Diagnostic Medical Sonography

To learn more, visit: https://www.morainepark.edu/academics/programs/diagnostic-medical-sonography/

Program Number: 10-526-2
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Beaver Dam
This program is eligible for financial aid
Full-Time Enrollment Only

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program introduces students to a wide variety of specialties such as abdominal, breast, OB-GYN, vascular and musculoskeletal.

About the Program

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, more commonly referred to as ultrasound technicians, work with specialized equipment that uses soundwaves to produce internal anatomical images of the human bodyTheir work helps to support medical professionals in making accurate diagnoses.

What You’ll Learn

A sonographer is responsible for obtaining patient history, performing the sonographic examination, maintaining patient comfort during the examination, and recording anatomy, pathology or other data for interpretation by the supervising physician.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program introduces students to a wide variety of specialties such as abdominal, breast, OB-GYN, vascular and musculoskeletal. Students in this program learn alongside other health science students in our state-of-the-art simulation center.

Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program have knowledge of the normal structure and anatomy of the human body and use independent judgement in recognizing the need to perform procedures according to sonographic findings. 

Transfer Opportunities

Your academic journey can continue at a four-year college or university. Earn your associate degree at Moraine Park and then apply those credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Starting at MPTC makes completing a bachelor’s degree affordableaccessible and convenient. You can go anywhere as MPTC has transfer agreements with colleges and universities both in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

Visit the Transfer to a Four-Year College page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

This program also requires:

  • Health Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check

Credit for Prior Learning

Transform the skills and abilities developed through previous experience into college credit through MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning process. 

  • Transfer credit from other colleges/universities
  • Earn college credit for your military training and experience
  • Earn college credit via Advance Placement, CLEP, DANTES/DSST or MPTC Challenge Exams
  • Earn college credit from previous/current work and life experiences

Visit MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning page for more information.

Approximate Costs



  • $149.50 per credit (resident)
  • $224.25 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $5.00 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $13.45 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for associate degree and technical diploma programs (those that are 2 semesters in length and typically with 28 credits or more). Processing can take 4-5 weeks after a student's completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received. Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2024-25 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,462 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $3,008 (if living with parents, $9,147 if living on your own), books and supplies of $1,465, personal expenses of $3,608, and transportation of $4,017 for a total of $17,002. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

Course Requirements 

Plan of Study Grid
Clinical Admissions RequirementsCredits
804-195 College Algebra with Applications 3
806-143 College Physics 1 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
Semester 1
526-200 Intro to DMS 3
526-210 Cross Sectional Anatomy 2
526-221 Sonography Physics 1 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 4
890-101 College 101 2
Semester 2
103-159 Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
526-207 Abdominal Sonography 4
526-208 OB/GYN Sonography 1 3
526-223 Vascular Imaging 1 3
Social Science Course 3
526-203 Scanning with Proficiency 1
526-209 DMS Clinical Experience 1 2
Semester 3
526-211 Superficial Sonography 2
526-212 OB/GYN Sonography 2 3
526-222 Sonography Physics 2 2
526-226 DMS Clinical Experience 2 4
Behavioral Science Course 3
Semester 4
526-215 DMS Clinical Experience 3 2
526-217 Registry Review 1
526-219 DMS Clinical Experience 4 2
526-224 Vascular Imaging 2 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 Total Credits69

BLS Provider certification is a required component of the program.

NOTE: To see all course descriptions for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, go to the Radiography/Diagnostic Medical Sonography (526) course description page.

Program Outcomes

  • ​Provide patient care and education.
  • Utilize acoustic physics, Doppler ultrasound principles, and ultrasound instrumentation.
  • Complete diagnostic sonographic exams.
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics.
  • Collaborate with members of the healthcare team.

Career Opportunities

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Tech
  • Ultrasonographer

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates