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.

For more information about the program, contact the Admissions and Advising Center.

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Program Information

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate degree is designed to prepare competent 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. The program is academically rigorous, 21-months and spans five semesters. Combining didactic, hands-on, and clinical components, the program prepares students to become highly trained professionals in the field of sonography. 

Graduates of the program will be eligible for professional certification by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in the Abdominal-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology (RDMS) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) sonography exam.

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Program Accreditation:

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited 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 in Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709  
Seminole, FL 33775 
Phone: (727) 210-2350

Career Prospects: A career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers the individual a rewarding professional career as well as a competitive salary. Please refer to these sources for additional information:

Employment and Salary Statistics 

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 

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.

Admission 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.

A.A.S., Sonography Admission Information Book Fall 2023 Cycle

Application Period: February 1, 2023 to June 1, 2023

Admission Policy: Competitive

Program Seats Available: 14 Abdominal Extended/OB & Gyn. 

Program Length: Approximately 21 months

Program Cycle Starts: Every August 

PVCC Program of Sonography Estimation of Expenses

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.

Information Sessions

2023 Applicants: Attendance at an information session is required to be eligible for admissions. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.  Registration is required to attend an information session.

Iinformation sessions will be scheduled for future Fall semester admission. The information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

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 2023 cohort open at 9:00am on February 1, 2023 and will close at 5:00pm on June 1, 2023.

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

Changes to Application Requirements

  • Attendance at a pre-admission information session is now required. 

  • A minimum general education GPA of 2.5 is now required.

  • A minimum biology GPA of 2.5 is now required.

  • Ranking by general education courses now considers the number of attempts to earn a particular grade. 

Graduation Requirements

Students in all degree programs are required to take at least one Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate.  

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