Program Description

This Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science Degree program prepares graduates to become an integral part of the health care team.  Our sonography program gives all our students a well-rounded foundation upon which they can build in order to become a highly skilled professional in this field.  Starting with the basics such as Medical Terminology, Patient Care and Medical Ethics, the next step are subjects like Anatomy & Physiology, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Microbiology and Pathology.  It is our belief that these classes are imperative for our students learn, in order to progress to the Sonography classes.  Ultrasound Physics is a requirement for all sonography students.  At this time, our students can choose the path they wish to follow:  Cardiovascular or DMS.  Cardiovascular consists of the specialties Echocardiography and Vascular Technology. DMS is General (Abdomen & Small Parts) and Ob/Gyn.

According to the BLS, 2014 median pay is $30.07/hour ($62,540 per year), with “Much Faster than Average” growth.

Our Ultrasound program utilizes both didactic and laboratory teaching methods followed by clinical experiences.  All classes are taught on-site, by instructors who are highly qualified in their areas.  The use of textbooks, journals and computers in the classroom, as well as ultrasound machines, EKG and stress test machines, and other medical equipment, gives students both the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for success.

Textbooks:

  • Essentials of Sonography and Patient Care
  • Medical Law, Ethics, & Bioethics for the Health Profession
  • Ethical and Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals,
  • Introduction to Sonography: Normal Structure and Function, (3rd ed.)
  • Quick & Easy Medical Terminology
  • Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 9th Ed.
  • Color Atlas of Ultrasound Anatomy
  • OB/GYN Registry Review
  • Abdomen Registry Review
  • Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography, (7th ed.)
  • Workbook for Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography
  • Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography, 7th Edition
  • Echo Registry Review
  • Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings, 11th Edition.
  • College Algebra 2nd edition.
  • Pathology for the Health Professions, 4th edition. 
  • Understanding Ultrasound Physics, (4th ed.)
  • Psychology 8th Edition in Modules
  • Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography (5th Edition)
  • Vascular Registry Review

Some of the resources and equipment available for students:

Library, including Textbooks, Reference Books, Medical Journals

Computer & Internet

Ultrasound machines including, among others:

    • HP Sonos 5500
    • Acuson Sequoia

Stress Test Machine

EKG Machines

Registry Information

ARDMS and CCI are the two registry organizations for sonographers.  Upon successful completion of Ultrasound Physics or attendance at one of the many physics workshops available throughout the year, students can take the ARDMS SPI exam.  Our graduates are eligible to take specialty registry exams with either of these organizations after graduation and working as a sonographer for one year.