The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) AAS degree is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to be employed as a sonographer. There are several areas of specialization, including Abdominal, OB/GYN and Vascular Sonography, which are available at TCC. Graduates find work in hospitals, physician offices, or outpatient clinics. Instructional methodologies will be based on the latest technology and will reflect current professional practice standards, and once eligible the student will sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examinations.
Sonographers use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body for diagnostic purposes. The diagnostic medical sonographer is a skilled person qualified by academic and clinical education to perform sonographic examinations under the supervision of a qualified physician. The sonographer performs a variety of diagnostic examinations to include evaluations of the brain, abdomen, peripheral blood vessels, and studies of the pregnant and non-pregnant female patient, and has a unique and vital role in the diagnostic process. The profession continues to offer many excellent opportunities for employment.
Admission to the Program
Program Application Instructions
- All prospective Diagnostic Medical Sonography students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College, submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
- Applications to the DMS program must be completed online at tulsacc.edu/healthscienceapply by April 1. For more information, contact the School of Health Sciences office at (918) 595-7002.
- Eligible applicants to be interviewed for consideration for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will be notified by email. All interviewed applicants will be notified by email regarding their selection status.
Program Admission Requirements
- College GPA of 2.5.
- ACT Composite Score of 18.
- Completion of prerequisite courses with a “C” or better. Must be completed prior to application deadline.
- BIOL 1314 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
- ENGL 1113 - Composition I
- MATH 1513 - Precalculus I (A)
- ALDH 1013 - Applied Medical Physics or PHYS 1114 - General Physics I (L)
- Student must be able to travel to local and distant clinical sites.
- An extensive criminal background check, including but not limited to, a seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates. All Allied Health students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations and a drug screening test by the Department of Allied Health office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation. Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements.
English Language Proficiency
An official iBT® TOEFL (internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band score is required as proof of English proficiency for any International student for whom English is a second language who is applying to any Tulsa Community College health sciences program. Students who have graduated from a U.S. high school will not be required to take the iBT Toefl or IELTS tests. Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.
For health sciences students, the minimum sub-scores on the internet based TOEFL (iBT®) are 21 for Writing; 24 for Speaking; 20 for Reading; and 20 for Listening, with a total minimum score of 85.
For students choosing the IELTS test, acceptable scores include: 6.5 for Reading; 6.5 for listening; 7.5 for Speaking; and 6 for Writing, for a total IELTS Bans score of 6.5. These required minimum scores must be met for each of the four sub-tests on a single exam. A total score that does not meet the sub-score minimums does not meet the requirement. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on an individual basis.
Students must go to www.ets.org/toefl to find a TOEFL iBT testing site, register and pay for the test. Students may go to www.ielts.org/us to find an IELTS testing center and register and pay for the test. Both tests cost approximately $190. Students are highly encouraged to take practice tests to prepare for these important tests. Your official scores, including ALL Sub-scores, must be sent directly to the TCC Registrar’s Office.
Aimee M Francois, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:
- Incorporate anatomy, physiology and physics to the field of Diagnostic Ultrasound.
- Perform exam protocols in a sequential manner.
- Manage appropriate patient care.
- Manage DMS equipment proficiently.
- Uphold sonographic professional standards.
- Incorporate content to the lab and clinical setting.
- Evaluate images you have taken.
- Communicate appropriately to the setting.
Search for careers in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.
Network with other DMS students through participation in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student Organization. For more information speak with DMS faculty.
View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Map .