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Academic Year: 2021-2022

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree

Program Code 105262

As a graduate of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you can choose to work in a variety of health care settings including clinics, hospitals, private practice physician offices, and public health facilities and laboratories. You perform routine sonographic (ultrasound) examinations of the body to include the abdomen, small parts, obstetrics, and gynecology. You work closely with physicians and may assist in the performance of invasive procedures. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs.


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Green Bay

Requirements for Program Entry

  • The DMS program follows a competitive enrollment process whereby candidate applications are reviewed by a ranking process. The following steps must be completed for the application process.
  • Attendance at a mandatory pre-application informational session will be required. To sign-up for a mandatory pre-application session, please contact Admissions at (920) 498-7159 or (888) 385-6982.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
  • Two semesters in high school, or one semester of college Algebra, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry (with a lab component) with a grade of "B" or better.
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
  • Upon completion of program benchmarks and attendance at the mandatory information session, students will be able to register for the Health Educations Systems Inc. (HESI) A2 Exam. The HESI can only be taken after attendance at a pre-application information session. Test topics include Math, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Reading. To learn more about these assessment scores, please contact an admissions specialist at (920) 498-7159 or (888) 385-6982, or visit the DMS program webpage http://www.nwtc.edu/academics/degrees/health-sciences/Medical/Pages/DiagnosticMedicalSonography.aspx Related link, lower right side.
  • Candidates submitting applications to the DMS program must also provide an essay (no more than 1,000 words) completed on campus in the Assessment Center. The essay will follow a question and answer format and will include information related to the following; why they are interested in and their knowledge of the profession, experience in healthcare, specific skills and duties of a sonographer, and characteristics that make them a good candidate for the program.
  • Candidates are ranked in the following categories: HESI scores and program essay. The highest ranking candidates will be offered a place on the program wait list. Remaining candidates can reapply for a future ranking.
  • Upon success acceptance to the program wait list, the following must be completed:
  • Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
  • Attend mandatory registration session and program orientation.
  • Complete mandatory four-hour job shadow.

Program Availability

A waitlist often forms for this program. Learn more by contacting one of our Admissions Advisors.

Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
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Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-526-XXX courses and 10-501-101. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.

Students must earn a "B" or higher in General Anatomy & Physiology and Advanced Anatomy & Physiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "B" is these courses may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.

The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

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