Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This degree program prepares graduates to be competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of abdominal extended and obstetrics & gynecological sonography concentrations.

This is a G3 program.  Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.  

Sonography students in lab

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: College Success Skills - 1 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • BIO 141: Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
  • MTH 131: Technical Math - 3 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • BIO 142: Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
  • PHY 100: Elements of Physics - 4 credits

1st Semester (Fall)

  • DMS 206: Introduction to Sonography - 2 credits
  • DMS 207: Sectional Anatomy - 2 credits
  • DMS 208: Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation I - 2 credits
  • PHI 220: Ethics - 3 credits
  • PSY 230: Developmental Psychology - 3 credits

2nd Semester (Spring)

  • DMS 209: Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II - 2 credits
  • DMS 211 - Abdominal Sonography - 4 credits
  • DMS 212 - Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography - 3 credits
  • DMS 219: Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation Lab - 1 credits
  • DMS 231: Clinical Education I - 3 credits

3rd Semester (Summer)

  • DMS 232: Clinical Education II - 4 credits
  • DMS 242: Advanced Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography - 3 credits

4th Semester (Fall)

  • DMS 241: Advanced Abdominal Sonography - 4 credits
  • DMS 223: Intro to Vascular Ultrasound - 2 credits
  • DMS 233: Clinical Education III - 5 credits

5th Semester (Spring)

  • DMS 222: Sonography Registry Review - 2 credits
  • DMS 234: Clinical Education IV - 6 credits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort. If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Admissions Information Book below for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.


The Sonography Program is now requiring applicants to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Refer to DMS Information Book for required scores. Please contact the PVCC Testing Center to inquire about scheduling at testing@pvcc.edu or 434.961.5320.  While students are permitted to take the TEAS at any certified testing center, the PVCC Testing Center may offer the test at a lower price for PVCC students.

Health and Life Sciences will treat final grades of “P+” as a ”C+” with a GPA of 2.5 when determining GPA/points for competitive admissions decisions. Other final grades which are outside of the standard A-F scale will be assigned values at the discretion of the admissions committee and/or in accordance with the admissions information book.

Information Sessions

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all prospective students. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.  Registration is required to attend an information session.

Attendance to the information session will be considered for ranking the students for admission.

An in-person information session has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:00pm in Room 209 of the Keats Science Building. Register for the April 27th session (required for attendance).

No further information sessions will be held for the current admission cycle.

Apply for Admission

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission. Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program. Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application. If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort open at 9:00am on February 1, 2022 and will close at 5:00pm on June 1, 2022.

Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.



Program Information

The two-year associate degree in sonography is designed to provide a quality entry-level education in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of abdominal extended and obstetric & gynecological sonography through a competency-based clinical and didactic instructional curriculum in diagnostic sonography. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Boards for Abdomen and/or OB/GYN and physics or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) sonography exam.

Program Outcomes:


Program Accreditation: CAAHEP via JRC DMS: https://www.caahep.org                             

Occupational objectives: Hospitals remain the primary employer of sonographers, but there are increasing numbers of jobs available in physician offices, outpatient surgery centers, and free-standing diagnostic imaging centers. The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes abdominal extended sonography, obstetric & gynecological sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various other subspecialties. Entry-level sonographers usually work in abdominal extended sonography and obstetric/gynecologic sonography. With further experience and training, they can move into the other specialties.

Graduation Requirement: Students entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC) in order to graduate. The writing intensive course for this program is DMS 241 which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112. Students who are awarded transfer credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the writing Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this degree program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).

All students completing an Associate Degree program are also required to complete one Civic Engagement course.  For Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the Civic Engagement course is also DMS 241.

OB Volunteers: If you are a pregnant individual who would like to volunteer for our student's learning experience, please contact Lisa Burrington at lburrington@pvcc.edu.