Diagnostic Medical Sonography - AAS

Associate Degree - Hybrid (Online & On-Campus)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Rockford Career College’s Academic Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares students to become competent sonographers in the general ultrasound concentration. Graduates of the program will acquire entry-level cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills to perform quality diagnostic ultrasound examinations required of a general sonographer on the abdomen, pregnant and non-pregnant pelvis, fetal structures and fetal measurements, superficial structures and segments of the vascular system.

  • Knowledge and understanding of human gross and sectional anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and recognition of normal and abnormal sonographic appearances.
  • Knowledge, understanding and clinical application of acoustical physics, Doppler principles and ultrasound instrumentation in optimizing ultrasound examinations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ultrasound and tissue interactions and the probability of biological effects.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of a sonographer in performing interventional/invasive procedures.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program – Abdomen Extended and – Obstetrics Gynecology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL  33775 

Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Hybrid
  • Program Length: 19 months
  • Credits: 112

Career Options

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Medical Clinics

industry growth

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is expected to increase by 15% between 2021 and 2031.1


What You Will Learn

  • Perform general sonography on the abdomen, superficial structures and segments of the vascular system.
  • Conduct diagnostic sonographic examination of pregnant and non-pregnant pelvis, fetal structures and fetal measurements.
  • General education course work to meet the requirements of an associate degree.


The Rockford Career College Advantage

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Arianna Yanez

2022 Graduate, Medical Assistant