Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS.APP)

Extended Degree - Associate in Applied Science

Health Sciences

Southfield Campus

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is designated as an Extended Degree Program in that students must complete a minimum of 89 or more required credit hours. The program prepares selected individuals through theory and clinical experiences to practice as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in a variety of health care settings. Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the student to apply to write the national credential examination offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Satisfactory achievement on this examination qualifies the graduate to practice as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, (RDMS).

Registered Sonographers who are already RDMS, but do not have a college degree, may enroll in the required supportive and general education courses as outlined in the College catalog. Applicants will be granted a degree upon successful completion of the requirements.

The course of study combines general education in the humanities, biological and behavioral sciences with instruction in the theory and practice of sonography.

Program Admission Procedures

Students must first be admitted to the College and must declare Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) as their curriculum. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Sonography program. Each year a limited number of students are admitted to the program through a selection process.

Basic admission requirements include

  • Filing an application with Southfield Counseling for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program by the end of Fall semester (December) of the year preceding intended enrollment in the program.
  • High school diploma or completion of GED.
  • Declaration of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS.APP) as the designated curriculum choice.
  • Completion of ALL required supportive courses with a grade of ‘B’ or higher.
  • Completion of General Education requirements with a grade of ‘B’ or higher.
  • HESI admission assessment (A2) exam completed at OCC.  Score in the 75th percentile or higher on both the Reading Comprehension and Anatomy exams, achieved in the same testing session.   Two retakes are permitted; fee for each attempt.  Must wait six months from second retake date to attempt exam for a third time.
  • Attendance at a scheduled record review session.

Students who meet the basic eligibility admission requirements and apply by the deadline will be included in the selection process.  All requirements must be completed by the end of Fall semester (December) of the year preceding intended enrollment in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.  Students who are accepted into the program will be notified in writing no later than May 31st. 

Students must obtain a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all DMS (Sonography) courses for an associate in applied science.

In order to apply to take the national credential exam administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, students must successfully complete all requirements of the program.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

A mandatory criminal history check with fingerprinting and drug screening will be conducted on all students selected to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, prior to the start of the program, at the student's expense.

  1. Conviction of a felony or conviction of any attempt to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or
  2. Conviction of a misdemeanor within the 10 years immediately preceding the criminal history check, and/or a positive drug screen will preclude eligibility for admission.

In addition to the regular tuition, Sonography students incur extra costs including, but not limited to; liability insurance, health examination, uniforms, required vaccinations, travel, and certification fees.  For details contact (248) 233-2916.

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Major Requirements
DMS 1000Orientation to Sonography3
DMS 1010Fundamentals of Sonography4
DMS 1020Cross-Sectional Anatomy4
DMS 1030Sonography Lab I2
DMS 1040Sonography Lab II2
DMS 1050Sonography Lab III1
DMS 1100Sonography Principles and Instrumentation I3
DMS 1110Sonography Principles and Instrumentation II2
DMS 1200OB Pathological Imaging3
DMS 1220GYN Pathological Imaging2
DMS 1300Abdominal Pathological Imaging3
DMS 1420Sonography Practicum I4
DMS 2200Advanced Sonography2
DMS 2400Sonography Practicum II8
DMS 2420Sonography Practicum III8
DMS 2430Sonography Practicum IV4
Required Supportive Courses
BIO 2630Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2640Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 15101Composition I 3-6
or ENG 1510E Composition I Enhanced4
or ENG 1510S Composition I with Support6
MAT 15601, 2Trigonometry 3
MDA 1103Medical Terminology3
PHY 16101, 3College Physics I 4
PSY 25101Introduction to Psychology 3
Complete one of the following ENG courses:3-4
Composition II 3
Professional Communication 4
Recommended Electives
MDA 1350Medical Law and Ethics3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses82-83
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)
Social Science (3-credits)
Written Communication (3-credits)
Total Credit Hours85-89

Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.


May substitute MAT 1630 or MAT 1730 for MAT 1560.


Students taking PHY 1610 should take MAT 1560 or MAT 1630 prior to PHY 1610.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.

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