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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.

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.

DMS Annual Application Period:
May 1 to May 15

Mandatory 2019 Sonography Orientation: Mon, July 8 at 9:00 am.
Room 327 at MEC

Information Session for 2019 Applicants

Start the Information Session Online

DMS Prospective Student Workshops

All interested students are welcome. Bring an already completed DMS Prospective Student Workshop form. Applicants must attend at least one workshop prior to submitting an application.

DMS Prospective Student Workshop Form

  • Monday, November 19, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Room 256
  • Monday, February 25, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Room 256
  • Thursday, May 2, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Room 256

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
Phone: 703.822.6648, Medical Education Campus, Room 239


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 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 Sonography Specialization is a new degree that started in Fall 2017. This program is not accredited yet. NOVA DMS faculty are collecting the necessary data required and will seek full CAAHEP accreditation for the Vascular Sonography Specialization in the near future. 

The Echocardiography Specialization will be offered beginning in Fall 2019.