Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Degree Type: 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for an entry-level job administering diagnostic ultrasound exams to individuals in hospitals, clinics or doctors' offices. The program offers a combination of classes taught on campus and hands-on instruction and application of knowledge and skills at multiple clinical sites throughout PVCC's service region.  Graduates of this program are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) Sonography Certification Exam and the American Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification Boards (ARDMS).


This degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Sonographer

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
PHY 100 Elements of Physics / 4 Credit Hours
DMS 207 Sectional Anatomy / 2 Credit Hours
DMS 208 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I
DMS 211 Abdominal Sonography
DMS 231 Clinical Education I
DMS 221 Ultrasound Seminar I / 3 Credit Hours
DMS 222 Sonography Registry Review
DMS 234 Clinical Education IV
Socal Science Elective
Humanities Elective

Additional Program Information: 


After applying to PVCC, students must also Apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography ProgramCompletion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. The application for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is now open for Fall 2016 and will close on June 1, 2016.

PDF icon Sonography Admission Requirements and Program Information 2016

Graduation Requirement

Students entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course in order to graduate.  The Writing Intensive Course for this program is DMS 222, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112. Students who are awarded transfer academic credit for this course at another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this degree programs by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).


  • Students may substitute a higher-level math course to include:  MTH 163 and MTH 164
  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities and Social Science Electives can be found in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Requirements.
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.

Printable Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Requirements

Program Outcomes