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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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AAS Degree - Code #2560

Jennifer Updyke, Program Director
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Diagnostic medical sonography is a two-year AAS degree program preparing qualified students to become health care professionals who use high-frequency sound waves to produce anatomical images for diagnostic purposes. The program coordinates on-campus didactic and laboratory classes and clinical experiences at area hospitals, to which students are responsible for their own transportation.

Students must be able to demonstrate technical standards and pass clinical competencies as described by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accreditation agency of programs for sonography. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the ARDMS SPI and Content Specialty Exams.

Clinical education is assigned to provide experiences consistent with the student's level of achievement in different hospital and outpatient environments. Through clinical assignments, students have opportunities to work with the most modern and specialized equipment available and knowledgeable staff with a wealth of experience in imaging. These assignments include a 10-week (40 hours per week) summer session that is required and provides valuable experience in developing clinical competency skills. In addition, 15 weeks of full-time clinical will be assigned in both fall and spring semesters of the second year of the program. Students will require housing close enough to their clinical placements to travel there on a daily basis.

The program currently admits 20 students each year, with a fall semester start date only. One student placement is reserved for an on-campus curriculum change, with the remaining 19 placements being filled by admissions.


  • Prepares the student for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography registry exams.
  • Sonography and simulation laboratory on campus.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Gaining proficiency in the technical skills necessary for diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Extensive clinical experience in hospital setting.
  • Availability of on-campus housing and variety of campus activities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate technical and effective skills in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate patient-centered, age-specific skills.
  • Analyze images to determine diagnostic quality.
  • Demonstrate proper work ethics.
  • Examine the value of leadership, professional development, and growth.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in both the didactic and clinical setting.
  • Apply written communication skills to the construction of documents of record that are established professional guidelines.
  • Apply communication skills to the explanation of ideas and scientific terminology.
  • Using technological resources effectively and appropriately, synthesize theory and concepts from the liberal education domain and other professions into radiologic technology.
  • Explain cultural diversity and evaluate the role of cultural competency, values, and ethics in the patient care setting.

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed; 0 percent have continued their education.

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Applicants for the diagnostic medical sonography program must possess a recognized high school diploma or its equivalent. A standardized test (SAT or ACT) is not required but recommended. Specific high school course requirements and recommendations are:

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Physics, Interview with the academic department.

Recommended: Chemistry

Applicants with previous college experience must submit an official college transcript and their success at the college level will be an admissions consideration. Due to the technical and science rigor, entrance requirements are higher than those of the institution.

Technical Standards

To participate in the program, the applicant must possess specific non-academic skills. The technical standards described below are consistent with the duties of an entry-level radiographer in a professional position and are required in order to provide adequate patient care and produce a diagnostic image.

The applicant should have the:

  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to reach and position the patients on the exam table.
  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to move, adjust, and manipulate equipment to perform imaging procedures.
  • Ability to review and evaluate recorded images to determine the quality of the image with reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, doctors, and other personnel so that the patient is not placed in an “at-risk” situation.
  • Ability to make proper decisions involving patient and co-worker safety.
  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to hear sounds that are necessary to assess patient’s health status.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The program allows graduates to transfer to a four-year program in imaging science or healthcare management.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Hospital Sonography Department Staff Technologist
  • Advanced Sonography Modalities- Cardiac, Vascular, and Musculoskeletal
  • Sonography Education
  • Sonography Department Management
  • Industry
  • Private Physician Offices

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Graduates may enter directly into either the healthcare management BTech, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or technology management BBA degree program.

Grade of “C+” or better required for all SONO, BIOL and RADT prefix courses.

Required Equipment

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering this degree program. Laptop specifications are available at

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - AAS Degree



SONO 1003 Fundamentals Sonogrphy/Pt Care 3
RADT 1003 Radiation Physics 3
COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
MATH XXX3 College Algebra or higher 3
BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4


SONO 2003 Sectional Anatomy 3
SONO 2013 US Physics and Instrument I 3
SONO 2021 Sonographic Procedures I Lab 1
BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
SONO 2023 Sonographic Procedures I 3


SONO 3023 Sonography Clinical I 3


SONO 3013 US Physics & Instrument II 3
SONO 3024 Sonography Clinical II 4
SONO 3033 Sonographic Procedures II 3
BIOL 4403 Pathophysiology 3
SONO 3031 Sonographic Procedures II Lab 1
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3


SONO 4024 Sonography Clinical III 4
SONO  4031 Sonographic Procedures III Lab 1
SONO 4043 Sonographic Procedures III 3
SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
SONO 4013 Advanced Physics and Prob Solv 3

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student’s ability to participate in a required clinical experience. 

Graduation Requirements

The AAS degree in diagnostic medical sonography has finely prescribed courses reflective of accreditation standards for students to be prepared for admission to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Certification Examination. Specific graduation requirements are:

  • 64 total semester credit hours
  • Minimum of 20 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from three of the 10 SUNY General Education categories
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of “C+” or better in the core science courses (SONO and BIOL prefixes)
  • Approval of department faculty