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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Please read below for an important message about the 2023-2024 academic year

Important DMS Program Update

Thank you for your interest in Tacoma Community College's DMS program. While the restructuring of the Imaging Sciences Department is occurring, we will not be admitting students to the DMS program. Once the restructuring is complete, we will notify all prospective students with additional information and program details. We anticipate having additional information during the 2023-24 academic year.  

If you would like to be notified of updates as they become available, please use this link to add your contact information to the distribution list: DMS Update Request Link. Please add to your ‘safe senders’ to ensure you don’t miss any important updates. 


Sonographers are highly skilled professionals who use imaging equipment that non-invasively emits sound waves directed towards internal organs, blood vessels, tissues and other structures. They can work in hospitals, clinics, or private practices and help physicians gather data needed to reach diagnostic decisions.

Program graduates are prepared to do general sonography. With additional training, graduates can perform cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and other sub-specialties.

Program Description

This full-time (21 months long) program leads to an Associate of Applied Sciences degree with a specialization in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). Training includes classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical education in an affiliated ultrasound department. See the full program schedule

Successful graduates are eligible to take certifying exams of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in specialty areas of Abdomen and Obstetrics & Gynecology.


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Our DMS Graduates Succeed!

This 2-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

When students complete the program they are eligible to take the national certification examination through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). When students successfully pass this examination, they become certified as Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, RDMS.

91% In 2022, 91 percent of our graduates passed their credentialing exams, and 100 percent of our graduates found jobs within 6 months.


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