Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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 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 program, the South Hills DMS program also offers the following:

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) 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 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
 
FIRST TERM
GE117Applied Algebra460
EN104Business English I460
MD108Medical Terminology I336
MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
PD110Professional Development224
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS19250
 
SECOND TERM
EN105Business English II460
MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
MD109Medical Terminology II336
GE230Applied Algebra II460
DS251Applied Physics for DMS4.560
DS255Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.510
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22296
 
THIRD TERM
GE213Oral Business Communications224
CP283Microsoft Office460
GE258Statistical Methods and Applications460
HI102Pathophysiology5.560
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS18240
 
FOURTH TERM
MG112Management and Supervision560
DS285Introduction to Medical Imaging5.560
GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care336
DS292Patient Care336
MD242Pharmacology336
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS19.5228
 
FIFTH TERM
DS222Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I448
DS273Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography224
DS328Law and Ethics in Sonography 336
DS104Principles of Sonography 336
DS281Embryology for the Sonographer336
MD110Conversational Spanish for Healthcare Professionals336
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS18216
 
SIXTH TERM
DS103First Aid & CPR-AHA0.510
DS242Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II448
g DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound 336
g DS284Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab224
c DS275Echocardiography I (3)(36)
c DS276Echocardiography I Lab(2)(24)
v DS282Vascular Technology I(3)(36)
v DS239Vascular Technology I Lab(2)(24)
g DS290Obstetric Ultrasound 336
g DS291Obstetric Ultrasound Lab224
c DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I (3)(36)
c DS267Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab(2)(24)
v DS268Vascular Pathophysiology(3)(36)
v DS272Vascular Pathophysiology Lab(2)(24)
DS228Abdominal Ultrasound I336
DS238Abdominal Ultrasound I Lab224
g DS271Clinical Obstetrics3.536
cv DS293Principles of Cardiovascular Technology(3.5)(36)
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS23274
 
SEVENTH TERM
cg DS318Principles of Vascular Sonography 336
cg DS319Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab336
v DS323Vascular Technology II(3)(36)
v DS324Vascular Technology II Lab(3)(36)
g DS316Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II 336
g DS317Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab 224
v DS326Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics (3)(36)
v DS327Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab(2)(24)
c DS313Echocardiography II(3)(36)
c DS314Echocardiography II Lab(2)(24)
c DS329Echocardiography Special Topics560
gv DS322Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures(5)(60)
gv DS304Abdominal Ultrasound II336
gv DS305Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab224
c DS306Cardiac Pathophysiology II(3)(36)
c DS311Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab(2)(24)
CD210Job Search Preparation I110
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22262
 
EIGHTH TERM
DS605Clinical Internship I14.5435
CD213Job Search Preparation II110
DS320Professional Development for the Sonographer I221
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5466
 
NINTH TERM
DS606Clinical Internship II14.5435
DS321Professional Development for the Sonographer II221
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16.5456
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
 
FIRST TERM
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
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS19.5236
 
SECOND TERM
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
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22262
 
THIRD TERM
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)
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS27312
 
FOURTH TERM
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
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS26312
 
FIFTH TERM
DM600Clinical Internship I14.5441
CD209Job Search Preparation II112
DS320Professional Development for the Sonographer I221
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5474
 
SIXTH TERM
DM601Clinical Internship II14.5441
DS321Professional Development for the Sonographer II221
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16.5462
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional 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
 
FIRST TERM
MD110Conversational Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 336
DS281Embryology for the Sonographer336
DM100Principles of Sonography 448
DS328Law and Ethics in Sonography 336
DS292Patient Care336
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS18.5228
 
SECOND TERM
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)
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS27312
 
THIRD TERM
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
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS26312
 
FOURTH TERM
DM600Clinical Internship I14.5441
CD209Job Search Preparation II112
DS320Professional Development for the Sonographer I221
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5474
 
FIFTH TERM
DS601Clinical Internship II14.5441
DS321Professional Development for the Sonographer II221
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16.5462

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 at South Hills. 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 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:

  • 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.