Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate at South Texas College is an approved program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Guidelines. The program provides educational and clinical experience that result in extensive knowledge in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, use of Doppler imaging, and cross-sectional anatomy and pathophysiology in the abdomen, pelvis, obstetrics, gynecology, and superficial structures. Throughout the clinical and practicum aspects of the program, students will train in various medical facilities with experienced sonographers.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and will be competent to challenge the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) national examination.

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ATC Applications Now Available!

The ATC applications for Spring 2020 are now available in NAHC West Building in Office 3.304. For additional information, please contact Cecilia Sepulveda, Department Secretary, at 956-872-3049 or by email  csepul10@southtexascollege.edu.

AAS Degree Approved! Applications Available on July 31 st

The AAS applications for Spring 2020 will be available in NAHC West Building in Office 3.304 beginning July 31st. For additional information, please contact Cecilia Sepulveda, Department Secretary, at 956-872-3049 or by email csepul10@southtexascollege.edu.

Upcoming Sonography Vascular Technology Applications Course

This course will be offered in the Fall 2019 Semester. This class is designed for registered sonographers who are interested in learning basic concepts of vascular Doppler imaging and/or preparation for the RVT certification examination.

Please contact Cecilia Sepulveda, Department Secretary, at 956-872-3049, or by email  csepul10@southtexascollege.edu for enrollment information.

  • Delivery: Daytime classes
  • Start: Spring Semester
  • Applications Available for ATC: June  7, 2019-September 6, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. for Spring 2020 semester.
  • Applications Available for AAS: July 31 , 2019-September 6, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. for Spring 2020 semester.
  • Application Deadline: September 6, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: NAH B-3.304

Program Information Sessions

The DMS Program Information Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2pm at NAHC West in Community Room 1.305 (NAH Campus West Building), 1901 S. McColl, McAllen TX 78503

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is currently in the process of obtaining approval to add an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography to begin in the Spring of 2020. Students will be advised on the current curriculum proposal; the Program will not be responsible for any degree changes that may occur during the approval process.

The Program will continue to offer the current Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in conjunction with the AAS.


No Late Entry

DMS Program Information Sessions will be every Wednesday at 1pm.  Each session is approximately one hour in length.

We suggest you arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for parking.

Application Requirements for DMS Associate of Applied Science

  1. Participate in the required Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Student Information Session at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus. For the session schedule, access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.
  2. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  3. Be admitted to the college as high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  4. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  5. Complete the ACT exam including the writing component. Achieve an ACT composite of 19 or above and a minimum of 16 in all individual areas (English, Math, Reading, and Science). ACT Writing score must be a 6 or above. Scores must be current within the last 5 years. ACT exemptions are not permitted.
  6. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "B" as listed in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree plan. BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 courses must be current within the last 5 years. DMSO 1210 must be current within 2 years from the application date. ACT exam scores are required prior to registration to DMSO 1210. No minimum score is required for entry in this course.
  7. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses listed in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree plan. This includes courses completed through South Texas College and transfer courses.
  8. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. Students with criminal histories must provide proof of compliance from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) prior to application. For more information contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 956-872-3049.
  9. Meet technical standards as stated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
  10. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
  11. Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 956-872-3049 or access the information online at  https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.

Students who have met the above requirements may apply submit their application. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive selection process. Due to program size limitations, meeting application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Advanced Technical Certificate:

NAH Technical Performance Standards

Application Requirements for DMS Advanced Technical Certificate

  1. Participate in the required Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Student Information Session at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus. For the session schedule, access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.
  2. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  3. Be admitted to the college as high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  4. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  5. Complete all required course work prior to application to include Anatomy & Physiology I or equivalent, Math elective, and Communication Skills: Composition, English or Speech courses.
  6. Hold a minimum of an associate degree in a nursing or allied health profession that is patient care related. A bachelor degree and higher in a related field may be accepted if the degree meets the requirements of the program. All degrees will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  7. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. Students with criminal histories must provide proof of compliance from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) prior to application. For more information contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 956-872-3049.
  8. Meet technical standards as stated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
  9. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
  10. Submit a completed Program application by the stated deadline. For more information contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 956-872-3049 or access the information online at  https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.

Program Selection Process

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is based on a point system score. Selection of students is made one time a year. The deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is the first Friday in September of the current year. For specific information on candidate selection process, please contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 956-872-3049.


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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science

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Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisites Credit Hours
DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography 1 2
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 2 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 2 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 2 3
  Credit Hours 13
First Year
Spring
DMSO 1460 Clinical 4
DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4
DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4
  Credit Hours 15
Summer Session I
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 2 3
DMSO 1166 Practicum I 1
DMSO 2351 Doppler Physics 3
  Credit Hours 7
Summer Session II
Humanities Elective 2 3
DMSO 1167 Practicum II 1
DMSO 2353 Sonography of Superficial Structures 3
  Credit Hours 7
Second Year
Fall
DMSO 2366 Practicum III 3
DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 2342 Sonography of High Risk Obstetrics 3
DMSO 2441 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology 4
  Credit Hours 13
Spring
DMSO 2367 Practicum IV 3
DMSO 2230 Capstone: Advanced Ultrasound and Review 2
  Credit Hours 5
  Total Credit Hours 60

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate

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Plan of Study Grid
First Semester Credit Hours
DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography 1 2
DMSO 1460 Clinical 4
DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4
DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4
  Credit Hours 17
Second Semester
DMSO 1166 Practicum I 1
DMSO 2351 Doppler Physics 3
  Credit Hours 4
Third Semester
DMSO 1167 Practicum II 1
DMSO 2353 Sonography of Superficial Structures 3
  Credit Hours 4
Fourth Semester
DMSO 2366 Practicum III 3
DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 2342 Sonography of High Risk Obstetrics 3
DMSO 2441 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology 4
  Credit Hours 13
Fifth Semester
DMSO 2367 Practicum IV 3
DMSO 2230 Capstone: Advanced Ultrasound and Review 2
  Credit Hours 5
  Total Credit Hours 43
Faculty
Name E-mail Phone Location
Bird, Crystal - Program Chair cbird 956-872-3101 NAHC West 3-303
Cuellar, Linda rcuellar2 956-872-3134 NAHC West 3-311
Anciso, Gloria E. gtrevino_1264 956-872-3197 NAHC West 3-313

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Staff
Name E-mail Phone Location
Sepulveda,  Cecilia csepul10 956-872-3049 NAHC West 3-304

Work Environment

Sonographers will work in hospital settings and clinic settings.

Salary Data

  • Texas Average Wage: $37.62/hour or $78,250/year (BLS, May 2017)
  • National Average Wage: $35.19/hour or $73,200/year (BLS, May 2017)