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:

  • Show, from official transcripts, successful completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C:
    WRTG A111Writing Across Contexts3
    WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
    or WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences
    Complete 3 credits from the Oral Communication Skills GER list.3
    BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
    BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
    MA A101Medical Terminology3
    MA A104Essentials of Human Disease3
    MATH A105Intermediate Algebra (or higher)3
    PHYS A123College 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 full major status 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 A101Introduction to Sonography2
DMS A103Patient Care in Sonography2
DMS A105Principles and Instrumentation I3
DMS A107Abdominal Sonography I2
DMS A109OB and Gyn Sonography I3
DMS A205Principles and Instrumentation II3
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 Seminar3
DMS A395Clinical Practicum III3
RADT A231Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging3

A total of 70 credits is required for the degree.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to sit for the national certification examinations from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

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.