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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Learn how Joliet Junior College can help you become a diagnostic medical sonographer.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


The Associate in Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS) program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the diagnostic medical sonography profession upon graduation.

This degree is a six-semester full-time day program that provides both theoretical and clinical instruction in sonography at the Joliet Junior College main campus, at hospitals and other health care organizations in the surrounding area. Up to ten students are accepted into the program every fall. Most classes are offered face-to-face with the exception of two online courses (DMS 113 and DMS 120).

Degree Requirements

What Will I Learn?

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.

The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography program at Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

For information about the eligibility to sit for the ARDMS examinations please visit: ARDMS and ARDMS Prerequisites.

NOTE: Diagnostic Medical Sonography students of the AAS program must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses and all of the general education courses before they are eligible for graduation.


Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography Program at Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

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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).


Program Outcomes

2017 CREDENTIAL SUCCESS RATES RETENTION JOB PLACEMENT
SPI – 100% 86% 100%
ABDOMEN – 100%
OB/GYN – 100%

 

Requirements: Certificate of Achievement

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Employment opportunities 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.

Joliet Junior College has both AAS degree and Certificate options for you to choose from. Please go to the sections below for more information.

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