Mar 01, 2024  

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - AAS

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Program Code: AAS.20547

Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to obtain anatomical images of the abdominal, pelvic, fetus, and vasculature systems. A sonographer is a skilled health care professional who performs diagnostic ultrasound examinations under the direction of a physician. Sonographers use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathology, and ultrasound physics in order to obtain quality images for interpretation. A sonographer must be proficient in problem solving and possess the ability to extrapolate pertinent patient history along with supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results. Upon successfully completing this program, students are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers to become entry-level general sonographers. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography ( Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350;

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 17

Total Semester Credits: 7

Total Semester Credits: 12

Total Semester Credits: 12

Total Semester Credits: 13

Winter Second Year Clinical:

Total Semester Credits: 9

Total Credits: 86


  1. Program qualifications include: (a) High school graduate or GED equivalent; (b) Be admitted to Delta College; (c) Provide transcripts from high school and other colleges attended.
  2. A maximum of 14 students will be accepted each fall semester for the DMS program. Students will be eligible to register for clinical courses only after successful validation.
  3. Prerequisite qualifications for Validation are: 1) meeting all admission criteria with the required nine (9) points; and 2) qualifying under Option A: Graduate of an accredited Allied Health Program meeting the program prerequisites either through transfer or waiver; or Qualifying under Option B: Completion of the following courses with a "B" (3.0) or better: BIO 140W  or BIO 152W  and BIO 153W , HSC 105 , PHY 101  or PHY 111 , any approved College Composition I course, ENG 113 , COM 114W . Students must demonstrate English competency of READING LEVEL 4 and WRITING LEVEL 4, and Math placement score LEVEL 5 (Accuplacer score of 77-107), or MTH 119 with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade prior to application for validation.
  4. If you qualify under Option A as a Graduate of an accredited Allied Health Program meeting the program prerequisites either through transfer or waiver, but the program did not include college level physics, you will still be required to take PHY 101  or PHY 111  with a "B" (3.0) or better. Medical Radiography Physics will meet this requirement.
  5. The procedure for application to the DMS program can be obtained from Counseling, the DMS web site (, or the DMS Program Coordinator.
  6. Students will be required to retake BIO 140W  and HSC 105  (or equivalents) to validate if it has been longer than 5 years since they originally took the course.
  7. If not already completed, full-time student status can be maintained by taking POL, PSY 211W , PHL 215W  and/or SOC 211W  in the first semester of the clinical program. A grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required.
  8. Other program requirements: (a) Current CPR for Healthcare Provider certification is required for admission to the clinical sequence. CPR currency must be maintained throughout the program; (b) Submit a completed Student Physical Examination Form, which requires a negative TB test; (c) Submit evidence of Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver form provided during orientation; (d) an annual flu shot is required (e) immunization record, 10-panal drug screen, driver's record from Secretary of State, Titers (immunity to chicken pox and MMR), and OIT/GSA/SDN.
  9. Certification may be delayed or denied depending on the history of criminal convictions. Questions regarding this issue may be directed to the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) at or (301) 738-8401.
  10. In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, you must purchase uniforms, name tags, background check and clinical shoes; provide your transportation to clinical settings; pay for meals, parking fees, and any medical treatment which may become necessary.
  11. All students will be required to undergo a background check prior to admittance to the DMS program and may be required to have a drug screen and drivers record check, dependent upon clinical site assignments. Students with a felony conviction will not be admitted to the DMS program. All other misdemeanor offenses must be 10 years or older for admittance to the program. Delta College cannot guarantee students with a positive background check the clinical site placement needed to meet program requirements. Thus, program completion may not be possible regardless of the length of time since conviction.
  12. DMS program courses must be taken together in the sequence shown. Clinical education courses are conducted primarily during daytime hours; however, off-shifts (second and third shifts) may be assigned to meet course objectives.
  13. Students must achieve a “B” (3.0) minimum grade in each DMS course to be eligible to continue in and graduate from the DMS program. You must achieve a “C” (2.0) or better in LW courses.You must comply with all DMS program progression and retention policies (copies available from the Health Programs counselor or DMS program coordinator).
  14. Student clinical rotations will consist of two separate six-month placements. Many clinical sites are located outside the tri-city area and some are out of state. Students must be prepared to commute and/or relocate for at least one rotation.
  15. All DMS students are expected to complete the ARDMS abdomen, obstetric/gynecology, and physics certifying boards. Students may complete the Abdomen and OB/GYN boards 60 days prior to program completion. Certification will be awarded after the student has officially completed the program.
  16. Students may complete the physics certifying exam after successful completion of DMS 105W  and DMS 115  prior to program completion. Certification will be awarded after the student has officially completed the program.
  17. File an application for an associate or dual degree and/or certificate with the Registrar’s Office by at least 3 months prior to expected graduation. See Graduation Requirements .
  18. Delta College reserves the right to modify graduation requirements.
    1. BIO 152W  AND BIO 153W  can be taken in place of BIO 140W  
    2. ENG 111A , ENG 111B , ENG 111C , or ENG 111H  can be taken in place of ENG 111  
    3. PHY 111  can be taken in place of PHY 101  
    4. POL 105W , POL 212W , POL 215W , POL 220W , POL 221W , POL 223W , POL 225W , POL 228W , HIS 221W , HIS 222W , or HIS 237W  can be taken in place of  POL 103W .

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