Sonography - Diagnostic Medical - AAS

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree Program

This program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today.

What is a Sonographer?

A sonographer is a healthcare professional who operates ultrasonic imaging equipment to produce internal pictures of the human body. These highly sophisticated images show tissue details that are helpful in the treatment and diagnosis of pregnancy, cancer and other such medical conditions.

Individuals who pursue a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography typically have an interest in healthcare and appreciate working with technology. As a sonographer, you will work with the most advanced imaging technology available and so it is important to continue learning on the job and keeping up with advances in the field. If you are interested in these areas and want to make a difference in people’s lives, Sonography may be a great fit.

What Career Options are Available in Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Sonographers work in a number of healthcare facilities, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Private Practices
  • Medical Centers
  • Clinics
  • And many more

At these locations, sonographers will typically examine patients as part of a scheduled visit, but may also be needed in emergency situations. The day-to-day duties of a Sonographer usually involve working directly with patients via an ultrasound transducer. These devices are applied to an external part of the body to produce internal images of body tissue.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the United States are expected to increase by 20% between 2018 and 2028.1

How do I Start a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

One of the best ways to gain employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is through a degree program. At Rockford Career College, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate program prepares students to perform general sonography on the abdomen, pregnant and non-pregnant pelvis, fetal structures and fetal measurements, superficial structures and segments of the vascular system.

Upon successful completion of the program you could acquire the RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) credential in Abdomen and Obstetrics by passing the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam, or the RT (S) (Registered Technologist—Sonography) in Abdomen and Obstetrics by passing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam. These credentials could open additional doors to employment.

Rockford Career College offers a comprehensive, hands-on program to help you develop the skills to work as a medical sonographer using ultrasound-imaging equipment to “see” inside the body non-invasively. This comprehensive program also includes course work in general education to meet the requirements of an associate degree.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.

We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have highly hands-on classes so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.

We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.

We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Before graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 19 months


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39% of the program can be taken online (learn more)

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The program includes a blend of academic and clinical classes to help you understand the art and science of sonography. You’ll study anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of scanned organs, and learn the appropriate scanning protocols. The externship component includes a progressive supervised training experience in a clinical environment.
This comprehensive program also includes course work in general education to meet the requirements of an associate degree.

Also known as ultrasound technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. People are most familiar with the ultrasound procedure that produces images of an unborn baby. Sonograms are also useful in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions of the abdomen, breasts, heart and blood vessels and, more recently, in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.