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 for physicians to visualize the body’s internal organs, muscles 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 and the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) registry exams in 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 General Technology, with an 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 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.
For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience.
Hospitals are the primary employers for vascular sonographers, although there are
opportunities in private physician's offices. Sonographers can earn certifications in specialty areas such as breast, pediatrics, cardiac, and vascular sonography. A certification as a sonographer can also open 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 Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.
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
Program Disclosure Statement
Applicants to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.
Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Applicants will be accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program by completing a weighted application form. Students with the highest scores will receive admission to the program. A waiting list of applicants will not be maintained for future admission. An applicant who receives notification that he/she was not admitted to the program must resubmit the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application by the program application deadline date to be considered for admission to the next available class. Weighted admission forms are available on the Health Science web page.
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 Sonography I||3|
|DMS 114||DMS Cross Sectional Anatomy||3|
|DMS 164||Introduction to Clinical Education||2|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|DMS 101||Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I||2|
|DMS 124||OB/GYN Sonography II||2|
|DMS 150||Clinical Applications I||7|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|DMS 120||Sonographic Instrumentation II||3|
|DMS 166||Advanced Clinical Education||7|
|DMS 122||Abdominal Sonography||1|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|DMS 126||Advanced Sonographic Topics||2|
|DMS 167||Imaging Practicum||8|
Total Credit Hours