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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associate’s Degree

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$48,660 to 99,1001
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
2 years

Sonography, also known as ultrasound, is on the forefront of modern medicine so ultrasound technicians have the opportunity to make a substantial salary and enjoy solid job growth. To be a part of this bright future — and improve life for you and your family — the first step may be the Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate of applied science program at Virginia College.

An Associate's Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a 24-month program designed to provide you with a well-rounded, hands-on education for a career as an ultrasound technician. To that end, we provide both foundational general education courses as well as courses focused on sonography. In addition to ultrasound physics, instrumentation and other specialized courses, the curriculum includes classes in abdominal, reproductive system, obstetrical, gynecological and vascular scanning.

An Accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography School

Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Our instructors have decades of combined experience in the field and are known for their personalized approach to instruction for each student. For more information about program accreditation, certifications and specific class requirements at your chosen campus, please consult the course catalog. See the list of available campuses below.

Hands-on Training and Experience to Become an Ultrasound Technician

The program includes a comprehensive clinical experience through an externship (660 total hours) at a medical facility near you. One example of an extern site in which you might be placed is HealthSouth, one of our National Externship partners. The externship phase provides students with practical, on-the-job experience and is completed under the mentorship of qualified sonographers and physicians. After graduation, some students are hired by the company that served as their extern site.

To prepare for the externship stage, however, you will undergo 450 hours of lab work, as part of the curriculum, using the technology and practicing the skills taught in the coursework.

Careers for Those with an Associate's Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Students who graduate from this associate's degree program may be eligible to seek employment in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics or private practice. Common job titles include:

  • Cardiac sonographer
  • Cardiac/Vascular sonographer
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Medical sonographer
  • Ultrasound technician or tech

Take the First Step to a Fulfilling Career as an Ultrasound Technician.

Classes start soon. Complete the Request More Information form now to get more information about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate of applied science program at Virginia College.

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1 The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $69,650 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,660, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $99,100. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, on the Internet at (visited October 18, 2017). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offered at Virginia College in Austin is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Programmatic Disclosure Information for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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