Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree & Diploma Programs


CAAHEP Accredited* Programs
Available at the State College Main Campus

Program Highlights:

What You Need to Know About Our Medical Sonography Degree Programs

A career in healthcare could take less time and less schooling than you think. The practice of sonography uses high-tech ultrasound equipment to assess and record images of the body with the aim of diagnosing illnesses, injuries, or medical conditions. With the Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs at South Hills School of Business & Technology, you can gain the skills to acquire quality images needed for proper diagnosis. In the clinical setting, you can work closely with physicians and other medical professionals to provide compassionate care.

We offer three pathways to enroll in DMS:

 

Specialize in:

Abdominal Sonography:
Readies students to work in a radiology department to perform abdominal scans (i.e. liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen) and small parts (i.e. thyroid, prostate, breast and scrotal). Students prepare for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS- ab) credential.

Obstetrics/Gynecology Sonography:
Readies students to work in a maternal/fetal medicine department that focuses on scanning the embryo/fetus throughout a pregnancy. Students prepare for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS- ob) credential.

Cardiac Sonography:
Readies students to work in an echocardiography department and perform adult echocardiograms. Students prepare for the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) credentials

Vascular Sonography:
Readies students to work in a vascular ultrasound department performing scans on the vascular system (i.e. arteries and veins of the brain, neck, abdomen and extremities).

Your hands-on education will include both classroom and lab work, as well as a clinical internship where you will get the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned from our experienced faculty in real-world settings.

* The DMS, DPP, & DMP programs for Abdomen, Obstetric and Gynecology, Cardiac and Vascular Sonography are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, 727-210-2350, mail@caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Commission for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Why You Should Choose South Hills

South Hills School of Business & Technology has been in the business of helping our students gain the specialized career skills they need for over 50 years. We know that we can help you, too. Here are just a few reasons why:

Small class sizes

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It’s important to us that each of our students feels seen, both in what they need out of their education and what their goals are. It’s why we keep our class sizes small, so you can build a personal relationship with your teachers.

Internship and Networking Opportunities

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Every specialized degree program we offer at South Hills includes a 12-week internship component, which gives you not only hands-on experience, but also a chance to network and connect with our partner organizations.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Finances shouldn’t stand in the way of you being able to train for the career you want. South Hills offers a number of ways to help pay for your program for those who qualify. Grants, loans, and special funding for veterans are just some of the possibilities we can explore with you, and our Financial Aid team is available to help you navigate these options.

Experienced Instructors

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Our instructors are also experienced professionals who know what it takes to be successful in the job market. Marketing and management classes are taught by market consultants, coordinators, and skilled leaders who incorporate their experience into the curriculum.

The Outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Jobs and Careers

Like many areas of the healthcare field, employment for medical sonographers is expected to see major growth over the next several years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for diagnostic medical sonographers will grow by 10%, much faster than the average for all occupations. There is also strong earnings potential, as well.

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:

After a few years of clinical experience, our graduates may pursue careers as Application Specialists or Department Managers


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:

CAAHEP Annual Survey — Diagnostic Medical Sonography Outcome Statistics

A Closer Look at Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Classes

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree & Diploma Programs at South Hills are on-campus programs that feature small class sizes and more opportunities for individualized attention.

