If you already have a degree and want to get started on the core courses for being a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), an Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is for you.
If you like to work with people, critically think to solve problems and enjoy new challenges, Diagnostic Medical Sonography might be a good career for you.
Sonographers use their background in anatomy and physiology, pathology and ultrasound physics to obtain quality images for physician interpretation.
Professional responsibilities include:
- Talking with patients to identify symptoms
- Obtaining diagnostic sonographic images
- Analyzing images and patient information
- Using independent judgment in recognizing the need to make adjustments to the sonogram
- Providing oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for interpretation and diagnosis
While sonographers interact with colleagues and referring physicians, they mostly work independently when obtaining images.
Opportunities are available for full-time and part-time employment in hospitals, clinics, private physician offices, sales and application, research and education.
About the program
Delta College’s DMS program is five semesters in length and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Students are eligible to take the National Certifying examinations for RDMS certification as an entry-level sonographer during the last two semesters of the program. After completing the program, students will be qualified to work as a general sonographer.
Students participate in classroom instruction, imaging labs, case presentations and clinical experience to gain skills in abdominal, OB/GYN, small parts and limited vascular sonography. Lab experience includes four ultrasound machines, digital image capture capabilities and an ultrasound simulator machine, enabling students to perform competencies in practical scanning before entering their clinical affiliate sites.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography recently ranked No. 7 on the U.S. Labor Bureau’s list of highest paying jobs typically held by individuals with an associate degree. The median annual wage is $67,530 with salary dependent upon experience, duties and responsibility, geographic location and individual employer.
Employment of sonographers is expected to increase by about 39 percent through 2022, much faster than average for all occupations. Job opportunities will vary by geographic location.
Find out more
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Kim Boldt, BS, RDMS, RVT, RDMS
DMS Program Coordinator