Associate of Applied Science
Certificate of Completion
The Doña Ana Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography (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).
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What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create and analyze images of anatomical structures inside the body utilizing high-frequency sound waves. These images are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.
Job Opportunities and Salary Range
Local job opportunities may be limited, but the employment outlook nationwide for sonographers remains favorable. Depending on the region of the country and type of employer, earnings can range from $24 to $48 per hour (NM $30 mean), with the national median annual salary of $71,410 (NM $62,970) according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2017.
Special Admissions Criteria and Required College Prerequisites
The program is approximately 21 months in length and is designed to provide students with the academic coursework and clinical internship experience necessary to apply for national certification examinations in the specialty areas of Abdominal and OB/Gyn Sonography.
There are 2 pathways to qualify for this program; depending on your educational background:
- Certificate Program pathway is for those applicants who have either a 2-year allied health degree (i.e. radiologic technology, RN, etc.) OR a bachelor’s degree in a medically-related science (see prerequisite and admission requirements for specific content).
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend these programs can be found by clicking the Gainful Employment Disclosure link Gainful Employment Disclosure
- Associate of Applied Science pathway is for those applicants whose background does not qualify them for the certificate track. This requires students to complete pre-requisite courses (see prerequisite and admission requirements for specific content).
The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application to the program and the student must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses and overall college GPA. This program is a full time program and all sonography core courses relate to each other and are only offered once during the program and therefore cannot be taken out of sequence. Students must maintain a grade of “C” in all sonography core coursework and clinical internship to remain in the program. All students are required to have personal health insurance to attend clinical internship.
Applicants with pre-requisite course work from an institution outside of the United States MUST have an official, detailed translation of their coursework into the US equivalency sent to the program from the World Education Services (WES). International applicants who do not provide official documentation of acceptable US course and degree equivalency will not be considered during the application process.
National certification is awarded through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Note: Students enrolled in CAAHEP accredited programs may apply for Abdominal and/or OB/GYN specialty certification by the ARDMS within 90 days of graduation. Students who pass the required ARDMS examinations and complete graduation requirements of the program will be awarded the appropriate ARDMS credentials upon confirmation of successful graduation by the program director.
For additional information, contact the program office at (575) 528-7047.