Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound) Associate's Degree


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program 554.5 (Tracks A, B, & C) are being updated to to 554.6 effective Fall 2015. Students currently enrolled in 554.5 should continue in their current program or change to 554.6. New students (to be enrolled Fall 2015) will enroll in 554.6 Students should consult with their advisor if they have questions.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Universal Precautions training and certification is provided.

Associate of Science (554.6)

Diagnostic Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to image various organs and structures within the body.

The diagnostic medical sonographer is qualified by academic and clinical training to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a qualified doctor of medicine or osteopathy.

The ultrasound profession is subdivided into nine specialties. The specialties offered at CCAC are:

Students will select one specialty field of study in which to major.

Graduates enter the job market with skills necessary to function as entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers.

Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to the ultrasound program. Applicants must have a successful record of achievement in high school science courses, algebra and physics or develop these skills prior to program admission.

Students must also meet pre-program requirements, which include the successful completion of the following courses with a letter grade of “C” or better:

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry in Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam. Success on this exam leads to registration as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

The General, Cardiac Ultrasound and Vascular specialties are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727.210.2350.

Upon successful completion of the DMS program, the graduate will:

  1. Provide safe patient care essential to sonographic procedures.
  2. Apply principles of acoustic physics to image production.
  3. Manipulate controlling factors to provide optimum imaging.
  4. Obtain measurements and perform necessary calculations when needed to aid in diagnosis.
  5. Produce sonograms which accurately depict anatomical structures.
  6. Review relevant patient information and present appropriate data to physician.
  7. Maintain ethical and professional standards when dealing with consumers and other members of the health-care profession.


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