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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

diagnostic medical sonography programs at hcc

An ultra sound career choice.

HCC's Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate degree career program includes instruction in sonographic practices and principles, and basic to advanced medical imaging skills intended to prepare students for employment as entry-level general and cardiac sonographers and vascular technologists in the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (DMS) play an important role in health care, producing multi-dimensional ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians in diagnosing medical conditions. 

Successful graduates are prepared to sit for professional certification exams from national agencies, including the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), and/or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

  • Accreditation
    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at Howard Community College meets and exceeds the required Standards and Guidelines for accreditation on all our concentrations: Abdominal Sonography, Ob/Gyn Sonography, Adult Echocardiography, and Vascular Sonography. The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). 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 In compliance with accreditation standards and guidelines, the HCC Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses' current report on student data for credential success rate, attrition rate, and job placement rate is available for review.
  • Program Goals
    The goals of the HCC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are:
    1. Preparation
      • To prepare competent entry-level general  sonographers, in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
      • To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers, in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
      • To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists, in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
    2. To produce skilled medical sonographers who actively apply acceptable principles and techniques within the fields of General, Cardiac, and Vascular sonography throughout their careers.
    3. To produce graduates eligible to apply, take and pass the ARDMS, the ARRT, and/or the CCI specialty certification exams upon completion of the Program.
    4. To maintain high academic and professional standards in students and graduates.
    5. To maintain standards for program accreditation from the JRC-DMS.
    6. To provide for student retention during the program using a variety of methods and resources.
    7. To serve as a resource for the clinical agencies in the Howard county area. 
  • Admissions
    Students interested in this or any other HCC allied health or nursing program should first contact the Office of Admissions and Advising for any requirements and procedures supplemental to HCC's general application and enrollment process. Further information is available from the Nursing and Allied Health Admissions web page, or contacting the Allied Health team at 443-518-4230,, or RCF-242.
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