Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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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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Program Requirements

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Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I  - 4 Credit Hours
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  - 4 Credit Hours
MTH 115 Technical Mathematics I  - 3 Credit Hours
PHY 100 Elements of Physics  - 4 Credit Hours
DMS 206 Introduction to Sonography
DMS 207 Sectional Anatomy
DMS 208 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I
DMS 211 Abdominal Sonography  - 4 Credit Hours
DMS 231 Clinical Education I  - 3 Credit Hours
DMS 209 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II  - 2 Credit Hours
DMS 219 Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation Laboratory II  - 1 Credit Hours
DMS 241 Advanced Abdominal Ultrasound - 3 Credit Hours
DMS 232 Clinical Education II - 4 Credit Hours
DMS 212 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography  - 3 Credit Hours
DMS 223 Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound
DMS 233 Clinical Education III
DMS 222 Sonography Registry Review  - 2 Credit Hours
DMS 234 Clinical Education IV  - 6 Credit Hours
DMS 242 Advanced Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography - 3 Credit Hours
PHI 220 Ethics  - 3 Credit Hours
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology  - 3 Credit Hours

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  • 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. 

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).

Program Outcomes

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Compliance Requirements

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   . 

Admissions Requirements: 


The application for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is are now open for Fall 2018.


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‚Äôs Main Campus at 501 College Drive in Charlottesville. 



Required Skills & Employment Outlook

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