Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Vascular

Associate Degree
10-526-5

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, commonly called ultrasound, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce medical images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.

The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various subspecialties. The profession requires critical thinking and good judgment to provide appropriate health care services. Sonographer/vascular technologists are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a physician. Although most sonographers work in hospital based medical imaging departments performing abdominal, pelvic and vascular examinations or cardiology departments performing cardiac and vascular examinations, sonographer are also employed in dedicated vascular departments or obstetric departments, where specialized ultrasound examinations are performed and many sonographers work outpatient clinics and mobile imaging services.

Program Outcomes

  • Academic
  • Clinical Education
  • Graduate Certification
  • Student Retention
  • Patient Care and Safety
  • Patient Interaction
  • Professional Development
  • Graduate Placement
  • Graduate Satisfaction
  • Employer Satisfaction

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Courses taken before semester 1Credits
526-130 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2
526-132 DMS Clinical 1 2
526-146 DMS Cross Sectional Anatomy 2
806-139 Survey Of Physics 3
 Credits9
Semester 1
526-131 DMS General Procedures 1 4
526-134 DMS Clinical 2 2
526-136 DMS Physics I 3
806-175 General Pathophysiology 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
 Credits16
Semester 2
526-133 DMS General Procedures 2 4
526-137 DMS Clinical 3 2
526-139 DMS Physics 2 Instrumentation 2
801-195 Written Communication 3
806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 4
 Credits15
Summer between year 1 and year 2
526-135 DMS General Procedures 3 3
526-140 DMS Clinical 4 1
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3
 Credits7
Semester 3
526-138 DMS General Procedures 4 4
526-141 DMS Vascular Procedures 1 4
526-142 DMS Clinical 5 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Credits13
Semester 4
526-143 DMS Vascular Procedures 2 3
526-144 DMS Clinical 6 2
526-145 DMS Registry Review 2
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits10
 Total Credits70

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-196Oral/Interpersonal Communication3
806-139Survey Of Physics3
806-175General Pathophysiology3
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
806-179Advanced Anatomy and Physiology4
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Career Path (PDF).