FAQ: Cardiac and Vascular Sonography

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is Johnston Community College located?

JCC's main campus is conveniently located near the intersection of I-95 and Highway 70 East in Smithfield, North Carolina. Driving directions

2. How do I begin the admission process to apply to the College?

Step 1.  Apply               

Step 2. Request official transcripts from your high school and each college attended.
Submit transcripts to:

Office of Enrollment & Student Success
P O Box 2350
Smithfield, NC 27577

Official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope from your high school or college(s). Do not open the envelope! Official transcripts can also be sent electronically from one institution to another.

3. Do I have to be a high school graduate to enter the program?

Yes, all applicants must have graduated before entering the program

4. What if I took the GED or graduated from an Adult High School do I still need my high school transcript?

Yes, this can assist in determining if you have met the admission requirements.

5. Do you accept the GED diploma?


6. I took a class at a University in 1994 and the course doesn't pertain to the Cardiovascular Sonography Program. Do I need to obtain an official transcript?

Yes, we need official transcripts from your high school and all Colleges attended. No exceptions!

7. What are the admission requirements for the Associated Degree Cardiovascular Sonography program?

Must complete the following prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher prior to March 1 of the admitting year: Current & unrestricted CNA I certification, BIO 163 or BIO 168 and BIO 169, COM 231, MAT 152, and PHY 110 & 110A. If you hold a bachelor or Associate Degree and are currently in Radiography, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medicine (Paramedic), and Sonography, CNA is not required.

8. How can I meet the requirements for ENG 111 and MAT 171?

Please refer to the College website for additional information.

9. Are there courses I can take while I am waiting to be admitted to the program?

Yes, if you do not meet the requirements, courses are available to meet the program prerequisites. Please visit our web-site to view the sonography curriculum. Any course without a SON or CVS prefix can be taken prior to gaining admission into the program.

10. Do I need to complete all related courses before I can be admitted to the program?

No, but many students do complete all the general education courses prior to beginning the Sonography program.

11. I have taken a Math course at an out-of-state college and I wasn't given transfer credit and I feel like it is the same as your course. What can I do?

Obtain a course description from the College and contact the Registrar's Office.

12. I have taken Anatomy & Physiology at another college over twenty years (20) years ago, will I need to retake the course?

We currently have no time limit.

13. Can I take a foreign language as my Humanities/Fine Arts Elective?

PHI 240 is the humanities course used to meet this requirement.

14. Can I complete the Associate Degree Sonography Programs part-time?

The related course work can be completed part-time, but once you are admitted to the program it is a full-time commitment.

15. What day and approximate time are the day classes?

Sonography classes/clinical are daytime and usually over by 4:00 p.m. depending on the semester. Students taking general education requirements may be longer.

16. Where do students complete their clinical training?

The Sonography programs utilize the following clinical sites (may change annually): Harnett Health, Wake Med, Wake Med Cary, Maria Parham, Duke Hospitals, Duke Health Raleigh, UNC Hospitals, Sampson Regional Medical Center, Johnston Health, Wayne Memorial, Rex Hospital, Central Carolina Hospital, Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Cape Fear Valley Systems, Raleigh Radiology, Wake Radiology, and First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

17. Can I take classes on any JCC campus?

Some related courses are offered at the Work Force Development Center in Clayton; however, most courses are available only on the main campus in Smithfield.

18. Do you offer the Sonography programs in the evening?

No, only available during the day.

19. What if I meet the requirements and completed all the related course(s), can I be accepted into the program?

You can be considered for admission to the Sonography program. It is a competitive program and has more applicants than seats available.

20. Do you have a waiting list?

No, applicants must apply each year to be considered.

21. How are applicants selected for the Associate Degree Sonography Programs?

Currently, the College uses a point ranking system using your college course work and the Health Occupations Test (TEAS).

22. How many students do you accept and do you admit each semester?

Approximately 10 Cardiovasuclar Sonography and 13 Medical Sonography students are admitted Fall Semester of each year.

23. How many semesters is the Associate Degree Sonography program?

Five semesters - Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring

24. Can I work while in the Associate Degree Sonography program?

We cannot tell students not to work; however, we suggest not letting your work interfere with your success in college courses.

25. Is your Associate Degree Sonography program accredited?

Johnston Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and the program is accredited by CAAHEP via the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Sonography Programs for GEN, Cardiac, and Vascular Sonography.

