Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The 24-month Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare you to perform diagnostic examinations, as requested by a physician, using high-frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures. As a sonographer, you'll work in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices.
Upon graduation, you're eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examination in general physics, abdominal, and OB/GYN sonography.
Please note: All courses are face-to-face, in daytime hours only. No online or night classes are offered at this time.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Tyler Junior College is committed to serve the local community and students in providing for the training of necessary job skills, and the proper education needed to fulfill the duties of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
The DMS program is also committed to graduate students capable of attaining the status of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. The program provides access and equal opportunity to all qualified individuals who apply.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS)
The twenty-four-month Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare skilled professionals to perform diagnostic examinations, as requested by a physician, using high-frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures. Sonographers work in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices.
Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate (ESC)
Vascular technologists specialize in imaging blood vessels. The Vascular Technology ESC is completed concurrently with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Diagnostic Echocardiography (A.A.S.) degrees in the last year of both programs.
How to Apply
TJC is an open admissions college; however, acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is limited. Acceptance into the program is based on criteria utilizing a point system and reviewed by an admissions committee. Because of limited enrollment in the program, all applicants who meet the basic admission requirements will not be interviewed nor accepted into the program. Applicant ranking by the point system will determine admission decisions.
DMS student responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Performing competent sonograms
- Independent judgment
- Directing patient interaction
- Provide quality patient care
- Basic clerical skills
- Work standing on your feet 80% of the time
- Physician interaction
- Ability to use both hands, wrists, and shoulders
- Traveling to clinical sites
- Distinguish audible sounds
- A personal commitment
- Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
Previous Criminal Record:
For students in this program who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.
If you have ever been convicted of a crime, and have a criminal record, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to applying. They will review your record, and be sure you are eligible for registry upon graduation.
TJC offers a twenty-four-month Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Echocardiography as well. Get the training you need to work in this high-demand field.