Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science and Advanced Technical Certificate programs at South Texas College are approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Accreditation Guidelines. Both programs provide educational and clinical experience that result in extensive knowledge in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, use of Doppler imaging, and cross-sectional anatomy and pathophysiology in the abdomen, pelvis, obstetrics, gynecology, and superficial structures. Throughout the clinical and practicum aspects of each program, students will train in various medical facilities with experienced sonographers.

Upon successful completion of each respective program, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science or an Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and will be competent to challenge the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national examinations.

  • Delivery: Daytime Classes
  • Start: Spring Semester
  • Application Availability: June 28, 2023 – September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: The Spring 2024 Application deadline is September 1, 2023 by 5 p.m.
  • Application Type: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)

Program Information Sessions

All Program Information Sessions are held virtually. To be placed on the waiting list to attend a session, please contact Noah Lopez, Guided Pathway Specialist, at nlopez32@southtexascollege.edu. Students will need to include their name, STC A#, preferred email address, and telephone number. Students will be contacted via email with an invitation link to attend the virtual session.

The DMS Program Information Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Spring Registration DMSO 1210: Introduction to Sonography

Please email please contact DMS Faculty, Nora Pena, at npena_1182@southtexascollege.edu to request enrollment into the Spring 2024 Introduction to Radiography course. Students will need to provide a copy of the HESI A2 Examination scores (no minimum score is required), STC A#, email, and best contact telephone number in order to be registered in the class.

Application Requirements for DMS Associate of Applied Science

All applicants must:

  1. Participate in the required Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Student Information Session at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus. For the session schedule, access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono or contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 956-872-3049.
  2. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  3. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  4. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  5. Complete the HESI A2 (Admissions Assessment) Exam as follows: Achieve an English Language Composite Score of 75% or higher, a Science (Anatomy & Physiology) Score of 75% or higher, and a Math Score of 75% or higher. Scores must be current within the last 2 years. HESI A2 exemptions are not permitted.
  6. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "B" as listed in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program AAS degree plan. BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II courses must be current within the last 5 years. DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography must be current within 2 years from the application date. HESI A2 English Language Composite, Science, and Math test scores are required prior to registration to DMSO 1210. No minimum scores are required for entry in this course.
  7. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses listed in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree plan. This includes courses completed through South Texas College and transfer courses.
  8. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. Students with criminal histories must provide proof of compliance from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) prior to application. For more information contact the NAH Clinical Affairs Specialist at 956-872-3022.
  9. Meet technical standards as stated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
  10. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
  11. Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono or contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 956-872-3049.

Competitive Entry Selection Process

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science degree is based on a point system score comprised of GPA of DMS Program prerequisite and general education courses, HESI A2 Exam scores, and optional points which may be obtained from items listed on the Application Form (for example, completion of CSFH 0101 College Success for Healthcare and HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I courses with a B or better). Qualified applicants are numerically ranked from highest to lowest total application points. Due to program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet the program admission requirements may not be admitted to the program. Selection of students is made one time a year during the fall. The deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is the first Friday in September of the current year. For specific information on the point system utilized for candidate selection, please contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 956-872-3049 or access the information online at  https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.

A new applicant pool is established for each admission period. Applicants who were not admitted for the current application period must re-apply to be considered for a later application period.  The number of students accepted into the program annually is dependent upon available resources. Should any of the accepted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered acceptance to the program. In the case of tied applicants, finalists will be chosen based on the date of application.

Application Requirements for DMS Advanced Technical Certificate

All applicants must:

  1. Participate in the required Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Student Information Session at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus. For the session schedule, access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono or contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 956-872-3049.
  2. Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  3. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  4. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  5. Complete the HESI A2 (Admissions Assessment) Exam as follows: Achieve an English Language Composite Score of 75% or higher, a Science (Anatomy & Physiology) Score of 75% or higher, and a Math Score of 75% or higher. Scores must be current within the last 2 years. HESI A2 exemptions are not permitted.
  6. Complete prerequisite course with a minimum grade of "B" as listed in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program ATC curriculum. DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography must be current within 2 years from the application date. HESI A2 English Language Composite, Science, and Math test scores are required prior to registration to DMSO 1210. No minimum scores are required for entry in this course.
  7. Complete all required course work prior to application to include BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent and ENGL 1301 Composition I or equivalent. BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent must be current within the last 5 years.
  8. Hold a minimum of an associate degree in a nursing or allied health profession that is patient care related. A bachelor degree and higher in a related field may be accepted if the degree meets the requirements of the program. All degrees will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  9. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. Students with criminal histories must provide proof of compliance from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) prior to application. For more information contact the NAH Clinical Affairs Specialist at 956-872-3022.
  10. Meet technical standards as stated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
  11. Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
  12. Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono or contact the NAH Program Advisor at 956-872-3182.

Competitive Entry Selection Process

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate is based on a point system score comprised of DMS Program prerequisite and general education courses, required degree courses, HESI A2 Exam scores, level of degree, and optional points which may be obtained from items listed on the Application Form (for example, additional points for STC graduates from selective nursing & allied health programs, completion of BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II and HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I courses with a B or better). Qualified applicants are numerically ranked from highest to lowest total application points. Due to program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet the program admission requirements may not be admitted to the program. Selection of students is made one time a year during the fall. The deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is the first Friday in September of the current year. For specific information on the point system utilized for candidate selection, please contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 956-872-3049 or access the information online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/sono.

A new applicant pool is established for each admission period. Applicants who were not admitted for the current application period must re-apply to be considered for a later application period. The number of students accepted into the program annually is dependent upon available resources. Should any of the accepted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered acceptance to the program. In the case of tied applicants, finalists will be chosen based on the date of application.

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