Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Learn more about Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is the use of sound waves to generate images for the assessment and diagnosis of medical conditions. This is a bachelor degree program with curriculum consisting of formal didactic courses, simulated labs and intensive clinical training in the concentrations of abdomen and small parts, obstetrics and gynecology, and vascular technology.

The DMS degree program is designed to provide students with a quality educational environment that promotes professionalism, effective communication, critical thinking, and imaging skills that meet the requirements of CAAHEP as well as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Students are encouraged to become active learners through a didactic and clinical environment that promotes a variety of learning experiences for professional growth and lifelong learning. Students completing the DMS Program will have the knowledge and skill set to successfully enter the workforce as credentialed sonographers in Abdomen, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Vascular Technology.

Program effectiveness data for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is available here (2020).

Clinical Sites

Students have availability of pre-arranged clinical sites in:

  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Branson, Missouri
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • West Plains, Missouri
  • Sullivan, Missouri
  • Mountain Home, Arkansas

Students may request a specific clinical site, but program faculty reserve the right to make clinical assignments based on clinical site capacity limitations and/or unforeseen circumstances. Students may be assigned a clinical site up to 1.5 hours from their home.  At times, a student may be required to drive to a Springfield or CoxHealth clinical site for specific concentration exam experiences not offered at the individual’s assigned clinical site.

Application and Admissions

Admission Deadline: April 1st
Interviews: April 1st – April 15th
Decisions Mailed: April 15th – April 30th

Primary Student Job Shadowing Deadline: March 1st

Applicants to the DMS program must have:

  • A minimum of an associate’s degree and/or be a registered radiologic technologists or registry-eligible with successful completion of the ARRT radiologic technology registry prior to the program start date or unrestricted licensed.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in an imaging program or academic degree
  • Completed a minimum of 32 hours of job shadowing in a sonography department (in the concentrations of Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular) at any hospital with a job shadowing program (only required of Non-RTR applicants). Job shadowing should be completed within one year of applying. Applicants should have the required job shadowing completed by March 1st.
  • Completed pre-requisite courses with a “C” or higher prior to the beginning of the DMS core curriculum:
    • College algebra, statistics, or higher mathematics course (3 credits)
    • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics (3-4 credits)
    • Human Anatomy* (4 credits)
    • Human Physiology* (4 credits)
    • Medical Terminology (3 credits)
    • Oral or Written communications (3 credits)

*Core science pre-requisite courses must be taken within 5 years prior to admission to the DMS primary pathway. Exceptions may be made for applicants currently employed in an allied health profession.

To apply to the Cox College DMS Program, the applicant must:

  • Complete the Cox College undergraduate application and check “Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging.”
  • Submit the Specialty Diagnostic Imaging program application.
  • Submit the Job Shadowing Form documenting 32 hours of job shadowing (only required of Non-RTR applicants). IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions in healthcare facilities, job shadowing will not be required of MRI & DMS primary applicants for the 2022 spring interviews.
  • Submit all official college transcripts.
  • Submit a personal resume and two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a copy of professional credentials if applicable (ARRT).
  • Submit a signed copy of the technical standards available at this link.

Tuition and Fees

The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) degree program is the terminal degree for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Current tuition and fees information is available here. For additional tuition pricing and scholarship information, please contact the Bursar’s office. Students are responsible for the additional fees related to the ARDMS registry examination, which is approximately $1200.00.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043, 443-973-5251, jrcdms@intersocietal.org; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 9355 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775, FL 33763, Ph: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354, mail@caahep.org.