Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)

Study format: Face-to-face
Duration: 80 weeks
Externship: 380-hr
Location: Chicago

ARRT-approved DMS Education Program

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) recognizes Midwestern Career College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program as an approved educational program for ARRT’s sonography certification and registration. Graduates of our DMS program are eligible to sit for ARRT’s sonography exam. You can find MCC’s listing on the ARRT website here.

ARRT certification is also a recognized prerequisite for ARDMS examination (see prerequisite 5 here). MCC’s program prepares students for both ARRT and ARDMS examination.

About Our Program

Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is designed to prepare students with the general education, applied knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for entry-level positions in the diagnostic medical sonography field.

The diagnostic medical sonographer utilizes medical ultrasound techniques to gather sonographic data used to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases.

Coursework includes clinical routine procedures, patient care, equipment handling and operation, as well as a clinical externship needed to become an entry-level sonographer.

Typical tasks include registration of patients, setting up appointments, operating the systems and perform ultrasound procedures.

Diagnostic medical sonography utilizes high-frequency sound waves that produce images of organs, tissues and blood flow inside the body that help doctors diagnose patient illness. Sonographers typically work closely with patients and radiologists in health-care settings, including hospitals, diagnostic medical centers, mobile ultrasound companies, medical clinics, and physician’s offices.

Program Objectives

The objective of the DMS (ultrasound) program is to provide education and training to students so they may possess the knowledge and skills required for employment as entry-level technologists, and:

  • Prepare students to perform effectively as skilled allied health professionals with DMS skills needed to meet the demand for quality employees.
  • Provide individuals with knowledge and clinical skills in patient care, medical imaging procedures, patient positioning techniques, scanning principles, protocols and procedures.
  • Prepare students to take and pass either the ARDMS or ARRT certification examinations

Career Outlook

Medical sonographers are in demand. Employment is booming with 26% growth projected over the next decade. You read more about career outlook, job growth and salary expectations. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers on Indeed, Career Builder, and Monster.com.


This college does not provide any certification eligibility for this training program. However, graduates may qualify for the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential through ARDMS if they have:

  • a two-year degree in allied health
  • a four-year degree prior to the start of this program, or
  • one year of work experience in the sonography field from the date of graduation of this program.


The AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Program follows the recommendations of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Cardiac-Interventional and Vascular-Interventional Curriculum Guide and the joint committee of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Sciences (AEIRS).

The curriculum addresses topics listed in the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) outline for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation examination and follows the rules and regulations of the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Coursework includes classes such as:

  • Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation I and II
  • Scanning Principles and Protocols I, II and III
  • Abdomen/Superficial Structures I, II
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • OB/GYN I and II
  • Patient Care, Law and Ethics in Sonography