Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled professionals qualified to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a physician.
The Volunteer State Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Those who choose a career in sonography will become linked with the most advanced use of sound in medical diagnosis. They will be required to master scientific principles and technical skills and to cultivate professionalism toward and empathy for their patients.
This program of study is designed to provide didactic and clinical training in the field of general Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The student will receive training in the fields of acoustic principles and safety, abdominal, obstetrical, gynecologic, and small parts sonography. This program requires thirteen (13) months to complete. Students who complete the Sonography Program receive a Certificate of Completion. Once completed, students are eligible and encouraged to take the appropriate professional certification examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)
A maximum of 12 students are accepted for the Sonography Program on a competitive basis each year. Enrollment in this program involves many special requirements including but not limited to:
- Either an A.A.S. degree or a Bachelors degree
- 16 hours of observation in a general ultrasound department with a registered sonographer
- 2 letters of recommendation
- An interview before a selection committee
- Drug screening
- Background check
Student Background Check
Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student's expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.
Students seeking enrollment in a Health Sciences Program requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics must provide evidenance of have passed a 10-panel urine drug screen prior to official acceptance/enrollment in the Program. Find out more information about the screening procedures and locations.
Program Effectiveness Data
Ultrasound ARDMS Examination, first-attempt pass rate:
|Period||Specialty||Total # Testing||Total # Passing||5-yr rate|
|Class of 2015||Abdomen||10||10||100%|
|Class of 2015||Obstetrics &
|Class of 2015||Sonography Principles
Program Completion Rate:
|Period||Total # Students Beginning||Total # Completing||5-yr rate|
|Class of 2015||12||11||
92 % completion*
*93% completion rate equateds to a 7% Attrition Rate from 2011-2015
*92% completion rate equates to an 8% Attrition Rate from 2015
In-field Employment Rate (within 12 months of program completion for those actively seeking):
|Period||# Graduates||#graduates employed||5-yr rate|
|Class of 2015||11||11||100%|
What to Do Next
- Download the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Information Packet
- Apply to the College
- Submit an Application Form located on the let side of this page
- Visit the links on the left side of this page