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. Our goal, is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 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) via the JRC DMS.
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Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete:
Additional Program Information:
- Students may substitute a higher-level math course to include: MTH 163 and MTH 164 or MTH 154.
- Students may subtitue PHY 100 with PHY 101 and PHY 102.
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).
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Successful completion of clinical compliance documentation, including criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization documentation, is required for clinical internships. Please contact division office for detailed information at .
The application for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is are now open for Fall 2018.
- After applying to PVCC, students must ALSO Apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions.
- Please review the admissions requirements and information book.
Attendance is required at one of the sessions for any new student interested in pursuing an A.A.S. degree in diagnostic medical sonography beginning with the fall 2019 semester. Information sessions will discuss class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.
Session #1 held on January 30th at 5 p.m. will be in Room K130 Keats Science Building. All remaining sessions will be held in the Main Building Auditorium, room M229, located on the college’s Main Campus at 501 College Drive in Charlottesville.