Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce diagnostic images of the human body using special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into different anatomic structures in a patient's body. The sonographer is a central member of the healthcare team and assists the radiologist in gathering diagnostic data for interpretation. NOVA's program emphasizes didactic and 'hands-on' practice of sonographic techniques in a well-equipped scanning laboratory at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, Virginia. Clinical experience is acquired at numerous area hospitals and private medical affiliates.

Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program learn to perform an ultrasound of the Abdomen and Small Parts as well as Obstetric and Gynecologic sonography. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, the student will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination(s) leading to credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS®).

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I 4
Choose One
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills
Total 19
1st Semester
DMS 190 Coordinated Internship 2
DMS 206 Introduction to Sonography 3
DMS 207 Sectional Anatomy 2
DMS 208 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
DMS 217 Sectional Anatomy Laboratory 1
DMS 218 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory I 1
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
HLT 220 Concepts of Disease 3
Total 15
2nd Semester
DMS 196 On-site Training in General Sonography 3
DMS 209 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 2
DMS 211 Abdominal Sonography 4
DMS 212 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography 4
DMS 219 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory II 1
Total 14
3rd Semester
DMS 231 Clinical Education I 3
DMS 241 Advanced Abdominal Sonography 3
DMS 242 Advanced Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography 3
1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 12
4th Semester
DMS 222 Sonography Registry Review 2
DMS 223 Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound 3
DMS 232 Clinical Education II 4
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 72
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO
141
4
BIO
142
4
ENG
111
3
MTH
154
3
PHY
101
4
Choose One
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
SDV
100
Total 19
1st Semester
Coordinated Internship
DMS
190
2
Introduction to Sonography
DMS
206
3
DMS
207
2
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I
DMS
208
2
DMS
217
1
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory I
DMS
218
1
HLT
141
1
HLT
220
3
Total 15
2nd Semester
On-site Training in General Sonography
DMS
196
3
DMS
209
2
DMS
211
4
Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography
DMS
212
4
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory II
DMS
219
1
Total 14
3rd Semester
DMS
231
3
DMS
241
3
Advanced Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography
DMS
242
3
1
3
Total 12
4th Semester
DMS
222
2
DMS
223
3
DMS
232
4
PSY
200
3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 72

1 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.