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Diagnostic Medical Sonography—Cardiovascular (DMSC)


The diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create diagnostic images. 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 general education and technical sonography courses. The program also includes supervised clinical experience on site at various health care 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.

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The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Website: http://caahep.org. Phone (727) 210-2350. FAX (727) 210-2354.


Employment Options

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
  • Cardiovascular Sonographer
  • Echocardiographer
  • Vascular Technologist

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$65,000 median annual salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 39 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Kettering College of Medical Arts

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • TriHealth
  • St. Elizabeth Health Care
  • University Hospital
  • The Christ Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Systems
  • Physician offices, clinics, and outpatient facilities

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Diagnostic Medical Sonography—Cardiovascular (DMSC)

Students seeking admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Cardiovascular 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 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
MCH 104Comprehensive Medical Terminology ( B) 303
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 324
MAT 161College Algebra for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ( G) 324
Semester 2  
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
DMS 100Survey of Sonography ( B) 223
PHY 110Health Physics ( B) 233
MCH 1XX Multicompetency Healthcare Elective (B)  202
After completing Year 1, Semester 1 and 2 courses, apply for Selective Enrollment into the DMSC program.  
Second Year
Semester 1  
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
DMSC 110Advanced Electrocardiography ( B) 122
DMS 111Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation 1 ( T) 303
DMSC 120Cardiovascular Sonography ( T) 303
DMSC 121Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 1 ( T) 062
Semester 2  
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  033
DMS 112Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation 2 ( T) 202
DMSC 122Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 2 ( T) 062
DMSC 131Vascular Sonography 1 ( T) 303
DMSC 141Echocardiography 1 ( T) 303
Semester 3  
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
DMSC 223Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 3 ( T) 031
DMSC 281Cardiovascular Internship 1 ( T) 0241
Third Year
Semester 1  
DMSC 224Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 4 ( T) 042
DMSC 232Vascular Sonography 2 ( T) 202
DMSC 242Echocardiography 2 ( T) 202
DMSC 282Cardiovascular Internship 2 ( T) 0241
Semester 2  
DMSC 250Cardiovascular Imaging Seminar ( T) 122
DMSC 283Cardiovascular Internship 3 ( T) 0322
Total Credits:  4511766


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
Multicompetency Healthcare Elective
MCH 138Patient Care Skills2
MCH 130Nurse Aide Training5


Learn about the Health Program Selective Admission (Progression) process

Learn about the TEAS Test

Important Documents


The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Tina Cisle, MEd, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
(513) 569-1425
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