Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Many potential sonography students expect that a career in ultrasound is the imaging of pregnant woman, but that's just one part of the field. Advances in technology allow hospitals and imaging departments to use sonography as a diagnostic tool in many areas of medicine, including gynecology, obstetrics, male reproductive systems, pediatrics, and neurosonography.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at Greenville Technical College offers a seven-semester associate degree program to prepare graduates for entry-level positions as diagnostic medical sonographers. Hands-on learning takes place in the college's ultrasound lab, located on the Barton Campus, and students are required to complete supervised clinical placements at imaging facilities. Our program is very demanding and is well-respected for the skill level that our graduates bring to the profession.

A career you can count on

Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program may be offered employment in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and outpatient imaging centers. Experienced sonographers can advance to administrative, teaching, research, or sales positions as well as specialized concentrations within the profession.

  • Additional information on the profession can be found at Careers in Sonography at www.sdms.org.
  • National career information for careers in the field of medical imaging is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

What you’ll learn in the program

Experienced, practicing sonographers and other health science professionals deliver didactic and clinical instruction in

  • all aspects of diagnostic ultrasound with an emphasis on abdominal, obstetrics and gynecology, and superficial structures
  • patient care skills, medical ethics, and the communication skills necessary to function as a member of the health care team
  • the physics of ultrasound and will also learn how to operate ultrasound equipment in a safe and effective manner

Didactic courses are taught on the Barton campus, and the competency-based clinical education course provides over 1,000 contact hours of supervised clinical instruction at various clinical affiliates located throughout the Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina, often available at an affiliated facility close to the student's home.

Qualified students are eligible to participate in Lambda Nu, a national honor society for radiologic and imaging sciences.

Is Sonography right for you?

Sonography is a highly technical career that is best suited to individuals who are self-directed and motivated in the areas of technology and patient care.

Students interested in a career in medical imaging sciences are encouraged to obtain a strong background in high school sciences (such as biology, chemistry, physics) and math (algebra and geometry).

Sonographers must

  • obtain and analyze ultrasound data and recognize pathology and/or physiologic changes as they occur compare images to other diagnostic imaging studies and then integrate this data to allow for proper diagnosis
  • perform diagnostic procedures that involve blood and body fluids
  • work and interact professionally with physicians
  • follow strict protocol and comply with any/all established departmental procedures
  • work in partnership with other health care professionals to provide the best medical care possible for all patients
  • act as a patient advocate supporting patient rights and providing physical and emotional comfort
  • take advantage of educational opportunities, including improvement in technical and problem-solving skills and personal growth

Accreditation and credentialing

This program is accredited by
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350

Please contact mail@caahep.org if you have general questions about CAAHEP.


Professional Credentials

RDMS: Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (subject to passing national certification exam)
Certification is considered the standard of practice in ultrasound. Students who graduate from our program can obtain national certification. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examinations in the areas of

  • Physics & Instrumentation
  • OB/GYN
  • Abdomen

To obtain the RDMS credential, an individual must pass the Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Examination in addition to at least one other part.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Program details and courses

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science

This seven-semester program is designed as a one-plus-one program.

  • Phase I includes all of the general education and related course work and may be taken day, night or weekend.
  • Upon successful completion of all Phase I courses, qualified students may apply to Phase II, which includes all Diagnostic Medical Sonography course work. Students are accepted based on the weighted admissions process (detailed in the DMS Program Requirements section below). Didactic courses are taught on the Barton Campus with required clinical training at various clinical affiliates located throughout the Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina. Students will be responsible for transportation to clinical sites.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the national certification examination through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in the areas of Physics & Instrumentation, OB/GYN, and Abdomen. To obtain the RDMS credential, an individual must pass the Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation examination in addition to at least one other exam component.

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DMS Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Tech admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health Sciences and Nursing Division must also successfully complete the following:


Career Talk
Career Talk is an information session that covers all program information, the admissions process and all aspects of the career. Due to the complex nature of the weighted admissions process, students are encouraged to attend a career talk as soon as they have interest in the program to make sure they have a clear understanding of the process.

Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health Sciences and Nursing Division students.  Click here for the Career Talk monthly schedule.


Division Policies
The DMS program strictly adheres to all the Health Sciences and Nursing Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.


Supplemental Admission Process
The DMS program is designed as a 1 + 1 program, where Phase I includes your general education and related courses, which may be taken at Greenville Tech or any articulating college.

Upon successful completion of Phase I, qualified students are eligible to apply to Phase II, which includes the academic and clinical instruction.

Admission into the Greenville Tech DMS program Phase I does not guarantee admission into Phase II of the program. Phase II admission is competitive based on weighted admission scores and the relative scores of the applicant pool each year.

DMS Weighted Admissions form (pdf)
DMS weighted admissions form for 2016 and after (pdf)

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