What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves, beyond the human hearing capability, to produce high-quality images of soft tissues and motion within the body. Ultrasound involves no radiation and has a wide variety of uses in medicine. The purpose of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to prepare qualified individuals who, by virtue of training in both theory and practice, are proficient in the areas of abdominal and obstetric/gynecological sonography.
What are my career choices?
Sonographers provide essential health care at Hospitals, Physicians’ Offices, and Specialized Imaging Centers.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree checklist for Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General Sonography Track (PDF)
Where do I start?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of Diagnostic Medical Sonography technical functions.
Therefore, all applicants should possess all of the following Technical Standards:
- Sufficient visual acuity for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care.
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices (e.g., cardiac monitors, biomedical equipment, fire alarms, etc.).
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
- Sufficient verbal and non-verbal communication skills (speech, reading, and writing), such as are needed in classroom and clinical settings to interact with patients and professional personnel.
Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.
- Application for admission to the college.
- Official transcripts of all postsecondary education of training.
- ACT composite score report.
- Documentation denoting completion of NAA 100 with a grade of "C" or better or a graduate of a two-year accredited Allied Heath Program.
- Documentation denoting completion of each Diagnostic Medical Sonography pre-requisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.
- Attendance to one of the pre-admission conferences.
Attending an ECTC Sonography Program Pre-Admission Conference is a MANDATORY requirement for admission into the program. These sessions are held in Room 338 of the RPC building.
Reservations are not required. All times listed are Eastern Time.
Scheduled Pre-Admission Conferences for August 2020 Admission:
- Monday, August 26, 2019 – 1:00 PM
- Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – 11:00 AM
- Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 3:00 PM
- Thursday, November 21, 2019 – 5:00 PM
- Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 1:00 PM
- Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 11:00 AM (cancelled)
- Monday, April 20, 2020 – 3:00 PM (cancelled)
* These sessions may last up to 2 hours.
** If ECTC is closed due to inclement weather, the pre-admission conference will be cancelled.
Preferences for acceptance into this program
- Applicants with an ACT composite score of 21 or above;
- Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0) in 10 hours of college credit applicable to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program; and
- Applicants who have graduated or are in their final semester of a two-year accredited Allied Health Program or have the minimum of an Associate of Applied Science Degree in clinically related field.
Field Licensure Requirements
Upon completion of the program, students must pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers exam to become certified.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog (PDF, 408 pages). You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.