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The DMS Program at Delgado Community College is a  Post-Associate Certificate Program.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography exams in Obstetrics-Gynecology, Abdomen and Physics.

What is Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound?

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound is one of many imaging modalities used in medicine to diagnose pathology and improve patient care.  Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of low intensity, high frequency sound waves to provide information about human anatomy and pathology.

 What is the DMSU Post-Associate Program like at Delgado?

The DMS program is a 16 month certificate post-associate program which provides students with both formal and practical education in ultrasound.

 How do you apply for admission to the DMSU Program?

Delgado Community College is an open admissions college; however acceptance into the DMSU Post-Associate  Program is by selection.  The Admissions Committee for the DMSU Program reviews and evaluates each application on an impartial basis.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.  Students wishing to apply for admission to the DMSU Program must submit a completed DMSU application to the Division of Allied health NO LATER THAN May 15. 

Persons accepted into the DMSU Program will be required to meet the technical standards of the Ultrasound profession which are available for review in the Allied Health Admissions Office.

 When should you apply for admission to the DMSU Program?

To be eligible to apply for admission to the DMSU program students must:

 1. Fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate of a 2 year accredited allied health occupation program such as registered nurse, radiologic technology, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, medical technologist, etc.   OR

  • Have at least 60 credit hours of previous coursework which MUST include the following pre-requisite courses. 

Course Number Course Title Credits

ENGL 101

English Composition I



English Composition II


MATH 118

Algebra for College Students


MATH 120(or higher)

Math Survey


HESC 111

Medical Terminology


PHYS 101

Elementary Physics


BIOL 251**

Anatomy & Physiology I


BIOL 253**

Anatomy & Physiology I Lab


BIOL 252

Anatomy & Physiology II


BIOL 254

Anatomy & Physiology II Lab


2.  Possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 including all colleges attended.

NOTE:  Science courses over 10 years old may require repetition.  Check with the Allied Health Admissions Advisor