Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Medical Sonography AAS Degrees

Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS Degree 

*Must have completed a 2yr allied health degree or Bachelor's degree in any major prior to applying for this program.  See admission requirements 

Echocardiography AAS Degree 

*Must have completed a 2yr allied health degree or Bachelor's degree in any major prior to applying for this program. The required pre-req courses and degree requirements are the same requirements as our current DMS AAS Degree requirements.


Echocardiography Certificate

Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS Degree 

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 assigned clinical sites. 

Graduates earn:

  • AAS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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 36-40 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. However, sites are limited and it is possible you may be placed out of state. For a list of current clinical sites, please see Clinical Affiliates.


DMS 2100 Small Parts Ultrasound
DMS 2200 OB/GYN Ultrasound I
DMS 2101 Abdominal Ultrasound I
DMS 2102 Abdominal Ultrasound II
DMS 2111 General Ultrasound Scan Lab
DMS 2001 Ultrasound Physics I

DMS 2403 Cerebrovascular Sonography
DMS 2202 OB/GYN Ultrasound II
DMS 2401 Abdominal Vascular Sonography
DMS 2002 Ultrasound Physics II
DMS 2411 Vascular Ultrasound Scan Lab
DMS 2070 Clinical Observation
DMS 2402 Special Topics: Vascular Extremity Doppler

DMS 2071 Clinical Internship I

DMS 2072 Clinical Internship II
DMS 2073 Clinical Internship III

DMS 2074 Clinical Internship IV
DMS 2088 Ultrasound Practicum

DMS-Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course descriptions can be found in the RRCC Catalog


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. 

Sonography Academic Calendar
Fall Semester 4 days on campus
Spring Semester 4 days on campus
Summer Semester (36hrs per week, clinical internship schedules vary)
Fall Semester II (36hrs per week, clinical internship schedules vary)
Spring Semester II (36hrs per week, 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 the sign up volunteer form allows you to sign up for available open lab times. An email is sent to confirm dates/times typically within 24-48hrs. Volunteers do not receive a copy of their images, diagnostic results, or medical advice as part of their scan.

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RRCC Catalog Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS Degree