Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly skilled professionals who provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine. Diagnostic medical sonographers use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body and perform a variety of diagnostic sonographic examinations of the abdomen, pelvis, small parts, pregnancy, superficial structures, vascular studies and other procedures. Diagnostic medical sonographers assist physicians in collecting patient diagnosis data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. This profession requires the sonographer to use critical judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services.
Effective fall 2014, both the Certificate and AAS in DMS programs will run simultaneously for four semesters as one cohort. The certificate program follows the same sequence of all major DMS core courses as the AAS in DMS degree program excluding general education courses. Maximum of ten students are accepted into the programs every fall.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology and Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).Employment opportunities
* Any applicant that has been convicted of a crime, including a felony, gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor, other than a speeding or parking violation will be not eligible to sit for national certification examination. Being convicted of a crime includes, but is not limited to, being found guilty, pleading guilty or pleading nolo contendere (no contest). If you have questions about your situation, please contact the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
for DMS graduates are generally found in hospitals, outpatient medical centers, imaging centers and doctors’ offices. Additionally, some Diagnostic Medical Sonographers obtain higher degrees and become managers, educators or administrators.
Note: DMS students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all DMS courses and all of the general education courses before they are eligible for graduation.
DMS Program Information: Students interested in the DMS programs must attend a mandatory DMS information session, which are held monthly. Registration is not required.
Fast facts about employment opportunities for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers:
- Competitive wages (in May 2012, the median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $65,860) (1).
- According to the 2013 SDMS Salary and Benefit Survey Report, the median salary for sonographers is $78,520 annually (2).
- Employment outlook is projected to grow 46% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations (1).
- Opportunities for full-time and part-time employment .
- In January 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked Diagnostic Medical Sonography # 26 out of the 100 best jobs (3).
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm
2. Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, http://www.sdms.org/career/career.asp
3. U.S. News and World Report, The 100 Best Jobs, http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs