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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Science (AS)
Total Credit Hours77
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayHealth Sciences
AdvisorVicki Bynum, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Asst. Coordinator, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Coordinator Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
C: 850.769.1551 ext. 3390

Academic Program SpecialistAlyssa Evans

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Sonography, Diagnostic Medical, AS

Do You Want a Future in a Rewarding and Growing Healthcare Profession?

Start Today to Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer!

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program is designed to prepare the student for employment as an entry-level sonographer.  The sonographer is skilled by academic & clinical training to perform ultrasound examinations under the supervision of a qualified physician.  Using high-tech instrumentation, the sonographer uses sound waves to create images of the human body organs and structures to be analyzed and interpreted by a physician.  

With changes in healthcare administration, sonography is the most utilized form of diagnostic imaging available today.  Registered sonographers are in demand nationwide for hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, marketing, application specialists and mobile services. 

At Gulf Coast State College, we provide a comprehensive 24 month program that includes sonographic concentrations in abdomen, obstetric and gynecology and vascular imaging.   Upon graduation students may be eligible to take the national certification sonography examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).   The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)  examination is available with specific requirements. 

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median 2021 income of $77,740.   The Department of Labor Statistics states "as technology continues to evolve, medical practitioners will continue to use sonography to replace more invasive and costly procedures".

As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, you will be an integral member of the healthcare team working closely with patients, physicians, and other members of the healthcare field. 

Sonography Equipment

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course Requirements

BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
ENC1101, English I (Meets Communications Area)
PHY1020, Basic Concepts of Physics or Approved Physics course (Meets Natural Sciences Area)
Met with above prerequisite
Select One:
Visual & Performing Arts
Select One:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics 
Met with above prerequisite course
POS2041, American National Government or AMH2020, United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency
BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
BSC2086, Anatomy & Physiology II
SON1211, Medical Sonography Physics
SON1000, Introduction to Sonography
SON1100, Prin/Protocols of Sono Imaging
SON1170, Sonography Circulatory System
SON1214, Practical Aspects of Sonography
SON2171, Intro to Vascular Sonography
SON 2175, Vascular Sonography
SON1111, Abdominal Sonography I
SON1112, Abdominal Sonography II
SON1121, OB/GYN Sonography I
SON1122, OB/GYN Sonography II
SON1052, Sonography & Pathology
SON1144, Superficial Structures (effective Summer 2024)
SON2113, Sono Cross Sectional Anatomy
SON1804, Clinical Education I
SON1814, Clinical Education II
SON1824, Clinical Education III
SON 2834, Clinical Ed IV
SON2844, Clinical Ed V
SON2061, Sonography Review

What can you do with a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree?

What jobs will you find with a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Cardiac Sonographer
Ultrasound Technician
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
Nova Southeastern University


Student and Instructor

Sonography Lab

You will acquire the skills you need to be a successful Sonographer in Gulf Coast State College's state-of-the-art labs in the George C. Tapper Health Sciences Building on the Panama City campus.

Are you ready to get Started ?

How to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

In addition to the general college application, you will need to complete a Diagnostic Medical Sonography application. 

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application includes a complete list of admission requirements and pre-requisite courses that must be completed by September 15 of each year. 

Apply to Gulf Coast

Complete the Sonography Application

Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.