Explore an exciting career in sonography.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology


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. 

Students can choose one of two majors in the sonography program at COTC: Cardiovascular and General Ultrasound

Professionals who are registered sonographers and would like to cross-train into a different sonography specialty can take select courses. Registered sonographers must 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). For more information regarding non-program students learn more.                               

Sonography courses are offered in the daytime at the Newark campus only, whereas general education courses are available day or evening and at COTC’s extended campuses or online.

The general education component of the program assists students in developing broad competencies beyond sonography and healthcare.  As students advance through the curriculum, students will develop communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, qualitative and quantitative reasoning, research, and literally skills.


Understand more about DMS majors

General Ultrasound

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

Cardiovascular Ultrasound

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

COTC DMS/RAD Alumni Degree Completion

COTC DMS and radiologic science technology graduates now have the opportunity to complete an AS to BS completely online through a partnership with The Ohio State University. Students can continue their education, completely online, through coursework specializing in management principles and strategies, human resources for health care, administration and quality management.

Learn more.

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.

How do I learn about the application process for the sonography program?

Students interested in sonography must watch a video and register and attend an information meeting

What are the requirements to apply to the sonography program?

Pre-requisite classes must be completed 

There are classes students must take, have taken or have been awarded transfer credit for before they can apply to the sonography program:

  • Math 140: College Algebra
  • BIO 130: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • PHYS 105: General Physics
  • ENGL 112 Composition I

Students who have completed the courses or receive transfer credit for the courses must have gotten a grade C or higher. 


Students must complete an ATI TEAS exam before applying to the sonography program. Students must create an account to register. 

There is also a fee students must pay to take the ATI TEAS test, so we highly recommend students prepare for the exam and take advantage of TEAS test prep materials. Students can re-test if they choose. 

ATI TEAS exam scores are good for 12 months, and the most recent score will be the one considered as part of a student’s sonography application.

When are applications for the sonography program available/due?

The deadline to apply to the sonography program is August 15 each year. 

What classes will I take if I get accepted into the sonography program?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Will I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students will be required to take classes on campus for the sonography program. Some general education courses may be available online, but students should plan to be on campus to use equipment and engage in hands-on learning.

Students majoring in general ultrasound or cardiovascular ultrasound begin classes in their major during spring semester. Classes are sequential — meaning they must be taken the semester they are offered. They are offered in the daytime only and held face-to-face.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year!

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.