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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-526-2
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program can prepare you for entry-level employment in a general ultrasound department. Duties of a sonographer include performing abdominal, obstetrical, and gynecologic imaging; superficial structure imaging; and limited vascular ultrasound imaging.

Sonographers operate high-technology equipment while working with patients who may be sick, disabled, and/or dependent. You must apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to the human body for success in this program and in your profession. You will be required to complete a seven-month internship during the second year and must be prepared to relocate for that portion of your program.

Advanced standing status in this program is available for people with a minimum of two years of education in allied health, such as Radiography or Nursing.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared for and therefore eligible to complete the national registry examination in ultrasound physics, obstetrics/gynecology, and abdominal ultrasound (ARDMS Boards).

The program is accredited through the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation/JRC-DMS, 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043;; e-mail

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 70
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 85 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
COMPASS Algebra: 35 (only used for course placement)
ACT Reading: 23 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (only used for course placement)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Algebra
  • Chemistry
  • Submit proof of completion of Nursing Assistant training that includes a clinical component. Acceptable documentation is a Nurse Aide Directory card, a transcript or diploma from a technical college, training agency or nursing home. NOTE: The Nursing Assistant class does not qualify for Financial Aid.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

Obtain and maintain current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider level) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer level). Proof must be verified with a current CPR card. Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers, and on-line course certification are not acceptable. Your instructor will ask for a copy of your card on the first day of your clinical courses.

Advanced Placement

This program has an advanced placement option - see the admissions document below for more information.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.