Associate in Applied Science

Angelina College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL, 33756 (phone: 727-210-2350, web www.caahep.org)

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Technical Standards

The Sonography Program has adopted the following Technical Standards. Students must be able to meet these Technical Standards in order to participate and potentially be successful in the Sonography Program.

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The college offers a cooperative program with area hospitals that is designed to provide understanding, proficiency, and skill in diagnostic medical sonography. Upon completion of the program, the successful student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree and meets the requirements set by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) to apply for their licensure examination.

The program curriculum provides a balance of didactic and technical courses which affords each student individual opportunities for educational development and clinical competence. The student must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all sonography courses or be dropped from the program.

Program admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered only in even years.


Admission to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1. Application and acceptance to Angelina College.

2. Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete.

3. Submit passing TSI scores or proof of exemption in the Sonography Program Application Packet.

4. Attend a sonography information session to obtain a program application and/or information.

5. Program application must be submitted, completed physical health form, receive appropriate immunizations as mandated by the Texas Department of State Health Services for health care workers, and provide proof of current 2 year American Heart Association CPR card no later than June 15th each accepting year for August consideration. All requested information must be received by the program in order for the application to be complete. The hepatitis B series (3 shots in 6 months) must be completed by the first clinical day of the first semester.

6. Official college transcripts must be submitted in the Application Packet. College transfer students must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

7. Complete all prerequisite courses prior to designated date:
BIOL 2404 - Human A&P (General)
ENGL 1301 - Composition
PSYC 2301 - General Psychology
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
PHYS 1305 Elementary Physics

DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

Prerequisite courses may be taken only twice for selection consideration. If a prerequisite course is taken more than twice, only the second grade will be calculated in the cumulative GPA for prerequisite courses.

8. Acceptance into the diagnostic medical sonography program is limited. Applicants will be ranked and selected based on the following criteria:

    a. Completion of ALL requirements by published deadlines.

    b. Cumulative GPA in BIOL 2404, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, MATH 1314; DMSO 1210. Applicants will be ranked according to the cumulative GPA of the prerequisite courses following the completion of the second Summer semester. Twenty (20) applicants with the highest GPA in the prerequisite courses will be scheduled for a personal interview.

    c. Program admission is based upon a point value system listed below. The DMS Program currently accepts 8 to 10 students per year based upon the availability of appropriate clinical agencies to support the program’s clinical education.

9. Applicants will be notified on “conditional” acceptance decisions by the end of the second summer session, by posting of the decision on the Health Careers website.

10. Upon “conditional” acceptance to the program, a random drug screen and background check will be done at the student’s expense (approximately $80.00).

11. The drug screen and background check must be successful/negative to receive “full” acceptance into the Sonography program.

Admission Point Value System

After all admission criteria have been satisfied, students will be top-ranked based on the GPA of the six prerequisites. The top 20 students will be interviewed. Eight to ten students will be selected according to a point value system. Download a copy of the admission point value system here.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Mission and Philosophy
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, in concert with the mission and philosophy of Angelina College, is committed to provide a quality and comprehensive education in general sonography for preparation in the profession. Through didactic information, educational resources, and a variety of clinical experiences, the program is designed to develop competent, responsible, and independent sonography professionals. The program's mission is also supported by a dedicated team of experienced faculty, sonographers, and physicians who encourage and model life long learning in diagnostic medical sonography. 

To provide the highest quality instruction of a curriculum designed to prepare the graduate to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, application of technical, affective, psychomotor, and critical thinking skills, and competency in the role as an entry level sonographer.

To produce graduates who meet the requirements set by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification examination upon completion of the program.

To seek new community partnerships for clinical practice as needs are identified according to student growth and the addition of advanced modality certificate programs.

To provide students with both academic and clinical instruction in the field Diagnostic Medical Sonography in order to meet the employment needs of the graduate and of the medical communities.

