Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree at Westmoreland

Academic, Lab and Clinical Training in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

DMS student and instructor

Diagnostic medical sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests that help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.

What Will I Learn?

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Westmoreland offers the academic preparation, laboratory and clinical training for a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer. This curriculum provides students with the entry-level skills needed to use diagnostic ultrasound equipment under the supervision of a physician for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures.

Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Exam. View Diagnostic Medical Sonography in the College Catalog

Basic Application Process - Health Professions

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission to
    the college
  • Download the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application Checklist for details on additional requirements
  • Complete and submit a Health Professions Programs Application 
  • You will be notified via your MyWestmoreland email if you are eligible to take the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN-PAX), which is the next step in the evaluation process. Study materials are optional and available for purchase.
  • Submit official transcript from all secondary schools attended, graduate equivalency degree (GED) programs and any other formal educational program beyond high school
  • Application Deadline: January 12 prior to fall start
  • Acceptance Notification: Mid-March

Frequently Asked Questions

Once accepted into Westmoreland’s DMS program, students can complete the program in two years.

You will not find out if you are accepted into the DMS program until approximate one to two months after the completion of the NLN test. Please do not call the college to find out if you have been accepted. We are unable to tell you over the phone. You will be notified in writing by the college if you were accepted into the DMS program. You will also be notified if you were NOT accepted into the program.

Yes. The DMS courses are offered in a sequence; therefore making the program the full two years. However, by completing general education courses that the program requires will lighten a student’s course load.

No. Once a student has been accepted to the program these requirements will be explained to the accepted students at the orientation meeting held by the Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Students are informed of this meeting in their acceptance letter.

The hours will vary from semester to semester depending on the courses. All DMS courses including clinical time are offered during the day. The DMS courses during the first year will normally run two days a week from 8:00 AM and conclude approximately 3:00 PM. This does not take into account for non-DMS courses. During the second year clinical will be three days a week from 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. with DMS classes running from approximately 8: a.m. – 3 p.m. two days a week

Yes. Employers are becoming very stringent on this matter. Facilities are paid for testing by medical reimbursement from the insurance companies. Most if not all insurance companies will only give payment to facilities that are “Accredited”. For a facility to become accredited sonographers must be certified or registered in sonography within a designated amount of time

Yes. You can be hired with a stipulation that you are required to pass credentialing exams. The “National Registry” is offered by The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Upon completion of the program you may work as a “Graduate Sonographer” until you pass your “Boards”. Most, but not all facilities will give a “Graduate Sonographer” approximately one year to become certified. If during that time you do not become certified most facilities will let the non-certified employee go. (Fired) For the “Boards” you must pass the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation and an ARDMS specialty examination (Abdomen or Obstetrics and Gynecology) to become certified. The Program Director will assist you with registration for the National Registry prior to completion of the DMS program.

Each exam is approximately $200.00 and is not included in the program. You may look on the ARDMS website for more information. 

Yes. The two requirements for maintaining an active status with the American Registry for
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) are listed below:

You must earn a minimum of 30 ARDMS-accepted Continuing Medical Education credits (CMEs) in a three-year period.
You must pay your renewal fee each year. CMEs are offered at ultrasound seminars in the region and also online at approved websites.

No. A full time commitment is required. This is a very difficult and rigorous program.

Attrition, Job placement and Credential Success Rate Outcomes

May 2017

Retention

  • Number of students admitted - 17
  • Number graduating - 12
  • Retention Rate - 71%

Job Placement

  • Number of graduates - 12
  • Number of graduates employed - 11
  • Job Placement Rate - 92%

Credential Success Rates

  • Number earning SPI examination - 12
  • Number taking SPI examination - 12
  • SPI examination success rate - 100%
  • Number of students taking ABD credential - 12
  • Number earning ABD credential - 10
  • ABD credential success rate - 83%
     
  • Number of students taking OB-GYN credential - 5
  •  Number earning OB-GYN credential - 5
  •  OB-GYN credential success rate - 100% 

May 2018

Retention

  • Number of students admitted - 20
  • Number graduating - 11
  • Retention Rate - 55% 

Job Placement

  • Number of graduates - 11
  • Number of graduates employed - 11
  • Job Placement Rate - 100%

Credential Success Rates

  • Number taking SPI examination - 11
  • Number earning SPI examination -11
  • SPI examination success rate - 100%
  • Number of students taking ABD credential - 9
  • Number earning ABD credential - 9
  • ABD credential success rate - 100%
     
  • Number of students taking OB-GYN credential - 4
  • Number earning OB-GYN credential - 3
  • OB-GYN credential success rate - 75%