Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Health Sciences

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.

Program Location

Washington Campus 

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*

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.

9355 - 113th Street North, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775  |  P:727-210-2350, E: mail@caahep.org

6021 University Blvd. Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043

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

2018: 18%

Job Placement:
2018: 89%

Credential Success Rates (from ARDMS)
Abdomen 2018: 100%
OB/Gyn 2018: 94%
Vascular 2018: 91%
SPI 2018: 88%

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

  • Dana MacComb – Banner University
  • Elizabeth Westfall, MD – Banner University

GateWay Community College

  • Sandra Hinski, PhD., RRT-NPS, Medical Imaging and Cardiopulmonary Sciences Div. Chair (hinski@gatewaycc.edu)
  • Bryan Dodd, Program Director
  • Tabatha Hatfield
  • Laurie Schaefer – HUG Clinic 
  • Tarryn Johnson – GWCC Student
  • Alysha Romel – GWCC Student

Honor Healthcare

  • Brenda Buckely-Sittinger – HonorHealth Shea

Mayo Clinic

  • Tawny Hernendez 

Phoenix Indian Medical Center

  • Rich Patton
  • Peggy Scimeca

* 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.

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