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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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EFSC's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Science degree program is designed to educate students to perform general ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. This full-time, limited access program prepares students through theory and clinical experiences to practice as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in a variety of healthcare settings. The program's training follows a cohort style delivery, with 12-14 students accepted into the program at the start of each class. View the application procedure.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography  Information

Accreditation Information

Eastern Florida State College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
CAAHEP number 110324

6021 University Boulevard #500, Ellicott City, MD 21043

The program is also recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists: ARRT Recognized Program Number 3161

Learning Outcomes

Each EFSC program involves assessment of student learning based on multiple learning outcomes that clearly express the anticipated skills, knowledge and competencies students are expected to develop throughout their program of study. View the Sonography A.S. degree learning outcomes.

Mission Statement


The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors required to function effectively as a sonographer.


The Vision of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to provide didactic, laboratory, and internship experiences in order to prepare students for success post-graduation.


The Goals of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are to prepare competent, entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (Knowledge), psychomotor (Skills), and affective (Behavior) learning domains.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Providing an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis.
  • Providing quality patient care.
  • Collaborating with physicians and other members of the health care tem.
  • Obtaining and recording an accurate patient history.
  • Performing diagnostic procedures and obtaining diagnostic images
  • Analyzing technical information.
  • Using independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope to the procedure according to the diagnostic findings.

Technical Standards

  • Lift more than 50 pounds
  • Push and pull routinely
  • Bend and stoop routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
  • Assist patient on and off examining tables
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in proper sequence

Program Goals

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and or other diagnostic services 
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and or other diagnostic tests and promote principles of good health.

Program goals of minimum expectations for our graduates:
To prepare competent entry-level General Sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Clinical Externship

All accepted Diagnostic Medical Sonography students are required to participate in clinical education. Students will be required to travel to various clinical facilities and their affiliates.

Students will be responsible for participating in clinical rotations each semester. Clinical rotations are normally scheduled on weekdays from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. However, students may be required to attend clinical rotations during evening or weekend shifts on occasion.

Travel to clinical sites is the responsibility of the student. The program will try to assign students to a clinical site closest to their geographical area.

Advanced Placement Policy

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Eastern Florida State College does not offer advanced placement status regardless of previous experience or education. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers who hold the following registries may be eligible for credit toward an Associate in Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography based on articulated credit agreements:

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography with Abdomen, and Obstetrics & Gynecology Designation (ARDMS/AB and OB/Gyn) Credential

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists/Registered Technologist in Sonography (ARRT, RT(S)) Credential

For more information on the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, please contact the Health Science Admissions & Advising Office at 321-433-7575

Program Manager:  
Dr. Harry Holdorf at 433-7130

Clinical Coordinator:
Dan Clancy at 321-433-7312


Information Session


Learn about Sonography Program details as you explore the program application process and selection criteria.

The Information Session is available as a video session that includes an assignment that can lead to selection criteria points if completed by the annual May 15th application deadline.

Access the Virtual Info Session