Programs And Courses

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Below is information on the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Associate Degree program (353P) -Harrisburg Campus.


What is a diagnostic medical sonographer?

General sonographers provide patient services using diagnostic techniques. They work under the supervision of licensed doctors in medicine or osteopathy. A general sonographer gathers data to help physicians reach diagnostic decisions.

A general sonographer has various duties. You must:

  • Obtain, review and integrate patient history and clinical data. This facilitates diagnostic results.
  • Perform appropriate procedures. You will record anatomic, pathologic or physiologic data for a physician.
  • Record, analyze and process diagnostic data and observations during the procedure. You will present these to the physician.
  • Exercise discretion and judgment.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and colleagues.
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Provide patient education. You will inform patients on medical ultrasound or other diagnostic vascular techniques.
  • Promote principles of good health
Learn more about the career (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography - SDMS -website). 

Download the 2014 DMS Information Session PowerPoint  (pdf) for more information on the career.


What is the goal of HACC's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?

The HACC Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program prepares students to be competent entry-level medical sonographers. We prepare students in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  (CAAHEP) accredits the DMS program.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is 81 credits.

How do I apply for clinicals?

  • The DMS program is highly selective. The DMS program has approximately 20-30 applicants each year. HACC can only accept 10-12 students into clinicals per year. This is due to accreditation standards and clinical limitations. You will begin as a pre-DMS student.
  • If you are a pre-DMS student, you are required to meet with Julia Imboden, the Program Director, who will guide you through the application process. Call 717-221-1392 to schedule your appointment.
  • Attend an  information session (pdf) during your first semester at HACC. We will hold information sessions on Thurs, Feb 19; Tues, Mar 24; Thurs, Apr 16.  (RSVP required)
  • Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf, rev 7/2014)
  • Complete the clinical application online using Survey Monkey. Check back in 2015.


What are the required courses?

Download a list of  Course requirements/suggested schedule (pdf, rev 7/1714)


Where does HACC hold clinicals?

HACC arranges clinical rotations within 85 miles of the Harrisburg campus.


What are the additional expenses?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 5/2014).


Program effectiveness data

  • Three year program completion rate - 85% 
  • Three year program performance on national board exam:
    • SPI - 100%
    • OB/GYN - 100%
    • ABD - 96% 
  • Three year job placement - 100% 


What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials? 

Upon successful completion you will earn an Associate in Science degree.

HACC requires students to sit for the ARDMS credentialing exams. The exams consist of:

  • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation
  • Abdomen
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

You can earn the title of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) after successful completion.


Where can I advance my education?


Where can I get more information?

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Who can I contact for more information?

Health Careers:

717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222 ext. 211988

DMS Program Office:

HACC Harrisburg Campus

Blocker Hall 106

One HACC Drive

Harrisburg, PA 17110