Catalog: PVCC 2022-2023 College Catalog

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Code: 109
Not designed as a Transfer Program

Purpose: The two-year associate degree in sonography is designed to provide a quality entry-level education in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains of Abdominal Extended and Obstetric & Gynecological sonogrpahy through a competency-based clinical and didactic instructional curriculum in diagnostic sonography. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) sonography exam.

Admission Requirements: In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admission requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis, and students can find the most up-to-date information in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions Information Book, Fall 2023 Cycle or in the Admission and Advising Center, and in the Health and Life Sciences Division office.

Graduation Requirements: Students entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC) in order to graduate. The WIC for this program is DMS 241, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112. Students who are awarded transfer credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the WIC requirement for this degree program by completing another WIC.

Students in all degree programs are required to take at least one Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate. For this program the CE course is also DMS 241.

General Education Courses

Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. All general education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the second semester.

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGrade
SDV 100 - College Success Skills Credits: 1
ENG 111 - College Composition I Credits: 3
ENG 112 - College Composition II Credits: 3
BIO 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4
BIO 142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4
MTH 131 - Technical Mathematics Credits: 3
PHY 100 - Elements of Physics Credits: 4
PHI 220 - Ethics Credits: 3
PSY 230 - Developmental Psychology Credits: 3

Required DMS Courses

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGrade
DMS 206 - Introduction to Sonography Credits: 2
DMS 207 - Sectional Anatomy Credits: 2
DMS 208 - Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I Credits: 2
DMS 209 - Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II Credits: 2
DMS 211 - Abdominal Sonography Credits: 4
DMS 212 - Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography Credits: 3
DMS 219 - Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Laboratory II Credits: 1
DMS 231 - Clinical Education I Credits: 3
DMS 232 - Clinical Education II Credits: 4
DMS 242 - Advanced Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography Credits: 3
DMS 241 - Advanced Abdominal Sonography Credits: 3
DMS 223 - Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound Credits: 2
DMS 233 - Clinical Education III Credits: 5
DMS 222 - Sonography Registry Review Credits: 2
DMS 234 - Clinical Education IV Credits: 6

Total minimum credits: 72