Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Published On 07/11/2011


(Please see application for all requirements prior to applying.)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a unique and challenging field in the health professional team. It takes a very special person to deal with the stress, personal patient contact and clinical expertise required to perform the job of a sonographer. It is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program's purpose and responsibility to help you discover this fascinating career and the important role it plays in the care of the patient. In addition, we have an articulation agreement with Saint Joseph's College of Maine where students may apply credit from our program towards a Bachelor's degree. 

Job-Shadowing and documentation within a diagnostic medical sonography department is strongly recommended prior to application. This shadowing ensures a clear understanding of the tasks a sonographer performs which is very important for understanding the career path. Job-shadows may be arranged at Methodist University Hospital. You may contact us for the appointment at 901.516.8099.

Job-shadowing Form (PDF)

Program Description

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Methodist Healthcare offers two programs in sonography. The programs provide quality clinical and didactic instruction to a small group of select students in the fields of general and cardiac sonography. Students designate a field of study which allows them focus on a particular area of interest and allow maximum development of expertise. Students choose from one of the following options:

1. General Ultrasound (15 months) encompasses abdominal imaging (liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, etc.), superficial structures, and obstetric and gynecologic imaging. Additional didactic and clinical experience is provided in vascular imaging (arteries and veins throughout the body).

The General Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) which provides a peer review process administered by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

2. Cardiac Ultrasound (15 months) covers adult echocardiography (imaging of the heart).

Upon completion of a program, the student is eligible to apply for a choice of certifying exams given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Successful completion of these examinations enable the individual to use the title “Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer” (RDMS) or “Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer” (RDCS)

Non B.S. Degree Applicants: The MLH DMS Program has an articulation agreement with Saint Joseph’s College to obtain a Bachelor's Degree post DMS Program graduation, if desired. Please see http://online.sjcme.edu/radiologic-science-programs.php for more information. 


The General Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) which provides a peer review process administered by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727.210.2350 phone | 727.210.2354 fax | www.caahep.org 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043 
443.973.3251 phone | 866.738.3444 fax | www.jrcdms.org

Admission Requirements

To have this application considered for class commencing in January of each year, an applicant must:

  • Ensure a complete application form and essay are received by this office along with a $50 application fee (non-refundable) by September 1
  • Degree Requirement:
    1) Be a graduate of a 2-year allied health medical education program (AMA) and active license in that procession that is patient care related and  is defined as:
    (a) 24 full-time consecutive calendar months or   60 semester credits or  84 quarter credits
    (b) 2 year AMA degree must include and REQUIRE a completion of a clinical internship/externship; applicant MUST  hold current, active license in the completed 2 year medical health care profession (AMA)


    2) Have a 4-year Bachelor's degree (science major preferred, but not required)

  • Enclose a resume describing your professional employment history (include military service), professional training, volunteer experience and education (list all schools attended starting with high school and including present school)

  • Document a minimum of 2.0 grade point average for each of the following prerequisite college level classes:
    • General physics for the Health Sciences(no lab required) or Intro to Physics (Kinesiology not accepted)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Communication Skills
    • Medical Terminology
    • College Algebra, statistics or higher mathematics course

The communication skills prerequisite may be met by a variety of courses including English Composition or Speech.

  • Arrange for the submission of official copies of transcripts from high school, college or other schools attended and ensure this office receives them by September 1.
  • Arrange for the submission of three letters of reference, as described in the application form and ensure this office receives them by September 1.
  • Meet the technical standards for performing the duties of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography profession as established by the program. Additional details given in Application Package.
  • Upon admission provide documentation of health insurance.
    Participate in scheduled interviews by the admission committee.
    Pass a pre-admission background check and medical exam performed by Methodist Healthcare.
  • Applicant must be in satisfactory physical, mental and emotional health as determined by Methodist Healthcare.

Financial Requirements

Application fee - $50 (send with application, fee non-refundable).


  • 15-month General Program $10,500
    ($700/month and should be paid in full before graduation) 
  • 15-month Cardiac Program $10,500
    ($700/month and should be paid in full before graduation)

Books - $850 (approximately; student responsible for ordering books before classes start)

Insurance - $20 (payable first day of class)

Lab Fee - $150 (payable first day of class)

Technology Fee - $150 (non-refundable)

* No Financial Aid available through MLH DMS program

Individuals who show an interest in this advanced area of study and who meet the entrance requirements for the program, may submit the attached application. The admissions committee will invite each applicant meeting the entrance requirements, to the participate in the interview process. The committee will evaluate by interview, transcripts, and/or references the educational background, attitudes, motivation, health, personality, and/or character of each applicant to indicate the likelihood of his/her success in the program and profession. After receipt of your completed application packet (including letters of reference and transcripts) an interview will be scheduled for you with the Admissions Committee.

Students are also responsible for the cost of meals, some clinical site parking,  clothing, laundry, transportation, and living accommodations.

Enrollment is limited. All qualified applicants are screened and the most outstanding and qualified candidates are accepted to the program.

An equal opportunity is offered to each applicant regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and age 40 and over.

Download the Digital Medical Sonography Program Brochure (PDF)

Download a DMS Application Package (PDF) with full information on our program

If you have any questions regarding the this program or the contents of the Application Packet, contact:

Tamera Ghelichkhani, RDMS, RT(R), Director
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Methodist University Hospital
Phone: 901.516.8099

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