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.
Area of Interest
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Program Goals Statement:
The purpose of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at PVCC is to prepare competent, entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains using effective imaging techniques, critical thinking and communication skills, and professionalism for the following concentrations, it offers Abdominal Sonography - Extended, Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will communicate effectively.
2. Students will apply effective imaging techniques.
3. Student will apply critical thinking skills.
4. Students will demonstrate professionalism.
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 through a competency-based clinical and didactic instructional curriculum.
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.
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
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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:
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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.
Application Period: February 1, 2024 to May 20, 2024
Admission Policy: Competitive
Program Seats Available: 14 Abdominal Extended/OB & Gyn.
Program Length: Approximately 21 months
Program Cycle Starts: Every August
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 email@example.com 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.
Attendance at an information session is required for eligibility to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Information regarding how your attendance will be recorded will be provided during the session. During the application process, students may be asked to provide the date that they attended the session or some other confirming information provided during the session. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.
The following information sessions are scheduled for the Fall and Spring semesters:
- Tuesday, October 17, 2023 from 3:15-4:45pm via Zoom; register here
- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 3:15-4:45pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
- Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 12:30-2:00pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
- Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 1:00-2:30pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
- Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 1:00-2:30pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
- Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 1:00-2:30pm via Zoom; register here
Space is limited and registration is required for attendance. Please note the name used for registration must be the same name used for application submission. Students may reserve one spot only.
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 2023 are no longer being accepted. This page will be updated when next year's application has been scheduled to open.
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.
Students in all degree programs are required to take at least one Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate.