Sonography (Ultrasound) Degrees and Certificates

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field with specialization in general sonography, or cardiac sonography. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certifying examination. Students may choose between the associate of applied science degree option, or the certificate of completion option. Additional fees apply for DMS 281.

Students must earn a "C" or better in all DMS courses to graduate. Click here to see Admission Requirements.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program offered through Red Rocks Community College has the following degrees and certificate:

Medical Sonography Degrees and Certificate:


Please click here to view Medical Sonography degrees.

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS Degree
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography AAS Degree


Please click here to view Sonography certificate.

  • Vascular Technology Certificate

The simple difference between the degree and certificate is the general education course requirements as outlined in the College Catalog. You will decide between the two when you apply for graduation during your final semester in the program. Most students that qualify for the program with a degree often have the general education requirements completed prior to admission to the program.

Career Paths / Options in Sonography

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Sonography Educator
  • Research Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Application Specialist
  • Sonography Entrepreneur

See your advisor to map out your educational pathway to your chosen career path.

Plans of Study and Course Sequencing

Plans of Study are rigorous, articulated academic "road maps" to your career goals, commencing in ninth grade and leading to certificates, licensure, degrees and beyond.

Course Sequencing Guides are suggested scheduling guidelines developed by RRCC programs which help you to complete your certificate or degree in a timely manner.

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year's data only. However, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.