Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)

Associate in Applied Science

Prescribed Technical Program46
General Education16-18
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Required Program Electives8-10
Total Degree Credits70-74
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterCredits
General Education Courses  
Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Written or Oral Communications  
ENGL 110 College Composition I (Required) 1 3
Business, Math, Science & Technology  
Select one of the following: 3-4
College Algebra 1  
Elementary Statistics 1  
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I (Required) 1 3-4
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (Required) 1 1
Spring Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
DMS 101 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 1 1
BOTE 172 Medical Terminology 1 3
General Education Courses  
Written or Oral Communications  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing (Recommended)  
Fundamentals of Public Speaking  
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Required Program Electives  
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 3-4
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 1
PHYS 100 Concepts of Physics 1 3-4
PHYS 100L Concepts of Physics Lab 1 1
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
DMS 102 Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy I 1 3
DMS 104 Diagnostic Medical Sonography I 1 3
DMS 105 Ultrasound Physics 1 3
DMS 106 Clinical Ultrasound Lab I 1 3
Spring Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
DMS 209 Professional Development and Growth in Sonography 1 1
DMS 210 Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy II 1 3
DMS 211 Diagnostic Medical Sonography II 1 3
DMS 212 Clinical Ultrasound Lab II 1 5
Summer Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
DMS 207 Sonography Capstone 1 1
DMS 215 Clinical Ultrasound Internship I 1 5
3rd Year
Fall Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
DMS 220 Clinical Ultrasound Internship II 1 12
 Total Credits70-74

College Degree Requirements

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements

A GPA of 2.0 "C" or higher must be earned in all prescribed technical program requirement courses in order to continue in the program.

All Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses must be taken in sequence. Successful completion is required to be eligible to take the National Registry Certification Examination.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application Process

Application Deadline
Fall: May 1

  1. Admission to Bismarck State College.
    1. Apply as "Pre-Diagnostic Medical Sonography."
    2. Check CampusConnection to ensure all of your "To Do List" items have been completed. Students cannot be admitted to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses if they are not admitted to BSC due to an incomplete Admission file. 
    3. Note: Pre-Diagnostic Medical Sonography requires placement assessments in Math, English, and Reading.
  2. Complete application for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program:
    1. Prior to applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, students must complete the courses listed as General Education Courses and Required Program Electives.
    2. Submit applications found on Diagnostic Medical Sonography webpage.
  3. Complete the interview process with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director.
    1. Interview will be scheduled once the course application is received and reviewed.
    2. Following a successful application and interview process, students will be offered placement into the course as space allows.
  4. Upon acceptance into both BSC and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program:
    1. Students will attend program orientation and registration. There is no registration for DMS courses prior to this day. We will schedule this orientation and registration day after acceptance to the course.
  5. Following acceptance, students will need to complete the Castlebranch Compliance Tracker ($153 student expense) to ensure the following requirements are met:
    1. AHA BLS (Healthcare Provider) CPR
    2. Background/Exclusions Check
      1. No felony convictions. Misdemeanors will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    3. Vaccinations:
      1. MMR- 2 vaccinations or titer (blood test).
      2. Varicella- 2 vaccinations or positive titer (blood test). (We cannot accept a statement or doctor note stating that you have had chickenpox or shingles.)
      3. Tuberculosis (TB)- 2 step TB skin test or QuantiFERON or T-SPOT.TB or negative chest x-ray.
      4. Tetanus (Td/Tdap)- Current up to date (within 10 years).
      5. Hepatitis B series- 3 doses of vaccine or titer (blood draw); recommended, not required.
      6. Current year influenza vaccination- due by November 1 for Fall semesters.
    4. 12 Panel Drug Screen
      1. Forms are available only from the Program Director.

For additional information or questions contact:

Tara Wagner, BS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R) 701-224-2518 or email tara.wagner@bismarckstate.edu