Associate of Applied Science (AAS)Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)


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Program Overview

Concordia University, St. Paul offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), in two areas of concentration: General Sonography and Cardiac Sonography.  This program provides education in a variety of settings including; the classroom, online, the laboratory, simulation models and supervised clinical practice experiences to prepare students to work as an entry-level Sonographer and to interact with other health care professionals and patients in a professional and ethical manner, to develop the best possible technical skills in sonography, and to demonstrate respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve.

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General Concentration 

As a skilled general sonographer, you will specialize in abdominal sonography (the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas), obstetric and gynecologic sonography, small parts (thyroid, breast, and scrotum), vascular sonography, musculoskeletal sonography and neurosonography.  Diagnostic medical sonographers are trained to operate specialized equipment that sends sound waves into areas of the patient’s body.  Sonographers must have technical aptitude, in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as well as being extremely detail-oriented to identify visual cues of disease processes. Sonographers create diagnostic images, take measurements, analyze the results, and prepare preliminary findings worksheet for the physician.

Echo Concentration 

As a skilled cardiac sonographer, you are trained in echocardiography to understand the in-depth nature of the heart and how it translates to overall health. Day to day work includes preparing patients for their echocardiogram exams, understanding the reason for the exam and the patient’s presenting symptoms/history, performing complete echocardiograms (including regular transthoracic exams and stress echocardiograms), assisting cardiologist with transesophageal echocardiograms and other invasive cardiac exams. Using specific imaging tools such as 2D and 3D images of the heart and Doppler blood flow imaging to assess the heart’s function. Cardiac sonographers will be competent in starting IV’s for contrast use during an exam. Cardiac sonographers will also be competent in putting together the exam’s measurements/findings and creating a preliminary report for the cardiologist. All of these skills are a crucial part in helping the care team make an accurate diagnosis for the patient.

Diagnostic medical sonographers are trained to operate specialized equipment that sends sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Cardiac (echo) sonographers specialize in imaging of the heart, its function, and blood flow, while general sonographers specialize in all other areas of the body, such as obstetric, gynecologic, and the abdomen, small parts, vascular, musculoskeletal, and neurosonography.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the diagnostic medical sonography job outlook is expected to continue growing much faster than average, and the median pay is approximately $73,000 per year.