Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is a specialized area in the healthcare field that uses ultrasonic imaging to collect data and detect medical issues in the human body. If you attend GateWay, you will be part of one of the top Diagnostic Medical Sonography schools for student retention and credentialing success in the country, as well as the state.

This program is designed for experienced healthcare professionals. Individuals without healthcare experience may also apply for admission into the program.

Using high frequency sound, sonographers create images of the body needed to assist in diagnosis. Job responsibilities include:

  • Operating sophisticated ultrasound imaging equipment under the direction of a physician.
  • Using ultrasound imaging to assist doctors in diagnosing medical problems.

Sonographers must possess patient-care skills in order to explain the imaging procedure to patients, position them correctly and perform the sonographic examination. Additionally, sonographers must be knowledgeable about disease processes and the care and maintenance of ultrasound equipment.

Degrees & Certificates

For information on the Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences at Northern Arizona University call (602) 286-8194.

Choosing Sonography as a Profession

For more information on choosing sonography as a profession, browse the web site of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers at www.sdms.org/career/selection.asp You will find information and support for sonographers and students.

Employment Outlook

For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.


The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), working through the Joint Review Commission of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS), accredits the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the national registry exam given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in Abdomen and Obstetrics/Gynecology.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.


Healthcare Program Advisor

Phone: (602) 286-8183
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH1130

Nursing/Healthcare Program Advisor

Phone: (602) 286-8536
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH1004

Healthcare Program Advisor

Phone: (602) 286-8185
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH1103

Division Chair, Health Sciences, Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Phone: (602) 286-8486
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH1068

Director, Health Science Continuing Education, Faculty, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Phone: (602) 286-8491
Fax: (602) 286-8478
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH1070