Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science Degree (DMS3)

(Competitive Admissions Program)

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a sequence of courses that provides educational opportunities to individuals in didactic, laboratory and practicum components. Courses are structured to facilitate the achievement of educational and career goals. Sonographers are 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 extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. Students will have an opportunity to train in the following specialties: abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology, and peripheral vascular. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to apply to take the national certification exams given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in the specialty areas of abdomen (AB), obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN).

Employment Opportunities

Successful completion of this program should enable graduates to pursue job opportunities in one of several diagnostic imaging areas such as hospitals, imaging centers, and physician offices.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS, www.jrcdms.org). CAAHEP may be contacted at 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, Phone 727.210.2350.


Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Examination to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a competitive admissions program. Refer to the Competitive Admission Programs page for more information. 
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 64 70 NA 57
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 236 249 NA 245
Compass 79 62 NA 37
SAT 17 17 NA 21
SAT 290 290 NA 380
ACT 16 14 NA 17
ASSET 42 41 39 42
PSAT 17 17 NA 21
GED NA 145 NA 145

Additional Notes

The number of students accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is based on the standards set by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), which are based on the availability of the program’s clinical education settings. A non-discriminatory policy and a pregnancy policy are available upon request.

If an applicant is not accepted into the program and wishes to try again, he/she must submit another application and meet all admission criteria with the exception of payment of the application fee. Ten percent of program admission is reserved for qualified credentialed imaging professionals with an Associate Degree. State standards may require completion of additional courses. Transcripts must be evaluated prior to admission.

Readmission Requirements

A student who voluntarily leaves or is dropped from a competitive admission program due to academic reasons, attendance, or having received a grade less than “C” in any program course will be limited to a one-time re-entry into the program.

A student seeking readmission to a competitive admission program must understand that readmission is granted on a competitive and space available basis, based on the program’s admission criteria, accreditation agency requirements, and clinical capacity. The student must meet current program admission requirements at the time of the readmission request.

A student who voluntarily leaves or is dismissed from a competitive admission program during the first semester of program classes must re-enter the competitive admissions process in order to be re-admitted.

A student who successfully completed at least one term of program classes must follow the steps below to request re-admission to the program:

  • Submit a letter requesting readmission to the Director for Admissions.
  • Upon approval from the Director for Admissions and confirmation that there is space available in the class, the student must demonstrate retention of materials/information taught in the last successfully completed semester.
  • The student will take a written examination covering materials taught in previously taken coursework. The student must make a grade of 75 or better.
  • The student will take skills tests covering competencies in the procedures learned in previously taken coursework. The student must make an 85 or better on the skills test. The number of skills tests will be determined by each Program Director.

Program Courses

Non-General Education Degree Courses (8 Credits)

BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL 2113LAnatomy & Physiology Lab I


BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II


BIOL 2114LAnatomy & Physiology Lab II


General Education Core (19 Credits)

Area I – Language Arts/Communication (3 Credits)

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric


Area II – Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology


Area III – Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Credits)

MATH 1111College Algebra



MATH 1103Quantitative Skills & Reasoning


Area IV – Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Select one
ARTS 1101Art Appreciation


ENGL 2110World Literature


ENGL 2130American Literature


HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities


MUSC 1101Music Appreciation


Program-Specific Requirements (7 Credits)

ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


PHYS 1110Conceptual Physics


1110L 1110LConceptual Physics Lab


Occupational Courses (51 Credits)

DMSO 1010Foundations of Sonography


DMSO 1020Sectional Anatomy and Normal Sonographic Appearance


DMSO 1040Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation


DMSO 1050Abdominal Sonography I


DMSO 1060Clinical Sonography I


DMSO 1070Pelvic Sonography and First Trimester Obstetrics


DMSO 1080Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation Registry Review


DMSO 1090Introduction to Vascular Sonography


DMSO 1100Clinical Sonography II


DMSO 2010OB Second and Third Trimesters


DMSO 2020Specialized Sonographic Procedures


DMSO 2030Clinical Sonography III


DMSO 2040Comprehensive ABD and OB/GYN Registry Review


DMSO 2050Clinical Sonography IV


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Curriculum

The curriculum for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program is designed for the semester system. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 78 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 2340 contact hours and generally takes 6 semesters to complete.

Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $7,800

Fees ($370 per semester): $2,200

Books/Supplies: $2,000

Uniform Costs: Approximately $250

Liability Insurance: $10 per fiscal year

Certification Exams: $700

Physical Exam: $200

TB Test: $40

Tetanus vaccination (within last 10 years): $50

Hepatitis B Series: $265

Drug Screening: $30

Criminal Background Check: $80

Course Supply Fees:

  • DMSO 1010 Foundations of Sonography: $30
  • DMSO 1020 Sectional Anatomy and Normal Sonographic Appearance: $30
  • DMSO 1050 Abdominal Sonography I: $30
  • DMSO 1070 Pelvic Sonography and First Trimester Obstetrics: $30
  • DMSO 1090 Introduction to Vascular Sonography: $30
  • DMSO 2010 OB Second and Third Trimesters: $30
  • DMSO 2020 Specialized Sonographic Procedures: $30

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)

Clinical Education

Number of Clinical Sites: 20

General Location of the Clinical Sites: Bulloch, Chatham, Emanuel, Evans, Liberty, Laurens, and Ware Counties, and South Carolina

Special Requirements of the Clinical Sites

  • Current CPR Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Annual  2-Step TB Test
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations and Hepatitis B Titer
  • COVID-19 vaccine:  Students who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical sites may refuse to accept them.
  • Influenza Yearly Vaccination
  • Varicella Titer
  • MMR - 2 Shots Vaccination
  • Tdap Vaccination
  • Current physical examination
  • Current health insurance
  • 10 Panel Forensic Drug Screen
  • Criminal Background Check

Clinical Education Courses

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Education provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in Radiology/Imaging Departments and related business environments. The clinical practicum allows the student to become involved in a professional work situation applying technical skills. Students may not receive pay from the clinical site for Clinical Education hours. Students are evaluated by the clinical site preceptor and by program faculty.

Clinical Assignments

Diagnostic Medical Sonography students will rotate through the clinical affiliates on a semester basis. Clinical assignments are made during the first shift hours, Monday through Friday. Assignments may include second shift and weekend rotations. Clinical schedules will be distributed at the beginning of each semester. Students may not choose which clinical affiliate they wish to attend. The student is required to adhere to his/her assigned schedule at all times. No personal adjustments will be made to the clinical schedule, unless it is an extreme emergency. Changes in the clinical schedule must be requested in writing to the Clinical Coordinator. Only program faculty can approve changes in the clinical schedule. Students may be asked to travel over one hour from Ogeechee Tech for clinical rotations. During clinical rotations, the student will be responsible for all transportation.