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Post Associate Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Medical Imaging with Emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The BS in DMS program meets the needs of students from multiple backgrounds and disciplines. Whether a student is completing the BS in in CMI with Emphasis in DMS as their first degree, seeking a career change or expanding their opportunities by adding to a current allied health degree, this program will ensure students are prepared to become an integral part of the healthcare team.

Upon completion of this program, students will be qualified to apply for licensure examination through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) under pre-requisite 2. Sonographers are considered licensed when they have successfully completed the ARDMS examinations in Physics (SPI) and at least one additional specialty (Abdomen, OB/GYN, Breast, etc.)


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Medical Imaging with Emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program, is to provide quality education that prepares diagnostic medical sonographers for research-based practice and professional roles to improve health care in the community in which they practice.


To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the abdominal-extended and obstetrics and gynecology sonography concentrations.

To accomplish this goal, our program provides students with extensive didactic and clinical training in the areas of Ultrasound physics and instrumentation, abdominal, small part, gynecologic, obstetric and basic vascular sonographic imaging. The coursework includes thorough evaluation of human anatomy, physiology, pathology and sonographic findings. Focus is placed on educating students in standards-based practices of sonographic examinations.

Students develop professionalism, communication skills and leadership qualities through realistic laboratory simulations, project-based research projects, presentations, and in over 1600 hours of clinical experience in the real-world imaging environment.

These opportunities develop the student’s ability to:

  • Provide basic patient care and comfort to all patients.
  • Employ professional judgement and communication.
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of acoustic physics principles, Doppler ultrasound principles, and ultrasound instrumentation through proper equipment operation and transducer selection.
  • Evaluate the interaction between ultrasound and tissue and the probability of biological effects in clinical examinations.
  • Produce and assess ultrasonographic images of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology.
  • Identify, document and develop differential diagnosis of abnormal sonographic and Doppler patterns.


The BS in DMS degree is a limited admission program based on student merit. Students are encouraged to apply if they have one of the following:

  • An Associate of Arts or Science degree from a regionally accredited institution and all program specific prerequisites*
  • A bachelor’s degree and all program specific pre requisites*
  • Current placement in the GBC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program

*The following program specific pre-requisites must be completed prior to beginning the program:

  • English 102
  • Introductory Physics (PHYS 100)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Course (NURS 130)
  • Medical Terminology (NURS 140)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 223 & 224)
  • College Algebra (MATH 126 or higher)

Application Process

Applications are due to the Health Science and Human Service Department by April 1 of each year. Students will have the opportunity to apply under multiple track options. Students may select the Renown Track option or the General GBC option. Students will be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

General GBC Option

Students accepted into the general GBC track will attend didactic courses on the Elko campus or via interactive video. They will attend lab weekly the first semester and every one to three weeks the second semester. Lab will be held on the GBC Elko campus. Students will receive clinical placement at a minimum of 2 different GBC clinical affiliates. A minimum of one of these may be at an out of town location.

Renown Satellite Site Option

Students desiring consideration for placement in the Renown Satellite site will have the option to request that site on their application. If they meet all GBC requirements, they will be considered for placement in the Renown Satellite site based off the student applicant point system. Students selected for the Renown site will attend didactic courses via interactive video. They will attend weekly lab the first and second semesters at the Renown Reno campus. All clinical placement will be completed at a minimum of two Renown sites in Reno, NV.

If a student is not selected as a Renown site student, they may be accepted into the General GBC track if positions are available.


All expenses are estimated.

  • Tuition (In state): $16,260
  • Textbooks: $900
  • Uniforms, Shoes: $300
  • Immunization Tracking, Background Check & Drug
  • Screening: $100-150
  • Lab Fee (per credit for CMI courses): $65
  • ARDMS Exams (each): $200-250
  • Physical Exam: Individual amount
  • Immunizations: Individual amount
  • Health Insurance: Individual amount
  • Travel/Living expenses: Individual amount

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The Great Basin College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Great Basin College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

8060 165th Avenue NE | Redmond, WA 98052 USA

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