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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Degree Program is designed to prepare qualified entry-level sonographers who are highly skilled, technically competent, ethical, professional, compassionate, and responsive to the needs of patients and of employing organizations. The profession requires both critical thinking skills and judgment and the ability to provide appropriate healthcare services. Sonographers use technologically advanced equipment that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual pictures of internal body structures. Physicians evaluate the images to make a medical diagnosis.

Course work includes sonographic physics, sonographic appearance of normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology of the abdomen, pelvis, and small parts of the adult, pediatric, and fetal patient, clinical application courses, interventional sonography, journal and case study review, and comprehensive registry reviews. The DMS program combines formal education and extensive clinical training to prepare you to function as a sonographer.

The program is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP): 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (Phone) 727-210-2350, Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations in Abdomen and Obstetrics and Gynecology specialties immediately upon program completion. They may also elect to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam for Sonography, a combined exam of Physics, Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Columbus Technical College Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program to provide high quality education consistent with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) standards. In a didactic and clinical setting, a curriculum is provided that will give the students the knowledge, skills and ethics to graduate and become successful and competent employees in the field of Sonography.

Program Goals

Goal 1: Prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains under the guidance of the Technical College System of Georgia, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards.

Goal 2: Provide qualified instructors in both the didactic and clinical settings.

Goal 3: Assist the profession and community by providing qualified diagnostic medical sonographers to meet the needs of hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics and imaging centers in the region.

Goal 4: Accreditation of the DMS program through CAA HEP/JRC-DMS.

Estimated Salary

Minimum salary: $20.96- per hour

Median Salary: $29.80 –per hour

Maximum Salary: $40.36- per hour

For more information on career opportunities of the diagnostic medical sonographer:

Program Admission Requirements for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

(Competitive Admission)

Must have presented official documentation of an earned high school diploma or official GED scores to the Admissions Office.

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. No provisional and/or special admission students considered for the program.
  3. Must have minimum Reading and Writing COMPASS scores and these scores can not be more than five (5) years old in the semester you compete.
  4. Complete prerequisite courses for your intended program as listed on web site by the end of Spring or Summer semester depending on course (see Course Overview below)
  5. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 at the end of Spring semester
  6. Submit packet containing the following:
    • Letter of Intent Form
    • Personal Data Sheet
    • Technical Standards for DMS Form
  7. Provide current physical exam (medical form)/immunization record and current CPR card after program acceptance.

Packets should be turned in to HSC-3323 by June 1 for Fall semester admission no sooner than two weeks prior to due date. All packets must be complete prior to due date.

Entrance is contingent on completion of a Background check through H.I.R.E which must be completed after being conditionally accepted to the program.

Curriculum Outline

All pre-requisite courses and occupational courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

Course Overview

Pre- Occupational Curriculum (34Hours)



First Semester Seminar


*#ENGL 1101

Composition and Rhetoric


*#MATH 1111

College Algebra


*#MATH 1127

Introduction to Statistics


*#PHYS 1110

Conceptual Physics


*#PHYS 1110L

Conceptual Physics Lab


*#BIOL 2113

Anatomy and Physiology I


*#BIOL 2113L

Anatomy and Physiology Lab I


*#BIOL 2114

Anatomy and Physiology II


*#BIOL 2114L

Anatomy and Physiology Lab II


*PSYC 1101

Introductory Psychology


*SPCH 1101

Public Speaking


*HUMN xxxx

Humanities Elective


*COMP 1000

Introduction to Computers


Occupational Curriculum (65 Hours)


*ALHS 1090

Medical Terminology


DMSO 1010

Foundations of Sonography


DMSO 1020

Sectional Anatomy and Normal Sonographic Appearance


DMSO 1030

Introduction to DMSO Clinical


DMSO 1040

Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation


DMSO 1050

Abdominal Sonography I


DMSO 1060

Clincial Sonography I


DMSO 1070

Pelvic Sonography and First Trimester Obstetrics


DMSO 1080

Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation Registry Review


DMSO 1090

Introduction to Vascular Sonography


DMSO 1100

Clinical Sonography II


DMSO 2010

OB Second and Third Trimesters


DMSO 2020

Specialized Sonographic Procedures


DMSO 2030

Clinical Sonography III


DMSO 2040

Comprehensive ABD and OB/GYN Registry Review


DMSO 2050

Clinical Sonography IV


*Denotes prerequisite course for DMS program

#Denotes prerequisite courses used for ranking and must be completed by the end of Spring semester each year, all other prerequisites are to be completed by the end of Summer semester each year prior to the start of program.

Estimated Program Cost

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Estimated Student Expenses


Background Check



Medical Physical






Flu Shot (x 2)






Uniforms and Accessories



Graduation Pins



ARDMS Phyics Registry Exam



ARDMS Specialty Exams (x 2)(Post graduation)



ARRT Sonography Exam (Post graduation)









Required Program Fees/Text



Required Textbooks



DMSO Course Lab Fees (8 courses)



Student Liability Insurance









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Estimated costs are subject to change without notice

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