Securing a Clinical Site

If a student is unable to accept a local clinical placement in Michigan or Indiana and would like to try to secure a clinical site in their geographical location, the student will need to find a hospital or ultrasound lab who is interested in hosting them as a student. 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 us getting a hospital in your area, please find accredited programs near you at

Female student with patient

An appropriate educational facility will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. The department must perform a minimum of 1500 exams per year.
  2. Complete a minimum of 350 OB exams including fetal surveys, 350 Gynecological exams and 900 abdominal and small parts exams.
  3. Have a minimum of 1 ARMDS (OB/Gyn and Abdomen specialties) registered sonographer on staff with either the RDMS or RT(S) credential
  4. Provide exposure to both inpatient and outpatient procedures

Any potential student can contact me to see if we have an affiliated clinical site in their geographical area.  I encourage the student to make contact with the department supervisor or lead sonographer.  If the facility shows interest in hosting the student, I am happy to reach out and provide additional information on the clinical externship.

Do not wait! This process can take several months. The deadline for students to submit the clinical forms is January 31st.

But, before you contact or visit the facility please read and follow the instructions:

  1. Ask the Supervisor or Manager of the ultrasound lab to complete these two forms and submit them back to the Allied Health Office:

    The deadline for submission of these documents to the Allied Health Office:

      • Cardiac Sonography – August 15
      • General Sonography – January 31
      • Vascular Sonography – March 1
  2. Once the Characteristics of Clinical Education Center and the Summary Curriculum Vitae Form are filled out and received by the Allied Health Office, they will be reviewed to determine if this facility meets the standards for the Jackson College’s accredited sonography program. If the standards are met then:
    • Jackson College will contact the Supervisor or Manager of the ultrasound lab to learn if they are willing to commit to hosting a JC student for a sonography program.
    • This facility will be asked to enter into an Education Agreement with Jackson College. (This process is handled by the Allied Health Office and Jackson College’s Legal Affairs Office).

Please download the DMS Advising Fact Sheet (pdf), 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 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.

California is now the only state that does not participate in SARA.