Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

The Diagnostic Vascular Sonography Certificate of Proficiency is no longer accepting new students.


Certificate of Proficiency in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a 42-credit-hour program beginning only each fall semester that prepares students for entry-level employment. The program includes both classroom work and clinical education of approximately 1,400 hours in an affiliated sonography department. Students can choose from two program options: Medical Sonography or Cardiac Sonography.

Medical and Cardiac Sonography curriculum options are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Vascular Technology option is accredited until December 18, 2015.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

Applicants must have an associate’s degree or higher and complete all prerequisite courses prior to submitting their application to the DMS program. Students attend full-time and complete classroom work and clinical education in an affiliated sonography department. Students acquire skills in record keeping, obtaining and recording pertinent patient clinical history, performing the sonographic examination, providing for the comforts and needs of the patient during the examination, and recording the anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data for interpretation by the supervising physician.

Sonography is a direct patient care profession. Sonographers perform examinations on post-surgical patients, assist patients who require emesis basins and bedpans, assist physicians with invasive procedures, perform sonographic examinations in the intensive care unit, and perform obstetric examinations on high-risk patients.

Graduates are eligible to take the certification examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography for their curriculum options – Abdomen and OB/GYN for Medical Sonography, Adult Echocardiography for Cardiac Sonography, and the Vascular Technology Examination for Vascular Technology. Positions are available in hospitals, imaging centers, clinics and private physician offices.

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive, costly procedures.

Outcomes Data – Class of 2016

Job Placement


Persons interested in sonography should possess:

  • Effective oral communication skills with patients and all members of the health care team
  • Thoroughness
  • Accuracy
  • Empathy
  • Versatility
  • Ability to follow precise and detailed instructions

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of all program prerequisites prior to submitting an application. Must earn a “C” or higher in the following courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (usually two semester course sequence of at least 8 credit hours)
    • Physics or Physical Science Lecture
    • College Algebra
    • Medical Terminology
    • English Composition
    • Oral Communications
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Culumative GPA for Math and Sciences: 3.0 (Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, College Algebra)
  • Only one repeat of a course prerequisite is allowed over a five year period
  • Complete 4 hours of job shadowing
  • Complete 120 hours in a patient care setting (can be voluntary service within a hospital or nursing home)
  • Math and science prerequisite courses must have been completed within five years of entering the program

Admission Process
Applications for the program are accepted on a continuing basis from eligible applicants. The program only accepts one class a year starting in the fall semester.

Admission letters will be mailed by the first Friday in May. Eligible applicants not admitted due to space limitations will remain on the alternate list until classes begin in the fall semester.

Eligible students not admitted in the fall class MUST reapply to the program by October 1 to maintain their Wait List position for the next entering class.

Students who wish to be considered for the program MUST do the following:

  • Complete all admission requirements
  • Apply to the college
  • Send official high school and college transcripts to the Admissions office
  • Submit the program application when all of the above has been completed

Applicants should be advised of the following:

  • Current CPR health care provider level certification is required by the first day of class and must be maintained throughout the program.
  • The hospitals used as clinical sites for the program require a criminal background check and drug screen. Should the background check reveal prior felony criminal convictions, the hospital will be contacted to determine if the individual will be disqualified. If the drug screen is positive, the individual will not be permitted to participate in any clinical rotation or internship.
  • Successful completion of the program makes you eligible to sit for the ARDMS certification examinations. The application includes questions regarding crime directly related to public health. Discovery of relevant criminal history or false information may result in the denial of your application or the filing of a disciplinary action against you.

Application for this program is available in the admissions office.


Job Resources

  • For information on the job outlook in the diagnostic medical sonography profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, the number of jobs and more.
  • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

Gainful Employment Data Cardiac Sonography (CP)

Gainful Employment Data Medical Sonographer (CP)

divider-faculty James Wendling M.Ed., RDCS, Program Coordinator

Patti Rudick, M.Ed. RT(R), RDMS


Diagnostic Medical Sonography (CP)

Core Curriculum
DMS 103 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
DMS 104 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 2
DMS 201 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation III 2
Select one of the following options: 36
Cardiac Sonography
Medical Sonography
Total Credit Hours 42


Cardiac Sonography

DMS 127 Introduction to Sonography 3
DMS 112 Cardiac Sonography I 3
DMS 113 Cardiac Sonography Scanning Techniques I 2
DMS 114 Cardiac Sonography Practicum I 2
DMS 115 Cardiac Sonography II 3
DMS 116 Cardiac Sonography Scanning Techniques II 1
DMS 117 Cardiac Sonography Clinical Applications 2
DMS 118 Cardiac Sonography Practicum II 3
DMS 207 Cardiac Sonography III 2
DMS 208 Cardiac Sonography Practicum III 4
DMS 209 Cardiac Sonography IV 4
DMS 126 Introduction to Vascular Sonography 3
DMS 128 Introduction to Vascular Sonography Scanning Techniques 1
DMS 211 Cardiac Sonography Practicum IV 3
Total Credit Hours 36

Medical Sonography

DMS 127 Introduction to Sonography 3
DMS 105 Medical Sonography I 3
DMS 106 Medical Sonography Scanning Techniques I 2
DMS 107 Medical Sonography Practicum I 2
DMS 108 Medical Sonography II 3
DMS 109 Medical Sonography Scanning Techniques II 1
DMS 110 Medical Sonography Clinical Applications 2
DMS 111 Medical Sonography Practicum II 3
DMS 202 Medical Sonography III 2
DMS 203 Medical Sonography Practicum III 4
DMS 204 Medical Sonography IV 4
DMS 126 Introduction to Vascular Sonography 3
DMS 128 Introduction to Vascular Sonography Scanning Techniques 1
DMS 206 Medical Sonography Practicum IV 3
Total Credit Hours 36


Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

American Society of Echocardiography

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography


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The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered at our Forest Park campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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