Five female sonography students perfoming diognostic imaging

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Inforgraph on Sonography: 2015 starting pay $41,873 per year; 2015 median pay $59,202 per year; 2015 employment in KY 918.

What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

This program involves training in sonography (commonly called ultrasound), which is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses safe, high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, muscles, tissues and blood vessels; reproductive systems; and, heart, lung and other bodily organs. Students learn by virtue of training in both theory and practice on human subjects. Once the program is completed, a student takes the national credentialing/certification exam before beginning their career as a sonographer.

What are my career choices?

There are many options for employment, including hospitals, medical clinics, physician’s offices, diagnostic laboratories, outpatient centers, and research facilities.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (71-72 credit hours)


  • Basic Vascular Technology* (3 credit hours) - not offered at this time 

For overview of Program, see the Program Brochure
For course listings for advisment session, see the Class Listings Sheet
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog

For program cost, see the estimate worksheet 

Program Outcomes

Admission Requirements

Selection of students for the program will be made by the president of the college or the president’s designee after considering the recommendation of the Admission Committee. Please review the admission requirements for this program.

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

  • Om Dolby, Instructor - (270) 901-1082

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.