Program Details
Program Details
Back to top

Program Details

Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associate of Applied Science
Piedmont Virginia Community College

The two-year associate degree in sonography is designed to provide a quality entry-level education in the cognitice (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains through a competency-based clinical and didactic instructional curriculum in diagnostic sonography. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonogrpahy exam or the American Registry of Radiolgoic Technologists (ARRT) sonography exam. Hospitals remain the primary employer of sonographers, but there are increasing numbers of jobs available in physician offices, outpatient surgery centers, and free-standing diagnostic imaging centers. The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography (defined as abdomen, obstetric, gynecologic, superficial parts, and other appropriate areas), cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various other subspecialties. Entry-level sonographers usually work in general and obstetric/gynecologic sonography. With further experience and training, they can move into the other specialties.


Program Credit Requirements
Expand or Shrink Accordion
Requirements
Required Credits
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
75
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
75
AAS DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY
75
Course Requirements for AAS DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY
75
BIO 141
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
MTH 131
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
ENG 111
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PHY 100
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
SDV 100
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 206
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 207
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 208
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 231
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 209
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 219
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 211
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 212
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 232
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
ENG 112
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 233
5
Earn 5 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 222
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
DMS 234
6
Earn 6 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 241
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 223
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
BIO 142
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PHI 220
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PSY 230
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
DMS 242
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Writing Intensive Course
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Civic Engagement
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Residency Requirement for AAS DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY
0
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
Program Overview & Guidance
Expand or Shrink Accordion
Program Web Page
External Link
Delivery Mode
In-Person
Check Course Schedules
Delivery Mode
Online
Check Course Schedules
Delivery Mode
Hybrid
Check Course Schedules
Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? This is a competitive admission program with one application deadline per year.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Piedmont Virginia Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses?
Do More With Your Degree
Program Successes & Highlights 100% graduation rate in 2021 of students in DMS cohort.
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
Expand or Shrink Accordion
Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Prior completion of any associate degree or higher waives the SDV 100 requirement. All courses are evaluated and transferred as applicable to your degree.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning https://www.pvcc.edu/admissions/credit-non-traditional-learning
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Piedmont Virginia Community College
College Level Information
Expand or Shrink Accordion
Transfer Center
External Link
Transfer Admission Application
External Link
Transfer Student Aid
External Link
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me?
Transfer Student Catalog Year
First Year Student Catalog Year
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions
Where Can This Degree Transfer
Expand or Shrink Accordion
This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Northern Virginia Community CollegeDiagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdominal Sonography-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography Specialization, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeDiagnostic Medical Sonography: Echocardiography Specialization, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeDiagnostic Medical Sonography: Vascular Sonography Specialization, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
Expand or Shrink Accordion
O*Net Code Name Description Parent
29-2032.00Diagnostic Medical SonographersProduce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. Includes vascular technologists.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
25-1071.00Health Specialties Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations