Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Certificate
The technological advancement of diagnostic sonography has been incredibly beneficial for the medical field. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use sound waves at high frequencies to produce high-resolution images so physicians can clearly see muscles, internal organs, and joints, providing more accuracy when determining a patient's condition and course of treatment. One of the more popular uses of this technology is obstetric sonography, which allows doctors, along with expectant parents, to see the fetus as it develops and to monitor for abnormalities or health complications in the developing child. Students completing the program are eligible to take the ARRT - American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification exam in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography). See the program mission statement.
Note: Students with appropriate credits to qualify for an A.A.S. degree in General Technology may graduate with an A.A.S. in Occupational Technology, with a Major or Emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Horry Georgetown Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street; Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org.
For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience.
Hospitals are the primary employers for medical diagnostic sonographers, though there
is also opportunity in private physician's offices and medical laboratories. A sonographer
may earn additional certifications in specialty areas such as breast, abdomen, obstetrics,
cardiac, and vascular sonography. A certification as a diagnostic medical sonographer
can also open up new career options for current members of the healthcare community,
such as nurses, respiratory therapists, and other imaging specialists.
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.
For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.
Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:
- Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
- Waccamaw Community Hospital
- Georgetown Hospital System
- Conway Medical Center
- McLeod Regional Medical Center
- Loris Community Hospital
- Carolinas Hospital System - Marion
- Brunswick Community Hospital
Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
Students must pass a criminal background check and urine drug screening 30 days prior to starting clinical each semester.
|First Semester - Fall|
|DMS 112||OB/GYN I||3|
|DMS 114||DMS Cross Sectional Anatomy||3|
|DMS 164||Introduction to Clinical Education||2|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|DMS 101||Sonographic Instrumentation I||2|
|DMS 124||OB/GYN II||2|
|DMS 155||Clinical Education I||8|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|DMS 120||Sonographic Instrumentation II||3|
|DMS 166||Advanced Clinical Education||7|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|DMS 122||Abdominal Sonography||1|
|DMS 167||Imaging Practicum||8|
Total Credit Hours