Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Information Packet 2016-2017  
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student Handbook  
GCC and SDMS technical standards  

Associate in Science

The associate degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) prepares students for employment as entry-level sonographers in hospitals, outpatient clinics and medical offices. The program provides individuals with the academic and technical skills necessary to perform abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological, and vascular sonography procedures. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to take the national registry examination from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and/ or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). The program require twenty-four months of full time study.  Students are assigned to clinical practicum at affiliates throughout the state of Connecticut.

Please see the Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy webpage for more information about the admissions process.


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Gateway is committed to educating and preparing competent entry level sonographers who can provide high quality imaging and patient care to members of the community. Furthermore, the program is dedicated to providing tools to support lifelong learning.

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM GOALS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES The following DMS program goals have been established to realize this mission:

1. Students will demonstrate skills in effective oral and written communication.

  • Students will apply effective verbal communication skills with classmates, instructors, patients, sonographers, and physicians.
  • Students will utilize effective written communication skills with instructors, sonographers, and physicians.
  • Students will demonstrate professional and respectful behavior in all interactions.

2. Students will demonstrate skills in critical thinking and problem solving principles and practices of sonography.

  • Students will evaluate and assess patient requisition in order to perform proper sonographic procedures.
  • Students will examine the sonographic and Doppler appearances of iatrogenic, degenerative, inflammatory, traumatic, neoplastic, infectious, obstructive, congenital, metabolic, and immunologic disease practices
  • Students will analyze the relationships between various disease processes and hemodynamic states
  • Students will explore the various imaging and testing modalities
  • Students will examine the effects of pharmacology on disease processes and on sonographic findings

3. Students will demonstrate clinical competence in the practice of sonography.

  • Student will demonstrate exceptional patient care skills.
  • Students will provide a safe environment for patients.
  • Students will detect normal anatomy and pathology on sonographic images.
  • Students will adhere to the ALARA principle.

4. The program will prepare competent entry-level sonographers.

  • Students will maintain high values congruent with the professional code of ethics and the scope of practice while adhering to national, institutional and/or departmental standards, and procedures regarding imaging and patient care.

5. Students will achieve personal and professional growth.

  • Students will analyze professional publications
  • Students will utilize professional web sites.


DMS Outcomes

Goals are assessed by measuring the following student outcomes: course completion, clinical competencies, program completion, national certification pass rate, and employment rate as well as graduate and employer satisfaction surveys.

Program completion rate

  Students admitted Students graduated Program completion rate
Class of 2016 12 10 83%
Class of 2015 12 9 75%


Jobs placement rate

  Students graduated Students employed in field Job placement rate
Class of 2016 10 TBD TBD
Class of 2015 9 9 100%


Credentialing pass rate

  Students taking ARDMS/ARRT(S) exam Students passing ARDMS/ARRT(S) exam on first attempt Credentialing pass rate
Class of 2016 10 TBD TBD
Class of 2015 9 9 100%


DMS Fees

These fees are approximate and subject to change. If a student takes a leave of absence from the program, they will need to cover additional program fees.

Program Fees – for the duration of the program

Textbooks - $1500

Uniforms - $200

Trajecsys online clinical documentation system - $150

Scanning ergonomic kit - $100

ARDMS SPI exam fee - $200

ARDMS Abdomen exam fee - $200

Castle Branch/Certified Background online health management system - $35

Pin for pinning ceremony - $40

Transportation and associated costs – Variable

Health care immunizations and titers – Variable

BLS or CPR/AED – Variable

Yearly Fees – for each year in the program

SDMS - $45

Background check - $65

Advanced background check - $17

Toxicology screen - $65

(Optional) – Personal liability insurance - Variable



Cara Case
Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2383




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