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Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum DMS.DMS.AAS (C217E)

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer performs diagnostic ultrasound procedures under the supervision of a physician. The sonographer collects essential patient data to aid in diagnosis. The program covers basic theory and clinical instruction in Sonography, which will provide an avenue for cross-training and multi-competency in allied health. This will make the individual more marketable in many health care agencies that call for multi-competent practitioners. Employment opportunities are excellent in hospitals, medical centers and other health care agencies.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) is one of the most recent and fastest-growing medical specialties. Graduates are employed in medical centers and hospitals. The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355  113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, 727.210.2350 phone, in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), 6021 University Blvd., #500, Ellicott City, MD 21043, 443.973.3251 phone, 866.738.3444 fax,, website.

The program will graduate students prepared to pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonogrphy (ARDMS) exam in specialty areas of Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) Abdomen (ABD) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB).

Program prerequisites: (GEN.DMS.AGS)

  • AHL 120◊ (Comprehensive Medical Terminology);
  • BIS 240◊ (Human Anatomy & Physiology I);
  • DMS 100◊ (Introduction to Imaging Physics), or PHY 100◊ (General Physics);
  • MAT 085 (Algebra & Geometry I) or must meet current college Math requirement for completion of MAT 085; and
  • RHT 101◊ (Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I).

Math and Science courses must not be more than five years old. To waive the Math requirement, the student may place at level 6 on the college's placement exam within the past two years.

NOTE: All program prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Prerequisite general coursework in Science, Physics and AHL program requirements must not be taken more than five years prior to the start of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. The remainder of General Education requirements may be taken prior to entering or while enrolled in the program.


At the successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program the graduate will be able to:

  • pass the SPI exam with the ARDMS;
  • pass the Abdomen Speciality with the ARDMS;
  • pass the Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialty with the ARDMS;
  • practice safe and appropriate patient care aligned with the professional standards;
  • demonstrate necessary skill for performance of general sonography exams in current practice;
  • apply as Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principles, while demonstrating proper instrumentation to optimize sonographic images;
  • demonstrate proper ergonomics to ensure proper body mechanics;
  • utilize effective oral communication skills with patients, staff and visitors in the clinical environment;
  • formulate effective written communication skills to obtain patient histories;
  • construct a sonographic impression to aid in the final diagnosis;
  • present diagnostic images in the area of General Sonography proficient for  diagnosis;
  • problem solve situations with imaging or nontraditional patients to provide the highest level of patient care;
  • explain the relevance of professional development in the field of sonography;
  • list the advantages of continued professional development throughout their career; and
  • develop a plan to maintain certification with the ARDMS by obtaining necessary 30 hours of professional development during each triennium.

(Fall 2021)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 241Human Anatomy & Physiology II #

4 credits

DMS 101Ultrasound Physics I #

3 credits

DMS 106Introduction to Ultrasound Principles & Procedures #

3 credits

DMS 121Cross Sectional Anatomy in Diagnostic Imaging #

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Two

Course NumberTitleCredits
DMS 102Ultrasound Physics II #

3 credits

DMS 110General Sonography and Applications #

7 credits

MAT 110College Algebra #

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

BIS 241◊ or MAT 110◊ meets the Mathematics and/or Science general education requirement.

Semester Three

Course NumberTitleCredits
DMS 131Clinical Applications I #

1 credit

DMS 135Ultrasound Film Critique #

1 credit

DMS 136Principles & Procedures of Ultrasound Imagery #

2 credits

DMS 200Principles of Computerized Sonography #

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Semester Four

Course NumberTitleCredits
DMS 141Clinical Applications II #

1-2 credits

DMS 144Sonography Seminar #

1 credit

DMS 146Pathology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography #

4 credits

DMS 210Introduction to Vascular Imaging Sonography #

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Semester Five

Course NumberTitleCredits
DMS 151Clinical Applications III #

2 credits

DMS 201Sonographic Specialties #

4 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

General education/Humanities and Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 61

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required as a prerequisite for each AHL and DMS course. All Science, Math and AHL coursework must be completed within five years of start of the DMS curriculum with a "C" or greater.

See DMS course descriptions.

See Humanities or Fine Arts General Education requirements.

Chairperson: Krysti Reece, Ext. 3780, emails: