Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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 Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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 credientialing bodies of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Students are encouraged to become active learners through a rigorous didactic and clinical environment that promotes a variety of learning experiences for professional growth and lifelong learning. Students completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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 (2016).

Advanced Placement Options

Applicants with previous experience in the field of sonography, in an educational program not approved by CAAHEP or in an on the job training situation will not be granted advanced standing in the program. Students from CAAHEP accredited programs of Diagnostic Medical Sonography seeking transfer must satisfy all of the requirements of a regular applicant. An updated transcript and a letter of recommendation from the director of the current program must be mailed to the Cox College Admissions office. Consideration for transfer will be granted on an individual basis.


Application and Admissions

Admission Deadline: April 30th
Interviews: May 1st-15th
Decisions Mailed: May 15th-31st


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.
  • Completed a minimum of 32 hours of job shadowing in a sonography department at any hospital with a job shadowing program (only required of Non-RTR applicants)
  • 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.”
  • Download and submit the Specialty Diagnostic Imaging program application.
  • Download and submit the Job Shadowing Form documenting 32 hours of job shadowing (only required of Non-RTR applicants). To schedule your job shadowing experience please visit this link.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in an imaging program or related degree.
  • Submit all official transcripts (high school and college).
  • Submit a personal resume and two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a copy of professional credentials if applicable (ARRT).


Tuition and Fees

All specialty imaging programs are now offered through the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) degree program.  Current tuition and fees information is available here.  For additional tuition pricing and scholarship information, please contact the Bursar’s office.


Program Contacts

Michelle Masengill, M.Ed.

Chair & Assistant Professor

Office: 417-269-3063

Joelene Powell, MOL

Assistant Professor

Office: 417-269-8669

Tad Morris, MS

Assistant Professor

Office: 417-269-1074

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) 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Ph: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354, mail@caahep.org.