Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) - Southwestern Illinois College

Become a registered sonographer!

sonography program

The SWIC Sonography program prepares students with the skills necessary to become a registered sonographer, prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings including hospital or privately-owned facilities.

Sonographers are trained professionals in diagnostic imaging equipment to assist healthcare professionals to make accurate diagnoses and treatment options.

Registered sonographers are skilled in operating imaging equipment, reviewing normal and abnormal images and preparing patients for various medical procedures following review of the patient’s medical records.

  • Three-semester certificate
  • Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Enrolled in April for Fall classes, October for Spring classes, and March for Summer classes
  • To enroll, students must have an Associate in Applied Science in a healthcare related field or an Associate in Science received from a two-year allied health program that is patient-care related and required clinical education, or a Bachelor’s degree in a science field, preferably healthcare

For further information regarding the field of sonography, please go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Belleville Campus Quad in Fall

Applications for Fall 2022 are now CLOSED!

Applications for Fall 2022 are accepted May 1 – July 1, 2022.
Applications for Fall 2023 are accepted Sept. 1 – Dec. 1, 2022.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prior to enrolling in any DMS courses.

Entrance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is highly competitive.

Requirements to apply?

Download the DMS Application Planning guide for more information on Application Requirements.

Program Capacity

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Belleville Campus

The Sonography program has the capacity for approximately 20 students admitted each summer at the Belleville Campus.

Seats available are dependent on meeting application requirements and on clinical availability.

Time Commitment

Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses are offered full-time during the day. The program can be completed in 12 months.

Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of the Sonography curriculum, graduates are awarded a certificate as a sonographer.

Graduates of the sonography curriculum are eligible to take the certification examination by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

To work in Illinois, graduates of the program must provide proof of graduation from a sonography training program.

Illinois sonography employers prefer professional certification by the ARDMS for students to gain employment as a sonographer.

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