Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Tabs

Program Overview

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.

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.

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Program Locations

Washington Campus 

Job Titles

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers**

Program Cost

Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Medical Sonography: $9,569 - $12,540*
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography: $10,257 - $13,572*
Certificate of Completion in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): $1,593*

Median Salary

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Consumer Info:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Accreditation & Program Outcomes

* Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2016-2017 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

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

Degrees & Certificates

Degrees & Certificates

  Continuing Education 

For information on the Bachelor of Science 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 website of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers at https://www.sdms.org/resources/careers. You will find information and support for sonographers and students.


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

 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs LogoThe 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.

Program Outcomes

2014: 14%
2015: 20%

Job Placement:
2014: 92%
2015: 100%

Credential Success Rates (from ARDMS)
Abdomen 2014: 100%
Abdomen 2015: 93%


Ob / Gyn 2014: 86%
Ob / Gyn 2015: 100%

Vascular 2014: 100%
Vascular 2015: 90%

Advisory Committee

The Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Advisory Committee for GateWay is comprised of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals who represent the best of the best, and are an integral part of your learning experience in this field. These members include:

Banner Health

  • Brittney Bradbury, Banner Desert Student Rep.
  • Laurie Bentson, Banner Desert
  • Abby Hoffman, Banner Desert Student Rep.
  • Barbara Lever, Banner Baywood Medical Center
  • Nina Webb, Banner Baywood Medica Center Student Rep.
  • Elizabeth Westfall, M.D.

GateWay Community College

  • Bryan Dodd, Program Director

Honor Healthcare

  • Brenda Buckley-Sittinger
  • Rich Patton

Phoenix Indian Medical Center

  • Peggy Scimeca
Contact Us
Bryan Dodd M.Ed., RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
(602) 286-8486
Malka Stromer, M.Ed., B.Sc., RDMS
Director, Health Science Continuing Education, Faculty, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
(602) 286-8491
Caroline Delgado
Healthcare Program Advisor
(602) 286-8183
Lucy Granillo
Healthcare Program Advisor
(602) 286-8185