Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at Delta College is five semesters, or 20 months in length. It is a full-time program including classes, labs and two six-month hands-on clinical experiences. Travel is required for clinical experience.
Students may be eligible to take boards for RDMS certification 60 days prior to graduation. Students are eligible to take the physics certifying exam at any time after successful completion of DMS 105 and 115.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
See complete details in the notations section of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography page in the catalog.
- Meet with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program coordinator.
- Submit the DMS Program Student Application Packet including:
- completion of a minimum of 16 observation hours. Due to Covid-19 this requirement has been waived for Fall 2021 Validation.
- two professional letters of reference documenting your employability skills
- Achieve an English competency of reading 81 and writing 76 on Accuplacer
- Meet admission requirements under Option A or Option B
- Option A
- Graduate of an accredited Allied Health Program meeting the program prerequisites either through transfer or waiver
- If necessary, completion of college level physics, PHY 101 or PHY 111 with a “B” (3.0) or better. Medical Radiography Physics will meet this requirement
- Option B
- Completion of prerequisite courses BIO 140W or BIO 152W and BIO 153W, HSC 105, MTH 122W, PHY 101 or PHY 111, any approved College Composition I course, ENG 113, COM 114W with a “B” (3.0) minimum grade
- Students may have no more than a total of two repeats in the prerequisite courses for validation
- Completion of BIO 140W and HSC 105 (or equivalents) within the past five (5) years.
- Option A
- Applicants must submit a completed application packet to the DMS program coordinator by the last day of the semester in which they plan to validate. Students validating winter semester may apply for scholar admission at the same time.
Scholarly admission requirements
Up to eight students will be accepted by scholarly admission. Students will receive an email to their Delta College email outlining the required steps to apply for scholarly admission.
The following areas are reviewed for scholarly admission:
- Patient care/assistance experience
- GPA of 3.7 or above from prerequisite courses only
- Prerequisite course repeats
- Certification in another imaging modality
- Repeats of prerequisite courses
- BIO 140 grade (repeat grade not calculated)
- President's Honor Scholarship
All students will be required to undergo a background check prior to admittance to the DMS program and may be required to have a drug screen, dependent upon clinical site assignments. Students with a felony conviction will not be admitted to the DMS program. All other misdemeanor offenses must be 10 years or older for admittance to the program due to clinical site policies regarding positive background checks.