Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Associate in Science (A.S.)
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in sonography.
If you’re fascinated by the inner-workings of the human body, then you may want to consider becoming a sonographer. Sonographers play a dynamic role in the treatment and care of patients. When a doctor needs to study any of the soft tissue organs of a patient—like the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, thyroid or breast—it is the sonographer who provides the images using high frequency sound waves via ultrasound. You may also get to share in an experience most people remember for a lifetime—providing expectant mothers with their first glimpse of an unborn child—a moment most people remember for the rest of their lives.
Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.
Program lasts for 6 semesters, after all the pre-admission course requirements have been met.
Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? You may receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications.
Valencia's A.S. Degree and Certificate programs placement rate ranges between 90% – 95%. Sonography average salaries ranges from $40,000 - $50,000
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The advising staff can answer program-specific questions, assist in career and educational planning, and offer expert educational guidance for students seeking career opportunities through the completion of an A.S. or B.S. Degree or a Certificate program.
A variety of exciting career opportunities are available for sonographers. They may work in clinics, physicians’ offices, diagnostic imaging centers, ambulatory care facilities, and hospitals in trauma/emergency and intensive/critical care settings. With rapidly developing new technologies and increased use of diagnostic ultrasound procedures, the sonography profession is projected to continue to grow in the future.
|Class Year||Retention Rate||Job Placement||Credential Pass Rate|
|Class of 2016||92%||100%||Abdomen: 100%
|Class of 2017||75%||89%||Abdomen: 100%
|Class of 2018||75%||100%||Abdomen: 100%
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program was first accredited as a one year certificate program for the General learning concentration in 1989. The program matriculated with the first AS degree class in 1990, as part of a cooperative partnership between Valencia College and Orlando Regional Healthcare.
In 1992, the DMS program received its first continuing accreditation for General learning concentration and was granted accreditation. Diagnostic Medical Sonography remains as an accredited program serving the Central Florida community.
Valencia's program is one of the best for preparing men and women for a career in sonography, by connecting students directly to situations sonographers face today. The program offers real-life lessons to help students build skills and confidence.
Students who complete the program are prepared to take the National Registry Exams and can go on to work as a sonographer and/or pursue higher degrees.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Yes, some are offered online, however the lab science courses have limited offerings and may not be available every term.
No, you may take the prerequisite courses at any Valencia campus location. However, if accepted, Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses are only offered on the West campus.
Once you have applied to Valencia, you will need to request official transcripts sent from your previous institution. Transfer courses may need to be reviewed by an Advisor for potential course substitution or equivalency. Transfer courses may not be equivalent to Valencia Allied Health Program course requirement. NOTE: Course substitution or equivalency must be on your Valencia record before submitting the program application.
Yes, you must complete the ATI TEAS. The examination fee is your responsibility. More information on the TEAS is available at Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
Yes. Students who complete the ATI TEAS at another institution must request an official score report from ATI as a paper copy is not accepted. Requests can be made online via www.atitesting.com. Score report must be available on your Valencia record before submitting the program application.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program accepts 12 students each Fall term.
From the program Handbook:
*The hospital affiliate dress code, if more stringent than this, must be followed completely. Dress code is subject to change.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a daytime program located on the West campus; the time commitment should be considered the equivalent of a full-time job. In addition to lecture, lab and clinicals, students are expected to study between 15-25 hours a week - if a student chooses to work while in the program, a maximum of 15 hours a week is recommended due to the demands of the program. Time management is crucial to successful program completion! The specific schedule can vary from term to term and from year to year.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program may have clinical experiences that expose the student to blood borne pathogens via contact with bodily fluids such as blood and saliva. Students accepted into the program will be expected to adhere to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the use of Standard Precautions. The CDC defines standard precautions as "a set of precautions designed to prevent the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B virus (HBV), other blood borne pathogens when providing first aid or health care.” Under standard precautions, blood and certain body fluids are considered potentially infectious for HIV, HBV, and other blood borne pathogens. Students will be expected to adhere to hand hygiene protocols and consistent use of personal protective equipment including masks, gloves and eyewear.
All must be covered when at clinical sites.
Clinical Practicum hours total to approximately 1488 hours including labs. Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are eligible to sit for the OB/GYN and Abdomen registry exams.
The five year average Licensure Rate for Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates is 100% and the five year average Placement Rate for Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates is 96%.
Download & fill out the Sonography Program application. A non-refundable application fee of $15 must be submitted with the program application to the Valencia College Business Office by the application deadline or it will be denied (this applies to mail and in-person submission).
Please make sure you have met all admission requirements and your application is complete, as missing documentation or requirements can result in denied admission. All items listed on the Program Guide Admission Checklist must be completed PRIOR to submitting a Health Information Technology Application