Diagnostic Medical Sonography

About the Associate of Applied Science Program

The DMS program is accredited in general studies which include abdomen and OB/GYN. The sonography program offers the student the knowledge, skills and ability to provide high-quality diagnostic images to a physician for aiding in the diagnosis of disease. Most sonographers work in hospitals, medical clinics and private medical offices; while some are employed in the industrial, sales, governmental and education institutions.

The 24-month (six semesters) program is an intensive program designed for individuals new to patient care.  After acceptance into the program, the first year (three semesters) is didactic on campus with hands-on learning in LCCC's state of the art sonography lab with highly qualified registered sonographers/instructors.  The last three semesters of the program are primarily clinical experience, and students may be placed in various hospitals and clinics in Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and Montana. 

Graduates of this program will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be eligible to take the national certifying examination of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) for abdomen and obstetrics and gynecology. Students can sit for testing 60 days prior to graduation and upon passing the examinations and completion of the program will be an active registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS). The LCCC DMS program is applied accreditation in Vascular in 2018 through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and will have the official site visit summer of 2019.

The program has limited enrollment and admits one class each summer. Prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students interested in the program may contact the program director for details about the program admission process and timeline.

A student interested in applying for the sonography program may contact the sonography program director, clinical coordinator or the Admissions Office for specific procedures. Selection of new students will be completed by early April and is based on a student’s prerequisite grade point average, prerequisites completed or in-progress at time of application, the date of receipt of application, and other criteria as noted on program application materials and an interview. The scoring is weighted 70/30 on the interview (70 percent) and application (30 percent). 

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The LCCC DMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). Acceptance into the program is dependent on the number of clinical sites available each year. Nearly 100 percent of students are employed immediately upon or prior to graduation from the program. The program begins a new class in the summer.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

About the Career

UltrasoundThe diagnostic medical sonographer is a skilled person qualified academically and clinically to perform ultrasound exams while working closely with a qualified physician. To create an ultrasound image, the sonographer must have an in-depth knowledge of physics, disease processes, human anatomy and sonographic technique. Physicians depend on the sonographer’s knowledge to evaluate normal and abnormal body parts.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is a diagnostic procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create detailed images of the human body. Sonographers use state-of-the-art technology to scan patients and obtain images of the abdomen, heart, blood vessels and fetus to aid in the diagnosis of a disease. Sonography is a profession that requires a high degree of independence, judgment, knowledge, maturity and stamina. 

Most sonographers seek employment in medical clinics and hospitals.

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

ultrasound babyAll allied health students are required to submit a pre-clinical urine drug screen according to the policy of the Allied Health Programs at LCCC. The drug screen is completed at the student's expense and must be paid for at the time of application.

At their discretion, clinical sites may also require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (If required, any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) In addition, LCCC and the clinical sites may require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Generally, the urine drug test screens for alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or drugs that impair judgment while in the clinical agency. Testing positive on the screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation from clinical assignment.

In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and health care workers, allied health workers must also undergo a background check performed at the student's expense. The student's acceptance will not be final until LCCC has received background check information from the reporting agencies, and the background check is clear of disqualifying offenses. For more information, please see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policy (pdf) for allied health students. Certain criminal activities, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.

Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or progression through the program and ultimately result in dismissal from the program.

NOTE: Applicants who have been convicted of a crime should contact www.ardms.org to determine if their conviction will prevent them from taking the certification boards and or the ability to obtain employment in a healthcare setting. Any student who cannot pass the background check and is not be eligible to attend clinicals will be dismissed from the program.

Program Advantages

Full Accreditation

The sonography program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 19 North Suite 19, Clearwater, FL 33763, upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). This guarantees that students enrolled in the program have instruction based on an up-to-date curriculum, the opportunity to train on state-of-the-art sonographic equipment, appropriate supervision levels, and that graduates have the ability to obtain a license in all U.S. states mandating this requirement.

National Certification Eligibility

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certifying examination of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The program's pass rate for this examination is very high; LCCC graduates have posted a 100 percent pass rate since 2010, in Sonography Principles and Instrumentation. As of 2015, students are eligible to sit for Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology registries 60 days prior to graduation.

Immediate Employment

The majority of students are able to find employment in the field prior to or soon after graduation. Employment is expected to grow "faster than average" with an increase of almost 42,000 jobs by 2022 due to the aging population and increased demand for diagnostic imaging, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Fully Equipped Laboratory 

The sonography program's laboratory includes state-of-the-art equipment, including Philips iU22 (F-Cart), GE Logiq 7, GE Voluson, and GE Logiq E9. In addition, the lab is equipped with a Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) Network System, which allows students to train in the proper manner that they are expected to complete paperwork in the clinical setting and workplace. Our ScanTrainer for Transvaginal simulation provides students with experience TV probe handling, acquiring quality images, recognizing pathology and testing for diagnostics. The lab is also equipped with a new state of the art, abdominal and obstetrical simulator, which will allow students to gain experience in abdominal and obstetrical scanning by experiencing a real scan and being tested on the quality of images, recognition of pathology and diagnostic skills.


The LCCC DMS program is dedicated to providing quality education for its students to promote excellence in the art and science of sonography. Guided by the mission of the college, the program strives to provide academic and clinical experiences that produce competent and compassionate sonographers with a commitment to the performance of quality imaging and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Program Effectiveness Data

Effectiveness Measure

Annual Rate 
(Class of 2018)

Four Year Rate 

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - Abdomen (1st attempt)

8/8= 100%


Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – Obstetrics and Gynecology (1st attempt)

8/8 = 100%

 30/30= 100%

Sonography Principle and Instrumentation Pass Rate )1st attempt)

8/8 = 100%

33/33 = 100%

Job Placement Rate (Graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months) as of May 2018

 8/8= 100%

33/33= 100%

Program Attrition Rate

8/10 = 20%

33/38 = 86.8%

Costs of Attendance

For general college expense, view LCCC’s tuition and fees. Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program have additional estimated course fees expense of $2,300.00.* This is an estimate and may change at any time. This estimate may vary due to differences the number and type of immunizations needed and uniform costs..