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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS)

Nature of Work


Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled health care workers who assist the physician as a sonographer. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers perform various procedures which have been delegated to them by the physician. These procedures include:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomical, pathological and/or physiological data for interpretation by a physician.
  • Record and process sonographic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic services.
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and promote principles of good health.

Program Description


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at CSN is a two-year associates degree program preparing students for a career in the health profession of sonography (Diagnostic Medical Sonography). The students have the choice of one of two different tracks:

General/Vascular Ultrasound Track
The goal of the General/Vascular Ultrasound Track is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students electing to take this area of study are prepared to enter the sonography field in the areas of abdominal, obstetrical/gynecological and vascular ultrasound. The student, upon graduation, will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Exams for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Upon passing the exams, they will use the designation RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer).

Cardiac/Vascular Track
The goal of the Cardiac/Vascular Ultrasound Track is to prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students electing to take this area of study are prepared to enter the sonography field in the areas of adult and pediatric echocardiography as well as vascular ultrasound. The student, upon graduation, will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Exams for Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography. Upon passing the exams, they will use the designation RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer).

Program Outcomes for the Graduating Class of 2020:

Student RetentionJob Placement RateCredential Success Rate
General 75%
Cardiac 90%
General 78%
Cardiac 89%
Abdomen 100%
OB/Gyn 83%
Cardiac 78%

Accreditation


The program received full accreditation from the Joint Review Committee for Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the parent organization, Committee for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs(CAAHEP), in the Spring of 2001.

Certification as a Sonographer


No individual is eligible to apply for certification unless in compliance with all American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers rules and standards.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS) Requirements


General Track

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advising Sheet - General Track
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Career Guide - General Track
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Selection Criteria - General Track

Cardiac Track

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advising Sheet - Cardiac Track
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Career Guide - Cardiac Track
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Selection Criteria - Cardiac Track

Note: Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these Essential Functions of Sonography Students. Students with documented need for accommodation are to meet with the Disability Resources Center.

Admission Requirements


This is a Limited Entry Program.  Therefore, an application for admission must be submitted by the application deadline and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration.  This material is reviewed using selection criteria set by the program.  Applicants are notified of their standing by the Limited Entry office.

DMS Health Care Experience Documentation Form
TEAS Exam Information

NOTE: Students who have taken the TEAS exam from another state and/or institution must have all their scores officially transferred to CSN BEFORE their specified application deadline. An unofficial copy must also be presented with their limited entry application packet.

Find out how to apply to this program through the Limited Entry Office.

Proficiency Exam for Assessment of Anatomy & Physiology


Science courses must be no older than years at the time of entry into the Limited Entry Programs at CSN. Students applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program who completed college transferable course(s) with a "C" or better in Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits) greater than 7 years ago may be eligible to take a pilot test for this subject. By satisfactorily passing a standardized exam for Anatomy & Physiology, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director will waive the 7 year policy for the science courses and science courses can then be used for purposes of selection into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

Proficiency Exam Information and Eligibility Requirements - Sonography

Student's First Checklist


New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Health Programs Advising Checklist. This checklist provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited-Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.

Find out how to Transfer Credits to CSN from other colleges.


If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact one of our Health Programs Advisement Offices.

  • Charleston Campus: (702) 651-5885, Building K Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: (702) 651-4415, Main Building Room N212
  • Henderson Campus: (702) 651-3563, Student Union Room 127