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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

19 Months - Associate of Specialized Technology Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer School in Erie Pennsylvania

Program Overview

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as an entry-level ultrasound technician. This will be accomplished by preparing graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. The program prepares the student to work as a general sonographer in a physician's office, mobile medical unit, hospital, or outpatient medical facility.

This general sonography program provides the opportunity for students to learn to apply the principles of sonography to produce images of organs, tissues, and small parts of the body using a variety of ultrasound techniques. Students learn to identify subtle differences between healthy and pathological areas of the body in order to work collaboratively with physicians, ensuring images are satisfactory for diagnosis. The program meets the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program is designed for the student with no prior experience in the field.


The goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Articulation Agreement - Clarion University

Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS) program who are professionally credentialed as a DMS through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) will be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences degree program at Clarion as a degree completion program. Such individuals will be awarded 60 block-style clinical credits by Clarion within the degree program and then must complete all other academic requirements at Clarion in order to be awarded the degree.

Course Outline

  • Anatomy & Physiology Essentials
  • Microsoft Word
  • Medical Terminology Essentials
  • Health Care Statistics
  • Business Communications
  • Introduction to Sonography
  • Abdominal Ultrasound I
  • Abdominal Ultrasound I Lab
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Human Behavior for the Healthcare Professional
  • Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I
  • Abdominal Ultrasound II
  • Abdominal Ultrasound II Lab
  • Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II
  • Obstetric / Reproductive Ultrasound I
  • Obstetric /Reproductive Ultrasound I Lab
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Obstetric / Reproductive Ultrasound II
  • Obstetric /Reproductive Ultrasound II Lab
  • Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Externship I
  • Ultrasound Externship II
  • Ultrasound Externship III
  • Ultrasound Externship IV

Click to download the JRC-DMS student outcomes report.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program

  • Saint Vincent Health System, Erie PA
  • Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie PA
  • UPMC Hamot, Erie PA
  • Finger Lakes Health, Geneva NY
  • Express Mobile Diagnostic Services, Jeannette PA
  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Nashville TN
  • St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown OH
  • UPMC Northwest, Seneca PA
  • Penn Highlands – DuBois, DuBois PA
  • Inova Health System, Falls Church VA
  • Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake NY
  • Warren General Hospital, Warren PA
  • Preventative Diagnostics Imaging, Orchard Park NY

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