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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Your new career in ultrasound technology starts here! 


Sonographers are highly skilled professionals who use imaging equipment that non-invasively emits sound waves directed towards internal organs, blood vessels, tissues and other structures. They can work in hospitals, clinics, or private practices and help physicians gather data needed to reach diagnostic decisions.

Program graduates are prepared to do general sonography. With additional training, graduates can perform cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and other sub-specialties.

Program Description

This full-time (21 months long) program leads to an Associate of Applied Sciences degree with a specialization in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). Training includes classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical education in an affiliated ultrasound department. See the full program schedule

Successful graduates are eligible to take certifying exams of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in specialty areas of Abdomen and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Explore Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Launch Your Health Career at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage your review of the electronic version of our Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

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Health Science Program Overview – Narrative (PDF)

After watching the online version of our information session, please join us via Zoom Lobby for an upcoming question/answer opportunity.  You are also welcome to contact our Advising office with specific questions at 253.566.6091 or advising@tacomacc.edu.



Zoom Link

Thursday, May 14

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 20

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, May 28

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 3

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, June 11

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, June 25 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Click here to join session

Thursday Meetings:

Meeting ID: 962 5963 4434
Password: 097695

Wednesday Meetings:

Meeting ID: 958 4791 0053
Password: 712312

Our DMS Graduates Succeed!

 100 In 2017, 100 percent of our graduates passed their credentialing exams, and 100 percent of our graduates found jobs within 6 months.

Program Outcomes

Year Attrition Graduate Credential Pass Rate (OB/GYN) Graduate Credential Pass Rate (Abdomen) Graduate Job Placement (within 6 months)
2015 6% 87% 92% 100%
2016 16% 100% 83% 93%
2017 16% 100% 100% 100%
2018 6% 100% 100% 100%


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation by the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The program at Tacoma Community College is accredited in the general concentration.

CAAHEP – 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, fax 727-210-2354, www.caahep.org.

JRC-DMS – 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043, 443-973-3251, www.jrcdms.org.

Do you have a question for us?

We are available to help you online via Zoom. 
Here you can talk to a staff member directly to get answers to your specific questions.
Please come join us! We are happy to help you!

Health, Business and Professional Services (HBPS) Zoom Lobby Information

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/99980134503

Phone number to call in: 1-253-215-8782 and follow the prompts

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 8013 4503

NOTE: You can also contact our department anytime and leave a voicemail at 253-566-5113, or reach us by email at tcchbps@tacomacc.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.



Contact Shea Bower, BS, RDMS Program Director