To foster and promote a life-long desire for learning and professional growth in each student.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the graduate should possess the knowledge and skills to implement safe, competent, entry level skills in sonography. The graduate will accomplish this by the following:

a. Demonstrate entry level competency for employment in the profession.
b. Utilize critical thinking skills and analytic capabilities to ensure production of high quality diagnostic sonograms.
c. Utilize effective oral and written communication.
d. Demonstrate independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
e. Demonstrate awareness of the need for life-long learning and professional growth.

State Licensing Requirements
Students considering this program are advised that any conviction of a felony or misdemeanor charge (other than a minor traffic violation/DWI is not a minor traffic violation) can make them ineligible for certification by the ARDMS. The ARDMS is the only agency that can address whether they will or will not allow an individual with a criminal record to write the examination. If in doubt, students should investigate the possibilities with the ARDMS at (301) 738-8401.

Student Accidents:
As a student at Angelina College, you will encounter certain risks while you are enrolled in a classroom, or laboratory experience, or in a clinical or practicum setting. In the event that you sustain an injury and or require any medical testing or care, all resulting medical expenses (hospital, ambulance, or physician fees), are your responsibility and not the responsibility of Angelina College or the clinical/practicum site.

It is recommended that you purchase a student/personal health insurance plan (medical and hospitalization) if you are not covered by a group health insurance plan.



Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science Program

Curriculum Outline

First Semester

Semester/Course Lec Hrs Cont Hrs Credit Hrs
Summer Session I
ENGL 1301   Composition 3 64 3
MATH 1314  College Algebra 3 48 3
PSYC 2301   General Psychology 3 48 3
9 160 9
Summer Session II

DMSO 1210    Introduction to Sonography

2 32 2

PHYS 1305    Elementary Physics

3 48 3

BIOL 2404      General Human Anatomy and Physiology

3 80 4
8 160 9
Fall Semester
STSU 0X00   Student Development* 3* 48* 3*

DMSO 1360  Clinical-DMS/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician-Clinical I

0 256 3
DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 3 48 3
DMSO 1351 Sonographic Sectional Anatomy 3 48 3
DMSO 1405 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Cavity 3 109 4
12 461 13

Spring Semester

DMSO 1361 Clinical-DMS/Sonographer and Ultrasound
Technician-Clinical II
0 256 3
DMSO 2353 Sonography of Superficial Structures 3 48 3
DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4 128 4
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication or
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
3 48 3
9 480 13

*Local Developmental Course

Summer Session I

Program Students and Faculty are off this semester.

Summer Session II
DMSO 1362 Clinical-DMS/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician-Clinical III 0 192 3
Fall Semester- Second Year
DMSO 2342 Sonography of High Risk Obstetrics 3 48 3
DMSO 2351 Doppler Physics 3 112 3
DMSO 2460 Clinical-DMS/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician-Clinical IV 0 384 4
Humanities & Visual Arts (3 hours)
ARTS 1301, DRAM 1310, MUSI 1310, MUSI 1306, ENGL 2322, 2323, 2326 9 26 560 13
3 48 3
9 560 13
Spring Semester
DSVT 1300 Principles of Vascular Technology 3 112 3
DMSO 2230 Advanced Ultrasound and Review 2 32 2
DMSO 1355 Sonographic Pathophysiology 3 48 3
DMSO 2461 Clinical-DMS/Sonographer and Ultrasound
Technician-Clinical V
0 384 4
8 544 12

Grand Total

56 2496 72

Total Clinical Hours

1,472  (59% of the curriculum)


Clinical Facilities


Memorial Health System of East Texas
Frank & Franklin
P.O. Box 1447
Lufkin, Texas 75901
(936) 634-8111

Woodland Heights Medical Center
500 Gaslight Blvd.
Lufkin, Texas 75901
(936) 634-8311


Memorial Hospital
1204 Mound Street
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 564-4611

Nacogdoches Medical Center
4920 NE Stallings Drive
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 569-9481


Memorial Medical Center - Livingston
1717 HWY 59 Bypass
Livingston, Texas 77351
(936) 327-4381












Casey Davis
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Coordinator