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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

PINWhat is a diagnostic medical sonographer?

The purpose of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to prepare qualified individuals who, by virtue of training in both theory and practice, are proficient in the areas of abdominal, obstetric/gynecological, and vascular ultrasonography. To fulfill this mission the program strives to provide excellence in teaching and learning, promoting student success, and supporting economic development. This goal coincides with the college’s goals as well as Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s goals.

All applicants should possess sufficient:
  1. Visual acuity for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care.
  2. Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of patients through the use of monitoring devices (e.g., cardiac monitors, biomedical equipment, fire alarms, etc.)
  3. Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to diagnostic medical sonography.
  4. Verbal and non-verbal communication skills (speech, reading, and writing), to interact with patients and professional personnel.
  5. Intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Hospitals
  • Health clinics

The range of wages for diagnostic medical sonographers is as follows:

  • National wage range is $43,600 - $83,950
  • Regional wage range is $50,000 - 79,999

ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take a minimum of 4 semesters to get an associate degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology, and vascular specialties.

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Associate Degree — Diagnostic Medical Sonography | Download the academic plan

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


There are no diplomas available for this program.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


There are no certificates currently offered for this program.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

1. Attend a pre-admission conference.

All Diagnostic Medical Sonography pre-admission conferences will be held in the WKCTC Allied Health Building in Room E105 at 4:00 p.m.

For Fall 2017 Admission:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (AHB Room E105)
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (AHB Room E105)

2. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.

3. Submit an official transcript of all previous college work.

4. Submit ACT reading score.

Admission is based upon a point system. The admissions point scale is designed to objectively evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest total points will be admitted to the program.

Download the Selective Admissions Points

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Program Coordinator
Nichole Toon, R.T. (R), RDMS, RVT, MR, M.S.

AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

The general and vascular concentrations of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL  33763, 727-210-2350), through the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography  (JRCDMS).

Program completion, licensure and job placement rates