Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science and Advanced Technical Certificate programs at South Texas College are approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Accreditation Guidelines. Both programs provide 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 each program, students will train in various medical facilities with experienced sonographers.

Upon successful completion of each respective program, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science or 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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Selective/Competitive Entry Disclaimer

  • Application Availability: June 18, 2021- September 3, 2021
  • Application Deadline: Application deadline is September 3, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Program Information Sessions

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Information Sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams until further notice.

If interested please email Desiree Jones at djones5@southtexascollege.edu to receive a meeting invite. Information sessions will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on the following Wednesdays:

  • June 9, 2021
  • June 16, 2021
  • June 23, 2021
  • June 30, 2021
  • July 7, 2021
  • July 28, 2021
  • August 4, 2021
  • August 11, 2021
  • August 18, 2021
  • August 25, 2021
  • September 1, 2021
  • September 8, 2021
  • September 15, 2021
  • September 22, 2021
  • September 29, 2021
  • October 6, 2021
  • October 13, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • October 27, 2021
  • November 3, 2021
  • November 10, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 1, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • December 15, 2021

For additional information contact:
Nursing and Allied Health Advisor
Desiree Jones
956-872-3182
djones5@southtexascollege.edu

Application Requirements for DMS Associate of Applied Science

All applicants must:

  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 or contact the NAH Program Advisor at 956-872-3182.
  2. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  3. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  4. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  5. Complete the HESI A2 (Admissions Assessment) Exam as follows: Achieve an English Language Composite Score of 75% or higher, a Science (Anatomy & Physiology) Score of 75% or higher, and a Math Score of 75% or higher. Scores must be current within the last 2 years. HESI A2 exemptions are not permitted.
  6. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "B" as listed in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program AAS degree plan. BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II courses must be current within the last 5 years. DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography must be current within 2 years from the application date. HESI A2 English Language Composite, Science, and Math test scores are required prior to registration to DMSO 1210. No minimum scores are 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 NAH Clinical Affairs Specialist at 956-872-3022.
  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 access the information online at  https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono or contact the NAH Program Advisor at 956-872-3182.

Competitive Entry Selection Process

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science degree is based on a point system score comprised of GPA of DMS Program prerequisite and general education courses, HESI A2 Exam scores, and optional points which may be obtained from items listed on the Application Form (for example, completion of CSFH 0101 College Success for Healthcare and HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I courses with a B or better). Qualified applicants are numerically ranked from highest to lowest total application points. Due to program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet the program admission requirements may not be admitted to the program. Selection of students is made one time a year during the fall. The deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is the first Friday in September of the current year. For specific information on the point system utilized for candidate selection, please contact the NAH Program Advisor at 956-872-3182 or access the information online at  https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.

A new applicant pool is established for each admission period. Applicants who were not admitted for the current application period must re-apply to be considered for a later application period.  The number of students accepted into the program annually is dependent upon available resources. Should any of the accepted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered acceptance to the program. In the case of tied applicants, finalists will be chosen based on the date of application.

Application Requirements for DMS Advanced Technical Certificate

All applicants must:

  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 or contact the NAH Program Advisor at 956-872-3182.
  2. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  3. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  4. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  5. Complete the HESI A2 (Admissions Assessment) Exam as follows: Achieve an English Language Composite Score of 75% or higher, a Science (Anatomy & Physiology) Score of 75% or higher, and a Math Score of 75% or higher. Scores must be current within the last 2 years. HESI A2 exemptions are not permitted.
  6. Complete prerequisite course with a minimum grade of "B" as listed in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program ATC curriculum. DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography must be current within 2 years from the application date. HESI A2 English Language Composite, Science, and Math test scores are required prior to registration to DMSO 1210. No minimum scores are required for entry in this course.
  7. Complete all required course work prior to application to include BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent and ENGL 1301 Composition I or equivalent. BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent must be current within the last 5 years.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 NAH Clinical Affairs Specialist at 956-872-3022.
  10. Meet technical standards as stated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
  11. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
  12. Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono or contact the NAH Program Advisor at 956-872-3182.

Competitive Entry Selection Process

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate is based on a point system score comprised of DMS Program prerequisite and general education courses, required degree courses, HESI A2 Exam scores, level of degree, and optional points which may be obtained from items listed on the Application Form (for example, additional points for STC graduates from selective nursing & allied health programs, completion of BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II and HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I courses with a B or better). Qualified applicants are numerically ranked from highest to lowest total application points. Due to program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet the program admission requirements may not be admitted to the program. Selection of students is made one time a year during the fall. The deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is the first Friday in September of the current year. For specific information on the point system utilized for candidate selection, please contact the NAH Program Advisor at 956-872-3182 or access the information online at  https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.

A new applicant pool is established for each admission period. Applicants who were not admitted for the current application period must re-apply to be considered for a later application period.  The number of students accepted into the program annually is dependent upon available resources. Should any of the accepted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered acceptance to the program. In the case of tied applicants, finalists will be chosen based on the date of application.

 


Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration

Faculty
Name E-mail Phone Location
Bird, Crystal - Program Chair cbird 956-872-3101 NAH-B 3-303
Anciso, Gloria E. gtrevino_1264 956-872-3197 NAH-B 3-313
Cuellar, Linda rcuellar2 956-872-3134 NAH-B 3-311

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Staff
Name E-mail Phone Location
Villareal, Aida amenez1 956-872-3049 NAH-B 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)

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