Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program Overview

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become ultrasound technicians.  The program prepares the student to work as a general sonographer in a physician’s office, mobile medical unit, hospital, or outpatient medical facility.

Students 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. They’ll learn to identify subtle differences between healthy and pathological areas of the body and work collaboratively with physicians, ensuring images are satisfactory for diagnosis.

CAAHEP Accredited Program

The program meets the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


Course Listing

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • English Composition
  • Health Care Stats
  • Human Behavior
  • Introduction to Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound I
  • Ultrasound I Lab
  • Career Development
  • Business Communcations
  • Ultrasound II
  • Ultrasound II Lab
  • Ultrasound Physics I
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Ultrasound III
  • Ultrasound III Lab
  • Ultrasound Physics II
  • DMS Externship I
  • Ultrasound Externship II
  • Ultrasound Externship III

Experienced Instructors

All the instructors at Great Lakes have years of experience working in the field. In fact many instructors continue to work in the field while also teaching at Great Lakes.

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

We offer job placement assistance to all graduates, regardless of when they graduated. If you find yourself out of work years down the road, feel free contact our Career Services department for assistance.

Nationally Accredited School

Great Lakes is nationally accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In 2017, the last year eligible, Great Lakes was named a School of Excellence by ACCSC for rigorous adherence to their educational standards.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of recent job placement sites that graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program found employment.

Clarion University Articulation Agreement

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.

Graduate Testimonials

Terra Manwarren

Brooks-TLC Health System

“We had amazing instructors who helped you and pushed you to understand the material. The clinical program at Great Lakes is better than any other program I’ve heard of.”

Great Lakes By The Numbers

Over 50 Years Educating Residents of NWPA
Over 20,000 Students Educated

Financial Aid Available

We understand that furthering your education in pursuit of a new career is a costly investment. Great Lakes offers financial aid to those that qualify. Our dedicated financial aid advisors will cover all funding options with you, including grants, scholarships, state, and federal aid.