Health Sciences Institute at Renaissance

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program at HSIR is designed to prepare students with associate or bachelor's degrees for employment as diagnostic medical sonographers by developing the working knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to perform diagnostic imaging procedures with ultrasound. Students will learn to use high frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to produce dynamic images of tissues, organs, and blood flow inside the body. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers work closely with physicians (radiologists), who specialize in interpreting medical images to diagnose diseases or injuries. Diagnostic medical sonographers may work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings.


Upon completion of the program and one year employment as a graduate of an approved program, the student will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification examination.

Upon completion of the program and one year employment as a graduate of an approved program, the student will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification examination.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program


Semester I (16 Weeks)
Course Number Course Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Semester Credit Hours
HSIR 1301* Student Success for Health Professions 48 0 48 3
NURS 2301* Pathophysiology 48 0 48 3
DMSO 1210* Introduction to Sonography 32 0 32 2
DMSO 1302* Basic Ultrasound Physics 48 0 48 3
DMSO 1260 DMSO Clinical 36 60 96 4
Semester Total: 212 60 272 15
Semestser II (16 Weeks)
Course Number Course Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Semester Credit Hours
DMSO 1342* Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 48 0 48 3
DMSO 1166 DMSO Practicum I 0 256 256 2
DMSO 1441* Abdominopelvic Sonography 48 0 48 3
DMSO 2405* Sonography of Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 0 48 3
Semester Total: 144 256 400 11
Semester III (16 weeks or 8 weeks in Summer)
Course Number Course Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Semester Credit Hours
DMSO 1367 DMSO Practicum II 0 384 384 3
DMSO 2351* Doppler Physics 48 0 48 3
DMSO 2441* Abdominopelvic Pathology 48 0 48 3
DMSO 2353* Sonography of Superficial Structures 48 0 48 3
Semester Total: 144 384 528 12
Semester IV (16 weeks)
Course Number Course Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Semester Credit Hours
DMSO 2366 DMSO Practicum III 0 256 256 2
DMSO 2342* Sonography of High Risk Obstetrics 48 0 48 3
DMSO 2243* Advanced Ultrasound Physics 32 0 32 2
DMSO 2345* Advanced Sonography Practice 48 0 48 3
Semester Total: 128 256 384 10
Program Total: 628 956 1584 48
* indicates course may be offered in a DE format.
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