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Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, General Track (Fast Track)

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

As a sonographer, the images you capture have the power to change lives. This program helps you fast track your career as a registered general sonographer by building on your previous associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or accumulated prerequisite courses. You’ll gain a strong foundation in abdominal and ob/gyn medical imaging so that you can assist physicians in the accurate detection and diagnosis of medical conditions.

During the accelerated time frame of 16 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious New England area medical facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for national board exams through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). And you’ll be fully prepared to become a leader in healthcare.

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process, so it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

Admission Requirements

Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the fast track program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

Required courses for students with a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & with lab (4 credits)
  • Physics I (Algebra-based) with lab (4 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Precalculus and Calculus)
  • Expository Writing I (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (2 credits)

Additional courses required for students without a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Basic Chemistry II with lab (4 credits)
  • Expository Writing II (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Behavioral Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology course)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • General Electives (6 credits)

Prerequisite courses may be transferred in or completed at MCPHS prior to entering professional DMS courses. Up to six (6) credit hours of general electives may be taken concurrently with professional DMS courses.

Official exam results from CLEP examinations can be used for up to 18 credits of prerequisite requirements.

For admission to the program an applicant must submit:

  • MCPHS application
  • All official college transcripts
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • 60+ credits of transferable college level course work

For International Students:

Documents can be sent directly to the Worcester Admissions office at:

Worcester Admission Office
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
508.373.5607 or 800.225.5506


Year 1 Fall

DMS 200 Intro to Diagnostic Medical Sonography* 2
DMS 202 Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography I* 3
DMS 206 Abdominal Sonography I* 3
DMS 208 Sonographic Physics and Instruments I*
DMS 213 Scanning Techniques 4
Total semester hours 15

Year 1 Spring

DMS 212 Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography II* 3
DMS 216 Abdominal Sonography II* 3
DMS 218 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation II* 3
DMS 233 Advanced Scanning Techniques 3
DMS 250 Selected Topics 3
DMS 232 Introduction to Clinical Sonography 1
Total semester hours 16

Year 1 Summer

DMS 340C Sonography Internship I 8
DMS 304 Problem Solving in Physics and Instruments* 3
DMS 447.O  Sonographic Analysis (Online)  3
Total semester hours 14

Year 2 Fall

DMS 430C Sonography Internship II 10
DMS 460O Seminar in Sonography (Hybrid) 2

Total semester hours

Total credits to complete degree program 57

*Indicates distance education between the Worcester and Boston campuses.
Additional 6 elective credits if needed brings total to 63 credits. If elective courses are needed, students may choose from the following courses:

HSC 3100 Healthcare Informatics 3
HSC 320 Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
HSC 325 Healthcare Management 3
DHY 425 Educational Theories and Methods 3
HSC 4100 Research Analysis and Methods 3
HSC 427O Teaching in Clinical Setting 3

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Diagnostic Medical Sonography faculty


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