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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.

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

Information Session for 2020 Applicants

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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, February 24, 2020, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Room 352
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Room 352
  • Wednesday, June 03, 2020, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Room 352

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


Contact Us

6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150-1913

For more information on our programs, please contact MEC Academic Advising at 703.822.6531 or meccounselor@nvcc.edu.


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.