Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS program is designed for individuals who already have training and experience in a profession that provides direct care or treatment to people. This program prepares competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Examples of examinations performed by sonographers include abdominal, gynecological, fetal, breast, vascular, small part and superficial structures. Graduates are prepared to sit for a national certification exam in diagnostic medical sonography.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Students may be admitted to UAA Diagnostic Medical Sonography program as a pre-major.

Prior to being admitted as a full major, the student must meet special admission and application requirements and be selected for entry into the program. Student must:

  • Meet one of the following:
    • Possess an associate degree or higher in a health care, treatment or therapy/rehabilitation centered profession.
    • Possess a bachelor's degree (any major) and a national certification or licensure in a health care, treatment, or therapy/rehabilitation profession providing direct patient care.
  • Provide proof of having worked in a health care, treatment or therapy/rehabilitation profession providing direct patient care within the last five years.
  • Show, from official transcripts, successful completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C:
    BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
    BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
    WRTG A111Writing Across Contexts3
    MA A101Medical Terminology3
    MATH A105Intermediate Algebra3
    One of the following, or their equivalents:
    PHYS A123Basic Physics I2-3
    or RADT A151 Radiographic Physics
  • Submit a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program application.

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.


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.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

DMS A102Foundations of Sonography2
DMS A105Principles and Instrumentation I3
DMS A107Abdominal Sonography I2
DMS A109OB and Gyn Sonography I2
DMS A205Principles and Instrumentation II2
DMS A207Abdominal Sonography II2
DMS A209OB and Gyn Sonography II2
DMS A211Small Parts Sonography1
DMS A213Vascular Technology2
DMS A215Breast Sonography1
DMS A217Fundamentals of Sonography Lab1
DMS A219Practical Sonography Lab3
DMS A221Pediatric Sonography1
DMS A295AClinical Practicum I9
DMS A295BClinical Practicum II9
DMS A392Pathophysiology Seminar2
DMS A395Clinical Practicum III8
RADT A231Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging3

A total of 70 credits is required for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, students are able to:

  1. Apply entry-level knowledge of physics, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to sonography.
  2. Perform general sonography with continuing competency.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in patient assessment and care activities related to sonography.
  4. Utilize effective oral and written communication with patients, physicians and other medical personnel.
  5. Employ professional and ethical judgment in the performance of sonographic duties.