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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

COVID-19 Immunization Requirements of Clinical Facilities

Abdomen Sonography-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography

The diagnostic medical sonographer provides patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. Watch a 3 1/2-minute video about the profession (created by a recent HACC graduate) -

Apply for Fall 2023 DMS clinicals online using this link (in Survey Monkey) - CHECK BACK during Spring 2023.   Students must have attended an information session during spring 2023.

Contact Information
Program Director: Julia Imboden, 717-221-1322,
Admissions Counselor: 800-222-4222 -
Financial Aid: 800-222-4222
General Advising Appointments: 717-780-2498
Program Specific Advising Appointments: 717-221-1392


About the Program

Applied Science Degree, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • 69 credit A.A.S that combines clinical, lab and didactic coursework
  • ARDMS credentialing exams (3)
    • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation
    • Abdomen
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • You can earn the title of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) after successful completion of the exams and graduation.
  • Program Estimated Expenses (pdf)

Program Goals for Students
To prepare competent entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the Abdomen Sonography-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography concentrations.

Required Courses

  • Download  Required Courses (pdf)
  • HACC assigns clinical rotations within 85 miles of the Harrisburg campus
  • Typical clinical rotation is 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • DMS classes and lab are held at the Harrisburg Campus
  • Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and online

Program Application

  • Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program.
  • Every Spring Semester - apply for DMS clinicals online using Survey Monkey
    • Applications available from March 1-April 15
      • Eligible candidates will be emailed the details about the USA examination.
        • Cost is $80 paid to the vendor
        • Scheduled remotely by the vendor
      • Points will be calculated in mid-May after spring grades are posted
      • Students will receive an Admit or Non-Admit letter mid May
  • Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf)
  • To be eligible to apply for clinicals
    • English 101, Math 103 and either BIOL 111 or BIOL 121 & Biol 122 need to be completed or in progress for completion in May
    • Must have met with a DMS advisor
      • If you don't have a DMS advisor, please contact the Program Director, Julia R.
      • Please watch this DMS video before you meet with a DMS advisor. 
      • List any questions you may have for your meeting with the DMS advisor.
    • Must have attended a mandatory information session (flier) held during spring 2023. (Even if you attended a past session you must attend a session the spring semester of your application.)  RSVP to with your name, HACC ID, phone & HAWKMAIL ONLY email (and date/time of info session).  A Zoom link will be emailed the morning of the session to students registered to attend. These info sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more. Students planning to apply for clinicals in 2023 must attend an information session during spring 2023. Check back for dates.

Is the program accredited?

The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

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What is the most current (2020) program effectiveness data?




Graduation Year




ARDMS Exam Pass Rate
(Within program --prior to graduation)


Job Placement Rate
(When seeking employment within 12 months of graduation)



Program Completion Rate
(# graduates in cohort / # students initially in cohort)

  SPI (Physics & Instrumentation) Abdomen OB/GYN  
2021 100% 100% 92% 100% 100%
2020 100% 100% 100% 100% 92%
2019 100% 100% 100% 100% 58%
2018 100% 100% 100% 100% 83%
2017 100% 100% 100% 92%  100%
5 Year Average
100% 100% 98% 98% 87%

Where can I get more information?


DMS Program Office:

HACC Harrisburg Campus
Blocker Hall 101
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110