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.
All applicants should possess sufficient:
- Visual acuity for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Verbal and non-verbal communication skills (speech, reading, and writing), to interact with patients and professional personnel.
- Intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.
What are my career options?
A few examples of workplaces in your local area:
- 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 2020 Admission:
- Tuesday, March 5, 2019
- Thursday, August 8, 2019
- Thursday, October 17, 2019
- Tuesday, January 7, 2020
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.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
Additional Resources / Training
- Download HIPAA Training Information
- Visit CastleBranch
- Download Bloodborne Pathogens Training Information
- WKCTC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Volunteer Informed Consent
Field Licensure Requirements
Upon completion of the program, students must pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers exam to become certified. CPR certification at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug screens are required after a student is admitted and prior to starting the first semester of the program.
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).
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.