Diagnostic Medical Sonography

About the Associate of Applied Science Program

Sonography studentsThe DMS program is accredited in general studies which include Abdomen and OB/GYN. Graduates of this program will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program is an intensive, six-semester program not including prerequisite courses, designed for individuals new to patient care. The last three semesters of the program are primarily clinical experience, and students may be placed in various hospitals and/or clinics in Wyoming, Colorado, or Nebraska.

The program has limited enrollment and admits one class each summer. Prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students interested in the program may contact the program director for details about the program admission process and timeline.

Students starting the program Summer of 2015 and 2016, refer to the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog. Pending JRCDMS approval, students starting the program Summer of 2017, refer to the 2015-2016 Academic Catalog 


The LCCC DMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756

About the Career

UltrasoundThe diagnostic medical sonographer is a skilled person qualified academically and clinically to perform ultrasound exams while working closely with a qualified physician. To create an ultrasound image, the sonographer must have an in-depth knowledge of physics, disease processes, human anatomy, and sonographic technique. Physicians depend on the sonographer’s knowledge to evaluate normal and abnormal body parts.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is a diagnostic procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create detailed images of the human body. Sonographers use state-of-the-art technology to scan patients and obtain images of the abdomen, heart, blood vessels, and fetus to aid in the diagnosis of a disease. Sonography is a profession that requires a high degree of independence, judgment, knowledge, maturity, and stamina. 
Most sonographers seek employment in medical clinics and hospitals.

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

ultrasound babyAt their discretion, clinical sites may require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (If required, any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) Clinical sites may also require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation from clinical assignment.

In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies prior to a clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.

Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.  For more information, please see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policy (pdf) for allied health students.