Diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) is a multi-specialty occupation that includes abdominal-extended sonography, adult cardiac sonography, breast sonography, musculoskeletal sonography, obstetrics and gynecology sonography, pediatric cardiac sonography, vascular sonography, and other emerging clinical areas or concentrations.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Cincinnati State prepares students to become entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in the specialty areas of cardiac and vascular sonography (DMSC) or abdominal, obstetric, and gynecological sonography (DMSG).

Program graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree that includes technical sonography courses, general education courses,  and supervised internship clinical experience at healthcare facilities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Clinical experiences are unpaid.

  • Courses in this program are scheduled primarily between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to graduate. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers national certification examination.

All of the concentrations in diagnostic medical sonography use a comprehensive knowledge of ultrasound technology in their daily work. The trained technologist is an individual who provides patient care services applying ultrasound technology in the performance of diagnostic and/or therapeutic exams and procedures.

  • As an occupational prerequisite, the diagnostic medical sonographer must be educationally prepared and clinically competent.
  • Demonstration and maintenance of competency through certification by a nationally recognized credentialing organization is the Standard of Practice in sonography, and maintenance of certification in all areas of practice is endorsed.
  • The diagnostic medical sonographer functions as a delegated agent of the physician and does not practice independently.
  • Diagnostic medical sonographers are committed to enhanced patient care and continuous quality improvement that increases their knowledge and technical competence.
  • Diagnostic medical sonographers use independent, professional, and ethical judgment and critical thinking to perform diagnostic procedures safely.


The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Cincinnati State is to provide educational experiences designed to prepare students for entering a career as a sonographer and provide the medical community with individuals qualified to perform sonographic procedures. Through structured learning in the didactic (classroom) and clinical setting, we hope to instill in students a lifelong desire to achieve professional and academic excellence.


The program goal is to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for abdominal sonography – extended, obstetrics and gynecology sonography, adult cardiac sonography, and vascular sonography concentrations.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)
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The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), 9355 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775. Website: http://caahep.org. Phone (727) 210-2350. FAX (727) 210-2354.


Program Chair

Jackie Turner

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Take the national registry exam given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Perform as an entry-level diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to provide optimum patient care
  • Function within recognized ethical and legal standards of the profession

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Sonographer

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.

$77,740 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Kettering College of Medical Arts

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • The Christ Hospital
  • Mercy Health Systems
  • St. Elizabeth Health System
  • TriHealth
  • University Hospital

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid


Program Chair

Jackie Turner



Learn about the Health & Public Safety Selective Admission (Progression) process and the TEAS test

Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Diagnostic Medical Sonography—General Imaging (DMSG)

Students seeking admission to the Diagnostic Medical Diagnostic Medical Sonography – General Imaging program must complete specific requirements. After completing Semester 2 of Year 1, students should apply for selective enrollment into the DMS program. Year 2 courses begin in Fall Semester.  Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss eligibility and deadlines for selective enrollment.

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
MCH 104 Comprehensive Medical Terminology ( B) 3 0 3
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 3 2 4
MAT 161 College Algebra for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ( G) 3 2 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 2
DMS 100 Survey of Sonography ( B) 2 2 3
PHY 110 Health Physics ( G) 2 3 3
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
MCH 1XX Multicompetency Healthcare Elective (B) 1 3 2
After completing Year 1, Semester 1 and 2 courses, apply for Selective Enrollment into the DMSG program.
Second Year
Semester 1
DMSG 110 Sterile Techniques ( B) 1 2 2
DMS 111 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation 1 ( T) 3 0 3
DMSG 120 General Imaging Sonography ( T) 3 0 3
DMSG 121 General Imaging Sonography Scan Lab 1 ( T) 0 6 2
ENG 1XX English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
Semester 2
DMS 112 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSG 122 General Imaging Sonography Scan Lab 2 ( T) 0 6 2
DMSG 131 Abdominal Sonography 1 ( T) 3 0 3
DMSG 141 Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography 1 ( T) 3 0 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 3
DMSG 223 General Imaging Sonography Scan Lab 3 ( T) 0 3 1
DMSG 281 General Imaging Internship 1 ( T) 0 24 1
Third Year
Semester 1
DMSG 224 General Imaging Sonography Scan Lab 4 ( T) 0 4 2
DMSG 232 Abdominal Sonography 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSG 242 Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSG 282 General Imaging Internship 2 ( T) 0 24 1
Semester 2
DMSG 250 General Imaging Seminar ( T) 2 0 2
DMSG 283 General Imaging Internship 3 ( T) 0 32 2
Total Credits: 48 115 66


FYE Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
Multicompetency Healthcare Elective
MCH 138 Patient Care Skills 2
MCH 130 Nurse Aide Training 4
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