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Diagnostic medical Sonography

Sonographers are diagnostic medical professionals who operate ultrasonic imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data.

Sonography requires specialized education and skills to view, analyze and modify the scan to optimize the information in the image. Because of the high levels of decisional latitude and diagnostic input, sonographers have a high degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process.

The employment outlook is great as technology advances reduce the need for more invasive procedures.

Upon successful completion of the AAS program, students are eligible to take specialized certification exams, which are required by some employers and may make you more marketable in a job search. Go to the Applications page to see the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application package.

View COURSE CATALOG for program requirements.

This program requires students to have certain essential qualifications in order to be admitted and retained in the program. Click Essential Skills to view program specific qualifications.

Cardiac Sonography Advanced Placement Courses

These courses are designed for working sonographers who want to prepare for the cardiac registry exam through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Please note that these courses are taken consecutively and do not apply toward a degree.
• Gain competencies for cardiac certification
• Learn on your time with online, eight-week classes
• Learn from peers in current job setting through flexible clinical schedules
DMS 170 Cardiac Sonography I – 4 credits
Eight-week course
Includes cardiovascular assessment techniques, physics, knobology, ultrasound review, and an introduction to the theoretical principles of basic M mode and two-dimensional echocardiography.
DMS 172 Cardiac Sonography II – 4 credits
Eight-week course
Continuation of Cardiac I emphasizes the theoretical principles of echocardiography necessary to measure and interpret aortic and mitral valve pathology.
DMS 174 Cardiac Sonography III – 4 credits
Eight-week class
Continuation of Cardiac I and II includes interpretation of echocardiography and patterns for normal and pathological states of the left ventricle, pulmonic and tricuspid valves, as well as interventional echocardiography. Additional topics include Doppler and color flow technology, new trends, diastology, and contrast agents.
Requirements for Admission and Prerequisites
To apply for admission into these courses, go to Applications and complete the SFCC application and the Cardiac Sonography Courses application. Applicant must be credentialed with ARDMS in one specialty area and able to provide clinical verification form provided on the ARDMS website or have a single two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related.
Allied health occupations include, but are not limited to, diagnostic medical sonographer, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and registered nurse.

Applicant must be able to provide proof of 12 months of clinical experience in cardiac sonography. These requirements follow the ARDMS prerequisite chart that can be found at


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