Student performing abdominal exam on patient with sonography machine, looking at screen

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associate Degree Program - 94 Credits

As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, you will provide diagnostic imaging for physicians to use in interpreting the results.

Sonography is the use of high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs, tissues or blood flow for evaluation and analysis. Your work will include examining areas of the body including the abdomen, breasts, thyroid, superficial tissues, a fetus, and male and female reproductive systems. 

The role of a diagnostic medical sonographer is to: 

  • Take patient history 
  • Perform diagnostic procedures 
  • Analyze technical information 
  • Report findings to physician 
  • Give quality patient care 

This focused degree teaches you how to recognize normal anatomy and pathology, use sonographic equipment including multi-dimensional imaging and Doppler techniques, and collaborate with other health team members.

Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2022 graduates.*

* View details and methodology of the Graduate Outcome Report.


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Why STC: Clinical Experience 

Before completing your Associate of Applied Science degree at STC, you will complete a seven-month clinical rotation at a medical center in the U.S.  In addition, you will gain expertise in recognizing pathology and understanding related physiology, acquiring sonographic images, troubleshooting problems with sonographic equipment, and adapting exam protocols based on pathology or physiology variations. Other Southeast Tech benefits:  

Accreditation: Southeast Technical College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  

Board Exams: Southeast Tech’s CAAHEP accreditation requires Diagnostic Medical Sonography students to take all related registry examinations before completion of the DMS program. You will receive the credential of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer upon successful completion of the exams and program.

Hands-on Learning: The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program uses STC’s state-of-the-art sonography lab to give you first-hand experience with today’s technology. 

What is the Career Outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Employment projections are strong for diagnostic medical sonography, also known as diagnostic imaging. The field is expected to grow 12% through 2029, which is much faster than average for all occupations, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. That statistic means your job outlook is strong.

What Can You Do With Your STC Degree?

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a regional hub for many healthcare centers, which draw rural residents to the area. After graduation, you will find opportunities to use your sonography skills in the region and nationwide in: 

  • Clinics 
  • Hospitals 
  • Specialized health facilities 
  • Laboratories 
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Mobile imaging companies

Explore Classes

Southeast Tech’s program curriculum for diagnostic medical sonography techs totals 80 credits over 24 months, including classes in Abdominal Sonography, Ultrasound Physics, and OB/Gyn Sonography. 

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Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Jo Ellen Deschamp

Instructor/Program Director
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Health Center 212

Lynn Heath

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Health Center 212

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