2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    Jan 22, 2020  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Abdominal/OB/Gyn (DMS), AAS

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to create images of various organs, tissues, vessels, and fetuses. These health care professionals use their expertise to record images and patient data on film, or digital imaging networks for a physician who will interpret the results. They examine many areas of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, male and female reproductive systems, thyroids, superficial tissues, and the fetus. Sonographers must be well versed in human anatomy, pathology, and the technical operation of ultrasound equipment, as well as interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured. They must have the capability to assist patients on and off exam tables, distinguish audible sounds, distinguish multiple shades of gray and colors, and communicate effectively via speech, reading, and writing. Background checks and drug screenings are required for this program.

Clinical Affiliation: Students will be placed in a clinical affiliation for 7 months in medical centers throughout the United States. If a student does not complete specialty sonography classes in three consecutive semesters, faculty and administration will determine whether courses must be repeated before enrolling in clinical.

  • Southeast Tech Laptop Required

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a student will be able to:

Science & Technology

  • Recognize and understand abdominal/small parts anatomy and physiology.
  • Recognize and understand obstetric/gynecologic anatomy and physiology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles of physics that apply to Sonography. 
  • Operate and understand ultrasound equipment, including measurements and calculations, to obtain diagnostic data.

 Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Understand and recognize abdominal/small parts pathology and physiology using various sonographic imaging techniques.
  • Understand and recognize obstetric/gynecologic pathology and physiology using various sonographic imaging techniques.
  • Understand appropriate diagnostic and interventional studies for various abdominal/small parts and obstetric/gynecologic disease states.
  • Safely operate and troubleshoot equipment problems appropriately.


  • Effectively interact with coworkers, support staff and physicians.
  • Exhibit strong work ethic, attendance, self-esteem, integrity, honesty, sociability and interpersonal skills.
  • Provide quality and friendly service by treating patients with dignity, respect and compassion. 
  • Work with clients in diverse situations and cultures, exhibit flexibility, and adaptability.
  • Plan for advancement and professional development by setting goals, by continuing training, exploring new technology, conduct research and learning of opportunities for career and degree advancement.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through membership in professional organizations.
  • Remain on the cutting edge of technological advancements within the abdominal/small parts and obstetric/gynecologic fields by means of continuing education.


  • Using appropriate accurate medical terminology in a coherent professional manner both in written and verbal communication.
  • Follow verbal and written instructions.Communicate delicate information to patients and family in an empathetic and confidential manner.
  • Give group presentations on abdominal/small parts and obstetric/gynecologic topics within the classroom environment.

Prerequisites to DMS

These credits will be tabulated into the total credit hours required for this program.

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 98

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Additional Information

Requirements: Achievement of a grade of “C” or higher for PHYS 100  & all HC, CV and DMS courses. Clinical placement by Program Chair. Students entering a program in any semester other than outlined may not graduate in the expected amount of time.

Registry Requirement: In order to maintain CAAHEP accreditation all DMS graduates are expected to take all related registry examinations at the earliest possible opportunity, after completion of the DMS program.

Estimated total program fees

Tuition $10,088
Fees $8,633
Books & Supplies $2,550
Laptop $840
Moving & Travel $3,000
Other $755
Physical and Immunizations $100
Background Check/Drug Screen $120
TOTAL $26,086

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