Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Associate Degree program is a sequence of courses that provide didactic and clinical instruction designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to graduate and become successful entry-level DMS professionals. Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual pictures of internal body structures. The images are evaluated by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.
Graduates will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Program graduates who fulfill exit requirements will be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) testing in the specialty areas of diagnostic medical ultrasound to become a credentialed sonographer.
Students may compete to enter the DMS program each fall semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 6 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 78 semester credit hours.
Oconee Fall Line Technical College has made application for programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). This programmatic accreditation promotes appropriate quality standards for educational programs in diagnostic medical sonography.
As a part of this accreditation process, Oconee Fall Line Technical College will publish student and graduate achievement information. The following information explains the outcomes that will be reported once the first class of diagnostic medical sonography students graduate.
1. Licensure Pass Rate
The DMS program will achieve a 60% overall licensure pass rate within one year of a cohort graduation. Students will earn either an abdomen or OB/GYN credential on the ARDMS: RDMS(AB) and RDMS (OB/GYN) or ARRT: RT(S) credential.
2. Placement Rate
The DMS program will employ 75% of graduates. Employment is defined as working as a sonographer in one of the program’s accredited concentrations, continuing their education, or serving in the military within six months of graduation.
3. Retention Rate
The DMS program’s enrollment per cohort will maintain a retention rate of 70% of total enrollment.
Applicants for the program must possess critical thinking skills, excellent communication capabilities, and the ability to provide health care services with compassion and patience.
Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode
- South Campus (Dublin)
$65,000.00 – $70,000.00
Tuition & Fees: $9,786.00
Books & Supplies: $2,000.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)
Uniform Costs: $250.00
Malpractice Fee: $11.00 per academic year
Criminal Background Check: $49.50
Drug Screening: $42.00
My Clinical Exchange Fee: $59.50
Verified Credentials: $169.50
BLS for HCP: $7.00
Science Lab Fees: $75.00
Pegasus Lectures ExamSim V3 Ultrasound Physics: $185.00
Ergonomic Cable Brace: $25.00
Butterfly IQ+: $83.50 (last three program semesters)
(costs are estimated and are subject to change.)
Successful completion of this program should enable graduates to pursue job opportunities in one of several diagnostic imaging areas such as hospitals, imaging centers, and physician offices.
- Submit a completed application and application fee;
- Be at least 16 years of age;
- Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.
Competitive Admission Requirements
Students must complete an application to compete for their name to be placed on the list of potential program students. Students without an application on file will NOT be considered for program courses.
For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.