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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Welcome to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College

Diagnostic medical sonography is an exciting imaging modality that is continuously evolving with technological advances. At Montgomery College we strive to provide a comprehensive and thorough education to ready our sonographers of the future for this progressive medical imaging modality. 

Students who plan to major in diagnostic medical sonography will be assigned the temporary major of pre-diagnostic medical sonography, with POS code 530, until they are officially admitted to the diagnostic medical sonography program. Students may take preparatory courses and courses that fulfill General Education requirements during the waiting period. As an alternative to being assigned a temporary major, students waiting for admission to the diagnostic medical sonography program may choose to major in general studies or any other open-admission program. The Admissions and Records Office at Takoma Park/Silver Spring will assign a matriculated code once students are admitted to the diagnostic medical sonography program.

Montgomery College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the Program of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).  

Diagnostic medical sonography is a multi-specialty profession comprised of abdominal sonography, cardiac sonography, obstetrics/gynecology sonography, vascular sonography, and other clinical areas. These diverse areas all use ultrasound as a primary technology in their daily work.

The goal of the DMS Program is to:  

  • To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains; and/or
  • To prepare competent entry-level abdominal sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and/or
  • To prepare competent entry-level obstetric and gynecologic sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and/or
  • To prepare competent entry-level vascular sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains       

The diagnostic medical sonographer is an individual who provides patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The diagnostic medical sonographer must be educationally prepared and clinically competent as a prerequisite to professional practice. Demonstration and maintain competency through certification by a nationally recognized sonography credentialing organization is the standard of practice in sonography, and maintenance of certification in all areas of practice is endorsed.

The diagnostic medical sonographer functions as a delegated agent of the physician and does not practice independently. Diagnostic medical sonographers are committed to enhanced patient care and continuous quality improvement that increases knowledge and technical competence. Diagnostic medical sonographers use independent, professional and ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonographic procedures.

Admission requirements, including specific selection criteria, have been established by the Board of Trustees; see the Admissions and Registration section of this catalog.

Students need to meet prerequisites for first-semester courses. Each of the diagnostic medical sonography courses builds on materials offered in previous courses. Students in this curriculum are required to achieve a grade of C or better in each sonography course, submit to a criminal background and drug testing and maintain current CPR certification while enrolled in the program.

Upon completion of this curriculum, the graduate will receive an AAS and be eligible to apply to take the national registry exam, administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, in one or more of the following concentrations: abdominal sonography, obstetrics/gynecology sonography, adult echocardiography, or vascular sonography.


This website was created to provide a glimpse into the world of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and provide information about the Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program to potential students. Please explore and discover if the Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is right for you!



Abdominal Sonography
Abdominal Sonography


Breast Sonography
Breast Sonography


Ob-Gyn Sonography
Ob/Gyn Sonography


Adult Echocardiography
Adult Echocardiography

Pediatric Echocardiography
Pediatric Echocardiography

Vascular Sonography
Vascular Sonography


Guaranteed Admission Agreement with GW and other Universities provides the opportunity for our graduates to complete their Bachelors of Degree.

Click on these links to find out more about the MC-GW transfer opportunity and other college transfer opportunities for MC graduates.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a progressive imaging modality that is being continuously shaped by technological advances and, like all medical professions, continuing education is a key component to maintaining the high standard of care medical institutions require from their employees.

Here at the Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program we encourage our students and graduates to look to the future and explore the many avenues available for continuing education including becoming certified in multiple specialty tracks and attending further higher educational programs.

Montgomery College has admissions agreements with a number of four year institutions and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has partnered with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences to provide Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates with multiple continuing education pathways.


Department of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Health Science Center, Room 435
7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Department Phone: 240-567-5563
Counseling Department Phone: 240-567-1480
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