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AAS Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)

The mission of the Associate of Applied Science Diagnostic Medical Sonography is to provide undergraduate students with academic and clinical foundations to competently perform as entry-level Sonographers that provide quality patient care, actively participate in the profession, and pursue life-long learning. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled professionals in the medical field that use sound waves for the evaluation of the human anatomy including all major organs of the abdomen, pelvis, and obstetrics. They are a part of an integral health care team requiring highly skilled and competent professionals.

Role of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, or sonogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification

Students successfully completing the Associate of Applied Science Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are eligible to apply for admission to write the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Successful completion of the ARDMS examinations provides licensure to practice as a registered sonographer. Successful completion of the Associates of Applied Science Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at South College-Asheville does not guarantee credentialing as a sonographer. A graduate of a program not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is required to complete 12 months of full-time work experience as a sonographer in order to submit an application to take a specialty examination. For more information on credentialing, visit the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography at .

Overview of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The Associate of Applied Science Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program requires completion of 125 quarter credit hours in 27 months (full-time). The degree curriculum integrates didactic and clinical instruction with increasing expectations at each level. A combination of courses from the general education/core (46 credits) and the diagnostic medical sonography major (79 credits) are required. Clinical sites utilized by the program are geographically dispersed. The number of students enrolled in the program is dependent upon, and directly correlated with, the number of off-site clinical spaces available for South College – Asheville students.

Locations offering this program:

140 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803

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