Welcome to the new NAIT.ca! We encourage you to explore the site and provide your feedback.

School of Health and Life Sciences

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Apply Now

Need more info? Learn how to apply.

Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Length

The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are highly trained, in-demand professionals who use ultrasounds to produce and record images of important organs, masses and fetal images. This hands-on accredited program will allow you the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations in major Alberta hospitals. You’ll receive training on industry-standard equipment and get the opportunity to learn on the same technology you’ll use in your practicum placement – and career.     

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

By the end of the Sonography program, you’ll be confident with ultrasound imaging and skilled in obstetrics and gynecology, abdomen and superficial structure scanning and cardiac sonography and vascular studies.

Due to practicum placements, you can expect much of the program to be completed off campus, and may involve working evening and weekend shifts in hospitals and community care clinics.

The Sonography program has a heavy course load – you should expect 50 hours per week of in-class and out-of-class learning.Your clinical rotation will be comprised of 40-hour work weeks. Students receive theoretical and clinical training in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. A number of course hours are completed off campus and may involve working evenings and weekends. In addition to the more traditional lecture and laboratory settings, students also gain clinical experience in a variety of locations both on and off campus. Selected seminars and labs may be scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.

Students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program work in labs equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, including:

  • 2D ultrasound systems with Doppler
  • 3D/4D ultrasound systems 
  • dedicated echocardiography scanning systems 
  • portable point of care (emergency response) systems
  • physiological peripheral arterial testing systems 
  • simulators that can be programmed to display normal or abnormal cases for abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology,and cardiac
  • picture archiving computer systems


Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a member of a health-care team, an ultrasound technologist (sonographer) uses a variety of hand-held scanning probes and imaging techniques in order to differentiate between technical artifacts and questionable clinical appearances from pathology. 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is highly operator-dependent and requires a logical self-directed approach to scanning, on-the-spot critical thinking and good judgment.

For more information about career options, duties, working conditions and salaries, visit Alberta Occupational Profiles - Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 

Post Graduation Affiliation

After successful completion of both the didactic and clinical components of the program, graduates are eligible to write the specific registration examinations set by Sonography Canada and/or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and become members of several professional diagnostic ultrasound associations.

Continuing your studies

Continuing Education is mandatory for this profession. Competence is maintained by taking a minimum number of continuing education credits every three years. Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates are eligible for credit toward:

  • Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech-TM), NAIT
  • Bachelor of  Science in Human Sciences, Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences, Thompson Rivers
  • Bachelor of Applied Management, University of New Brunswick
  • Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca
  • For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca

Industry standard credentials

After successful completion of both the didactic and clinical components of the program, you will be  eligible to write the registration examinations set by Sonography Canada and American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)

As a NAIT graduate, you will be eligible to become a member of a variety different professional diagnostic ultrasound associations.

Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca

Have questions? We've got answers

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email:  DMS@nait.ca

  • Tel: 780.378.6141
  • Fax: 780.471.8325

 



Share:

Courses

View courses for this program

Tuition & Fees

Get an estimate on cost to attend

How to Apply

Information on admissions process

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Term 1

DMSC1100Clinical Sonographer
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Co-requisites: DMSC1120, DMSC1170.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Patient care practices such as responding to medical emergencies, using medical equipment, implementing infection control practices as well as safety protocols are explored. Skills will be practiced in a lab setting and through simulation activities.

DMSC1120Introduction to Abdominal Sonography and Peritoneal Pathology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Co-requisites: DMSC1100, DMSC1140, DMSC1170, PHYS1112.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn relational anatomy including cross-sectional anatomy, physiology of organs and systems of the normal abdomen. Pathological presentations of the liver, biliary tract, spleen, gastrointestinal tract, and peritoneal will be studied. Students will develop skills and sonographic techniques necessary to image individual abdominal structures.

DMSC1140Sonography of the Female Pelvis
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Co-requisites: DMSC1100, DMSC1170, PHYS1112.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn to integrate anatomy and physiology of the female pelvis with the normal sonographic appearance through the various reproductive stages of the female life. The study of pathological conditions and their sonographic appearance will enable students to recognize and describe abnormal findings while incorporating relevant clinical history. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate sonographic scanning techniques in the lab component of this course.

