Diagnostic Medical Sonography
NOTICE: 2021 DMS Application Requirement Change
Due to COVID-19, students will not be required to obtain the minimum of 30 observational hours as part of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) application process. While it is recommended students try and obtain these hours, it is not a requirement for the 2021 DMS application process. Instead, students will watch the "Sonography - A Sound Career Choice" video below (or by clicking the link in the video's title) and complete a 1- to 2-page essay regarding the video and why the student is choosing Sonography as their future career. The essay will be due with all other application requirements no later than the June 1st deadline. Any questions regarding the program application requirements can be addressed to Kacey Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choosing a Career That Makes a Difference
Why should I choose Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Profession?
What is it that makes Diagnostic Medical Sonography an interesting career choice?
"Variety", they say that it is the spice of life and variety is the reason many sonographers choose ultrasound as their occupation. Our patients come in a wide range of ages, size and conditions that make imaging a challenge. We perform a surprising amount of diverse exams daily from prenatal ultrasounds and scans of the solid organs of the body to neurosonology, interventional procedures and vascular studies. We are medical detectives on the trail of a diagnosis.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use computer technology along with a transducer (a hand held device that houses a specialized crystal) to produce high frequency sound waves that enter the body and return to the transducer to produce quality images for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions.
Sonographers routinely find jobs in hospitals, physician offices, mobile companies, temporary traveling agencies, veterinary offices, educational facilities and as application specialist for companies that manufacture ultrasound equipment.
- The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s preferred area of study which is referred to as the “pathway” for the career program of choice. Therefore, it is important to meet with an adviser to map out the best academic plan to achieve his or her goal. The student should first focus on taking the prerequisites required for the program for which they will be applying.
- All career programs have a selective admissions process. This means that a seat in any program is awarded only to the top applicants. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.
- The general education courses required for each career program are summarized in the comparison chart for all 2-year health career programs at Albany State University on the last page of the packet.