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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Description


A.S. Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Certificate of Achievement

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Disclosure

Program Description

The CRC Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program includes didactic, laboratory, and practicum components that are structured to facilitate the achievement of educational and career goals. According to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), sonographers are "highly-skilled professionals who use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis." Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.

Organizations such as the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certify the competency of sonographers through registration.

Career Opportunities

Sonography is a dynamic profession that has grown significantly over the past 20 years. With rapidly developing new technologies and increased use of diagnostic ultrasound procedures, growth is projected to continue in the future with employment opportunities for qualified sonographers in both urban and rural areas nationwide.

Sonographers can choose to work in clinics, hospitals, private-practice physician offices, public-health facilities, laboratories, and other medical settings performing examinations in their areas of specialization.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Website, almost two-thirds of all sonographers are employed by hospitals. The rest work in physicians’ offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories/imaging centers and out-patient care centers.

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As ultrasound technology evolves, it will become a more common method used to assist in diagnosing medical conditions, favored over more invasive procedures.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Associate degree or higher from a U.S. accredited college AND a minimum of one year of paid patient care experience, which includes a minimum of 1,600 hours;
  • Complete the application process for enrollment in the DMS program;
  • Fulfill all requirements set forth by the CRC Allied Health Practicum Guidelines including but not limited to: background clearance, physical examination, CPR Certification, immunization clearance and drug screening;
  • Successfully complete with a "B" grade or better all pre-requisite courses as outlined below:
    • College-level Intermediate Algebra (or higher math course)
    • Interpersonal Communications (or equivalent communications/speech course)
    • Anatomy & Physiology (one year with lab)
    • Medical Language
    • Human Disease or Pathophysiology
    • Conceptual Physics