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Diagnostic Medical Sonography


CAAHEP Accredited* Programs
Available at the State College Main Campus

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 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 DMS 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.

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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In addition to our three-year associate in specialized technology (AST) program, the South Hills DMS program also offers the following diploma programs for individuals with previous education or credentials:

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.

* The DMS, DPP, & DMP programs for General, Cardiac, and Vascular Sonography are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 25400 US Hwy 19 N. Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, mail@caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Commission for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Complete Course Lists

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course List

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours 
Term 1MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE117Applied Algebra4.060
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
Totals:13.0166
Term 2MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE230Applied Algebra II4.060
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
Totals:13.0166
Term 3HI102Pathophysiology5.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
DS251Applied Physics for DMS4.560
DS255Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.510
GE260Statistical Applications3.036
Totals:15.5190
Term 4GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care3.036
DM208Introduction to Medical Imaging2.536
DM209Patient Care2.536
GE186Business English Essentials4.060
MG119Management Essentials2.030
Totals:14.0198
Term 5DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography2.536
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I3.548
Totals:12.5180
Term 6DM236Abdominal Pathophysiology I3.036
DM237Abdominal Pathophysiology I Lab1.020
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac, General, or Vascular Elective Grouping11.0148
Totals:18.5252
Term 6 Cardiac Elective Groupingc DS275Echocardiography I3.036
c DM226Echocardiography I Lab1.020
c DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I3.036
c DM228Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab1.020
cv DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
Totals:11.0148
Term 6 General Elective Groupingg DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound3.036
g DM216Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab1.020
g DS290Obstetric Ultrasound3.036
g DM217Obstetric Ultrasound Lab1.020
g DM218Clinical Obstetrics3.036
Totals:11.0148
Term 6 Vascular Elective Groupingv DS268Vascular Pathophysiology3.036
v DM229Vascular Pathophysiology Lab1.020
v DS282Vascular Technology I3.036
v DM227Vascular Technology I Lab1.020
cv DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
Totals:11.0148
Term 7Cardiac, General, or Vascular Elective Grouping17.5244
Totals:17.5244
Term 7 Cardiac Elective Groupingc DM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II3.036
c DM231Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
c DM247Echocardiography II3.036
c DM233Echocardiography II Lab1.020
cg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
c DM235Echocardiography Special Topics4.560
Totals:17.5244
Term 7 General Elective Groupinggv DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II3.036
gv DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
g DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II3.036
g DM221Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab1.020
cg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures 4.560
Totals:17.5244
Term 7 Vascular Elective Groupinggv DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II3.036
gv DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
v DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics3.036
v DM232Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab1.020
v DM250Vascular Technology II3.036
v DM234Vascular Technology II Lab2.036
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures 4.560
Totals:17.5244
Term 8DM252Clinical Internship I14.5435
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.018
Totals:15.5453
Term 9DM253Clinical Internship II14.5435
DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.018
Totals:15.5453
DMS PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSDMS PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
135.0 Credits2,302 Clock Hours
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Course List

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
Term 1MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
DS251Applied Physics for DMS4.560
DS255Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.510
DM208Introduction to Medical Imaging2.536
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
DM209Patient Care2.536
19.0248
Term 2MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography2.536
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I3.548
21.5286
Term 3DM236Abdominal Pathophysiology I3.036
DM237Abdominal Pathophysiology I Lab1.020
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac, General, or Vascular Elective Grouping11.0148
Totals:18.5252
Term 3 Cardiac Elective GroupingDS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I3.036
DM228Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab1.020
DS275Echocardiography I3.036
DM226Echocardiography I Lab1.020
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
11.0148
Term 3 General Elective GroupingDM218Clinical Obstetrics3.036
DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound3.036
DM216Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab1.020
DS290Obstetric Ultrasound3.036
DM217Obstetric Ultrasound Lab1.020
11.0148
Term 3 Vascular Elective GroupingDM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
DS268Vascular Pathophysiology3.036
DM229Vascular Pathophysiology Lab1.020
DS282Vascular Technology I3.036
DM227Vascular Technology I Lab1.020
11.0148
Term 4Cardiac, General, or Vascular Elective Grouping17.5244
Totals:17.5244
Term 4 Cardiac Elective GroupingDM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II3.036
DM231Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
DM247Echocardiography II3.036
DM233Echocardiography II Lab1.020
DM235Echocardiography Special Topics4.560
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
17.5244
Term 4 General Elective GroupingDM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II3.036
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II3.036
DM221Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab1.020
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures4.560
17.5244
Term 4 Vascular Elective GroupingDM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II3.036
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures4.560
DM250Vascular Technology II3.036
DM234Vascular Technology II Lab2.036
DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics3.036
DM232Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab1.020
17.5244
Term 5DM252Clinical Internship I14.5435
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.018
Totals:15.5453
Term 6DM253Clinical Internship II14.5435
Spring 2020DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.018
Totals:15.5453
DPP PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSDPP PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
107.5 Credits1,936 Clock Hours
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Course List

