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Medical ImagingDiagnostic Medical Sonography - Certificate

The technological advancement of diagnostic sonography has been incredibly beneficial for the medical field. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use sound waves at high frequencies to produce high-resolution images so physicians can clearly see muscles, internal organs, and joints, providing more accuracy when determining a patient's condition and course of treatment. One of the more popular uses of this technology is obstetric sonography, which allows doctors, along with expectant parents, to see the fetus as it develops and to monitor for abnormalities or health complications in the developing child. Students completing the program are eligible to take the ARRT - American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification exam in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography).

Note: Students with appropriate credits to qualify for an A.A.S. degree in General Technology may graduate with an A.A.S. in Occupational Technology, with a Major or Emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Credit Requirements: 39 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

Hospitals are the primary employers for medical diagnostic sonographers, though there is also opportunity in private physician's offices and medical laboratories. A sonographer may earn additional certifications in specialty areas such as breast, abdomen, obstetrics, cardiac, and vascular sonography. A certification as a diagnostic medical sonographer can also open up new career options for current members of the healthcare community, such as nurses, respiratory therapists, and other imaging specialists.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

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Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
  • Waccamaw Community Hospital
  • Georgetown Hospital System
  • Conway Medical Center
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center
  • Loris Community Hospital
  • Carolinas Hospital System - Marion
  • Brunswick Community Hospital

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