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 Requirements
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
 Credits13-15
Spring Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements
DMS 101 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 1 1
BOTE 172 Medical Terminology 1 3
General Education Requirements
Written or Oral Communications
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Recommended)
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
 Credits15-17
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements
DMS 103 Abdominal Sonography I 1 5
DMS 105 Ultrasound Physics 1 3
DMS 106 Clinical Ultrasound Lab I 1 3
DMS 107 OB/GYN Sonography I 1 1
 Credits12
Spring Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements
DMS 202 Abdominal Sonography II 1 1
DMS 204 OB/GYN Sonography II 1 4
DMS 208 Vascular Sonography 1 1
DMS 209 Professional Development and Growth in Sonography 1 1
DMS 212 Clinical Ultrasound Lab II 1 5
 Credits12
Summer Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements
DMS 207 Sonography Registry Review 1 1
DMS 215 Clinical Ultrasound Internship I 1 5
 Credits6
3rd Year
Fall Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements
DMS 220 Clinical Ultrasound Internship II 1 12
 Credits12
 Total Credits70-74
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Students are required to earn "C" or higher or "T" (test credit) or "S" (satisfactory) in each course noted for successful completion of the program.

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. 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application Process

Application Deadline
Fall: April 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. 
  2. Complete application for Diagnostic Medical Sonography program:
    1. Prior to applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, students must complete, or be in the process of completing, the year one courses listed as General Education Requirements, Prescribed Technical Program Requirements, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Required Program Electives with a grade of "C" or better.
      1. Year one program required courses minimum GPA of 2.75.
      2. Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0.
    2. Completion of the Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA) administered by Pegasus Lectures.
    3. Submit DMS application form available on DMS Program Application and Requirements webpage.
    4. Obtain 2 recommendation letters utilizing forms available on DMS Program Application and Requirements webpage.
  3. A certain level of English proficiency is necessary for academic success in sonography as well as for patient safety. In addition to general college English proficiency requirements, all applicants for whom English is not their native language (including International and/or U.S. residents) and have not attended 4 years of U.S. high school and achieved a HS GPA of 3.0 or higher must meet additional language proficiency requirements for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
    1. Minimum TOEFL Scores for Admission to the DMS Program
      1. To be considered for admission to the DMS Program, English as a second language (ESL) applicants must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL internet based test (TOEFL iBT) of: ​
      2. Minimum Cumulative Score of:
        1. ​86 combined
      3. AND Minimum Individual Scores of:
        1. 26 in Speaking
        2. 20 in Writing
        3. 20 in Reading
        4. 20 in Listening
  4. Complete the interview process with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admission Committee.
    1. Interview will be scheduled once the program application is received and reviewed.
    2. Following a successful application and interview process, students will be offered placement into the program as space allows.
  5. Upon acceptance into both BSC and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program:   
    1. Students will attend program orientation and registration (scheduled after acceptance to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program). There is no registration for DMS courses (excluding DMS 101) prior to this day.
  6. Following acceptance, students will need to successfully complete the Castlebranch Compliance Tracker (student expense) to ensure the clinical admission requirements are met. Clinical affiliates maintain sole discretion as to the student's ability to participate in the Clinical Ultrasound Internship and may adjust the requirements at any time.
    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.
    5. Medical Examination
      1. Forms are available from the Program Director.

For additional information or questions contact:

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