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Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Consider training to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, at Southern Technical College, where we will prepare you to be part of a profession with high earning potential and growth. After completion of this 24-month program, you can enter the job market successfully with skills taught and practiced in classroom theory lab procedures and an externship.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will involve a lot of Physics, but Physics can be fun! You will learn about anatomy, pathology and cross-sectional anatomy, which is similar to a CT scan. Classes will be taught to cover the range of specialized areas such as obstetrics and gynecology, superficial structures (breast, thyroid, scrotum, etc), vascular and abdominal.  This program also includes an externship designed to give students valuable experience in the field.


As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, you will use special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into a patient’s body. The technical term for ultrasound is “sonography.” Ultrasound is painless and harmless with no radiation. Sonographers can specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Abdominal
  • OB/GYN
  • Breast sonography
  • Vascular technology


Sonography is a skill that must be learned through practice. You will need to be comfortable with anatomy and physiology. Sonographers are not just taking pictures, but rather are making a diagnosis based on the anatomy, pathology and pathophysiology. Critical thinking is a huge part of the processes and therefore the earning potential can be high.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increasing growth in this field as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiological procedures. Faster than average job growth is expected with a projected increase of 17% annually until 2026. As of 2016, Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians held about 122,300 jobs with about 60% positions in public and private hospitals. Remaining jobs are in physician offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and outpatient care centers.


  • Hospitals
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Imaging Centers
  • Mobile Imaging Centers
  • Education
  • Applications for Sonography Equipment Manufactures
  • Traveling Sonographer

So, if this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, contact Southern Technical College to find out more about our Associate’s Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

The DMS Program at Southern Technical College, Tampa Campus is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP). The DMS Program at Southern Technical College, Port Charlotte Campus is not accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).   Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting CAAHEP at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 or www.caahep.org.  The telephone number is (727) 210-2350.  Additional information may also be obtained by contacting the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) at 6021 University Boulevard Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or www.jrcdms.org.  The telephone number is (443) 973-3251.

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