Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Director/Program Coordinator
NameJaime Retiz, RDMS, RVT
TitleDiagnostic Medical Sonography
Program Area
Allied Health
Admin SupportElizabeth IIes Ext. 490
Student Success Coach/Advisor

Jayne Withers


 Program Overview

Would you like to be a part of the fastest growing healthcare careers in Texas? 

Your Pathway

To be considered for the program, you must complete both the Program Application and the Galveston College Admissions Application.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Degree Plan

The five-semester Diagnostic Medical Sonography program begins each fall semester and leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Course Description

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Galveston College is a good fit if you have strong organizational and multitasking skills and want a medical career with high patient contact. A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.

A diagnostic medical sonographer’s responsibilities may include

  • Taking a patient history
  • Preparing and maintaining the diagnostic equipment
  • Generating images through the use of sonographic equipment
  • Determining if the ultrasound procedure has captured all the necessary images and if the quality is adequate for diagnosis
  • Analyzing technical information
  • Communicating with and providing a report to the interpreting physician who makes a diagnosis based on the images

The Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed to provide a quality and comprehensive education, through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences that prepare students for entry-level positions and to become multicredentialed sonographers.

Students attend classroom sessions and get practical experience in the ultrasound scanning lab and through clinical rotations in area hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Clinical rotations are work-based learning experiences, where students practice what they have learned in a real-life setting under the supervision of a professional.

Associate of Applied Science


BIOL2401Anatomy & Physiology I4
MATH1314 College Algebra3
PHYS1401College Physics4
ENG1301Composition I3


First Year - First Semester (Fall)
DMSO1210Intro to Sonography2
DMSO1302Basic Ultrasound Physics3
DMSO1441Abdominopelvic Sonography4
DMSO1351Sonographic Sectional Anatomy3
DMSO1355Sonographic Pathophysiology3
First Year - Second Semester (Spring)
DMSO2405Sonography OB/GYN4
DMSO1342Intermediate Ultrasound Physics3
DMSO2353Sonography Superficial Structures3
DMSO1166Practicum I1
First Year - Third Semester (Summer I)
DMSO2242High-Risk Obstetrics2
DMSO2351Doppler Physics 3
DMSO1267Practicum II2
Second Year - First Semester (Fall)



1300Principles of Vascular Tech3
DMSO2243Advanced Ultrasound Physics2
DMSO1367Practicum III3
PYCH2301General Psychology3
Second Year - Second Semester (Spring)
DMSO2130Advanced Ultrasound Review *1
DMSO2366Practicum IV3


and Language, Philosophy and Culture Elective OR Creative Arts Elective3
Total Semester Credit Hours in Program

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 65                       

  • Identifies Capstone course
Sonography Program Student Outcomes
  • Retention Rate – 100 %
  • Job Placement – Program in inaugural cohort, no rate to report.
  • Credential Success Rate – program in inaugural cohort, no rate to report.
Registry Eligibility
The Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is an American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) recognized educational program. This recognition allows graduates to be ARRT – Sonography registry eligible upon completion of the program. 
ARRT, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
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Popular Specializations


Abdomen and Small Parts


Obstetrics and Gynecology

Additional Specializations


Musculoskeletal Sonography


Breast sonography

Employment Outlook

The outlook for employment as a diagnostic medical sonographer is very good, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. It predicts that employment will grow 47% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Entry level sonographer salary approximately $55,000 per year.