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Program: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Degree Plan: Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.DM.SONO.11

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares the student to function as a medical sonographer.

The diagnostic medical sonographer performs sonography examinations using high frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures, including the gall bladder, kidneys, pregnant uterus and other organs as requested by the physician.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, Illinois 60601-2208: Telephone number 312.553.9355) and (JRC-DMS, 2025 Woodlane Dr. St Paul, Minn. 55125; Telephone number 651.731.7244) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Admission requirements include an information session, satisfactory scores on pre-entrance assessment testing, rank ordering by grade point, interviews and recommendation letters, and completion of all requirements for admission as a full-time student to the college. Contact the Assessment Center at El Centro College to sign up for the assessment tests and, Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.


PREREQUISITES: Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum (19 credit hours)

The following is a suggested two-semester timeline for completing the Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum.


BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3


BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PHYS 1401 College Physics I 4
DMSO 1110 Introduction to Sonography 1

NOTE: The Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum must be completed, and the student must be accepted to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program before progressing to the DMSO/DSVT courses below.


DMSO 2343 Advanced Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1101 Techniques of Medical Sonography 1


DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4
DMSO 1355 Sonographic Pathophysiology 3
DMSO 1366 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3


PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4
DMSO 2341 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology 3
DMSO 1367 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3


DMSO 2253 Sonography of Superficial Structures 2
DSVT 1200 Principles of Vascular Technology 2
DMSO 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3


SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR (3)
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
DMSO 2130 Advanced Ultrasound and Review 1
DSVT 2200 Vascular Technology Applications 2
DSVT 2367 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
Minimum Hours Required 65

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four year institution of their choice.

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