College of Health and Science

Diagnostic Medical Sonography(AAS)

Concordia University, St. Paul offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program, which is designed to prepare students to work as health care professionals, to interact with other health care professionals and patients in a professional and ethical manner, to develop the best possible technical skills in sonography, and to demonstrate at all times the utmost respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve.

Graduates will be prepared to provide health care services as sonographers. The diagnostic medical sonographer works under the direction of a physician, using ultrasound imaging techniques for purposes of diagnosis.

Degree Requirements 

Associate of Applied Science degree consists of a minimum of 60 credits, which includes a minimum of 20 general education credits and a minimum of 30 program-related occupational or technical credits.  

Prerequisites (must be completed prior to starting the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program)
BIO 117Human Anatomy & Physiology for Sonography4
DMS 100Introduction to Ultrasound1
Quantitative Reasoning for Health Care Professionals * (3)
College Writing * (3)
Introductory Physics for Biological and Health Sciences I * (4)
Total Credits5
General Education Requirements
THL 200Scripture and its interpretation: A Global Introduction to the Bible3
PSY 102Introduction to Psychology3
ENG 121College Writing3
COM 110Interpersonal Communication3
MAT 165Quantitative Reasoning for Health Care Professionals3
PHS 112Introductory Physics for Biological and Health Sciences I4
Total Credits19
General Diagnostic Medical Sonography Concentration
DMS 120Gynecology I2
DMS 105Ultrasound Physics4
DMS 135Introduction to Vascular2
DMS 200Medical Law and Ethics3
BIO 350Medical Terminology2
DMS 110Abdominal I3
DMS 140Ob/Gyn II3
DMS 155Vascular I3
DMS 130Abdominal II4
DMS 160Ob/Gyn III2
DMS 175Vascular II3
DMS 180Special Procedures and Patient Care1
DMS 150Small Parts2
DMS 250Comprehensive Review, Diagnostic Medical Sonography3
DMS 280Clinical Training3
DMS 290Clinical Training6
Total Credits46

Courses count towards general education requirement.  

CSP’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) prepares students to take the ARDMS board examinations (SPI and a specialty board AB or OB). SPI can be completed after successful completion of our Ultrasound Physics course and the specialty boards can be taken 60 days prior to graduation. To see what is required to sit for each ARDMS board examination, please click here. The ARDMS board examinations (SPI and a specialty board) are required to practice in each state. In addition, currently New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon are the only states with approved legislation mandating the licensure of sonographers within those particular states as an additional requirement. To see the additional requirements for each of those states, please click here

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
First Semester
DMS 105 Ultrasound Physics 4
DMS 110 Abdominal I 3
DMS 120 Gynecology I 2
DMS 135 Introduction to Vascular 2
Second Semester
DMS 130 Abdominal II 4
DMS 140 Ob/Gyn II 3
DMS 155 Vascular I 3
DMS 200 Medical Law and Ethics 3
Third Semester
DMS 160 Ob/Gyn III 2
DMS 175 Vascular II 3
DMS 180 Special Procedures and Patient Care 1
DMS 150 Small Parts 2
Second Year
First Semester
DMS 250 Comprehensive Review, Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
DMS 280 Clinical Training 3
Second Semester
DMS 290 Clinical Training 6
 Total Credits44