26. I live close to another Community College, can I take the CNA class at that College?

Yes, CNA must be completed at a State-Approved Training Program. View a list of approved schools (PDF).

27. I am CPR certified by the American heart Association and my card does not read "Healthcare Provider". Do I need to retake the CPR class?


28. Where can I obtain "Healthcare Provider" CPR certification?

Contact the Division of Continuing Education at any Community College or if you are presently working in a health care facility they may offer the course at the facility.

29. How long is the CPR certification valid?

Two years (2) however, you cannot let the CPR certification lapse while in the program.

30. How will the College know if I am CPR certified?

You will receive a card upon completion of the CPR class.

31. How can I prepare for the Health Occupations Test (TEAS)?

Study guides are available in the book store, you can "google" internet study sites and we have a prep program in our academic skills center. Visit ATI for additional information.

32. How can I schedule to take the Health Occupations Test (TEAS)?

You must have met all of the program admission requirements and submit the sonography program specific application.

33. What is the cost of the Health Occupations Test?

The cost is fifty-five ($55.00) and subject to change without notice.

34. How many times a year can I take the Health Occupations Admissions test (TEAS)?

Twice per academic year

35. Will I receive my scores on the day of testing?

Yes, they will be available on the ATI website.

36. Can I take the Health Occupations Test (TEAS) admission test at another college and transfer the scores to JCC?

Yes, we accept scores from ATI.

37. I have a master's degree will I have to take the Health Occupations Test (TEAS)?

Yes, all applicants applying to the Associate Degree Sonography Program must take the Health Occupations Test (TEAS).

38. I need a picture ID to take the Health Occupations Test (TEAS) admission test?

Yes, you must present a picture ID on your scheduled date of testing.

39. How many hours does it take to complete the Health Occupations Test (TEAS)?

Please allow three and one-half hours (3 ½).

40. Will I be taking the Health Occupations Test (TEAS) on a computer?


41. Do I have to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screening?

Yes, all accepted applicants are required by our clinical sites to submit a criminal background and drug screening, and random drug screens. Criminal background checks and drug screens must be completed through the college's designated provider.

42. Can the information from a criminal background jeopardize my ability to complete the Associate Degree Sonography Program?

Yes, the student's ability to participate in clinical experiences would result in the inability of the student to complete the program.

43. Do I have to complete the criminal background and drug screening before acceptance?


44. Does the College review the criminal background checks?

No, the clinical sites have access.

45. I have lived out-of-state and moved recently to North Carolina can information on a criminal background check be completed for another state?


46. How do I apply to the Associate Degree Sonography Program?

You will need to attend an Information Session at the College (please visit our web-site for dates and times)

Applications are required to be submitted in packet form. The packet should contain:

  • Program specific application for admission to the Associate Degree Sonography Program
  • A copy of your counselor interview summary
  • A copy of your CNA certification (or certificate)
  • Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended must be on file in the Office of Enrollment & Student Success. 
  • If you hold an Associate or Bachelors degree in Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, EMS (Paramedic) or Sonography a copy of your certification/license is required.

47. What are some of the job duties/characteristics of a Medical Sonographer?

As a sonographer, you will use high frequency sound waves to take images of organs in the human body. You will evaluate the abdominal organs, pelvic organs, breasts, scrotums, fetal structures, as well as cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular blood    vessels.

48. What are the job duties of a  Cardiovascular Sonographer?

As a sonographer, you will use high frequency sound waves to take images of the human heart and cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular blood vessels. You may also image the vasculature of the abdominal organs, adult brain, and other organs.

49. Do I have to touch people or body fluids?

Yes, you will have to work with patients who may need assistance with performing bodily functions.

50. Do I have to work with needles in Sonography?

Yes, many patients will have IVs. You may have to assist with IV placements.

51. What is a typical day for a sonographer?

Being a sonographer requires a great deal of mental and physical work. A sonographer has a lot of responsibility in obtaining accurate images of various structures within the human body for the physician to interpret. You may average performing about ten 45 minutes studies per day.

53. Should I job shadow?

We encourage that you job shadow and recommend that you contact the Human Resources Department at your local hospital to see if they allow shadowing opportunities.

54. What are the Sonography Porgrams Prerequisite courses?

CNA I certification, BIO 163 (or BIO 168 & BIO 169) , PHY 110 & 110A, COM 231, and MAT 152. 

For more information, contact:

Steven Penny
Interim Sonography Programs Director
(919) 209-2502

Admissions Office: