Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree

Make a difference as a diagnostic medical sonographer and join one of the fastest-growing fields in health care! Our associate degree sonography program at P.I.T. serves the local community and dedicated students by providing the training and proper education needed to fulfill the duties of a diagnostic medical sonographer.

The program is committed to graduate students capable of attaining the status of registered diagnostic medical sonographer. Pennsylvania Institute of Technology provides access and equal opportunity to all qualified individuals who apply.

What You Can Do with a Sonography Degree

Sonographers are highly skilled professionals who use imaging equipment that emits sound waves directed toward internal organs, blood vessels, tissues, and other structures. Ultrasound is commonly used to monitor fetal growth, along with imaging the heart, the abdomen, gynecological, vascular, and musculoskeletal systems.

Physicians heavily rely on sonographers to be the “eyes” inside the patient and aid in early diagnosis. Once obtaining a medical diagnostic sonographer degree, you will be able to work in settings such as:

  • Hospitals – You’ll work closely with physicians and create ultrasound images of patients to support diagnoses across a wide range of domains such as those relating to cardiac, OBGYN, abdominal, and vascular issues.
  • Clinics – You’ll perform routine outpatient ultrasounds and coordinate with primary care physicians. Medical sonographers are also responsible for maintaining continuity of care with patients.
  • Private practices – In this setting, you’ll handle consultations and exams, and share conclusions directly with patients.

Through our associate degree sonography program, graduates will be prepared to conduct general sonography tasks. With additional training, graduates can perform cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and other sub-specialties. We prepare our students to complete any task in multiple work environments.

Choose P.I.T. for Your Sonography Associate Degree

At Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, we are determined to support you to ensure your success in the medical sonographer degree program. For over 70 years, we have been dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and preparing them for their future careers

One key aspect of our school is its convenient proximity to different areas surrounding Philadelphia. P.I.T. is located in the heart of Delaware County and is close to:

  • Chester County
  • Montgomery County
  • Bucks County
  • Philadelphia County

P.I.T.’s wide radius doesn’t stop there, however. We also are also nearby Wilmington in the state of Delaware. So no matter where you are in the area, P.I.T. is here to help assist you in obtaining your medical sonographer associate degree.

Along with our convenient location, P.I.T. is also proud to offer the following benefits to students in our sonography degree program:

Plus, be sure to check out Paige Boyer’s success story on how P.I.T. was able to make her career aspirations come true through our medical sonography degree program.

Contact P.I.T. About Our Medical Diagnostic Sonography Associate Degree Program

Ready to take your academic career to the next level? Contact P.I.T. today to learn more about the medical sonography degree. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Course Code Course Name Credits
DMS289 Sonography Clinical 5 6.00
BIO112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4.00
BIO135 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.00
BIO136 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.00
DMS288 Sonography Clinical 4 6.00
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry 3.00
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3.00
PSY109 Human Growth and Development 3.00
PHS260 Physics for Sonography 3.00
DMS205 Sonography of Superficial Structures 3.00
DMS211 Sonography Clinical 2 1.50
DMS221 Sonography of High-Risk Obstetrics 4.00
DMS222 Abdominopelvic Pathophysiology 3.00
DMS223 Introduction to Vascular Sonography 3.00
DMS250 Sonography Clinical 3 1.50
DMS290 Advanced Ultrasound and Review 3.00
DMS101 Introduction to Sonography 2.50
DMS103 Basic Ultrasound Physics 3.00
DMS104 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4.50
DMS111 Sonography Clinical 1 1.50
DMS203 Advanced Physics 3.00
DMS204 Sonography of Obstetrics and Gynecology 4.00
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction 3.00
ENG108 English Composition 3.00
ENG215 Analytical Writing 3.00
MOT115 Healthcare in a Trans Cultural Environment 3.00

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Demonstration of practical application in the professional and technical aspects of patient care related to medical sonography.

2. Skills in demonstrating respect for interpersonal relationships, including moral and ethical responsibilities to increase effective communication and empathy for the patient.

3. Provision for an understanding of the goals, philosophies and organization of the sonography and affiliate diagnostic sonography departments; and an appreciation of the career in medical sonography through knowledge of medical history, as well as the evolution of sonographic technology and its professional organizations.

4. Proficiency in comprehending the principles of the various modalities of imaging available to the profession. Recognizing the common factors in the production of a sonographic image regardless of the imaging system used.

5. Ability to maintain and/or troubleshoot malfunctions in processing systems, evaluate sonograms for the presence of artifacts and correct or compensate for the cause.

6. Proficiency in applying the principles of structure and function within the human body. Comprehensive study of physiology of the various systems. Ability to correlate the anatomy from a sectional standpoint.

7. Ability to comprehend medical terminology, follow directions, and communicate effectively with others.

8. An understanding of disease entities and their influence on sonographic techniques, enabling the student to produce optimum diagnostic sonograms and insure effective care to the patient.

9. Familiarization with routine sonographic procedures and supplementary techniques such as radiology, conventional tomography, computerized axial tomography, angiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and magnetic resonance imaging.

10. Assure that both practicum and didactic education relate to practice needs, prepare competent and humane sonographers, and foster mutual appreciation and collaboration among the health professions.

11. Competence in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Outcomes for Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program 

Outcomes for 2023 Cohort 

Students Enrolled: 7

Number of Graduates: 6

Retention Rate: 86%

Employed Rate: 100%

SPI Pass Rate: 100%

ARRT (sonography) pass rate: 2

ARDMS pass rate: 1

Denise Boyle

Denise Boyle

Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography