Congratulations DMS Class of 2023!

Front Row: L to R- Emily Spires; Kaylee Vaughn; Caitlin Webb, RDMS (AB); Lyndie Crowder, RDMS (AB)

Back Row: L to R- ShaKayla Mixon, RDMS(AB); Shelby Vickery, RDMS (AB); Megan Mount; Chelsey Maloy, RDMS (OB)

Sonography at a Glance

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is a diagnostic procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create detailed images of the human body. Sonographers use state-of-the-art technology to scan patients and obtain images of the abdomen, pelvis, small parts, heart, blood vessels, and fetus to aid in the diagnosis of a disease. Sonography is a profession that requires a high degree of independence, judgment, knowledge, maturity, and stamina. The diagnostic medical sonographer is a skilled person qualified academically and clinically to perform ultrasound exams while working closely with a qualified Physician and/or Radiologist. To create an ultrasound image the sonographer must have an in-depth knowledge of physics, disease processes, human anatomy, and sonographic technique. Physicians depend on the sonographer's knowledge to evaluate normal and abnormal images of various organ tissues. To work successfully, the sonographer must be a sensitive, caring individual dedicated to helping others. The role of ultrasound in medicine is continually growing. New applications and imaging equipment are in a constant state of development. Its continued growth and development are dependent on highly qualified and well-trained medical sonographers. With a current shortage of skilled health care workers, demand is high for sonographers across the country. Starting salaries vary greatly from one location to the next. Experience, position title, formal education, specializations, and time on the job tend to increase the sonographer's income.

Program Description

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is a two year Associate in Applied Science Degree program. A new DMS class is selected each year to begin the program in the fall semester. DMS program students continue the program for five consecutive semesters and graduate with a degree at the end of the spring semester the following academic year. As a CAAHEP accredited program, graduates may become registered through the ARDMS in Abdomen or OB/GYN as early as 60 days prior to graduation. This program of study is designed to provide didactic and clinical training in the field of general diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound). Sonographers, also known as Ultrasound Technologists, or Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, use state-of-the-art technology to obtain detailed images of the body using high frequency sounds waves. The student will receive training in the fields of acoustic principles and safety, abdominal, obstetrical, gynecologic, vascular, cardiac, pediatric, and small parts sonography.