Diagnostic Medical Sonography

CAAHEP Accredited* Programs
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

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download 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 or General or Vascular Elective Grouping11.0148
Totals:18.5252
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
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
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 or General or Vascular Elective Grouping17.5244
Totals:17.5244
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
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
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
135.02,302
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Course List

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download 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
Totals:19.0248
Term 2MD106Anatomy & Physiology II5.560
MD107Anatomy & Physiology II Lab0.510
DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography2.536
MD109Medical Terminology II3.036
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I3.548
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
Totals:21.5286
Term 3DS228Abdominal Ultrasound I3.036
DS238Abdominal Ultrasound I Lab2.024
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac or General or Vascular Elective Grouping13.0156
Totals:21.5264
Cardiac Elective Groupingc DS275Echocardiography I3.036
c DS276Echocardiography I Lab2.024
c DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I3.036
c DS267Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab2.024
cv DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
Totals:13.0156
General Elective Groupingg DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound3.036
g DS284Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab2.024
g DM218Clinical Obstetrics3.036
g DS290Obstetric Ultrasound3.036
g DS291Obstetric Ultrasound Lab2.024
Totals:13.0156
Vascular Elective Groupingv DS268Vascular Pathophysiology3.036
v DS272Vascular Pathophysiology Lab2.024
v DS282Vascular Technology I3.036
v DS239Vascular Technology I Lab2.024
cv DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
Totals:13.0156
Term 4Cardiac or General or Vascular Elective Grouping19.5252
Totals:19.5252
Cardiac Elective Groupingcg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
c DM247Echocardiography II3.036
c DS314Echocardiography II Lab2.024
c DM235Echocardiography Special Topics4.560
c DM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II3.036
c DS311Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab2.024
Totals:19.5252
General Elective Groupingg DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II3.036
g DS317Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab2.024
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures4.560
gv DM245Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gv DS305Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab2.024
cg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
Totals:19.5252
Vascular Elective Groupingv DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics3.036
v DS327Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab2.024
v DM250Vascular Technology II3.036
v DM234Vascular Technology II Lab2.036
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Super. Structures4.560
gv DM245Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gv DS305Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab2.024
Totals:19.5252
Term 5DM252Clinical Internship I14.5435
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.018
Totals:15.5453
Term 6DM253Clinical Internship II14.5435
DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.018
Totals:15.5453
DPP PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSDPP PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
112.51,956
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Course List

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours  
Term 1 (Winter 18-19)DM212Embryology for the Sonographer2.536
DM213Law and Ethics in Sonography2.536
DM209Patient Care2.536
DM214Principles of Sonography2.536
DM210Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I3.548
DM211Cross Sectional Anatomy for Sonography1.524
Totals:15.0216
Term 2 (Spring 2019)DS228Abdominal Ultrasound I3.036
DS238Abdominal Ultrasound I Lab2.024
DM215Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II3.548
Cardiac or General or Vascular Elective Grouping13.0156
Totals:21.5264
Cardiac Elective Groupingc DS275Echocardiography I3.036
c DS276Echocardiography I Lab2.024
c DS257Cardiac Pathophysiology I3.036
c DS267Cardiac Pathophysiology I Lab2.024
cv DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
Totals:13.0156
General Elective Groupingg DS283Gynecologic Ultrasound3.036
g DS284Gynecologic Ultrasound Lab2.024
g DM218Clinical Obstetrics3.036
g DS290Obstetric Ultrasound3.036
g DS291Obstetric Ultrasound Lab2.024
Totals:13.0156
Vascular Elective Groupingv DS268Vascular Pathophysiology3.036
v DS272Vascular Pathophysiology Lab2.024
v DS282Vascular Technology I3.036
v DS239Vascular Technology I Lab2.024
cv DM230Principles of Cardiovascular Technology3.036
Totals:13.0156
Term 3 (Fall 2019)Cardiac or General or Vascular Elective Grouping19.5252
Totals:19.5252
Cardiac Elective Groupingcg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
c DM247Echocardiography II3.036
c DS314Echocardiography II Lab2.024
c DM235Echocardiography Special Topics4.560
c DM246Cardiac Pathophysiology II3.036
c DS311Cardiac Pathophysiology II Lab2.024
Totals:19.5252
General Elective Groupingg DM248Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II3.036
g DS317Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound II Lab2.024
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures4.560
gv DM245Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gv DS305Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab2.024
cg DM249Principles of Vascular Sonography3.036
cg DM220Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab2.036
Totals:19.5252
Vascular Elective Groupingv DM251Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics3.036
v DS327Vascular Ultrasound Special Topics Lab2.024
v DM250Vascular Technology II3.036
v DM234Vascular Technology II Lab2.036
gv DM222Ultrasound of the Thyroid, Breast, & Superficial Structures4.560
gv DM245Abdominal Ultrasound II3.036
gv DS305Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab2.024
Totals:19.5252
Term 4 (Winter 2019-20)DM252Clinical Internship I14.5435
DM224Professional Development for the Sonographer I1.018
Totals:15.5453
Term 5 (Spring 2020)DM253Clinical Internship II14.5435
DM225Professional Development for the Sonographer II1.018
Totals:15.5453
DMP PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSDMP PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
87.01,638

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 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

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 2017

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 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.