Associate of Applied Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program provides education and training to prepare students for employment as a general sonographer. Graduates are prepared to sit for a national certification exam in diagnostic medical sonography.  Admission to the full-major DMS program is competitive.  For full application instructions please review the information on the Application Procedure webpage.

For full information about our degree program and student learning outcomes, please review the UAA Catalog.

  • Prerequisite Courses

    Show, from official transcripts, successful completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C:

    • WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts (3 credits)
    • WRTG A212 Writing and the Professions (3 credits)
      or WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences (3 credits)
    • Complete 3 credits from the Oral Communication Skills GER list. (3 credits)
    • BIOL A111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
    • BIOL A112 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
    • MA A101 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
    • MA A104 Essentials of Human Disease (3 credits)
    • MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra (or higher) (3 credits)
    • PHYS A123 College Physics I (3 credits)
      or RADT A151 Radiographic Physics (2 credits) (department approval required for Pre-DMS students)
  • General Degree Requirements

    General degree requirements for the AAS Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are satisfied upon successful completion of prerequisite courses.

  • Major Requirements

    Students will be required to physically attend classes at the Anchorage campus for the first year and may be assigned to clinical sites in other Alaska communities at their expense during the second year. Due to the risks associated with working in a health care setting, students may be required to provide proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical training.

    Complete the Program Requirements below with a minimum grade of C or P:

    Course Sequencing

    Fall Semester, 
    First Year
    Spring Semester,
    First Year
    Summer Semester, 
    First Year

    DMS A101 Introduction to Sonography (2 credits)

    DMS A103 Patient Care in Sonography (2 credits)

    DMS A105 Principles and Instrumentation I (3 credits)

    DMS A107 Abdominal Sonography I (2 credits)

    DMS A109 OB and Gyn Sonography I (3 credits)

    RADT A231 Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging (3 credits) 

    DMS A205 Principles and Instrumentation II (3 credits)  

    DMS A207 Abdominal Sonography II (2 credits)  

    DMS A209 OB and Gyn Sonography II (2 credits)  

    DMS A211 Small Parts Sonography (1 credit)

    DMS A213 Vascular Technology (2 credits)  

    DMS A215 Breast Sonography (1 credit)

    DMS A217 Fundamentals of Sonography Lab (1 credit)

    DMS A219 Practical Sonography Lab (3 credits)

    Fall Semester, 
    Second Year
    Spring Semester, 
    Second Year
    Summer Semester, 
    Second Year

    DMS A221 Pediatric Sonography (1 credit)  

    DMS A295A Clinical Practicum I (9 credits)

    DMS A295B Clinical Practicum II (9 credits)

    DMS A392 Pathophysiology Seminar (3 credits)  

    DMS A395 Clinical Practicum III (3 credits) 

    Applicants must contact the department for the application requirements, selection criteria and application procedure for the year they wish to apply since it is subject to change periodically. Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee selection into the program. - See more at:

A total of 70 credits is required for the degree.