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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Program Description

Certificate Program (121.5 Quarter Credits / 76 Weeks / 1950 Clock Hours )

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)  program is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the Abdominal – Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology concentrations. The program is designed to prepare the graduate to become skilled entry-level ultrasound technicians with basic principles in Abdomen, OB/GYN and Vascular Sonography. This training program includes theory, laboratory and clinical externship courses. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Abdomen (AB) and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) specialty examinations through the ARDMS. Prospective students are encouraged to contact ARDMS directly to regarding certification requirements.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

The programs’ primary goal is to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the abdominal sonography-extended and obstetrics and gynecology concentrations.


Goal 1: Competency in entry-level diagnostic medical sonography skills  

  • SLO 1: Students will demonstrate proficiency in producing sonography images and performing a wide range of ultrasound imaging procedures.

  • SLO 2: Students will analyze and interpret ultrasound images, applying their knowledge to make accurate clinical assessments and assist in patient diagnoses.

Goal 2: Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

  • SLO 1: Students will critically evaluate ultrasound images, recognizing variations from normal anatomy and identifying potential abnormalities.

  • SLO 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to adapt imaging techniques based on patient condition, anatomy, and clinical indications, showcasing effective problem-solving skills.

Goal 3:  Communication and Patient Care

  • SLO 1: Students will effectively communicate with patients, sonographers, physicians and other members of the healthcare team.

  • SLO 2: Students will provide clear and concise written and verbal reports of their imaging findings to referring physicians, contributing to accurate patient management.

Goal 4: Professional Development and Ethics

  • SLO 1: Students will adhere to ethical standards and professional codes of conduct in their interactions with patients, colleagues, and healthcare facilities.

  • SLO 2: Students will be aware of the importance of continuous professional development, staying current with the industry practices, and research.

Cohort Start Dates: 

March 2024 - Morning

September 2024 - Evening 


March 2025 - Morning

September 2025 - Evening

Morning Schedule:

Monday - Thursday

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Evening Schedule:

Monday - Thursday

4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Admission Requirements

  • All candidates must be at least eighteen (18) years of age before enrolling.

  • All candidates must have a valid government issued picture ID and a Social Security card.

  • All candidates must complete and sign pre-enrollment documents.

  • All candidates must possess a High School Diploma (High School Transcripts showing graduation date), or copy of General Education Diploma (GED). Foreign graduates must present a certified English translation of required documents and evaluation confirming that the documents meet U.S. equivalency.

  • Candidates enrolling to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must have at least 40 college credits obtained in the last five years including a higher mathematics, English, and science classes. Foreign candidates in addition must present certified English translation of required documents and an evaluation confirming that the degree meets U.S. educational equivalency.

  • All candidates must be interviewed by an admission’s representative and/or program director to review and discuss the program and prerequisites needed for enrollment.

  • All candidates must complete health clearance and immunizations, must have cleared background check and negative drug screening. Results may be required prior to the program acceptance.

  • All candidates must sign the Enrollment Agreement and pay the appropriate application/registration fees.

Program Outcomes 2018-2022

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