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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Career Outlook

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a skilled healthcare worker who uses specialized equipment and high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This exciting area of healthcare is rising in popularity due to advancements in computer-enhanced technology and miniaturization.

Why Study Diagnostic Medical Sonography at CSN?

The CSN Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program houses two Associate of Applied Science Degrees: General/Vascular Ultrasound Track and Cardiac/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. 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.

Graduates of the General/Vascular Ultrasound Track are eligible to take the ARDMS examination to become credentialed as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) in the abdomen and OB/Gyn specialties. Graduates of the Cardiac/Vascular Ultrasound Track are eligible to take the ARDMS examination to become credentialed as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) in the adult echocardiography specialty.

Our program is the only one in Nevada accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). Because of our CAAHEP status, students are eligible to sit for the examination for certification as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) prior to graduation.

Limited Entry Program

NOTE: The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is a limited entry program. Students must attend a health programs orientation and meet with a health programs advisor for additional counseling prior to application.

Degrees in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

placeholderDiagnostic Medical Sonography: Cardiac/Vascular Ultrasound Track: AAS

Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging procedure that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to image abdominal organs, vessels, the heart, and the developing fetus in the maternal uterus. 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.

placeholderDiagnostic Medical Sonography: General/Vascular Ultrasound Track: AAS

Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging procedure that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to image abdominal organs, vessels, the heart, and the developing fetus in the maternal uterus. 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.

Accreditation

CSN Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs 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.

Program Outcomes for the Graduating Class of 2020:

  • Student Retention
    • General 75%
    • Cardiac 90%
  • Job Placement Rate
    • General 78%
    • Cardiac 89%
  • Credential Success Rate
    • Abdomen 100%
    • OB/GYN 83%
    • Cardiac 78%