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Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Advanced Certificate

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Program Code: CHA.35545

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;

Fall First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 12

Total Semester Credits: 12

Total Semester Credits: 7

Total Semester Credits: 11

Total Semester Credits: 11.5

Total Semester Credits: 12.5

Winter Second Year Clinical:

Total Semester Credits: 9

Total Credits: 75


  1. Students must complete the DMS Program Student Application Packet and receive a "Semester and Year of Validation" to be eligible to enter the program. It is recommended that this application be submitted during the final semester of pre-requisite courses. Validation is a process that allows the Program Coordinator to review and confirm that the student has completed pre-requisite courses and requirements of this program.  Approximately 14 students are accepted for DMS courses each Fall semester.
  2. Validation requirements: 1) meeting with the Program Coordinator; 2) submission of the DMS Program Student Application Packet including: a) completion of a minimum of 16 observation hours; b) two professional letters of reference documenting your employability skills; 3) English competency of reading 81 and writing 76 on Accuplacer. 4) Meet admission requirements under Option A or Option B.
  3. Validation requirements – Option A: 1) Graduate of an accredited Allied Health Program meeting the program prerequisites either through transfer or waiver; 2) if necessary, completion of college level physics, PHY 101  or PHY 111   with a "B" (3.0) or better. Medical Radiography Physics will meet this requirement.
  4. Validation requirements – Option B: 1) completion of prerequisite courses BIO 140W  or BIO 152W  and BIO 153W , HSC 105 , MTH 122W , PHY 101 , or PHY 111 , any approved College Composition I course, ENG 113 , and COM 114W  with a "B" (3.0) minimum grade; 2) Students may have no more than a total of two repeats in the prerequiste courses for validation. 3) completion of BIO 140W  and HSC 105  (or equivalents) within the past five (5) years.
  5. The DMS Program Student Application Packet is available on the DMS program portal site, from the DMS Program Coordinator, and in the Counseling Office.
  6. All students are required to complete a Criminal Background Check following clinical entry registration.  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 DMS program. Delta College cannot guarantee students with a positive background check clinical site placement needed to meet program requirements, thus program completion may not be possible regardless of the length of time since conviction. Students should be aware that 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.

  7. Once validated, students must waitlist themselves each year during the Special Clinical Registration Period to be eligible to begin the program and to remain validated.  Failure to complete the waitlist process annually will result in removal from the validation list.  See the validation page on the portal for more information and dates.
  8. Following entry to the program via special clinical registration, students are required to complete program requirements including but not limited to 1) physical exam with completion of physical form, 2) current CPR certification for the healthcare provider/professional rescuer certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross), 3) a successful ten (10) panel drug screen by the approved agency, 4) an annual TB skin test, 5) immunization records including MMR, Td/Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B or signed waiver, 6) an annual flu shot; 7) OIG/GSA/SDN; (8) criminal background check.  These requirements will be discussed at the required orientation along with submission instructions via an electronic storage and clinical placement system.  All certifications and immunizations must be up-to-date and remain current throughout the program.
  9. Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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.
  10. 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.
  11. In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, students should plan for the following expenses following successful clinical entry: immunizations and CPR certification to meet health requirements, background check, drug screen, ACEMAPP, TRAJECYS, OIG/GSA/SDN, appropriate laboratory and clinic attire including shoes, name tags. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites, possible parking fees, and fees for national board exam and certification.
  12. Students are responsible for paying the cost of any medical care that might be necessary if you are injured or become ill as a result of clinical practice activities.  The College does not provide insurance coverage for such situations.
  13. Students must comply with all DMS program progression and retention policies published in the DMS Program Handbook.
  14. 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.
  15. All DMS students are expected to complete the ARDMS abdomen, OB/GYN, and physics certifying boards. Students may complete the physics SPI exam prior to graduation after successful completion of DMS 105W  and DMS 115  physics courses. Students meeting DMS 212  early board requirements may take the abdomen and OB/GYN boards 60 days prior to program completion. Certification will be awarded after the student has officially completed the program and according to ARDMS regulations.
  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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Delta College

Undergraduate certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Advanced Certificate

Program Length: 30 months

Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 30 months1

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Program Costs*

$8,175 for in-state tuition and fees

$12,800 for out-of-state tuition and fees

$3,550 for books and supplies

$10,305 for off-campus room and board

Other Costs:

Additional program equipment, materials, or required testing fees; approximately $4875

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*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.

Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

N/A* of students who attend this program borrow money to pay for it2

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate leaves with

N/A*in debt3

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical monthly loan payment

N/A*per month in student loans with N/A*interest rate4.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate earns

$49,077per year after leaving this program5

Graduates who got jobs

100% of program graduates got jobs according to the state job placement rate7

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Licensure Requirements6

This program meets licensure requirements in


Additional Information:

No additional notes provided.

Date Created: 6/15/2017

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  1. The share of students who completed the program within 100% of normal time (30 months).

  2. The share of students who borrowed Federal, private, and/or institutional loans to help pay for college.

  3. The median debt of borrowers who completed this program. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

  4. The median monthly loan payment for students who completed this program if it were repaid over ten years at a NA* interest rate.

  5. The median earnings of program graduates who received Federal aid.

  6. Some States require students to graduate from a state approved program in order to obtain a license to practice a profession in those States.

  7. State Job Placement Rate:

    Name of the state this placement rate is calculated for:


    Follow the link below to find out who is included in the calculation of this rate:

    What types of jobs were these students placed in?

    The job placement rate includes completers hired for: Any jobs

    Positions that recent completers were hired for include: n/a

    When were the former students employed?

    This rate is based on program completers who were already employed or within six months of completion

    How were completers tracked?

    Graduation application survey and follow up survey

  8. Accreditor Job Placement Rate: N/A


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