General Sonography

Training Certificate


This concentration focuses on anatomy and teaches students to recognize the pathology of many different organs. The General Sonography program trains students to conduct a variety of exams which include abdominal, pelvic, neurology, breast, gynecological and obstetrical scans. Students will learn to image standard views of different organs of the body.

The Diagnostic Medical sonographer is a skilled member of the imaging health care team. The sonographer must possess in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and pathology to apply to imaging procedures. As there are several specialties within the realm of ultrasound, a sonographer's specific specialty area(s) will be determined by personal interests, background, and training. Procedures are performed with real-time B-mode, M-mode, and Doppler instrumentation. Students will be trained and eligible to sit for the Abdomen and OB/GYN board exams post graduation.

This program includes 16 months of didactic coursework and clinical hours. Students in this program are involved in their professional course work and clinical education rotations for a minimum of 35 hours per week. Full-time work outside of the program requirements is strongly discouraged. While some classes are conducted virtually and on-campus due to COVID-19 adaptations, all clinical hours are done at medical facilities including hospitals and out-patient offices. 

All courses in the curriculum must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher in order to proceed to the next course in the sequence.

Admissions Requirements

Changes to Admissions Policy

Our admissions procedure has changed from previous years. We no longer have rolling admissions and will no longer transfer offers of acceptance from year to year. Students must provide the $25 application fee should they decide to reapply for the next year.


To be eligible for consideration into the program the student must have successfully completed at least one of the following:

An Associate Degree (60 Hours) - two-year Allied Health Care program with direct patient contact (must include a clinical internship/externship). Allied Health occupations include, but are not limited to, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, paramedic, occupational therapist, physical therapist and registered nurse.


A Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) - any major.
*Prerequisite courses required: Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Medical Terminology. These must be taken within 5 years of program start date. Must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” 

Additional Information

  • The 16-month program begins in the summer and concludes in October of the following year. The priority registration deadline is December 13. Applications are accepted until January 30, pending space availability.
  • Those applicants who are currently completing their degree studies may apply and become accepted on a probationary status, pending proof of completion of the necessary courses prior to the June program start date. Those who do not provide this proof prior to the beginning of the first class will not be eligible to proceed. 
  • Foreign applicants must meet certain academic admission requirements and should contact the program manager's office to ensure eligibility for the program. Students who do not use English as their first language may have to demonstrate proficiency in the English language before being accepted into the program. 
  • As part of the admission requirement, all applicants must have their official transcripts forwarded to the Program Coordinator's office.
  • The program may accept up to eight students per program year in each area, general Diagnostic Medical sonography and Cardiovascular sonography. 
  • Students in this program are involved in their professional course work and clinical education rotations for a minimum of 35 hours per week. Full-time work outside of the program requirements is strongly discouraged. 
  • Students will interact with sick and injured patients of all ages and conditions. Rotations will involve three or more affiliate hospitals and offices in order to provide the student with the most comprehensive clinical education and experience. This requires traveling throughout the state of South Carolina. All clinical schedules are made in advance, per semester, so students can schedule their outside activities accordingly. 
  • Students must be of a physical and emotional state that will allow them to meet all clinical objectives which involve the moving of patients, equipment, and communicating with patients and other medical staff. 
  • The students will adhere to a prescribed dress code while in the clinical rotations and classes, as well as follow policies and procedures set forth by the program to properly educate students to the hospital setting. Students must wear scrub uniforms during all classes and clinical rotation activities. 
  • Attendance requirements for class and clinical rotations are much more stringent than the overall college's policy. More than two violations of dress, attendance, or professionalism policies will not be tolerated and are grounds for dismissal from the program.
  • Students must be certified in adult and infant BLS/CPR and have taken a basic first aid upon entering the program AND are responsible for maintaining certification during the program.
  • Students must submit a background check and all vaccination records prior to the start date of the program. The background check must be clean for the past 10 years.  Students are responsible for receiving all titers and vaccinations required by hospital clinical sites before they begin clinical rotations. These include, but are not limited to: MMR, Hep B titers, Quantiferon Gold (TB) test or chest X-ray if necessary, flu shot, TDAP, and drug screening. Please note that these vaccinations are mandatory and cannot be declined to continue the program. Instructions are given to the students on these AFTER they are accepted in to the program. 

Admission Process

Prospective students must apply for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program by completing the steps below.

The program begins each Summer semester and graduates the following year in October. The deadline for priority registration is December 13. After this date, applications will be accepted until January 30, pending space availability. 

Step 1:

Download application and mail along with a $25 non-refundable application fee to:

Continuing Education Department
Attention: Sonography Program
Midlands Technical College
PO Box 2408
Columbia SC 29202 

Include with your application a copy of any professional certification for verification (ARRT card as an example), if you have been previously certified.

Step 2:

Official college transcripts must be mailed to the same address as above. Official e-transcripts are also accepted and can be emailed to

Step 3:

A minimum of 2 letters of reference are required with the application packet. Forward all letters of reference to the same mailing address or email address above.

After You Apply

Applicants will be placed on the qualified list to be interviewed once ALL required documentation listed above has been received. Applications received without the $25 fee will not be processed, and the applicant will not be contacted.

Once a student has met the preliminary admissions requirements he/she will be required to attend a mandatory Program Information Session and complete a job shadowing. These are conducted in early Spring semester. Upon completion of those two requirements, the student will then be invited to interview with the committee in late Spring.
The student must pass the formal interview for acceptance. The interview score is averaged by the committee members and a minimum number of points must be achieved for acceptance. 

All students are required to have a clean background check for 10 years. The form will be distributed once the student has been accepted into the program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The course cost is $11,998.00.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

The Diagnostic Medical sonographer works to produce ultrasonic recordings of a variety of body parts/systems for use by physicians. The sonographer works in a hospital or clinic setting and interacts with patients directly to obtain images of tissues, organs, and obstetric systems.

Projected Job Growth

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the Workforce

Sonographers can find employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, and private offices.

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