Diagnostic Medical Sonography


The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS) course provides education and training in the major disciplines of ultrasound physics, sonography of the abdomen, small parts sonography, basic vascular sonography, sonography of the pelvis, and obstetrical sonography. The instructional design for the DMS course courses is group lockstep. The course consists of lectures, group activities, demonstrations, hands-on instruction, and clinical practice. Instruction may include computer-based or blended learning options. Practical exercises as well as computerized and written examinations are used to assess knowledge and skills. Diagnostic Medical Sonography provides students the technical skills and knowledge required to achieve entry-level competencies and perform Navy L15A Ultrasound Technologist and 4R031B Diagnostic Medical Sonographer duties at fixed medical treatment facilities and field environments.

 US Air Force
AFSC: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Phase I)
Course Length: 427.5 hours
Iterations per year: 4

 US Army

 US Navy
NEC: Ultrasound Technologist (Phase I)
Course Length: 427.5 hours
Iterations per year: 4

School Code 083

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The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer course provides formal education and training that prepare graduates to perform basic clinical diagnosis and facilitate patient care in a healthcare setting through the practice of medical sonography. 

The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. This is a consolidated program with two military services that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF). 

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Diagnostic Medical Sonographers/Ultrasound Technologists within MTFs. Students are trained in the major disciplines of: ultrasound physics, sonography of the abdomen, small parts/basic vascular sonography, sonography of the pelvis, and obstetrical sonography. 

Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the course. 

Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a medical treatment facility (MTF). The course provides students with clinical and didactic training. The didactic portion of the program expands on the topics and theories learned during the Diagnostic Ultrasound Sonographer training at METC. The didactic element of clinical training provides instruction on ultrasound-based pathology while the program also provides preparation, knowledge, and performance instruction for the following: obstetrical, pelvic, endovaginal, abdominal, thyroid, breast, testicular, carotid, and lower extremity peripheral vascular sonography. 

Training is conducted under the supervision of a course supervisor and qualified preceptors. Graduation is contingent upon satisfactory completion of both the clinical and didactic areas of the course. 

Accreditation Agency:

Graduates from this course receive college credits from the Community College of the Air Force.

Credentialing Information:

Graduates are eligible to take national registry exams through the American Registry for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer course WWW.ARDMS.ORG after completion of the entire course and one-year on-the-job training/clinical experience at their gaining units. 
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