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 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 .Visit www.pct.edu for more information.

Complete Course Lists

Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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
GE117Applied Algebra4.060
MD108Medical Terminology I3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.0166
 
SECOND TERM
MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE230Applied Algebra II4.060
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.0166
 
THIRD TERM
HI102Pathophysiology5.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
DS251Applied Physics for DMS4.560
DS255Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.510
GE260Statistical Applications3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS15.5190
 
FOURTH TERM
GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care3.036
DM208Introduction to Medical Imaging2.536
DM209Patient Care2.536
GE186Business English Essentials4.060
MG119Management Essentials2.030
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS14.0198
 
FIFTH TERM
DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography 2.536
DM214Principles of Sonography 2.536
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I3.548
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS12.5180
 
SIXTH TERM
DS228Abdominal Ultrasound I3.036
DM219Abdominal Ultrasound I Lab1.020
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
 Cardiac/General/Vascular Elective Grouping11.0148
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS18.5252
 
Cardiac Elective Grouping
c DS275Echocardiography I 3.036
c DM226Echocardiography I Lab 1.020
c DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I 3.036
c DM228Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab 1.020
cv DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS11.0148
 
General Elective Grouping
g DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound 3.036
g DM216Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab 1.020
g DS290Obstetric Ultrasound 3.036
g DM217Obstetric Ultrasound Lab 1.020
g DM218Clinical Obstetrics 3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS11.0148
 
Vascular Elective Grouping
v 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
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS11.0148
SEVENTH TERM
 Cardiac/General/Vascular Elective Grouping17.5244
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5244
 
Cardiac Elective Grouping
c DM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II3.036
c DM231Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab1.020
c DM247Echocardiography II3.036
c DM233Echocardiography II Lab1.020
cg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography 3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab 2.036
c DM235Echocardiography Special Topics 4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5244
 
General Elective Grouping
gv DM245Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gvDM223Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab 1.020
g DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II 3.036
g DM221Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab 1.020
cg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography 3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab 2.036
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5244
 
Vascular Elective Grouping
gv DM245Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gvDM223Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab 1.020
v DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics 3.036
v DM232Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab 1.020
v DM250Vascular Technology II3.036
v DM234Vascular Technology II Lab2.036
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5244
 
EIGHTH TERM
DM252Clinical Internship I14.5435
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.018
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS15.5453
 
NINTH TERM
DM253Clinical Internship II14.5435
DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.018
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS15.5453
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
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional 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
MD110Conversational Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 3.036
DS281Embryology for the Sonographer3.036
DS328Law and Ethics in Sonography 3.036
DS292Patient Care3.036
DS104Principles of Sonography3.036
DS222Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I4.048
DS273Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography2.024
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21252
 
SECOND 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
 
THIRD 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
 
FOURTH TERM
DS605Clinical Internship I14.5435
CD213Job Search Preparation II1.010
DS320Professional Development for the Sonographer I2.021
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS17.5466
 
FIFTH TERM
DS606Clinical Internship II14.5435
DS321Professional Development for the Sonographer II2.021
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS16.5456

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
  • 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
BoardmemberTitleCompany
Medical Advisors
Dr. Anthony CardellCardiologistMt. Nittany Physician’s Group
Dr. Jason FraginCardiologistPenn State Hershey Medical Group
Dr. Jacob AlexanderRadiologistMt. Nittany Medical Center
Dr. Gregory WeimerRadiologistMt. Nittany Medical Center
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
 
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

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

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.