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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)

With its combination of high technology and hands-on work with patients, as well as excellent employment and salary prospects and a wide range of specialties, diagnostic medical sonography can provide a rewarding health sciences career. A bachelor’s degree in DMS from University of Charleston-Beckley makes you eligible to apply to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for examinations in physics, abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology, vascular, and echocardiography.  The DMS program is available on University of Charleston-Beckley campus, in Beckley, WV.

Sonographers can specialize in obstetrics/gynecology, abdominal, vascular, and/or cardiac Sonography.

After students complete their first year of clinical rotations, he/she will be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) for examinations in physics, abdomen, and/or obstetrics/gynecology, while pursuing their bachelor’s degree in DMS. After completing their bachelor’s degree, graduates are eligible to apply for the ARDMS examinations in vascular and cardiac.

Technical Standards

Students should be aware of the following technical standards as outlined by the SDMS (www.sdms.org) that Sonographers and Vascular Technologists must be able to complete.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography  

Program Highlights

  • On-site laboratories with six ultrasound machines available for students to apply didactic information in a lab setting prior to entering the clinical setting.  
  • Students are members of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
  • Program director is registered through the ARDMS in abdomen, ob/gyn, adult echocardiography, and vascular technology; and is a member of the SDMS and AIUM.
  • Clinical coordinator for Obstetrics and Vascular clinical placement is registered through the ARDMS in abdomen, ob/gyn, adult echocardiography, and vascular technology; and is a member of the SDMS.
  • Clinical coordinator for Abdomen and Echocardiography clinical placement is registered through the ARDMS in abdomen, ob/gyn, and adult echocardiography; and is a member of the SDMS, ASE, and AIUM. 

Accreditation

The University of Charleston is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (212-263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org).

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