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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

AdvisorJanice Skipper RDMS ​ (AB, BR, OB/GYN), RVT
Coordinator Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
850.769.1551 ext. 3390

Academic Program SpecialistConnie Pimentel

Maggie Whitehead
850.769.1551 ext. 5863

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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. 

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course Requirements


Anatomy and Physiology 
English I 
English I 
Visual & Performing Arts or
Philosophy/Religion or
Select one of a list of Math courses
American National Government or United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency
Anatomy and Physiology Courses
Sonography Courses

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

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

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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.

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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 Information Packet includes a complete list of admission requirements and pre-requisite courses that must be completed by September 15 of each year. 

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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.