Complete Course Lists

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course List

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course List for 2023-24

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
Term 1MD102Anatomy & Physiology I5.560
MD103Anatomy & Physiology I Lab0.510
GE117Applied Algebra460
PD120Professional Development for DMS112
MD108Medical Terminology I336
Totals:14178
Term 2MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
GE230Applied Algebra II460
MD109Medical Terminology II336
Totals:13166
Term 3DS251Applied Physics for DMS4.560
DS255Applied Physics for DMS Lab0.510
HI102Pathophysiology5.560
GE260Statistical Applications336
Totals:13.5166
Term 4GE207Applied Psychology in Health Care336
GE186Business English Essentials460
DM208Introduction to Medical Imaging2.536
MG119Management Essentials230
GE213Oral Business Communications224
Totals:13.5186
Term 5DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography2.536
DM209Patient Care2.536
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM240Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I2.536
Totals:14204
Term 6DM236Abdominal Pathophysiology I336
DM237Abdominal Pathophysiology I Lab120
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac Elective Grouping OR11148
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping OR(11)(148)
Vascular Elective Grouping(11)(148)
Totals:18.5252
Cardiac Elective Grouping
DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I336
DM228Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab120
DS275Echocardiography I336
DM226Echocardiography I Lab120
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology336
Totals:11148
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping
DM218Clinical Obstetrics336
DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound336
DM216Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab120
DS290Obstetric Ultrasound 336
DM217Obstetric Ultrasound Lab120
Totals:11148
Vascular Elective Grouping
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology336
DS268Vascular Pathophysiology336
DM229Vascular Pathophysiology Lab120
DS282Vascular Technology I336
DM227Vascular Technology I Lab120
11148
Term 7Cardiac Elective Grouping OR17.5244
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping OR(17.5)(244)
Vascular Elective Grouping(17.5)(244)
Totals:17.5244
Cardiac Elective Grouping
DM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II336
DM231Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM247Echocardiography II336
DM233Echocardiography II Lab120
DM235Echocardiography Special Topics3.036
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies1.524
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab236
Totals:17.5244
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping
DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II336
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II336
DM221Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab120
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography336
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies1.524
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab236
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures3.036
Totals:17.5244
Vascular Elective Grouping
DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II336
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures3.036
DM250Vascular Technology II336
DM234Vascular Technology II Lab236
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies1.524
DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics336
DM232Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab120
Totals:17.5244
Term 8DM252Clinical Internship I12.0360
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.018
Totals:13.0378
Term 9DM253Clinical Internship II17.0510
DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.018
Totals:18528
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 2023-24

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 I336
DM209Patient Care2.536
Totals:19248
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 II336
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I2.536
Totals:20.5274
Term 3DM236Abdominal Pathophysiology I336
DM237Abdominal Pathophysiology I Lab120
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac Elective Grouping OR11148
Abdominal & OB-GYN(11)(148)
Vascular Elective Grouping(11)(148)
Totals:18.5252
Cardiac Elective Grouping
DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I336
DM228Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab120
DS275Echocardiography I 336
DM226Echocardiography I Lab120
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology336
11148
Abdominal & OB-GYN
DM218Clinical Obstetrics336
DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound336
DM216Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab120
DS290Obstetric Ultrasound 336
DM217Obstetric Ultrasound Lab120
11148
Vascular Elective Grouping
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology336
DS268Vascular Pathophysiology336
DM229Vascular Pathophysiology Lab120
DS282Vascular Technology I336
DM227Vascular Technology I Lab120
11148
Term 4Cardiac Elective Grouping OR17.5244
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping OR(17.5)(244)
Vascular Elective Grouping(17.5)(244)
Totals:17.5244
Cardiac Elective Grouping
DM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II336
DM231Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM247Echocardiography II336
DM233Echocardiography II Lab120
DM235Echocardiography Special Topics336
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies1.524
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography336
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab236
17.5244
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping
DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II336
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II336
DM221Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab120
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography336
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies124
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab236
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures336
17244
Vascular Elective Grouping
DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II336
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures336
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies124
DM250Vascular Technology II336
DM234Vascular Technology II Lab236
DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics336
DM232Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab120
17244
Term 5DM252Clinical Internship I12.0360
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I118
Totals:13.0378
Term 6DM253Clinical Internship II17.0510
DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II118
Totals:18.0528
DPP PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSDPP PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
106.5 Credits1,924 Clock Hours
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Course List

