in the Allied Health Office one month prior to the start of the course.
  6. Signed Clinical Instructor Acknowledgement (Contact the Program Director for this document)

Please download the DMS Advising Fact Sheet, print a copy, sign the last page, and return it to Student Services.

Due to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), at this time we cannot offer online courses and/or clinical externships in the following states:  California.  If you can only attend a clinical externship (a requirement of all DMS programs) in the states listed above, and you are unable to relocate to a participating SARA state, you will be unable to complete a degree in any of our DMS program offerings. If you are willing to relocate to a SARA member state, please contact the Allied Health office at 517.768.7007.