Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has a carefully-designed curriculum that provides students with the knowledge and training needed to thrive in the sonography industry. The program covers abdomen, small parts, obstetrics-gynecology and vascular sonography.

Foundational classes are offered by highly-skilled, credentialed instructors both in the classroom and clinical lab. Hands-on training is offered on the latest in imaging technology to prepare students for clinical rotations and patient care. Experience in the field is a crucial part of the learning process and allows students to learn in a true healthcare environment as they prepare for transition into the workforce.

Upon successful completion of the 76-hour DMS Program, students will be academically prepared to sit for registry exams with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Credentialing International or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The student will have obtained the necessary knowledge to attempt credentialing in the modalities of Abdomen, OB, or Vascular, when eligible with each perspective agency.

Information meetings for prospective students are held each semester. Students selected for the program are notified no later than June 15 each year. A mandatory orientation meeting is held in late-June for all accepted students.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Background checks will be required upon admission into the program.


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You must meet ONE of the following criteria to apply:

  • Graduate of a CAAHEP accredited DMS program
  • Vascular Registered Sonographer
  • Sonographer with over 5 years clinical scanning experience
  • A small number of seats are reserved for Senior level DMS students who have passed SPI and obtain Program Director and Dean approval.  


Notification of acceptance into the program will be sent to the applicant's Gadsden State email account.

A new class will be admitted to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program each Fall Semester. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements: ACT scores, transcripts, admission score and availability of space at the clinical facilities.

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. Apply for admissions here
  2. Submit online program application prior to May 10 for Fall start.
  3. Submit supporting documents to the Admissions Office by the deadline:
    1. Official transcripts from other colleges
    2. Official ACT score (with a minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual test) 
  4. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale on general education courses
  5. Must maintain a C or better on all general and pre-DMS courses. If courses were repeated, the highest grade for the course will be used.
  6. Must complete all general required courses for the DMS Program by the application deadline or be enrolled in the course to be completed no later than the Spring Semester of the year of your application deadline at Gadsden State. (See FAQs for a list of pre-requisites.)
  7. Must be in good standing with the College
  8. Must meet the Essential Functions required for DMS students 
  9. Pass a criminal background check and drug screen
  10. Must attend DMS information session and receive signed documentation of attendance
  11. Must be able to show Proof of Health Insurance once offered admittance into the program
  12. Students who make it into Phase 2 of the Admissions Process, must show proof of CPR-BLS. (It is recommended to obtain certification as soon as possible so you aren't in a time crunch trying to find a course to take.)

Following application and registration completion, students are scored using a blind scoring system based on their GPA and ACT score. The Top 40 applicants will move to Phase 2 of the admission process. Students who do not score in the Top 40 will receive written advisement of their status and will be encouraged to apply again for the next class or apply for one of GSCC' s other great Health Science Programs.

Phase 2 of Admissions Process

  1. Panel interview. Students will be notified via email of interview date and time
  2. Written essay detailing “What is Sonography?” and “Why I want to become a Sonographer?” Must be a minimum of two pages and must be brought to the panel interview
  3. Two typed and signed professional letters of recommendation
  4. Copy of CPR-BLS certification (bring to panel interview)



Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Goals

“To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the following concentration(s) it offers: Abdominal sonography – Extended, Obstetrics and gynecology sonography, and Vascular sonography.”

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Estimated Program Costs

Items Cost
Books $1,450
Uniforms $150
Shoes $40
Pictures (graduation) $40
Pin $80
Graduation Fee (including cap and gown) $60
Drug Screen and Background Checks $121
Health Insurance (if purchased through school) $524
Annual Physical and immunizations (depending on needs) $296
CPR $45
Tuition: 76 semester hours at $166* each $12,616
Trajecsys Registration $150
Sonoism $450
Exam fees $475
Total $16,497

*In-state tuition fees are $164 per credit hour and consist of $123 per credit hour for tuition, $10 per credit hour ACCS enhancement fee, $9 per credit hour facility renewal fee, $9 per credit hour technology fee, $12 per credit hour special building fee, and a $1 per credit hour ACCS reserve fee.

Want to be a VOLUNTEER and receive an Ultrasound Scan? 

We offer instructor led, student performed ultrasound scans for OB patients in 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester. 4D scans also available. Other ultrasound screenings available include vascular, abdomen or thyroid. Charges apply for OB scans and image downloads. 

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Please note:  All Ultrasound scans performed at GSCC are for Student Education ONLY and non-diagnostic. GSCC, its staff and/or students, are not responsible for volunteer patient's medical diagnosing or medical outcomes.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775 

www.CAAHEP.org | mail@caahep.org | 727-210-2350

The program received original accreditation in 2020, in the modalities of: 

  • Abdomen
  • Vascular 

Please see the “Start Here” section below for details. 

Start Here

Step 1 – Review the Application Information below before continuing with the application process. You must have a Gadsden State student A-number and access to your student portal to fill out the online DMS program application. If you have issues, please contact the Help Desk.

Step 2 – Access the DMS program application for Gadsden State. After logging into your student account, you will be taken to the program application.

Step 3 – Read Page 1 of the application thoroughly. Complete Pages 2, 3, and 4. Sign the application on Page 5 and submit. No changes or additions can be made to your application after you submit. No paper applications will be accepted.

Step 4 – Verify that you received a submission confirmation email to your GSCC student email account. Save the email in the event it should be needed.

IMPORTANT: If you need to save your application and complete it at a later date, click “Save Progress” at the bottom of the application screen. When you are ready to complete the application, log in to your myGadsdenState account and click the NextGen link in your Launch Pad. View your Pending/Draft forms to resume the saved application.

Informational Meetings

Please watch the DMS Information Session video if you have not attended one of the prior meetings. This is a mandatory requirement for a student to apply for the program. 

Program Director Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey C. Taylor, BA, RDMS

Program Director

256-439-6886 | KTaylor@GadsdenState.edu