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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)


Get an Associate Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) in 22 months.

Earning an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) typically takes 22 months of full-time study. The degree plan is a 78-credit program divided into six semesters, including general education requirements. 

The FVI DMS (Ultrasound) program prepares students to earn an industry certification in preparation for entering this exciting and growing career field.  

Start your Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) journey at FVI School of Nursing and Technology – Contact us today to book a career planning session. We’d love to discuss with you our Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program. 

The Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) is offered at FVI School of Nursing Miramar.  In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our Miramar DMS (Ultrasound) program is taught through online classes as well as on-campus clinical.

What Can I Expect?

The DMS (Ultrasound) program teaches students to use ultrasound to produce diagnostic images that assist health care providers in diagnosing various medical conditions.  The Program is also designed to train students to care for patients, apply knowledge of anatomy and pathology, and document findings.  FVI offers students extensive on-campus experience scanning in labs using current technology.  Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate clinical competency and build confidence while interning in community clinical affiliates.   

Upon completion of the DMS (Ultrasound) program, students will be eligible to become certified as  Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). Graduates must first sit and pass the Sonographer Principles & instrumentation Examination (SPI) examination before completing one of the specialty examinations:  Abdomen (AB), Breast (BR), Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN), or Pediatric Sonography (PS). Visit

https://www.ardms.org/get-certified/ for details.

Curriculum

The Associate Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program was designed to progressively develop student knowledge, skills, and competencies as they advance through the degree plan. Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) courses and general education courses have been developed to build on previous experiences and allow students to apply knowledge, skills, and competencies in a progressive and cumulative fashion. 

For more information on our DMS (Ultrasound) program in Miramar, please refer to our School Catalog 

Course # Course Title Credits
TERM I
ENC1101
English Composition
3
MAT1101
College Math
3
PSY2012
General Psychology
3
BCS2085
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
4
TERM II
HUM1205
Human Diversity
3
BCS2086
Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
4
PHY1001
Introduction to Applied Physics (online)
3
HSC2531
Medical Terminology (online)
2
TERM III
SON2006
Professional Aspects of Sonography
3
SON1113
Cross Sectional Anatomy
2
SON2216C
Sonographic Physics & Instrumentation
3
SON2111
Abdominal Sonography I
3
SON2111L
Abdominal Sonography I Lab
2
TERM IV
SON2121
OB/GYN Sonography I
3
SON2150
Neurosonology/Superficial structures
2
SON2150L
Neurosonology/Superficial structures Lab
1
SON2112
Abdominal Sonography II
3
SON2112L
Abdominal Sonography II Lab
1
SON2808
Clinical Rotation I
2
TERM V
SON2122
OB/GYN Sonography II
3
SON2122L
OB/GYN Sonography II Lab
1
SON2171
Vascular Sonography I
3
SON2171L
Vascular Sonography I Lab
1
SON2818
Clinical Rotation II
6
SON2930
Special Topics I
1
TERM VI
SON2175
Vascular Sonography II
3
SON2175L
Vascular Sonography II Lab
1
SON2931
Special Topics II
1
SON2828
Clinical Rotation III
8

Preparation

Diagnostic Medical Sonography more commonly referred to as Ultrasound is a growing area of the healthcare sector with excellent job prospects. Sonographers are skilled clinicians who perform ultrasound studies as ordered by physicians. 

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program prepares individuals to work with medical practitioners in the management, control, and care of patients referred for ultrasound studies.   

The program goals are to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective(behavior) learning domains for the following concentrations:  

  • Abdominal sonography-extended  
  • Obstetrics and gynecology sonography  
  • Adult cardiac sonography  

Employment Opportunities

Sonographers are employed in imaging centers, physicians’ offices, clinics and hospitals.  Rapidly developing new technologies and increasing use of ultrasound procedures indicates the sonography field will continue to expand.  Overall employment of diagnostic medical sonographers continues to grow faster than other occupations.  

For more information on career and employment outlook, check the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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