Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional (DMP)

CAAHEP Accredited* Three-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available in State College

The CAAHEP accredited* Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at South Hills will launch you in 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.

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

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program (DMS) is a three-year program in which graduates earn an associate’s degree in specialized technology. This program is for those individuals that either do not have any post-secondary education or those that have minimal college credits earned.

In addition to our three-year program, the South Hills DMS program also offers:

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus (DPP)

This CAAHEP accredited* two-year (6 terms) diploma program is designed for applicants who already have a previous Bachelor’s degree in a field other than medical imaging. It includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, patient care, and medical imaging sciences.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional (DMP)

This CAAHEP accredited* 1.5-year (5 terms) diploma program is designed for applicants who already have a previous 2-year or 4-year degree in a medical imaging specialty such as radiologic technology or nuclear medicine technology. It requires a strong background in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, patient care, and medical imaging sciences.

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.

DMS Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree Online!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to articulate into the Bachelor of Science program in Health Administration (BSHA) at Saint Joseph's College of Maine (SJCME). SJCME is a fully accredited liberal arts college offering Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in a variety of disciplines.

All courses required for the degree completion are available online. In addition, students whose personal goals include earning a graduate degree may choose to enter the fast track program. This program provides the opportunity to take master's level courses in place of some of the baccalaureate level courses. In doing so, the candidate will complete his/her Bachelor of Science degree, having already earned credits toward the SJCME Masters in Health Administration degree.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the SJCME website or speak with your South Hills admissions representative.

Complete Course Lists

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course List for 2015-16

PROGRAM YEARS DESCRIPTION

This program information appears in the 2015-16 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

g = general, c = cardiac, v = vascular

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
 
FIRST TERM
GE168Applied Algebra360
GE170Business English I2.560
MD114Medical Terminology I236
MD120Anatomy & Physiology I3.558
MD123Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.514
PD102Professional Development124
CP101Introduction to Computing1.530
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS14282
 
SECOND TERM
GE171Business English II360
DS203Patient Care2.548
MD121Anatomy & Physiology II3.558
MD125Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.514
MD105Medical Terminology II236
GE240Applied Algebra II360
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS14.5276
 
THIRD TERM
GE250Oral Business Communications124
GE247Business Writing2.560
CP212Microsoft Office360
GE246Statistical Methods and Applications360
HI100Pathophysiology472
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.5276
 
FOURTH TERM
MG109Management and Supervision3.560
DS237Introduction to Medical Imaging3.560
GE253Applied Psychology in Health Care236
GE172Human Relations in the Workplace1.536
MD200Pharmacology236
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12.5228
 
FIFTH TERM
DS209Applied Physics for DMS358
DS212Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.514
DS301Law and Ethics in Sonography 236
DS102Principles of Sonography 2.548
DS213Embryology for the Sonographer236
MD104Conversational Spanish for Healthcare Professionals236
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12228
 
SIXTH TERM
DS101First Aid and CPR-AHA0.512
DS208Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I2.548
DS219Cross Secional & Three Dimensional Anatomy2.536
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS224Gynecologic Ultrasound  
cDS243Cardiac Pathophysiology I  
vDS252Vascular Technology I  
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS218Obstetric Ultrasound  
cDS244Echocardiography I  
vDS254Vascular Pathophysiology  
DS223Abdominal Ultrasound I360
One of the following depending on track:2.536
gDS205Clinical Obstetrics  
cvDS211Principles of Cardiovascular Technology  
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17312
 
SEVENTH TERM
DS266Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II2.548
One of the following depending on track:472
cgDS235Principles of Vascular Sonography  
vDS308Vascular Technology II  
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS264Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II  
vDS258Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics  
cDS259Echocardiography Special Topics  
One of the following depending on track:360
cDS247Echocardiography II  
gvDS210Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures  
One of the following depending on track:360
gvDS261Abdominal Ultrasound II  
cDS262Cardiac Pathophysiology II  
CD205Job Search Preparation I0.512
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16312
 
EIGHTH TERM
DS603Clinical Internship I10.5441
CD206Job Search Preparation II0.512
DS214Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.521
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12.5474
 
NINTH TERM
DS604Clinical Internship II10.5441
DS216Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.521
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12462
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Course List for 2015-16

PROGRAM YEARS DESCRIPTION

This program information appears in the 2015-16 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

g = general, c = cardiac, v = vascular

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
 
FIRST TERM
MG109Management and Supervision 3.560
MD120Anatomy & Physiology I3.558
MD123Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.514
DS237Intro to Medical Imaging3.560
MD114Medical Terminology I236
DS209Applied Physics for DMS358
DS212Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.514
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16.5300
 
