Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Vascular Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Vascular Technology Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare students to use ultrasound as a medical procedure to view internal organs for diagnostic purposes. Ultrasound is radiation free and uses high frequency sound waves to produce medical images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, the student will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examinations leading to credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS®) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT®).

The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various subspecialties. It requires critical thinking and good judgment to provide appropriate health care services. Sonographers / 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, sonographers 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.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Provide patient care and education
  • Utilize acoustic physics, Doppler ultrasound principles, and ultrasound instrumentation
  • Complete diagnostic sonographic exams
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Collaborate with members of the healthcare team

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Plan of Study Grid
Courses Taken Prior to Program EntryCredits
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
804-134 Mathematical Reasoning 3
806-139 Survey Of Physics 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
Semester 1 (Summer)
526-130 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2
Semester 2 (Fall Year 1)
526-131 DMS General Procedures 1 4
526-132 DMS Clinical 1 2
526-134 DMS Clinical 2 2
526-136 DMS Physics I 3
526-205 DMS Vascular 1 2
Semester 3 (Spring Year 1)
526-133 DMS General Procedures 2 4
526-137 DMS Clinical 3 2
526-139 DMS Physics 2 Instrumentation 2
526-206 DMS Vascular 2 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester 4 (Summer)
526-135 DMS General Procedures 3 3
526-140 DMS Clinical 4 1
Semester 5 (Fall Year 2)
526-138 DMS General Procedures 4 4
526-142 DMS Clinical 5 2
526-245 DMS Vascular 3 3
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 6 (Spring Year 2)
526-144 DMS Clinical 6 2
526-145 DMS Registry Review 2
526-246 DMS Vascular 4 1
526-247 DMS Capstone Seminar 1
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Total Credits69

General Education Courses Within Program 

801-136English Composition 13
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3
806-139Survey Of Physics3
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3