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Course List for 2023-24

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
Term 1DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
Winter 20-21DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography2.536
DM209Patient Care2.536
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I2.536
Totals:14.0204
Term 2DM236Abdominal Pathophysiology I336
Spring 2021DM237Abdominal Pathophysiology I Lab120
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac Elective Grouping OR11148
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping(11)(148)
Vascular Elective Grouping(11)(148)
Totals:18.5252
Cardiac Elective Grouping
DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I336
DM228Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab120
DS275Echocardiography I 336
DM226Echocardiography I Lab120
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology336
11148
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping
DM218Clinical Obstetrics336
DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound336
DM216Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab120
DS290Obstetric Ultrasound 336
DM217Obstetric Ultrasound Lab120
11148
Vascular Elective Grouping
DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology336
DS268Vascular Pathophysiology336
DM229Vascular Pathophysiology Lab120
DS282Vascular Technology I336
DM227Vascular Technology I Lab120
11148
Term 3Cardiac Elective Grouping OR17.5244
Fall 2021Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping(17.5)(244)
Vascular Elective Grouping(17.5)(244)
Totals:17.5244
Cardiac Elective Grouping
DM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II336
DM231Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM247Echocardiography II336
DM233Echocardiography II Lab120
DM235Echocardiography Special Topics336
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies1.524
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography336
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab236
17.5244
Abdominal & OB-GYN Grouping
DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II336
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II336
DM221Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab120
DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography336
DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab236
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies1.524
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures336
17.5244
Vascular Elective Grouping
DM238Abdominal Pathophysiology II336
DM239Abdominal Pathophysiology II Lab120
DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures336
DM241Advanced Imaging Technologies1.524
DM250Vascular Technology II336
DM234Vascular Technology II Lab236
DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics336
DM232Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab120
17.5244
Term 4DM254Clinical Internship I12.0360
Winter 21-22DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I118
Totals:13.0378
Term 5DM255Clinical Internship II17.0510
Spring 2022DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II118
Totals:18.0528
DMP PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSDMP PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
81.0 Credits1,606 Clock Hours

Hear From Our Alumni

Explore the impact of our programs through the experiences and accomplishments of our esteemed alumni. 
Check out our Alumni Testimonials page for more.

Kennedy McNeal

Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Vascular ultrasound Travel Sonographer


"Ultrasound has taken me to places I never thought I'd go, both literally and figuratively. After graduating from South Hills, I began my career working at a hospital system in Florida for two years before shifting into travel sonography, an opportunity I didn't even know existed until I joined this program. Working as a travel tech has allowed and encouraged me to pursue my passion for traveling while simultaneously pursuing my passion for my career. The program and teachers at South Hills did an amazing job providing me with the tools and knowledge to become a successful and adaptable sonographer."

Megan Tamosaitis, RDCS (AE, PE, FE)

Pediatric & Fetal Cardiac Sonographer at UPMC Central PA


“After graduation, the opportunities in the field of sonography have been limitless. South Hills has an outstanding group of sonographers and teachers that are excellent at sharing their knowledge about the field. Thanks to South Hills, I was able to take the skills and knowledge I received and put that forward to help patients and families of all ages! I am forever thankful for the life changing education I received at South Hills!”

Meet The Faculty

Tricia Turner BS, RDMS (AB, OB), RVT, FSDMS

Program Director


Tricia's Biography

Stephanie Wilson BS, RVT, RDMS (ab), FSVU

Assistant DMS Program Coordinator/ Vascular Track Coordinator


Stephanie's Biography

Beth Lampe, BS, RDMS(AB, OB/GYN), RDCS (AE,PE)

Cardiac Track Coordinator


Beth's Biography

Liz Palmer BS, RDMS (AB, OB), RVT

Abdomen Track Coordinator


Elizabeth's Biography

Stacy Walgrove BS, ARDM (OB/GYN)

OB-GYN Track Coordinator


Stacy's Biography

Greg Tressler, RT, RDMS (ab, ob)

DMS Instructor


Gregory's Biography

Rebecca Taylor AST, RDCS (AE)

Cardiac Instructor


Rebecca's Biography