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The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares the student for an entry-level position as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for employment in hospitals and other health care agencies. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer produces, evaluates, and correlates ultrasound images and related data. Sonographers provide a summary of their technical findings to the qualified interpreting physician to aid in rendering a medical decision. The curriculum consists of on-campus didactic and lab instruction, as well as off-campus clinical applications at our affiliated health care institutions. The program offers specialty training in adult echocardiography and vascular technology. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national credentialing exams by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in the exam offerings of their specialty option. Students will also have the option to individualize and enhance their sonography career by taking coursework in other sonography specialty coursework such as breast sonography and pediatric cardiac sonography. Final acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is contingent upon the results of the required background check.

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Program Admissions Requirements

The DMS program application is online and found on the program web page at  along with comprehensive admissions and program information. Please refer to the website for application timelines.

  • Verification of having completed an 8-16 hour observation where the candidate "shadows" an ARDMS-credentialed sonographer in the hospital environment. 50% of the exams observed should be on in-patients. See the DMS application packet for details and the required form.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants:  Admission into Cuyahoga Community College is premised on a complete and accurate initial application to the College, including, if applicable, proof of English Language Proficiency Requirements for admission as indicated on the English Language Proficiency Requirements for Admissions to the College, and available on the web at:
    To be accepted into any selective admission programs, students must successfully complete English as a Second Language (ESL) course/s, as referenced above,  if deemed necessary by the College at the time of enrollment.  Admission is conditioned upon achieving the necessary grade point average (GPA), English language proficiency requirements and any specific pre-requisite courses, and by meeting program accreditation or licensing requirements as evidenced in the Program Handbook for the specific program.
  • Complete the following Program Admissions requirements with a “C” grade or higher in each:
BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I 1, 24
BIO-2341Anatomy and Physiology II 14
DMS-1071Concepts of Physics in Diagnostic Sonography 32
DMS-1303Introduction to Sonography 32
DMS-1320Introduction to Sonographic Scanning 31
DMS-1351Patient Care Skills1
Select one of the following:3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Probability and Statistics I 4
College Algebra 4

Other Information

  • Criminal background check required. Also see General Application Procedures for Health Careers.
  • To improve from a previous attempt, only two of the admission courses may be repeated once. A "W" is counted as an attempt.
  • Applicant must submit evidence of good health by fulfilling health requirements of the DMS Program and verification of current CPR certification prior to clinical assignment. Complete information provided during the first semester of the Program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Exhibit an awareness of continuity of care through effective, empathetic communication and interpersonal skills.
  2. Display sensitivity to all aspects of diversity.
  3. Seek and accept opportunities for improvement by being a team player that is confident, flexible, and passionate about what they do.
  4. Exercise discretion, knowledge, and independent judgment in performing sonographic procedures, accessing medical information systems, and in seeking assistance.
  5. Integrate pertinent patient history, supporting clinical data, and data obtained using ultrasound and related diagnostic technologies to provide a summary of findings to the physician.
  6. Become a credentialed sonographer that continually educates oneself in sonography and in issues affecting the healthcare industry in recognition of the value of other modalities and professions.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.

Note:  Students must select to pursue either option a or option b to complete this degree program.  Letters in parenthesis refer to options (a) or (b).

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
DMS-1071 Concepts of Physics in Diagnostic Sonography 2
DMS-1303 Introduction to Sonography 2
DMS-1320 Introduction to Sonographic Scanning 1
DMS-1351 Patient Care Skills 1
MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours20
First Semester
DMS-1311 Initial Sonographic Scanning 2
DMS-1381 Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures 3
DMS-2350 Sonographic Instrument/Physics 3
Select one of the following: 4
Echocardiography I (Option A)  
Vascular Sonography I (Option B)  
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
DMS-1940 Field Experience I 1
DMS-2301 Intermediate Sonographic Scanning 2
MA-1010 Introduction to Medical Terminology 3 2
Select one of the following: 4
Echocardiography II (Option A)  
Vascular Sonography II (Option B)  
Select one of the following 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours12
Summer Session
DMS-1950 Field Experience II 2
HTEC-1110 Ethics for Health Care Professionals 4 1
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours6
Third Semester
DMS-2940 Field Experience III 3
DMS-2985 Physics Review 1
DMS-2991 Sonography Capstone 1
PSY-1060 Cross-Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers 1
 Credit Hours6
Fourth Semester
DMS-xxxxDMS Elective 5 1-2
DMS-2950 Field Experience IV 1
DMS-2981 Specialty Registry Review 1
Select one of the following: 1-3
Pediatric Cardiac Sonography (Option A) 5  
Transcranial Doppler Sonography (Option B) 5  
 Credit Hours4-7
 Total Credit Hours60-63


(A) Echocardiography Option

Take the following courses to complete Option A:

DMS-1602Echocardiography I4
DMS-2602Echocardiography II4
DMS-2650Pediatric Cardiac Sonography3
Additional program courses51-52
Total Credit Hours62-63

(B) Vascular Option 

Take the following courses to complete Option B:

DMS-1701Vascular Sonography I4
DMS-2702Vascular Sonography II4
DMS-2760Transcranial Doppler Sonography1
Additional program courses51-52
Total Credit Hours60-61


Technical Electives

Select from the following courses to fulfill DMS elective option:

DMS-2330Sonographic Pathology3
DMS-2450Breast Sonography2
DMS-2650Pediatric Cardiac Sonography3
DMS-2750Principles of Vascular Imaging for Abdomen and Cardiac Sonographers3
DMS-2760Transcranial Doppler Sonography1
DMS-2960Supplemental Field Experience2
DMS-2983Supplemental Speciality Registry Review1