Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


DMS HESI Admission Testing Procedure

If students have any further questions please email the Continuing Education staff to answer any HESI questions!

About the Program

Oakland Community College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at the Southfield Campus helps prepare students to become sonographers, healthcare professionals that use sophisticated equipment to create images of internal organs with high-frequency sound waves. It is an accelerated full-time program with 40 hours per week of mandatory clinical and didactic experience. Most clinical assignments are within a 60 mile radius of the Southfield Campus. This supervised clinical practice between 3-5 days per week (depending on the semester) is required. This eighteen month program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is designated as an Extended Degree Program, which requires completion of a minimum of 89 credit hours.

Job Market Outlook

100% Specialty Examps Pass Rate  

As technology evolves, medical facilities will replace more invasive, costly imaging procedures with sonography, and the number of sonography users will exponentially increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 27,600 additional sonographers will be needed by 2024, an increase that exceeds average growth of all occupations. *Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Information Sessions

Information sessions are mandatory for any student who applies to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  Sessions last approximately 2 hours.  Please register for only one date as seats are very limited. This session will include a thorough review of the program requirements, didactic and clinical phases as well as requirements for success. Zoom sessions do require cameras to be on. We are unable to guarantee a seat at future sessions for those who do not attend; therefore, we strongly suggest attending the session you register for.


Credentials Received

The program prepares selected individuals through theory and clinical experiences to practice as a Sonographer in a variety of health care settings. Graduates must pass the national credential exam offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers to practice as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer, or RDMS. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355- 113th Street N #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043

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Program Plan

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Finally, I can move into my future with a solid career.

- Kristina H, Commerce

Successful Sonography students are

  • Strong communicators: Sonographers must be proficient in verbal and written communication. Students who use English as a second language are encouraged to discuss communication courses and the MTELP exam with counselors.
  • Mature: Students will be exposed clinically to critically ill patients and urgent situations in which they must remain calm, respect a patients privacy and show empathy.
  • Self-Motivated: Students must complete reading and classroom assignments in a timely manner, ask for assistance or clarification as needed, and show self-direction and active participation in the academic process. Strong decision-making and individual research abilities are required.
  • Dedicated: The highly-technical and fast-paced nature of the program requires some sacrifice of family/personal leisure time and social activities.
  • In good physical health: The time demands of the program requires adequate stamina because sonographers must:
    • Routinely lift and move patients and equipment
    • Have full use of both hands, including fine motor skills and manual dexterity
    • Distinguish audible sounds
    • Work standing on their feet 80 percent of the time
    • Accurately view sonograms, including color distinctions

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