Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Information Packet 2016-2017 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student Handbook
SDMS Technical Standards  





Associate in Science

The associate degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) provides individuals with the academic and technical skills necessary to perform abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological, and vascular sonography procedures. Upon completion of the two-year program, students will be eligible to apply to take the national registry examination from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). (Prerequisites for Admission: BIO* 211, BIO* 212 and HIM* 101).

Please see the Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy webpage for more information about the admissions process.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Gateway Community College is committed to educating and preparing competent entry level sonographers who can provide high quality imaging and patient care to members of the community. Furthermore, the program is dedicated to providing tools to support lifelong learning.


The major categories of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Scope of Practice (as defined by the Society of Diagnostic Medical sonographers) include but are not limited to the following areas: 

Performance of those procedures, acts, and processes permitted by law for which the individual has received education, clinical experience and in which he/she has proven competency.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  • Possess the skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of an entry level sonographer
  • Be didactically prepared to apply to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for candidacy to Physics, Abdomen/Small Parts and OB/GYN.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues. Patient care requires the exercise of judgment to assess and respond to patients needs.
  • Use discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or non-invasive diagnostic services.
  • Acquire and analyze data obtained using ultrasound and related diagnostic technologies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance and bioeffects
  • Provide a summary of findings to the physician to aid in patient diagnosis and management
  • Use independent judgment and problem solving methods to produce high quality diagnostic information and optimize patient care
  • Implement a quality assurance plan
  • Maintain a safe laboratory environment



For more information contact:

Cara Case
Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2383




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