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 2016-17

This program information appears in the 2016-17 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

g = general, c = cardiac, v = vascular

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
DS285Introduction to Medical Imaging5.560
MD108Medical Terminology I336
DS251Applied Physics for DMS4.560
DS255Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.510
DM100Principles of Sonography 448
DS328Law and Ethics in Sonography 336
DS281Embryology for the Sonographer336
MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
MD109Medical Terminology II336
DS292Patient Care336
DM101First Aid and CPR-AHA112
DS222Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I448
DM204Cross Sectional & Three Dimensional Anatomy3.536
gDM205Gynecologic Ultrasound560
cDM202Cardiac Pathophysiology I(5)(60)
vDM207Vascular Technology I(5)(60)
gDM201Obstetric Ultrasound560
cDM203Echocardiography I(5)(60)
vDM206Vascular Pathophysiology(5)(60)
DM200Abdominal Ultrasound I560
gDS271Clinical Obstetrics3.536
cvDS293Principles of Cardiovascular Technology(3.5)(36)
DS242Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II448
cgDM302Principles of Vascular Sonography672
vDM300Vascular Technology II(6)(72)
gDM304Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II560
vDM305Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics(5)(60)
cDS329Echocardiography Special Topics(5)(60)
cDM306Echocardiography II560
gvDS322Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures(5)(60)
gvDM303Abdominal Ultrasound II560
cDM301Cardiac Pathophysiology II(5)(60)
CD208Job Search Preparation I112
DM600Clinical Internship I14.5441
CD209Job Search Preparation II112
DS320Professional Development for the Sonographer I221
DM601Clinical Internship II14.5441
DS321Professional Development for the Sonographer II221
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
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

Graduates of 2014

Program of Enrollment: DMS DPP DMP
Specialty Track: General Vascular Cardiac General Vascular Cardiac General Vascular Cardiac
Attrition 30% 0% 33% 0% 25% 33% 0% 0% No enrollment
Job Placement 79% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Credential status
Passing rates for board examination
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%  

The CAAHEP Annual Survey attrition statistics are based on the following cohort years: DMS (2011), DPP (2012), and DMP (2012). The job placement statistics include all students who completed between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. The job replacement rate includes completers hired for jobs within their field and related fields, and were hired within 9 months of completion. The completers are tracked via student verbal attestations.