Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Training Program Details

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) certificate program is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the General Concentration (Abdomen and OB/GYN Sonography). The DMS program is designed to prepare students to become skilled Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Students in this CAAHEP accredited program will learn to use ultrasound equipment to create images of internal body structures that doctors use to make diagnoses.

During the course of the program, students will learn about the basic principles for DMS scanning technology and gain hands-on experience with the various types of instrumentation employed in Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Vascular Sonography.

This comprehensive training program includes classroom instruction, hands-on training, and a clinical internship. Through this combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience, our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as qualified Ultrasound Technologists. Upon completion of the program, all graduates meeting the necessary requirements will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS examinations. For more details regarding certification requirements, please contact ARDMS directly.

Clinical Internship

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires students to complete 900 clinical hours prior to graduation. Students will be placed at a clinical site by the AIMS Internship Department. The internship is designed to provide practical experience in a real work environment; students will have a mentor who trains and guides them. 80 clinical hours will be completed during the DMS 256 course, and the remaining 820 hours will be completed during the clinical internship. Students are not permitted to begin the internship until all required classroom and lab hours are completed.

AIMS Education has clinical affiliations with numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Students will be placed at one or more of these affiliated sites and must complete their clinical hours based on the schedule provided by the school. Internship schedules are based on the availability of clinical sites. All students (Day and Evening) must be prepared to complete their internship during normal business hours (Monday through Friday). The majority of clinical sites do not allow students to complete clinical hours in the evening or on the weekend.

Program Goals

The primary goal of this program is to prepare competent, entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility

AIMS students are eligible to take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination after successfully completing the following course - DMS 220: Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation.

Up to 60 days prior to graduation, DMS students will be eligible to take the Abdomen (AB) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) specialty examinations offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Graduates who have passed the SPI exam and a specialty exam (AB or OB/GYN) will earn the RDMS credential from ARDMS.

Eligibility requirements for the RDMS credential are solely determined by ARDMS, and are subject to change at any time. ARDMS is an independent organization. AIMS does not guarantee certification/registry exam eligibility.

Program Length
  • 2660 clock hours
  • Classroom instruction & lab - 1760 hours
  • Clinical hours - 900 hours
  • The day program can be completed in approximately 29 months.
  • The evening program can be completed in approximately 36 months.
Comprehensive Education and Training:
  • Medical Terminology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Patient Care & Safety
  • Abdomen & Small Parts
  • Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation
Admission Eligibility
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Financial support documentation
  • A college-level communications or English course (or equivalent)
  • A college-level algebra, statistics, or higher level math course
  • A college-level general physics or radiographic physics course
  • A college-level human anatomy and physiology course (or courses) that covers all body systems

*Applicants can complete Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, College Algebra, and English Composition I through the Portage Learning online platform.

NOTE: This Information is for International Admissions only. For more information, please visit the International Students page.

Additional Program Requirements

All sonography students are required to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 upon completion of the pre-diagnostic modules at AIMS.

Key Information



Start Date



29 - 36 Months


Monday - Friday
9:00am to 2:00pm

* Evening programs take longer to complete than   day programs.

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