AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Medical Sonography Degrees

degrees

View Medical Sonography degrees in the online catalog.

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS Degree
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography AAS Degree (temporarily unavailable)

AAS Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Fact Sheet

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography prepares students for a career in ultrasound as a diagnostic medical sonographer. The program is full-time, spanning 21 months/5 semesters, and is held at the Arvada campus, with clinical internships at area hospitals and clinics. The first two semesters of the program are spent in the classroom and lab, and the remaining 3 semesters are spent at various clinical sites.

Graduates earn:

  • AAS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Certificate in Ultrasound Physics
  • Certificate in Vascular Technology

Graduates are eligible to sit for the following ARDMS certification exams:

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
  • Abdomen (AB)
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Registered Vascular Technology (RVT)
  • Sonographic Principles & Instrument Implementation (SPI)

Due to the fast-paced and rigorous nature of the program, students are encouraged to have little to no outside employment responsibilities while enrolled. Please see Cost of Program for more information about financial resources available to students.

Individuals interested in any of the Medical Imaging programs should consider attending one of the Medical Imaging Information Sessions.  

Clinical Internship

When enrolled in the clinical internship courses, students typically spend 30-32 hours per week at a healthcare facility. Students can expect to rotate through a variety of shifts on weekdays and weekends, during the day, at night, or overnight. Students provide their own transportation to clinical facilities, which may be located within a 150 mile radius from the college.  For a list of current clinical sites, please see Clinical Affiliates.

Curriculum

FALL SEMESTER I
DMS 205 Small Parts Ultrasound
DMS 221 OB/GYN Ultrasound I
DMS 231 Abdominal Ultrasound I
DMS 241 Ultrasound Physics
DMS 244 General Ultrasound Scan Lab
DMS 252 Abdominal Vascular Sonography

SPRING SEMESTER I
DMS 203 Cerebrovascular Sonography
DMS 222 OB/GYN Ultrasound II
DMS 232 Abdominal Ultrasound II
DMS 242 Ultrasound Physics II
DMS 245 Vascular Ultrasound Scan Lab
DMS 270 Clinical Observation
DMS 274 Special Topics: Lower Extremity Doppler

SUMMER SEMESTER
DMS 271 Clinical Internship I

FALL SEMESTER II
DMS 272 Clinical Internship II
DMS 273 Clinical Internship III

SPRING SEMESTER II
DMS 274 Clinical Internship IV
DMS 288 Ultrasound Practicum

Course descriptions can be found in the RRCC Catalog

Schedules

SCHEDULES ARE FOR REFERENCE ONLY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Classes may take place during the day or evening. Some schedules are not posted as they vary greatly. 

Medical Imaging Academic Calendar
Fall Semester 1
Spring Semester 1
Summer Semester (clinical internship schedules vary)
Fall Semester II (clinical internship schedules vary)
Spring Semester II (clinical internship schedules vary)

Grade Scale

Students must achieve a C grade or higher in all courses to graduate. Grade Scale for all courses is as follows:

94-100

A

85-93

B

75-84

C

0-74

F

Scan Lab Volunteers Needed

If you'd like to volunteer to be scanned by a student in the campus ultrasound lab, please apply with the Lab Volunteer Sign-up Form.

*Please note volunteers may not be contacted until they are needed - typically December thru May. Volunteers do not receive a copy of their images, diagnostic results or medical advice as part of their scan.