Diagnostic Sonography

Diagnostic Sonography

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, masses, fluid collections, and vascular structures within the human body. Sonography is user dependent, requiring competent and highly skilled professionals to be a part of the integral health care system. Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact, providing care to a variety of people from healthy to critically ill. The sonographer is responsible for obtaining pertinent patient history, performing the sonographic examination, providing for the needs and comfort of the patient during examination, and recording anatomy and pathology or other data for interpretation by the supervising physician to aid in diagnosis. Sonographers must have knowledge of normal structure and functional anatomy of the human body and use independent judgment in recognizing the need to perform procedures according to sonographic findings.

We want to make your experience as positive as possible, so if you have any questions after reading through this information, please just contact us. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is an Associate Degree program.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a 12-month, full-time, health science program. When a student begins the program in the fall, only sonography specific courses and clinical rotations will be completed. This is a full-time, in class/clinical, training program, and it is not recommended for those who cannot devote themselves as full time students. Because technologists are on their feet for long periods of time and may lift or turn disabled patients, physical stamina is important (US Dept. of Labor). 

The program is designed to prepare students for employment in hospitals or clinics as Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Sonographers produce diagnostic images/exams of body structures as directed by supervising physicians. This program will focus on principles of sonographic physics and instrumentation, abdominal, obstetric & gynecologic, and advanced sonographic procedures in preparation for the ARDMS registry exam (a national certifying board examination).

Completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offers and Associate Degree of Applied Science.

Suggested Path of Study

Admission Requirements

Fall 2022 Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants to Health Science Programs must meet requirements for admission to the college.
  • ACT composite score (or equivalent) of 19.
  • Graduate of JRCERT Radiologic Technology Program
  • Hold ARRT credentials- Verification of the Registered Radiologic Technologist (RT(R)) credential must be on file before the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography Class
  • Prerequisites: ENG 1113 (Eng Comp I), CSC 1123 (Computer Applications) or SPT 113 (Public Speaking), PSY 1513 (Gen Psych) or SOC 2113 (Intro to Sociology), MAT 1313 (College Algebra), ART 1113 (Art Appreciation) or MUS 1113 (Music Appreciation), BIO 2514 (Anatomy and Physiology I + lab), BIO 2524 (Anatomy and Physiology II + lab)


Fall 2023 Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants to Health Science Programs must meet requirements for admission to the college.
  • ACT composite score (or equivalent) of 19
  • Completion of a 2-year allied health program (or Health Science) that is patient care related, that includes but is not limited to, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy and must hold credentials in the specialized healthcare filed. (Completion of 2-year allied health programs not listed above may be reviewed by Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director).
  • Completion of PHY 1214, Survey of Physics, or RGT 1613 Physics of Imaging Equipment
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” in pre-requisite courses


Diagnostic Medical Sonography applications are due June 15, 2022. Once your application is received you will receive a response stating your application has been received.

Only apply for this program for fall 2022 if you are a graduate of an JRCERT accredited radiology program.  

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