Diagnostic Medical Sonography


The DMS Program will now allow students to apply for acceptance into the program if they have completed either high school or college algebra (equivalent of MTH 112), high school or college biology, and high school or college chemistry, all with a "C" or better.  This means that high school seniors can now apply to the program! Applicants are also required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an ACT composite score of 20 (unless they have been out of high school for 5 years or more and choose to use life experience credit for the ACT score).

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program provides a non-discriminatory, student centered educational environment for the growth and professional development of sonographers with superior competency in multiple sonographic specialties.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is the non-invasive use of high frequency sound waves to image anatomic structures within the body.  Sonographers are specially trained individuals who work under the close supervision of radiologists, perinatologists, cardiologists, and vascular surgeons in order to assist them in determining a medical diagnosis and treatment plan for patients.  The sonographer is responsible for acquiring images and/or videos of normal and abnormal structures and functions and reporting their findings to the appropriate supervising physician.

The DMS program offers two majors, General Sonography and Cardiovascular Sonography, both leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree.  Upon completion of this degree, DMS graduates have the option to complete the Bachelor Degree Program.  Any transfer student who has graduated from another DMS accredited institution, are also able to complete the Bachelor Degree Program at Rio.  Completion of the Bachelor Degree Program consist of the student completing the core sonography courses of the opposite major as their associate's degree in the third and fourth years, which will prepare the student for advanced career in the field of sonography.

The Diagnostic Songraphy program has many requirements and is very competitive.  Please see the University of Rio Grande Catalog for more information on acceptance into the DMS program, or you can view the DMS FACT Sheet for a brief overview of the program and it's requirements along with a suggested curriculum.  If you have met all requirements and are interested in applying to the DMS program, please print and submit a DMS Application (accepted January 1 - April 1)

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography General Concentration and the Cardiovascular Concentration Programs are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and are accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL, 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354, www.caahep.org

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is accredited by the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604, Phone 800-621-7440 / 312-263-0456.  www.ncahlc.org

General Contact Information
  • Stephanie Saunders, MHA, RDCS, RVT
    DMS Program Director, Associate Professor 
    740-245-7139 E-mail:  ssaunders@rio.edu
  • Carrie Denney, RTR, RDMS
    Assistant Professor                
    740-245-7194 E-mail:  cdenney@rio.edu
  • Laura Rupe, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RTR
    DMS Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Professor 
    740-245-7508 E-mail:  llee@rio.edu
  • Admissions 1-800-282-7201