DMSC1170Professionalism in Sonography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Co-requisites: DMSC1100, DMSC1120, DMSC1140, PHYS1112.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Complementing the technical skills of sonography, this course will allow students to reflect on their own values, beliefs and attitudes towards patient care, while providing the foundational knowledge of communication skills including history taking and reporting to a radiologist. Communication challenges, grief, bioethics, along with patient diversity in culture, gender, and religion are also highlighted. Skills to adapt to these special circumstances will be practiced. Students will also explore legislation and standards of practice as they pertain to sonography.

PHYS1112Physical Principles and Instrumentation in Sonography
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: DMSC1100, DMSC1120, DMSC1140, DMSC1170.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn the mechanisms by which sound travels through and interacts with various media in the body. Instrumentation associated with generating the sound beam and processing the returning echoes are examined. The physical principles of fluid motion as it pertains to blood flow and Doppler imaging constitute an important part of the course. Recognition and management of artifacts are also discussed. Safety considerations for both the operator and patient are included throughout this course.

Term 2

DMSC1220Sonography of the Retroperitoneum
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisites: DMSC1170, PHYS1112, DMSC1120. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn pathology of the retro-peritoneal organs of the abdomen, including the pancreas, kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, abdominal vasculature, and lymph nodes. Pathological presentations related to sonography are also studied. Students will refine scanning skills by performing a routine abdominal sonogram within a specified time limit.

DMSC1230Fundamentals of Cardiac Sonography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisites: DMSC1170, DMSC1100, PHYS1112. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the introductory concepts of cardiac sonography including anatomy, physiology and hemodynamics of the heart. Some cardiac pathologies and assessment techniques with two dimensional (2D), motion mode (M-mode), and Doppler along with their respective clinical presentation will also be introduced. Ultrasound scanning techniques will be reinforced in a laboratory setting.

DMSC1240Obstetrical Sonography in the First Trimester
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisites: DMSC1140, DMSC1170, PHYS1112. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn anatomy, embryology, pathophysiology, sonographic imaging and differential diagnosis as it pertains to a first trimester obstetric patient. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate sonographic scanning and imaging techniques in the laboratory component of this course.

DMSC1250Sonography of the Peripheral Vascular System
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisites: DMSC1170, DMSC1100, PHYS1112. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn concepts relating to the arterial and venous peripheral vascular systems including anatomy, physiology, hemodynamics, normal and pathological presentations, and the diagnostic studies used for evaluation of these vessels. Active participation in laboratory settings reinforce scanning techniques and require students to perform basic assessments of these vessels.

IPHE1201Interprofessional Healthcare Education
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students from different health care professions will learn with, from and about one another to improve patient care. Role clarity, communication, and patient-centered care will be explored, along with conflict, team work and patient safety from an interprofessional perspective. Students will use these skills to practice effectively within a diverse interprofessional team.

Term 3

DMSC2320Integrative Scanning of the Abdomen and Superficial Structures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisites: DMSC1220, DMSC1140. A completion grade of C- in DMSC1220 and DMSC1140 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn relational anatomy, cross-sectional anatomy and physiology of the superficial structures of the body including thyroid and parathyroid glands, breast, abdominal wall, prostate, musculoskeletal system, scrotum and testicles. Normal and pathological presentations are studied. Theory taught in this course will be integrated in the lab setting where students will develop skills and proper sonographic techniques necessary to image these structures. A combination abdomen/pelvis exam will be performed in preparation for clinical one.

DMSC2330Cardiac Sonography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisite: DMSC1230. A completion grade of C- in DMSC1230 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn to assess cardiac pathology with two-dimensional (2D), M-mode, Doppler, and the corresponding clinical presentation utilizing scanning techniques and pertinent measurements. Pathological assessment will involve giving a proper description, investigation of the hemodynamic significance and recognizing differential diagnoses. Ultrasound scanning techniques will be reinforced in a lab setting.

DMSC2340Sonographic Assessment in the Second and Third Trimester
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisite: DMSC1240. A completion grade of C- in DMSC1240 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn common maternal and fetal pathologies imaged in second and third trimester sonography. This will include description of the disease, clinical presentation, sonographic appearance and differential diagnosis. Active participation in the sonography lab will reinforce scanning techniques in preparation for clinical placement.

DMSC2350Sonography of the Cerebral and Abdominal Vascular Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisites: DMSC1250, DMSC1220. A completion grade of C- in DMSC1250 and DMSC1220 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn concepts relating to the cerebral and abdominal vascular systems including anatomy, physiology, hemodynamics, normal and pathological presentations, and the diagnostic studies used for evaluation of these vessels. Active participation in lab settings reinforces scanning techniques and requires students to perform basic assessments of the extracerebral vascular, hepatic, renal and mesenteric vessels.

