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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Sonography is an imaging modality, which uses high frequency sound waves to produce images for diagnosis. The diagnostic medical sonography profession includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology and various subspecialties. The profession requires sound judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services. Sonographers are highly skilled professionals, qualified by education, to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed physician, usually a radiologist. The sonographer may provide this service in a variety of medical settings. Sonographers assist the physicians in gathering data necessary to reach correct diagnostic decisions.

Career Opportunities

Entry level salaries of registered diagnostic medical sonographers vary greatly per geographical location. Beginning salaries in the Jackson area and in the state range between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. Pay scales increase with experience and registries obtained. To further your career in the radiology field, diagnostic medical sonography would be an exciting first step.

General Information and Accreditation

• Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS

The Hinds Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee for Educational Programs for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

CAAHEP Contact Information:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350

JRC-DMS Contact Information:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2025 Woodlane Drive 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55125-2998 Ellicott City, MD 21043 Phone: 651-731-1582 443-973-3251 Fax: 651-731-0410 866-738-3444

 An entry-level sonographer should be able to:

  • Obtain, review and integrate pertinent history and clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician.
  • Record, analyze and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic non-invasive and invasive diagnostic services.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues.
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner. Provide patient education related to medical sonography and promote principles of good health.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Admission Requirements:

1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College.
2. Application for Selection to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, GED® equivalency transcript, or college transcript
4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
5. ACT composite score of 19 (If taken before October 1989 - 16).
6. Graduation from a JCERT Radiologic Technology Program (must include Radiographic Physics and Medical Terminology, as approved by the Program Chairperson).

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Selection Score
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Cost

First Friday - Information Session

Information sessions are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs.

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