SECOND TERM
DS102Principles of Sonography 2.548
MD200Pharmacology236
DS301Law and Ethics in Sonography 236
DS213Embryology for the Sonographer236
MD121Anatomy & Physiology II3.558
MD125Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.514
MD105Medical Terminology II236
DS203Patient Care2.548
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17312
 
THIRD TERM
DS101First Aid and CPR-AHA0.512
DS208Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I2.548
DS219Cross Secional & Three Dimensional Anatomy2.536
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS224Gynecologic Ultrasound  
cDS243Cardiac Pathophysiology I  
vDS252Vascular Technology I  
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS218Obstetric Ultrasound  
cDS244Echocardiography I  
vDS254Vascular Pathophysiology  
DS223Abdominal Ultrasound I360
One of the following depending on track:2.536
gDS205Clinical Obstetrics  
cvDS211Principles of Cardiovascular Technology  
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17312
 
FOURTH TERM
DS266Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II2.548
One of the following depending on track:472
cgDS235Principles of Vascular Sonography  
vDS308Vascular Technology II  
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS264Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II  
vDS258Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics  
cDS259Echocardiography Special Topics  
One of the following depending on track:360
cDS247Echocardiography II  
gvDS210Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures  
One of the following depending on track:360
gvDS261Abdominal Ultrasound II  
cDS262Cardiac Pathophysiology II  
CD205Job Search Preparation I0.512
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16312
 
FIFTH TERM
DS603Clinical Internship I10.5441
CD206Job Search Preparation II0.512
DS214Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.521
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12.5474
 
SIXTH TERM
DS604Clinical Internship II10.5441
DS216Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.521
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12462
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Course List for 2015-16

PROGRAM YEARS DESCRIPTION

This program information appears in the 2015-16 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

g = general, c = cardiac, v = vascular

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
 
FIRST TERM
GE102Conversational Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 236
DS213Embryology for the Sonographer236
DS102Principles of Sonography 2.548
DS301Law and Ethics in Sonography 236
MD200Pharmacology236
DS203Patient Care2.548
GE172Human Relations in the Workplace1.536
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS14.5276
 
SECOND TERM
DS101First Aid and CPR-AHA0.512
DS208Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I2.548
DS219Cross Secional & Three Dimensional Anatomy2.536
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS224Gynecologic Ultrasound  
cDS243Cardiac Pathophysiology I  
vDS252Vascular Technology I  
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS218Obstetric Ultrasound  
cDS244Echocardiography I  
vDS254Vascular Pathophysiology  
DS223Abdominal Ultrasound I360
One of the following depending on track:2.536
gDS205Clinical Obstetrics  
cvDS211Principles of Cardiovascular Technology  
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17312
 
THIRD TERM
DS266Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II2.548
One of the following depending on track:472
cgDS235Principles of Vascular Sonography  
vDS308Vascular Technology II  
One of the following depending on track:360
gDS264Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II  
vDS258Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics  
cDS259Echocardiography Special Topics  
One of the following depending on track:360
cDS247Echocardiography II  
gvDS210Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures  
One of the following depending on track:360
gvDS261Abdominal Ultrasound II  
cDS262Cardiac Pathophysiology II  
CD205Job Search Preparation I0.512
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16312
 
FOURTH TERM
DS603Clinical Internship I10.5441
CD206Job Search Preparation II0.512
DS214Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.521
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12.5474
 
FIFTH TERM
DS604Clinical Internship II10.5441
DS216Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.521
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12462

Careers in Diagnostic Medical Sonography


With three years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our 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 DMP Graduates are highly respected in the field, and in demand for their training, professional attitudes and skill sets. 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
NameTitleCompany
Jon DownsDirector, Educational AlternativesState College Area School District
Dr. Anthony CardellCardiologistMount Nittany Physicians Group
Dr. Robert AtnipVascular SurgeonHershey Medical Center
Dr. Paul SteindorfRadiologistMount Nittany Medical Center
Dr. Gregory WeimerRadiologistMount Nittany Medical Center
Salvatore LaRussoLead Sonographer General LabHershey Medical Center
Robin CalderwoodCardiac SonographerMount Nittany Physicians Group
Amanda BornaisLead Sonographer Cardiovascular LabHershey Medical Center

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 Disclosures, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Disclosures, or Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Disclosures pages 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.