Associate - Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Are you an aspiring ultrasound or EKG technician seeking an education that could help you develop the technical and clinical skills needed to pursue your career goal? If so, then ECPI University's Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program could be of interest to you. Continue reading for more information about this associate's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student of ECPI University's campus-based Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you will have the opportunity to learn basic and advanced imaging processes and procedures through classroom instruction, lab exercises, and clinical experiences. Main focuses of the program are on abdominal sonography, pathology, and obstetric ultrasound. Other intended course topics include digital and 3D / 4D imaging, ultrasound physics, sectional anatomy, and professional ethics. A six-part clinical experience allows you to conduct supervised ultrasound procedures on actual patients in off-campus medical settings. You will also have the opportunity to prepare for registration exams.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should have already earned your high school diploma or GED before applying to ECPI University's Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. You might have also taken courses in physics and anatomy and possess strong organizational, analytical, and technical skills.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires the completion of 78 credits. This total consists of 49 credits in the core curriculum, 22 credits in arts and sciences courses, and four credits in self-integration. This program is designed to be completed in 1.5 years.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
DMS 100 Essentials of Sonography and Ethics
DMS 105 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
DMS 105L Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lab
DMS 106 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II
DMS 116 Ultrasound Instrumentation Lab
DMS 109 Sectional Anatomy
DMS 216 Ultrasound Scanning
DMS 218 Abdominal Sonography
DMS 219 Advanced Abdominal Sonography
DMS 226 Obstetrics and Gynecological Sonography
DMS 227 Advanced Obstetric Sonography
DMS 232 Clinical Education I
DMS 234 Clinical Education II
DMS 236 Clinical Education III
DMS 237 Clinical Education IV
DMS 240 Clinical Education V
DMS 241 General / SPI Registry Review
DMS 243 Clinical Education VI

Arts and Sciences Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
BIO 101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
COM 110 Principles of Speech
ENG 110 English Composition
HUM 205 Culture and Diversity
MED 203 Pathophysiology
PHY 120 Physics
PHY 120L Physics Lab
PSY 105 Introduction to Psychology

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

Course CodeCourse Title
COR 191 Career Orientation
FOR 110 Essentials for Success

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

You could explore entry-level positions after completing the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. These positions might be open in hospitals, labs, clinics, imaging centers, or community health centers. You might need to complete registration requirements before beginning in this field. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Vascular Technologist
  • Echocardiograph Technician

Advanced Degrees

For career advancement purposes, you might consider a four-year degree program after earning ECPI University's Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Many companies might require at least a bachelor's degree for supervisory or management positions. Examples of degrees you could seek include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography