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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  • Delivery: Daytime Classes
  • Start: Spring Semester
  • Applications Available for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science and Advanced Technical Certificate: June 8 , 2020 - September 3, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. for Spring 2021 semester.
  • Application Deadline: September 3, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Spring 2021 DMS Program Applications Available Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

IMPORTANT: The Spring 2021 DMS Program AAS applications are online and will be submitted via email. Download and save the application to your desktop before filling out. Scanned or handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Download DMS Program AAS Application

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the following application admission requirements have been waived and/or revised:

  • The ACT examination will be waived for the Spring 2021 DMS Program AAS Application. This exemption will apply for this application cycle only. The ACT segment of the application has been removed from the point score evaluation.
  • Students will not incur point deductions on the point score evaluation for course repeats due to a withdrawal/low grade for the Spring 2020 Semester only. All repeated courses during any other semester must be calculated according to application instructions.

Spring 2021 DMS Program Applications Available Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)

IMPORTANT: The Spring 2021 DMS Program ATC applications are online and will be submitted via email. Download and save the application to your desktop before filling out. Scanned or handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Download DMS Program ATC Application

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Program Information Sessions

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Information Sessions will be held via Zoom 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 3, 2020
  • June 10, 2020
  • June 17, 2020
  • June 24, 2020
  • July 1, 2020
  • July 8, 2020
  • July 15, 2020
  • July 22, 2020
  • July 29, 2020
  • August 5, 2020
  • August 12, 2020
  • August 19, 2020
  • August 26, 2020

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


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.

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.


Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration Resources

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

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Staff
Name E-mail Phone Location
Vacant 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)

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