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Sonography or ultrasonography is the use of sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions.

Application Period: May 1 to May 15

Admission Policy: Competitive

Program Size: General 14, Echo 6, and Vascular 6

Program Length: 4 full-time semesters

Program Starts: Every August

Fall 2022 Applications for Diagnostic Medical Sonography: TEAS testing will be required for the Fall 2022 application cycle. The Medical Education Campus Testing Center will reopen on August 2, 2021. Sign-ups for TEAS testing will resume when the MEC Testing Center reopens. Refer to the Take TEAS Test step for more information on TEAS.

Please note that the information presented in the DMS video is only valid for the 2022 application.

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DMS Prospective Student Workshops

  • All interested students are welcome.
  • Must attend at least 1 workshop within 12 months of application date
  • To register, email NOVASONO@nvcc.edu with your name, email, student ID (if you have one), and the date of the Workshop you want to attend.

Available Workshops:

  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom

How to Be Eligible to Apply in 2022

  • Attend mandatory DMS Prospective Student Workshop
  • Have minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete or transfer SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare or SDV 100; must have B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer ENG 111 or higher; must have B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer BIO 141; must have B or better grade and be within 5 years 
  • Complete or transfer BIO 142; must have B or better grade and be within 5 years 
  • Complete or transfer PHY 101 or higher; must have B or better grade and be within 5 years
  • Complete or transfer MTH 154 or higher; must have B or better grade
  • Complete English, Reading, Math & Science sections of TEAS; minimum score of 50
  • Echo and Vascular programs only: a previous bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Sonography Brochure
  • Sonography Cost Sheet

Competitive Admission Criteria:

  • Final grades in BIO 141, BIO 142, MTH 154, and PHY 101
  • Highest scores of all attempts on TEAS
  • Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee acceptance

Applications with B- or C grades in the prerequisites, and applications with pending grades or pending transfer credit after the deadline will not be considered.

It is highly advised that prospective DMS students take the full 15-week semesters of BIO 141 and BIO 142 for their prerequisite courses. Students who have taken the 8- or 10-week sessions have demonstrated a high degree of difficulty with DMS 207 and DMS 217. Diagnostic Medical Sonography requires a superior level of working knowledge in the field of cross-sectional anatomy. The preparation for the sectional anatomy classes, DMS 207 and DMS 217, directly impacts student success in the DMS program. The DMS program requires that students must have a 79.5% or higher in all DMS classes to progress to the next semester.

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit Advising & Counseling.

DMS Department
Email: NOVASONO@nvcc.edu
Phone: 703.822.6648
Medical Education Campus, Springfield VA, Room 239

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About the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Sonography or ultrasonography is the use of sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. The sonographer plays an important role on the medical team as technical assistant to the sonologist (or radiologist), a physician who has specialized in the use of sound waves for diagnosis and treatment. Sonographers may work under direct or indirect supervision of these physicians. A certified sonographer is qualified to work in hospitals, doctors' offices, public health projects, industrial medical clinics, veterans' and military hospitals.

The goal of the General DMS program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The goal of the Echocardiography DMS program is to prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The goal of the Vascular DMS program is to prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography General Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). Additional information on the DMS program accreditation status and the standards and guidelines may be obtained online at www.caahep.org or by submitting a request to: CAAHEP, 9355 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775. Requests for information can be sent to: JRC-DMS, 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

The Vascular and Echocardiography specializations are not accredited yet. The DMS program has submitted a self-study report to CAAHEP and is awaiting an evaluation site visit to request accreditation for the Vascular and Echo specializations.

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