Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Description

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. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) describes sonographers as “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 direct and extensive 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 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, public-health facilities, laboratories, and other medical settings performing examinations in their areas of specialization. Approximately two-thirds of all sonographers are currently employed by major medical centers and hospitals with the remaining third employed diagnostic medical imaging outpatient centers. As sonographers gain clinical years of experience they can choose to advance their careers and explore sonography education, research and development as well as industry specialties in applications and equipment sales.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a growth of 24% increase in job outlook (2014-2024) for sonographers.

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 either the Associate of Science or Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Associate in Science degree, or higher, from a U.S. accredited college;
  • A minimum of 800 hours of paid or volunteer patient care experience; hours must be documented within an official volunteer program where they report to a licensed/credentialed health care provider; home health care for a single patient is not acceptable. Applicants will need to document their 800 hours either volunteer, student extern/intern hours, or work hours in direct patient care;
  • 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 or better all pre-requisite courses as outlined below within the last five (5) years:
    • 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