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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Overview

Visualize your future in the medical field working with physicians and helping them determine a medical diagnosis for patients. CVTC offers a two-year Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate degree.

In the program, you will learn how to:

  • Obtain and record an accurate patient history.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures and obtain diagnostic images.
  • Analyze technical information.
  • Use independent judgment to recognize the need to extend the scope of a procedure, depending upon the diagnostic findings.
  • Provide an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis.
  • Provide quality patient care.
  • Collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team.

The program includes a seven-month internship at a clinical site to provide hands-on experience.

This program has an advanced placement entry option. Advanced placement is an opportunity for graduates of a related program to further their education. Learn more about advanced placement for this program.


HESI Assessment

In addition to the above items, you will also need to take the HESI assessment. The HESI is intended to assess your knowledge in English, Math, and Science. You will have only three attempts to successfully pass the assessment. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you take the HESI after you complete General Anatomy & Physiology.

Learn more about the HESI and schedule an appointment

Career Opportunities

Cardiac Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer


Ultrasound Technologist

Graduate Employers


Aurora Medical Center


HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Marshfield Clinic

Mayo Clinic Health System

Just the Facts

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
70 Credit Associate Degree

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Financial Aid Eligible



Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $13,878

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

Abdominal Sonography
Prepares learners to perform ultrasounds of the abdominal organs including liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, pancreas, spleen, urinary tract, aorta, and retroperitoneum.

OB/GYN Sonography 1
Prepares learners to perform ultrasounds of the nongravid uterus and the first trimester pregnancy. Explores the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the female reproductive system as well as intrauterine and ectopic pregnancies.

Superficial Sonography
Prepares learner to perform ultrasounds of the thyroid, breast, male reproductive system, musculoskeletal system, and GI tract.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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100% of our recent Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates reported an average starting salary of $61,757.


Regional Jobs

There are 11 job openings in the CVTC district for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

I loved attending CVTC and the opportunities made available to me without the clutter of a four year college. Special thanks to the DMS class of 2016, Jeremy Svihovec, Stacy Doering, Mary Purvis, and Pang Garcia. You guys rock!

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Medical Laboratory Technician, Associate Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate Degree

Radiography, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program provides superior occupational educational training and clinical opportunities. We increase self-esteem, develop personal and professional skills, and develop student’s potential to the fullest ability. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Chippewa Valley Technical College is accredited in the Abdominal-Extended and Obstetrics & Gynecology concentrations by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775 | Phone: 727-210-2350 | View accreditation information.