Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Allied Health & Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Outcomes

Essential Functions of a Sonographer

Virtual Career Shadowing Via the Internet

Career Assessment Form

Schedule of DMS Classes

Program Narrative

With America's growing and aging population, the healthcare sector continues to offer growth in employment opportunities. Sonography is a key part of today's advanced medical practices, and qualified sonography graduates from Northampton find good-paying, flexible and rewarding positions throughout the country.

Completion of the program requirements of Northampton's Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree allows the graduate the opportunity to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's (ARDMS) examination.

NCC's sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
6021 University Blvd, Suite 500
Ellicott, MD 21043
Phone: (443) 973-3251
Fax: (866) 738-3444

Mission Statement

The mission of Northampton's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to provide a quality and comprehensive education in general sonography in a learner-centered environment. The graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to perform quality sonograms. The graduates will serve as integral members of the health care team by contributing to the diagnosis of the patient's illness. The program will instill in its graduates an understanding of diversity and cultural differences, empathy, and good communication skills. The graduates will be able to critically think and problem solve in order to meet the required examination protocol and technical needs on atypical patients. The graduates will embrace the concept that learning is a life-long experience in order to maintain currency in the dynamic field of sonography.

Program Goals

To produce graduates:

  • To prepare competent entry level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • with a broad knowledge base that enables them to embrace life-long learning.
  • who are able to adapt to ever-changing technology in the health care industry.
  • who are competent to pass the certification examination.
  • who meet or exceed the needs of their employers.


To receive primary consideration, completed applications must be submitted by February 1. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Upon Acceptance into the Sonography Program

The Admissions Office will mail to each student, accepted into the program, a form to be completed for criminal background clearance, and a health form for a complete physical examination. The program will ask for written verification that the essential functions/technical standards can be met.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program is designed for the individual without an Allied Health background.

Program Features

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at NCC is a 24-month competency-based program beginning in the fall semester of each year. This program is designed for the individual without an Allied Health background. Practice in scanning and instrumentation is done in the lab facility on NCC's campus. The clinical education component of the program is conducted at various clinical affiliates in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Bucks County, and New Jersey. There are approximately 1560 hours of clinical education.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. The minimum admission requirements to the program include:

  • Completion of high school or GED equivalent
  • Completion of high school biology with a lab component with a grade of B or better OR BIOS 115
  • Completion of 2 units of high school algebra with C or better OR MATH 022 and MATH 026 OR MATH 028 with a C or better
  • Submission of an application
  • Submission of all official transcripts
  • Completion of a Career Assessment Form (CAF)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Competitive applicants will be interviewed by the program admission committee

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the Sonography Program. Primary consideration will be given to applicants who have completed:

  • College Algebra, Human Anatomy I & II with a B or better the first time a course is taken
  • The general education courses that apply to the program

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
Fall Semester
BIOS 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
DMSG 101 Essentials of Patient Care 2
DMSG 102 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 1
DMSG 103 Introduction to Acoustal Physics 2
DMSG 104 Introduction to Clinical Education 1
DMSG 125 Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imagers 1
ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 3
Spring Semester
BIOS 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
DMSG 105 Acoustic Physics and Instrumentation I 2
DMSG 110 Abdominal Sonography - Anatomy, Physiology, Imaging and Critique 4
DMSG 115 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography - Anatomy, Physiology, Imaging, and Critique I 4
DMSG 124 Clinical Education I 2
Summer Sessions
DMSG 174 Clinical Education II 2
---------- Elective 3
Fall Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
DMSG 155 Acoustic Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMSG 160 Abdominal Sonography - Anatomy, Physiology, Imaging and Critique II 4
DMSG 163 Fundamentals of Fetal Scanning 1
DMSG 224 Clinical Education III 2
ENGL 151L English II (Literature) 3
Spring Semester
DMSG 165 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography - Anatomy, Physiology, Imaging, and Critique II 4
DMSG 215G Small Parts and Special Topics 2
DMSG 234 Clinical Education IV 3
DMSG 235 Introduction to Vascular Sonography 2
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
----------- Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time Elective (SIT) 3
Summer Sessions
DMSG 244 Clinical Education V 3
Total Credits 74
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I is substituted for one of the Human Knowledge courses.
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.

Career Potential: Sonographer (RDMS), Echocardiographer (RDCS), Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Transfer Potential:
Thomas Jefferson University, Misercordia University and Adventist University of Health Sciences.