DMS Petition Information

Next Petition Period: February 3 - 7, 2020
for Summer Semester 2020

Petition the Diagnostic Medical Sonography / Vascular Technology Program for Entry

Step 1: Meet Requirements for Petitioning
In order to be eligible to petition the program for entry, you must:
  • Complete the Application Process
  • Meet all Eligibility Requirements
  • Attend a Petition Meeting

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Required Courses (completed with a grade of "C" or better)
    • General A & P
    • Written Communications
    • Survey of Physics (or Radiography Physics)
    • Intermediate Algebra (or upper-level college mathematics course)
    • Medical Terminology
  • Admissions Testing: Spatial Ability Testing: Information regarding the Revised Minnesota Paper Form Board Test (RMPFBT) scheduling and administration is found at BTC’s Admission Testing Page. Any score is accepted for entry, but additional points for entry are granted if a score of 35.0 or greater is attained.
  • Patient Care Training: Documentation of successful completion of patient care training must be completed before petitioning.
    • The following are acceptable training programs: Radiography, Physical Therapy Assistant, Paramedic, Respiratory Therapist Assistant, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Nursing Assistant, etc.
    • Though not a complete list, the following DO NOT satisfy the patient training requirement: Surgical Technician, Chiropractic Radiographer, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, EKG Technician, Health Unit Coordinator, EMT (First Responder), EEG Technician, Medical Assistant, Sleep Study Technician, Clinical Lab Technician, Laboratory Technician, Phlebotomy Assistant, etc.

Upcoming Petition Meetings: 

North Commons, Central Campus:
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 — 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 — 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 — 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 — 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 — 5:30 p.m.

Note: Petition meetings include program-specific breakout sessions that are typically two-hours in length (and may run longer). Any student considering petitioning more than one program for entry must attend a meeting for each program.

Step 2: Petition the Program for Entry

After meeting the minimum requirements, you are now eligible to petition. It is your responsibility to submit a completed Petition Scorecard and all required petitioning documents during the designated petition period (stated on the Petition Scorecard) in order to be considered for entry into the clinical program. Also, this process requires petitioning students to complete a Criminal Background Check.

download icon DMS Petition Scorecard

As program entry is granted to only a designated number of students, the petitions are awarded points on the scorecard. Optionally, there are a number of additional factors that may be considered and awarded points for competitive entry for petitions. Some of these factors include: Completed General Education Courses need for Graduation, Other Completed College Degrees, Work Experience (using the Verification of Occupational Experience form), etc. More information will be available at the petition information meeting. 

Please note: Continuous enrollment is not required in order to maintain a current application.
Step 3: Wait for Petitioning Results

After you have submitted your petition request, expect to receive a letter in the mail (by the date specified on your petition application) with your results. 

The letter will define your petition status as: Accepted, Not Accepted, Alternate, or Invalid.

If you are not selected, you will be required to complete the petition process again (including attendance at petition information meeting and submission of all forms) for future entry. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a program counselor/admission specialist if not selected to discuss strategies to improve your petition score.

Criminal Background Check

Wisconsin law requires background checks of persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to Blackhawk Technical College Health Sciences Division students. A completed background check as prescribed under Wisconsin’s law includes all of the following:

  • Completed Background Information Disclosure (BID) form 
  • Status check of professional licenses and credentials through the Department of Safety and Professional Services 
  • Nation-wide criminal history search 
  • Review of Department of Health and Family Services records for any substantiated findings of abuse or neglect, and license restrictions or denials 
  • Nation-wide healthcare fraud and abuse search 
  • Tribal court criminal history search, check of relevant military records, and check of county or local records as warranted 

Download Icon Background Check Information

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