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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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

2021 Applicants: A decision regarding the TEAS testing requirements will be made by mid-October 2020. Please continue to check our MEC Requirements & Deadlines for any updates to the 2021 application cycle for MEC.

Information Session

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

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

DMS Prospective Student Workshops

Available Workshops:

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom
  • Monday, November 16, 2020
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom
  • Monday, March 15, 2021
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Online Zoom

Information Session for 2021 Applicants

  • Review 2021 online Information Session
  • Attend a Prospective Student Workshop within 12 months of application
  • Complete or transfer SDV 101 or equivalent; B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer ENG 111 or higher; B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer MTH 154 or higher; B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer BIO 141; must be within 5 years and B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer BIO 142; must be within 5 years and B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer PHY 101 or higher; must be within 5 years and B or better grade
  • Complete English, Reading & Math sections of TEAS; minimum score of 50
  • Echo and Vascular programs only: a previous bachelor’s degree in any field

Ineligible applications will not be considered. Review the online Information Session to get started.

Start the Information Session Online

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit the MEC Student Services Center in room 202.

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

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Program

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.

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, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. 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. NOVA DMS faculty are collecting the necessary data required and will seek full CAAHEP accreditation for the Vascular and Echo specializations in the near future.

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