When deciding on a career to pursue, consider your personal qualities. Are you fascinated by human anatomy? Do you love working with technology? Are you a natural problem solver who is detail-oriented? Do you like being part of a team and of service to others? Do you thrive in high-pressure situations? With these personal and professional qualities and a solid Owens educational foundation, you could be on your way to a rewarding career in the high-demand field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
As an integral and highly specialized member of the health care team, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers perform procedures that use high-frequency sound waves to create images that aid in diagnosis of a wide range of medical conditions. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are committed to enhanced patient care and continuous improvement with ever-evolving technology. A Sonographer’s scope of practice includes operating imaging equipment, identifying normal and abnormal imaging results, preparing patients for procedures, and reviewing patient medical history. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers often work in hospitals, physician offices, or clinics and may be required to take call.
To practice as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, graduates must pass national certification examinations through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
About the Program
As a student in Owens Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you will learn how to manipulate a transducer and ultrasound machine settings to create sonographic images in our on-campus lab with equipment comparable to what you will find in area hospitals. In the classroom, you will learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, patient care, ultrasound physics and pathologic processes. The majority of your second year will be spent in clinic scanning real patients and learning from knowledgeable practicing sonographers. Your Owens education will be guided by faculty members with extensive field experience, career knowledge and a passion for the profession.
The Owens Diagnostic Medical Sonography program provides eligibility to sit for ARDMS national registries and a degree that is easily transferrable to other colleges and universities to earn a bachelor’s degree, if desired.
Julie Posey, BAS, RDMS, RVT
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Makenzie Zesing, BAS, RDMS, RVT
Faculty, Clinical Education Coordinator
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Catherine Ford, M.Ed, RT(R)
Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions
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The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Owens Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) through Spring 2024.
For more information regarding accreditation standards:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043