Maricopa Community Colleges

Programs & Degrees

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Overview
Major Code
Associate in Applied Science
89 Credit Hours

The Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed for students who wish to explore the field of sonography, as well as those who have made a career decision to seek certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (A.R.D.M.S.). Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly specialized members of the health care team who provide patient services using ultrasound under the direction of a physician. Sonographers provide care essential to diagnostic ultrasound imaging by operating equipment and performing examinations for medical diagnosis. Sonographers have an in-depth knowledge of physics, disease processes, physiology, cross-sectional anatomy, positioning and sonographic techniques necessary to create ultrasound images. Knowledge of darkroom techniques, equipment maintenance, record keeping and film processing are also part of the job. Careers in the field of diagnostic sonography can be found in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and mobile imaging centers. Research, applications, teaching and marketing may be available to sonographers who wish to explore careers in business or industry. Educational Information: The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is open to all students who successfully complete the program prerequisites. Full-time day students must apply to the program and be accepted prior to registering for course offerings. The full-time program is 21 months in length. Clinical affiliations include a cooperative effort with a number of area hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices. Clinical training is required by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (A.R.D.M.S.) prior to sitting for the Registry examination.

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