Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Central Carolina Community College's General Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program is an Associate's Degree program that educates and trains students to operate special equipment to create images that help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions and/or assist physicians and surgeons during invasive procedures.

An Associate's Degree in General Diagnostic Medical Sonography will prepare you for the ARDMS exams in:

  • Abdominal Sonography: specializes in imaging a patient's abdominal cavity and nearby organs, such as the kidney, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. You will also image anatomy outside of the abdominal cavity such as the thyroid and soft tissue of the extremities.
  • Breast Sonography: specialize in imaging patient's breast tissues. Sonography can confirm the presence of cysts and tumors detected on mammography. Breast sonographers work closely with physicians and assist in procedures that provide information used in decision making about treatment options for breast cancer.
  • Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography: specialize in imaging the female reproductive system. Obstetrical sonographers work closely with physicians in detecting congenital birth defects and tracking baby's growth and health before birth. Gynecologic sonograms provided physicians with information used to diagnose abnormalities in the female reproductive system such as fibroids, ovarian torsion, ovarian cancer, and in diagnosis of infertility.
  • Pediatric Sonography: specialize in imaging neonate, infant, and children. Pediatric sonographers work closely with pediatricians and caregivers imaging medical conditions associated with premature births, birth defects, and diseases specific to this age group.

You will also be educated in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation for the ARDMS SPI exam. Passing the SPI and specialty exam(s) will certify you as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and increase your job opportunities and salary range. DMS is a fast growing rewarding field.

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Please Note:
Curriculum guides above are for students who enroll during the current academic year. Students who enrolled during a previous academic year should visit the Program Evaluation link in WebAdvisor to find the required list of courses for graduation. For assistance, consult your advisor.