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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 Campus.  

What Can I Expect?

The DMS (Ultrasound) program teaches students to use ultrasound to produce diagnostic images that assist healthcare 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 be able 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 a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer after completing their SPI (Sonographer Principles & Instrumentation) exam and then conducting one specialty examination in Abdomen (AB), Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) through the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) or Vascular Technology through the CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International).

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 experience and allow students to apply knowledge, skills, and competencies in a progressive and cumulative fashion. 

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

Course # Course Title Credits
TERM I
BIO 2085
Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
4
BIO 2086
Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
4
ENC 1101
English Composition
3
MTT 1105
College Mathematics
3
TERM II
PSL 2012
General Psychology
3
HUM 1205
Human Diversity
3
PHY 1001
Introduction to Applied Physics
3
HSC 2531
Medical Terminology
2
TERM III
DMS 2006
Professional Aspects of Sonography
3
DMS 1300
Cross-Sectional Anatomy
2
DMS 2216
Sonography Physics and Instrumentation
3
DMS 2111
Abdominal Sonography I
3
DMS 2111L
Abdominal Sonography I Lab
2
TERM IV
DMS 2121
OB/GYN Sonography I
3
DMS 2150
Neurosonology / Superficial Structures
2
DMS 2150L
Neurosonology / Superficial Structures Lab
1
DMS 2112
Abdominal Sonography II
3
DMS 2112L
Abdominal Sonography II Lab
1
TERM V
DMS 2122
OB/GYN Sonography II
3
DMS 2122L
OB/GYN Sonography II Lab
1
DMS 2171
Vascular Sonography I
3
DMS 2171L
Vascular Sonography I Lab
1
DMS 2175
Vascular Sonography II
3
DMS 2175L
Vascular Sonography II Lab
1
TERM VI
DMS 2808
Clinical Rotation I
2
DMS 2818
Clinical Rotation II
6
DMS 2828
Clinical Rotation III
8
DMS 2930
Special Topics I
1
DMS 2931
Special Topics II
1

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  
  • Vascular Technology

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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