The mission of the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is to provide undergraduate students with academic and clinical foundations to competently perform as entry-level Sonographers that provide quality patient care, actively participate in the profession, and pursue lifelong learning. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled professionals in the medical field that use sound waves for the evaluation of the human anatomy including all major organs of the abdomen, pelvis, and obstetrics. They are a part of an integral health care team requiring highly skilled and competent professionals.
Role of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification
In order for students completing the Associate of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography offered at the South College Asheville Learning Site to be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination, the program must be accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE), or Canadian Medical Association (CMA), that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for diagnostic medical sonography/diagnostic cardiac sonography/vascular technology. South College has applied for programmatic accreditation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). An accreditation decision will be made by the JRCDMS Board at the meeting following a site visit. Successful completion of the ARDMS examinations provides licensure to practice as a registered sonographer.
Overview of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Science degree program requires completion of 125 quarter credit hours in 27 months (full-time). The degree curriculum integrates didactic and clinical instruction with increasing expectations at each level. A combination of courses from the general education/core (46 credits) and the diagnostic medical sonography major (79 credits) are required. Clinical sites utilized by the program are geographically dispersed. Students may have to travel outside of the local area for clinical placements. Students must complete a separate application to the program and secure formal admission.