School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety
Program information is available from the Ask CNM Contact Center at (505) 224-3000 or go to cnm.edu.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is a four-term program during which the student will attain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary for employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. A sonographer is a health care professional who uses high-frequency sound waves as a diagnostic tool to view the human body in order to aid the physician in the diagnosis of illness. Students study the use of sound waves to generate images of various parts of the human body. The successful graduate will have the ability to conceptualize in 3-dimensional form. The program provides classroom didactic instruction, hands-on scanning, laboratory instruction and clinical experiences in a variety of medical facilities and outpatient diagnostic centers. Students are prepared to sit for the national board exams administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the specialty areas of “Abdomen and Superficial Structures” and “Obstetrics and Gynecology”. Successful completion of this exam results in attaining the RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) credential. The program is fully accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).
Career and Educational Opportunities
There is currently a nationwide shortage of registered sonographers. Graduates will be employed as sonographers in hospitals, physician’s offices and private sonography practices.
Exit competencies (see Program Exit Competencies ) for this program of study are available at cnm.edu/exitcomp.
For the graduation policy refer to the Moving On section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.