The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program prepares the student to be a sonographer: a skilled healthcare professional who specializes in the use of ultrasonic imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos or 3-dimensional volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program combines didactic and clinical study that enables the graduate to function in the medical community as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. An Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree is awarded to those students who have successfully completed 67 credit hours of coursework. This includes 17 hours of general education credits and 50 sonography credits. The degree program is designed to be completed in four-semesters, 15 month time-frame of full-time study.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examinations in the areas of:

  • Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI)
  • Abdomen (AB)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)

To obtain the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential, an individual must pass the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Examination in addition to at least one other specialty exam. Learn more about the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Graduates find employment in hospitals, physician’s offices, mobile services and private clinics.

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Curriculum Plan for AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Semester ITotal Credit HoursTheory HoursLab HoursClinical Hours
DMS 200: Introduction to Sonography23000
DMS 220: Cross Sectional Anatomy23000
DMS 260: Instrumentation I34500
DMS 273: Abdominal & Small Parts Imaging545600
Semester II
DMS 250: Clinical I400180
DMS 261: Instrumentation II34500
DMS 271: OB/GYN Imaging545600
Semester III
DMS 272: Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound330300
DMS 290: Seminar I23000
DMS 240: Advanced Imaging34500
DMS 253: Clinical II800360
Semester IV
DMS 291: Seminar II23000
DMS 254: Clinical III800360
Prerequisite Courses
Human Anatomy & Physiology
College Algebra or Statistics
English Composition
College or Radiologic Physics
General Psychology





The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Sonographers perform medical imaging using sophisticated ultrasound instrumentation.

Program Effectiveness Data

YearRetentionJob PlacementAbdomenOB/GYN

Credential Success Rates

  • Abdomen – 100%
  • OB/GYN – 100%

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1975 that administers examinations and awards credentials for Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer®, Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer®, Registered Vascular Technologist®, and RPVI ® – Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation®. ARDMS is the globally recognized standard of excellence in sonography and has certified more than 65,000 individuals.

Credentials awarded by ARDMS document personal achievement of recognized professional standards and are widely accepted in the medical community by sonography and vascular professional organizations.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by:
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) via the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

CAAHEP (Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone 727.210.2350
Fax 727.210.2354

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
Phone: 443.973.3251/ Fax: 866.738.3444

Sonography Disclosures
Associate’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Program Length: 57 weeks

Students Graduating on Time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 57 weeks

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Program Costs*

$16,500 for tuition and fees
$1,000 – $1,500 for textbooks

Other Costs

Matriculation fee: $100
Screening fee: $80
Compliance Website fee: $135 (approximate)

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

The typical graduate leaves with N/A* in debt

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical monthly loan payment is N/A* per month in student loans with an interest rate of N/A*.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Grading Scale

Letter GradeDMS Class/Lab/TheoryDMS Clinical

Graduates Who Got Jobs

100% of program graduates got jobs according to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools job placement rate.

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Licensure Requirements

Program meets licensure requirements in:

  • Virginia

Additional Information

No additional information was provided.

Date Created 6/18/2020
These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education

For more information and course offerings and professional credentials, please call 804-765-5800.