Term 4

DMSC2490DMS Clinical I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisites: IPHE1201, DMSC2320, DMSC2330, DMSC2340, DMSC2350, DMSC1100. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The student will integrate theoretical and clinical skills while performing sonographic examinations. The student will attend a variety of clinical settings to achieve specific clinical objectives to perform entry-level competencies as specified by Sonography Canada's current National Competency Profiles. Emphasis will be placed on professionalism, interprofessionalism, patient care, critical thinking, scanning techniques, and efficiency. Student work-integrated placements involve hospital and clinic settings within the greater Edmonton area, the province, or out of province if necessary.

Term 5

DMSC2590DMS Clinical II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisite: DMSC2490.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course continues to integrate theoretical and clinical skills while performing sonographic examinations. The student will attend a variety of clinical settings to achieve specific clinical objectives to perform entry-level competencies as specified by Sonography Canada's current National Competency Profiles. Emphasis will be placed on professionalism, interprofessionalism, patient care, critical thinking, scanning techniques, and efficiency. Student work-integrated placements involve hospital and clinic settings within the greater Edmonton area, the province, or out of province if necessary.

Term 6

DMSC3690DMS Clinical III
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Prerequisite: DMSC2590.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course continues to integrate theoretical and clinical skills while performing sonographic examinations. The student will attend a variety of clinical settings to achieve specific clinical objectives to perform entry-level competencies as specified by Sonography Canada's current National Competency Profiles. Emphasis will be placed on professionalism, interprofessionalism, patient care, critical thinking, scanning techniques, and efficiency. Student work-integrated placements involve hospital and clinic settings within the greater Edmonton area, the province, or out of province if necessary.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

Pay Your Tuition & Fees
How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,700
Level 1 Term 2: $875
Level 2 Term 1: $200
Level 2 Term 2: $200
Level 3 Term 1: $250
Level 3 Term 2: $250

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: CL
International Applicants: CL

Entrance Requirements

  • 75% in each of:

    • English 30-1 or 30-2
    • Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30
    • Physics 30
    • Biology 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Online Interview:

    • The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
    • The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
    • Please refer to the Online Interview handout for more information
  • 1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a minimum final grade of 60% or completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ITMS100- Medical Terminology. Applicants must submit proof of course completion with a passing grade of at least 60% by July 31st.


Competitive Entrance Requirements:

Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their academic average for the required high school courses. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 88.25%.

Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.

Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores. Applicants who are offered conditional acceptance need to maintain the academic average presented in phase 1 in order to secure final acceptance. Please refer to the Student Selection Criteria and Process for more information.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • Immunization - General

Once accepted into the program, students must ensure their immunizations are current to the Alberta Health Services Immunization Standards. The program will contact you with specific instructions for completing the immunization requirements. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progression in the program.

  • Police Check

Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.

  • Computer Literacy - Basic

Basic computer literacy is required for a successful progression in this course. This comprises, but is not limited to, possessing fluency in basic word processing, spreadsheet creation, and an understanding of email and web best practices.

  • Health Requirement - Physical Ailments

Any prospective students with back, arm, shoulder, wrist or neck problems or significant health challenges should consider their options carefully before applying and are advised to consult with the program.

  • Program Exploration Activities: Applicants are encouraged to complete the following activities to ensure an understanding of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and profession:
  • Review the program website
  • Attend Open House
  • Attend Program Previews
  • Attend DMS Information Sessions
  • CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS) Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification prior to commencing clinical training. BLS certification must remain current throughout clinical training therefore it is recommended that certification be obtained just prior to clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is [CPRS100 - Basic Life Support | NAIT] (http://www.nait.ca/course_CPRS100.htm).

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

Apply nowHow to apply checklist


Open Studies

A great option to get started or take a few courses without committing to a full program. Learn more

International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more

Legend

Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

Alumni Profile: Kaylee Demkiw

Kaylee's training opened the door to a rewarding career in the leading edge, high-risk perinatal clinic at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

Pushing the limits of simulation training

NAIT's Simulation Centre re-creates the real world of health-care careers

Keeping it Real

From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.

Apply to NAIT

Learn how to register through Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS) or begin the application process.

Apply Now How to Apply