Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Certificate

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
# DGMS 201C Principles of Sonography 3 2 4
# DGMS 265C Sonographic Anatomy and Pathology I 3 0 3
# DGMS 275C Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN I 3 0 3
# DGMS 291C DMS Clinical Procedures I 0 12 4
Spring Semester
# DGMS 221C Sonographic Physics 3 0 3
# DGMS 266C Sonographic Anatomy and Pathology II 3 0 3
# DGMS 277C Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN II 3 0 3
# DGMS 296C DMS Clinic II* 0 24 6
# DGMS 241C Principles of Vascular Ultrasound 3 2 4
# DGMS 297C DMS Clinic III* 0 21 5
Fall Semester
# DGMS 233C Seminars in Sonography 4 0 4
# DGMS 298C DMS Clinic IV* 0 32 8
# Indicates major field courses.
* All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: DGMS 291C, DGMS 296C, DGMS 297C and DGMS 298C.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

A Professional Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is awarded to upon successful completion of the program.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program combines didactic and clinical study that enables the graduate to function in the medical community as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Sonographers perform medical imaging using sophisticated ultrasound instrumentation. The program is four semesters of full-time study. Graduates find employment in hospitals and private clinics.


For a description of the profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and a more in-depth look into our program, please visit our Canvas site at

CAAHEP Logo Commission onf Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsAccreditation Status: Accredited

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (https://www.caahep.org/) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review of Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

Students who graduate from programs accredited through CAAHEP are qualified to take national certification examinations with no additional work experience required.

As a pre-clinical requirement, students will be required to undergo and successfully meet the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Department's criteria for a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. No student will be exempt from this process. Students are provided with procedural and cost information subsequent to admission to the Diagnostic Medical Imaging program and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures. Drug and alcohol screening is required prior to clinical and randomly throughout the program.

This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

Transfer Information

Specific Admission Requirements

For 2020 Admission
Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than January 3, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission (with the exception of the interview).

  1. Applicants must have completed a two year AMA or AMA equivalent allied health training program that is patient care related. e.g. radiologic technology, nursing, physical therapy, etc. (Note: Medical Assisting is not generally considered an AMA Allied Health Program.)
  2. In lieu of #1, a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Science field qualifies for admission;
  3. The following college level courses are required with grades of “C” or higher:
    • Algebra, statistics or higher level mathematics course;
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, with laboratories (Please note: Courses with virtual/online labs are not accepted);
    • Communication Skills (may be met by a variety of courses including English, speech or composition);
    • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics.
  4. Medical Terminology is strongly recommended;
  5. A personal interview is required; qualified candidates will be contacted after the deadlines to arrange an interview;
  6. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted to the admissions department;
  7. The applicant must complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer before program registration.

Please Note: Students who wish to enter the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit fhe Change of Program form.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

For a complete listing of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements, please see the health requirements for Allied Health students.

Technical Standards
Technical standards have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession.

Essential Functions
Essential functions have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession.  Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the essential functions listed below should contact the program officials to discuss individual cases.  The program officials will seriously consider all academically qualified candidates providing that the essential functions can be met with reasonable accommodations.

The student must have sufficient strength and motor coordination required to perform the following physical activities:

  • Standing for sustained periods of time and walking most of the work day to accomplish tasks.
  • Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling accessory equipment for sonographic purposes including typing on computer terminals and manipulation of transducers.
  • Frequently transporting, moving, lifting and transferring patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to and from an examination table.

In addition, the student must have:

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and evaluate image quality. Visual acuity sufficient to work with analyzing data and figures, working with computer terminals, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and operation of equipment.
  • Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs.
  • Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively. Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Primary function includes activities in which the student must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees, accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations.  Ability to work with wide variations in workload and stress levels.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical, Internship and Practicum Sites

The program affiliates throughout NH, Maine and Vermont. Students will rotate through various sites throughout the program.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Lebanon, NH
Androscoggin Valley Hospital Berlin, NH
Caring for Woman Laconia, NH
Catholic Medical Center Manchester, NH
Central Maine Medical Center Lewiston, ME
Central Vermont Medical Center Berlin, VT
Concord Hospital Concord, NH
Concord Imaging Center Concord, NH
Cottage Hospital Woodsville, NH
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic Manchester, NH
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic Nashua, NH
Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME
Elliot Health System Manchester, NH
Exeter Hospital Exeter, NH
Franklin Regional Hospital Franklin, NH
Frisbie Memorial Hospital Rochester, NH
Inland Hospital Waterville, ME
Lakes Regional General Healthcare Laconia, NH
LincolnHealth Damariscotta, ME
Littleton Regional Healthcare Littleton, NH
Maine Medical Center Portland, ME
Maine Medical Partners Women’s Health Portland, ME
Mayo Regional Hospital Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Mid Coast Hospital Brunswick, ME
Mercy Hospital Portland, ME
Monadnock Community Hospital Peterborough, NH
New London Hospital New London, NH
Parkland Medical Center Derry, NH
Pen Bay Medical Center-Rockport, ME
Portsmouth Regional Hospital Portsmouth, NH
St. Joseph Hospital Nashua, NH
Southern Maine Healthcare Biddeford, ME
Southern Maine Healthcare Sanford, ME
Speare Memorial Hospital Plymouth, NH
Springfield Hospital Springfield, VT
Stephens Memorial Hospital Norway, ME
Valley Regional Hospital Claremont, NH
VA Medical Center-Togus Augusta, ME
VA Medical Center Manchester, NH
Valley Regional Hospital Claremont, NH
Waldo County Hospital-Belfast, ME
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Dover, NH
York Hospital York, ME

Additional Information


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Michelle Wade
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Program Coordinator

(603) 271-6484 x4108

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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