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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 Technologists (ARRT) Sonography Certification Exam.

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.
SDV 101 First Year Success / 1 Credit Hours
PHY 100 Elements of Physics / 4 Credit Hours
DMS 206 Introduction to Sonography
DMS 207 Sectional Anatomy
DMS 211 Abdominal Sonography / 4 Credit Hours
DMS 231 Clinical Education I / 3 Credit Hours
DMS 209 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II
DMS 219 Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation Laboratory II
DMS 221 Ultrasound Seminar I
DMS 232 Clinical Education II
DMS 212 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography
DMS 223 Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound
DMS 233 Clinical Education III
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 deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program for fall 2014 has passed. The application for fall 2015 will reopen February 1, 2015.  The application deadline is May 15, 2015.

 Sonography Admission Requirements & Program Information

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, MTH 173, MTH 174, or MTH 180
  • 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.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Information Sessions

Final information sessions before the application deadline click the link below to sign up for one of the sessions:


  • Friday, March 20, 2015, 4 p.m., room M229 (Auditorium)