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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (DMS) play an important role in the modern diagnosis and treatment team. The DMS is qualified by professional credentialing and academic and clinical experience to produce multi-dimensional ultrasonic recordings of internal organs, using ultrasound equipment, for use by physicians in diagnosing diseases and malfunction of organs. DMS work in imaging centers, physicians' offices, clinics, mobile ultrasound units, or hospitals.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a full-time, fall-entry Associate of Applied Science degree.


Steps to Apply

  1. Sign up for the one of our information sessions.
  2. If not already a current HCC student, submit an HCC application for admission. Select Diagnostic Medical Sonography as your learning program on the application.
  3. New to College: Take placement tests, if applicable: Students may be exempt from the placement test if they have transcripts showing completion of college-level English and/or math at another academic institution, qualifying High School GPA or SAT/ACT test scores. Please speak to an advisor to review your options.
  4. Complete the required prerequisite coursework with appropriate overall GPA. Please consult with a Nursing/Allied Health Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242) to get the most current information on prerequisites and requirements. The College reserves the right to change unilaterally, without notification, any requirement, fee or program if it is deemed necessary.
  5. Have Prior Credit: Submit official college transcripts for all colleges you wish to transfer credit; complete an Official Transcript Evaluation Request Form.
  6. Complete the supplemental application for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and submit online. The application fee is $25. The application cycle for Diagnostic Medical Sonography runs between September 15 and January 15 of each school year, with the January date as the final deadline.
  • DMS AAS Degree Supplemental Application for Fall 2024 will be available (9/15/23-1/15/24).


ACCREDITATION: The DMS 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). CAAHEP can be contacted at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, (727) 210-2354 (fax) or JRCDMS can be contacted at 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043, (443) 973-3251 or

Learn more about the DMS Program

Clinical Requirement

  • If admitted, a drug screening and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing and allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting. Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and are not able to progress in the clinical program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are not able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your background, you may wish to discuss this matter with legal counsel.
  • As of 6/17/2021 ALL students who accept a clinical seat will be required to show proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccine prior to beginning their clinical semester.
  • As of Fall 2022, I will be required to show proof of health insurance. Howard Community College does not provide or sponsor health insurance for students. In the event that I sustain an injury while on campus or in clinical, it is my responsibility to utilize my own health insurance plan to cover the cost of treatment and/or follow up care.

DMS Program Documents

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