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours  
Term 1 (Winter 2019-20)DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography2.536
DM209Patient Care2.536
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I3.548
15.0216
Term 2 (Spring 2020)DM236Abdominal Pathophysiology I3.036
DM237Abdominal Pathophysiology I Lab1.020
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac, General, or Vascular Elective Grouping11.0148
Totals:18.5252
Term 2 Cardiac Elective GroupingDS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I3.036
DM228Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab1.020
DS275Echocardiography I3.036
DM226Echocardiography I Lab1.020
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
11.0148
Term 2 General Elective GroupingDM218Clinical Obstetrics3.036
DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound3.036
DM216Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab1.020
DS290Obstetric Ultrasound3.036
DM217Obstetric Ultrasound Lab1.020
11.0148
Term 2 Vascular Elective GroupingDM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
DS268Vascular Pathophysiology3.036
DM229Vascular Pathophysiology Lab1.020
DS282Vascular Technology I3.036
DM227Vascular Technology I Lab1.020
11.0148
Term 3 (Fall 2020)Cardiac, General, or Vascular Elective Grouping17.5244
Totals:17.5244
Term 3 Cardiac Elective GroupingDM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II3.036
DM231Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
DM247Echocardiography II3.036
DM233Echocardiography II Lab1.020
DM235Echocardiography Special Topics4.560
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
17.5244
Term 3 General Elective GroupingDM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II3.036
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II3.036
DM221Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab1.020
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures4.560
17.5244
Term 3 Vascular Elective GroupingDM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II3.036
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures4.560
DM250Vascular Technology II3.036
DM234Vascular Technology II Lab2.036
DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics3.036
DM232Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab1.020
17.5244
Term 4 (Winter 2020-21)DM252Clinical Internship I14.5435
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.018
Totals:15.5453
Term 5 (Spring 2021)DM253Clinical Internship II14.5435
DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.018
Totals:15.5453
DMP PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSDMP PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
82.0 Credits1,618 Clock Hours

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:


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 at South Hills. We have placed interns at locations including:


South Hills Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates are highly respected in the field and sought-after for their training, professional attitudes, and knowledge. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

Meet the Faculty

Tricia Turner, BS, RDMS, RVT

Program Director
State College Main Campus


Tricia's Biography

Stephanie R. Wilson, BS, RDMS, RVT, FSVU

Assistant Program Director / Vascular Track Coordinator
State College Main Campus


Stephanie's Biography

Beth Lampe, BS, RDMS, RDCS (AE, PE)

Cardiac Track Coordinator
State College Main Campus


Beth's Biography

Elizabeth Ladrido, BS, RDMS, RVT

General Track Coordinator
State College Main Campus


Liz's Biography

Gregory Tressler, RT(R), RDMS

Instructor
State College Main Campus


Greg's Biography

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 Applied Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT). PCT is an accredited college offering Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in a variety of disciplines. All courses required for the degree completion are available online. Go to our Articulation Agreements page or visit www.pct.edu for more information.

CAAHEP Annual Survey — Diagnostic Medical Sonography Outcome Statistics

Specialty Track (includes DMS, DPP and DMP graduates): General (ABD, OB/GYN) Vascular Cardiac
* Retention * 93% * 100% * 100%
Job Placement 79% ** 33% 91%
Credential status (passing rates for board examination) Abdomen 77% | OB/GYN 100% 100% 80%

* As of 2019, reporting has changed from attrition to retention.

** Sample size less than 10 causing results to be statistically unreliable.

The CAAHEP Annual Survey outcome statistics are based on the students who graduated June 2017. 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.

Specialty Track (includes DMS, DPP and DMP graduates): General (ABD, OB/GYN) Vascular Cardiac
Attrition 0% * 33% 7%
Job Placement 85% 100% 77%
Credential status (passing rates for board examination) Abdomen 90% | OB/GYN 100% 100% 82%

* Sample size less than 10 causing results to be statistically unreliable.

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.

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 2015. 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.

Specialty Track (includes DMS, DPP and DMP graduates): General (ABD, OB/GYN) Vascular Cardiac
Attrition 0% 14% 8%
Job Placement 87% 100% 100%
Credential status (passing rates for board examination) 94.5% 100% 100%

The CAAHEP Annual Survey outcome statistics are based on the students who graduated June 2014. 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.

Specialty Track (includes DMS, DPP and DMP graduates): General (ABD, OB/GYN) Vascular Cardiac
Attrition 30% 0% 33%
Job Placement 79% 100% 100%
Credential status (passing rates for board examination) Abdomen 100% | OB/GYN 100% 100% 100%

The CAAHEP Annual Survey outcome statistics are based on the students who graduated June 2013. 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.

Program Advisory Committee

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Medical Advisors
Dr. Anthony CardellCardiologistMt. Nittany Physician’s Group
Dr. Jason FraginCardiologistPenn State Hershey Medical Group
Dr. Jacob AlexanderRadiologistMt. Nittany Medical Center
Dr. Gregory WeimerRadiologist/InstructorPenn State Hershey
Dr. Robert AtnipVascular SurgeonThe Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
 
Community Members
Amanda Bornais, BS, RVTClinical Program CoordinatorThe Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Sal LaRusso, MEd.Chief Sonographer/Senior Instructor RadiologyThe Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Robin Calderwood, RDMS, RDCS, RVTSonographerMt. Nittany Physician’s Group
Jon Downs, PhDDirector of Educational AlternativesState College Area School District
Aubrey RybyinskiSonographer Navix Diagnostix
Katherine McNittNutritionistGraduate Student, Pennsylvania State University
Rich MeyersSenior Research AssociateApplied Research Laboratory Pennsylvania State University
 
South Hills Alumni
Adam Wood, RDMSLead Research Echo TechnologistPinnacle Health
Renee Orlandi, RVTVascular SonographerPinnacle Health
Pam Keebler, RDCSCardiac SonographerCarillion Clinic Roanoke Virginia
Susan Albright, RDMSGeneral SonographerConemaugh Health System

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