Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus (DPP)

CAAHEP Accredited* Two-year Diploma Program for Candidates with a Previous Bachelor's Degree
Available in State College

Complete Course List & Prerequisites

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Course List for 2017-18

This program information appears in the 2017-18 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

g = general, c = cardiac, v = vascular

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
 
FIRST TERM
MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
DS251Applied Physics for DMS4.560
DS255Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.510
DS285Introduction to Medical Imaging5.560
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
DS292Patient Care3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22.5272
 
SECOND TERM
MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
DS281Embryology for the Sonographer3.036
DS328Law and Ethics in Sonography 3.036
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
DS222Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I4.048
DS104Principles of Sonography3.036
DS273Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography2.024
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS24.0286
 
THIRD TERM
DS228Abdominal Ultrasound I3.036
DS238Abdominal Ultrasound I Lab2.024
DS103First Aid & CPR-AHA0.510
DS242Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II4.048
 Cardiac/General/Vascular Elective Grouping13.5156
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS23.0274
 
Cardiac Elective Grouping
c DS275Echocardiography I 3.036
c DS276Echocardiography I Lab 2.024
c DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I 3.036
c DS267Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab 2.024
cv DS293Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.536
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.5156
 
General Elective Grouping
g DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound 3.036
g DS284Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab 2.024
g DS271Clinical Obstetrics 3.536
g DS290Obstetric Ultrasound 3.036
g DS291Obstetric Ultrasound Lab 2.024
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.5156
 
Vascular Elective Grouping
v DS268Vascular Pathophysiology3.036
v DS272Vascular Pathophysiology Lab2.024
v DS282Vascular Technology I3.036
v DS239Vascular Technology I Lab2.024
cv DS293Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.536
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.5156
 
FOURTH TERM
CD210Job Search Preparation I1.010
 Cardiac/General/Vascular Elective Grouping21.0252
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22.0262
 
Cardiac Elective Grouping
cg DS318Principles of Vascular Sonography 3.036
cg DS319Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab 3.036
c DS313Echocardiography II3.036
c DS314Echocardiography II Lab2.024
c DS329Echocardiography Special Topics 5.060
c DS306Cardiac Pathophysiology II3.036
c DS311Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab2.024
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21.0252
 
General Elective Grouping
g DS316Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II 3.036
g DS317Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab 2.024
gv DS322Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures5.060
gv DS304Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gv DS305Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab 2.024
cg DS318Principles of Vascular Sonography 3.036
cg DS319Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab 3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21.0252
 
Vascular Elective Grouping
v DS326Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics 3.036
v DS327Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab 2.024
v DS323Vascular Technology II3.036
v DS324Vascular Technology II Lab3.036
gv DS322Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures5.060
gv DS304Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gv DS305Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab 2.024
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21.0252
 
FIFTH TERM
DS605Clinical Internship I14.5435
CD213Job Search Preparation II1.010
DS320Professional Development for the Sonographer I2.021
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5466
 
SIXTH TERM
DS606Clinical Internship II14.5435
DS321Professional Development for the Sonographer II2.021
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16.5456
Prerequisites for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Program

In order to be considered for this program, the applicant must have completed the following college-level courses with a grade of “C” or better:

  • Algebra, statistics, or higher math course
  • A communications course *

* Communications courses may include Speech, English, Communications, or related courses.

** The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree must have been completed within 15 years of the program application date.

The CAAHEP accredited* Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs at South Hills will launch you into a career working closely with radiologists, cardiologists, and other medical professionals. You will learn to use state of the art, high-tech equipment utilizing ultrasound to assess human body. South Hills offers 3 pathways to enroll in sonography based on an individual’s background. Within each program, a student may choose between three specializations: General Sonography (OB/GYN, Abdominal), Cardiac Sonography (echocardiography/heart) and Vascular Sonography. The Professional Plus program (DPP) is designed for candidates holding a previous bachelor's degree.

Our graduates hold titles including Cardiac Sonographer, Vascular Sonographer, General/Abdominal Sonographer, OB/Gyn Sonographer, Ultrasound Department Manager, Imaging Services Manager and Applications Specialist.

Successful students in this program are dedicated and enthusiastic about learning, practice good time management skills, and have good communication skills.

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* The DMS, DPP, & DMP programs for General, Cardiac, and Vascular Sonography are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Commission for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Careers in Diagnostic Medical Sonography


With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our DPP graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Applications Specialist
  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • General/Abdominal Sonographer
  • Imaging Services Manager
  • OB/Gyn Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Department Manager
  • Vascular Sonographer

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Internship is completed during the final two terms of the program. The internship continues uninterrupted for 2 consecutive terms, thus allowing for a continuous 24-week internship experience. Clinical training begins in January of each year which occurs during the winter and spring terms of South Hills School. We have placed interns at locations including:

  • Clearfield Hospital
  • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
  • DuBois Regional Medical Center
  • Geisinger Health System Hospitals
  • Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • Holy Spirit Hospital
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Pinnacle Health System
  • St. Luke’s Health Network
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospitals

South Hills DPP Graduates are highly respected in the field, and in demand for their training, professional attitudes and knowledge. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

  • Bloomsburg Hospital
  • Carilion Clinic, Roanoke VA
  • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • Geisinger –Lewistown Hospital
  • Guthrie Clinic
  • John Hopkins Hospital
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Lock Haven Hospital
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • University Surgical Associates
  • UPMC

Program Advisory Board Members

State College Main Campus
BoardmemberTitleCompany
Jon Downs, PhD.Program DirectorState College Area School District
Anthony Cardell, MDCardiologistMount Nittany Physician Group
Robert Atnip, MDVascular SurgeonHershey Medical Center
Paul Steindorf, MDRadiologistRetired
Gregory Weimer, MDRadiologistMount Nittany Medical Center
Salvatore LaRusso, MEd.General Sonographer/Clinical ManagerHershey Medical Center
Robin Calderwood, RDMS, RDCS, RVTCardiac and Vascular SonographerMount Nittany Physician Group
Amanda Bornais, BS, RVTTechnical DirectorHershey Medical Center
Jason Fragin, D.O.PhysicianHershey Medical Center
Jacob Alexander, MDRadiologistMount Nittany Medical Center
Renee Orlandi, RVTSonographer Pinnacle Health Systems
Pam KeeblerCardiac SonographerCarilion Health System

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Disclosures page on our website.

CAAHEP Annual Survey

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Outcome Statistics — Graduates of 2016

Specialty Track (includes DMS, DPP and DMP graduates): General (ABD, OB/GYN) Vascular Cardiac
Attrition 12% 38% 0%
Job Placement 93% 100% 90%
Credential status (passing rates for board examination) Abdomen 100% | OB/GYN 89% 100% 71%

The CAAHEP Annual Survey outcome statistics are based on the students who graduated June 2016. The job placement rate includes graduates hired for jobs within their field and related fields, and were hired within 9 months of completion. The graduates are tracked via graduate and employer surveys.