Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


DMS HESI Admission Testing Procedure

HESI Testing for Health Professions Programs will resume during the week of July 13th at the Oakland Community College M-Tec Building Auburn Hills Campus.

If students have any further questions please email the Continuing Education staff to answer any HESI questions!

About the Program

Oakland Community College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at the Southfield Campus helps prepare students to become sonographers, healthcare professionals that use sophisticated equipment to create images of internal organs with high-frequency sound waves. It is an accelerated full-time program with 40 hours per week of mandatory clinical and didactic experience. Most clinical assignments are within a 50 mile radius of the Southfield Campus. This supervised clinical practice between 3-5 days per week (depending on the semester) is required. This eighteen month program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is designated as an Extended Degree Program, which requires completion of a minimum of 73 credit hours.

Did you know

As technology evolves, medical facilities will replace more invasive, costly imaging procedures with sonography, and the number of sonography users will exponentially increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 27,600 additional sonographers will be needed by 2024, an increase that exceeds average growth of all occupations. *Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Become an OCC Student

2020 INFORMATION SESSIONS - Southfield Campus
  • Thur., Sept. 17, 20  10am-12pm via ZOOM, email Kelly Warren for information- in email include; your name, student ID number & phone number with date selected
  • Wed., Oct. 14, 20 3-5pm via ZOOM, email Kelly Warren  for information- in email include; your name, student ID number & phone number with date selected
  • Wed., Nov. 11, 20 4-6pm via ZOOM, email Kelly Warren  for information- in email include; your name, student ID number & phone number with date selected

Information sessions are mandatory for any student who applies to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  Sessions last approximately 1 ½ hours.  This session will include a thorough review of the program requirements, didactic and clinical phases as well as requirements for success.

All sessions begin promptly. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. Please contact Kelly Warren at KMWARREN@oaklandcc.edu to reserve your seat. Seating is limited, registered participants only.


The program prepares selected individuals through theory and clinical experiences to practice as a Sonographer in a variety of health care settings. Graduates must pass the national credential exam offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers to practice as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer, or RDMS.

Degree - Program

Program Plan


Finally, I can move into my future with a solid career.
- Kristina H, Commerce

Successful Sonography students are...

  • Strong communicators: Sonographers must be proficient in verbal and written communication. Students who use English as a second language are encouraged to discuss communication courses and the MTELP exam with counselors.
  • Mature: Students will be exposed clinically to critically ill patients and urgent situations in  which they must remain calm, respect a patients privacy and show empathy.
  • Self-Motivated: Students must complete reading and classroom assignments in a timely manner, ask for assistance or clarification as needed, and show self-direction and active participation in the academic process. Strong decision-making and individual research abilities are required.
  • Dedicated: The highly-technical and fast-paced nature of the program requires some sacrifice of family/personal leisure time and social activities.
  • In good physical health: The time demands of the program requires adequate stamina because sonographers must:
    1. Routinely lift and move patients and equipment
    2. Have full use of both hands, including fine motor skills and manual dexterity
    3. Distinguish audible sounds
    4. Work standing on their feet 80 percent of the time
    5. Accurately view sonograms, including color distinctions