Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Find what ails your patient by taking a deeper look using ultrasound technology. Help diagnose your patients as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

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What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

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 colleges goals as well as Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems goals.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS
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.
average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$61,480
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low: $45k med: $61k high: $80k

What are my career options?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Hospitals
  • Health clinics

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

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.

How do I apply for this program?

1. Attend a pre-admission conference.

The application deadline for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is March 1.  All DMS pre-admission conferences will be held in the WKCTC Allied Health Building in Room E105 at 4:00 p.m.

For Fall 2019 Admission:

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

Additional Resources / Training

Accreditation / 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

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Nichole Toon, R.T. (R), RDMS, RVT, MR, M.S.
Program Coordinator
270.534.3450
nichole.toon@kctcs.edu

Kim Savage, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, B.S.
Clinical Coordinator
270.534.3487
kimberly.savage@kctcs.edu