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Bachelor of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Why Choose COTC?

Ohio’s first and only accelerated bachelor’s degree program

When students think about a career in sonography, they often associate ultrasound with pregnancy. A career in sonography can do so much more. Sonography involves the use of an ultrasound tool for diagnostic purposes for several different areas of the body.

COTC offers the Bachelor of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology. The BAS incorporates the highly regarded curriculum of our former associate degree program with advanced training in special modalities, giving graduates a competitive edge in the job market. 

The BAS in DMS is an accelerated, three-year program that begins in the spring semester (January) each year. Students are expected to attend full time for eight consecutive semesters. Sonography courses are offered at the Newark campus only. General education courses are available day or evening and at all extended campuses or online. In the student’s second and third year, they will complete five clinical rotations that are typically two or three days per week during the daytime.

Earn Sonography Credentials

As students progress through the curriculum, they will be able to sit for five sonographer credentialing exams needed for employment. COTC graduates’ pass rates exceed both accreditation standards and exceed national averages.

  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS)
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
  • ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) with an Abdomen (AB) specialty
  • ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) with an Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) specialty
  • ARDMS Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation (SPI)
  • ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) with an Adult Echocardiography specialty (AE)

Sonography Information Course

Completion of this course is required for application.

sonographer at work A Sonography Information Course is available to anyone interested in the DMS program at COTC. This course will provide information and hopefully answer many of your questions on the ultrasound profession, program requirements and application process.  The information course will take less than one hour to complete and can be accessed multiple times.


DMS Majors

Students can choose one of two majors in the sonography program at COTC: general or cardiovascular. All concentrations of the program are accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

General Major

  • Abdominal organs: liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, etc.
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Breast, thyroid, prostate, etc.
  • Musculoskeletal muscles and tendons
  • Neonatal brain and pediatrics

Cardiovascular Major

  • Adult heart
  • EKG
  • Cerebrovascular carotid arteries and brain
  • Peripheral blood flow of vessels in arms and legs
  • Abdominal arteries and veins

Cross-training for registered sonographers

Registered sonographers who hold active RDMS, RVT or RDCS credentials through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or RVS or RCS credentials through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), can enroll in sonography courses to cross-train in a different specialty.

For more information on cross-training, review DMS special enrollment instructions.


DMS Application Requirements

DMS Canvas Course card

The DMS program is a competitive, selective program. There are enrollment requirements in addition to the COTC admission application. Students must submit a DMS program application and supporting material to be considered for admission to the program. The deadline to apply to the DMS program is May 1.

Download a printable application checklist. DMS Checklist


Frequently Asked Questions


I applied to COTC. Is that the same as applying to the sonography program?

No. Sonography is a competitive, selective healthcare program. Students first apply to COTC (the college) and indicate interest in a health technologies program (or apply to a pre-health track). Then students complete a separate application to apply to the sonography program.