Frequently Asked Questions

What is sonography/ultrasound?

Sonography, commonly referred to as ultrasound, is a diagnostic medical procedure that employs high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. These images assist physicians and other healthcare professionals in diagnosing diseases and disorders.

Where does a sonographer work?

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers work in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, outpatient imaging clinics, and physician offices.

How much do sonographers make?

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the 2023 median pay for sonographers is $80,850 per year.

Is the DMS program accredited?

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The program was approved March 2013. For more information contact

What does accredited mean to a DMS graduate?

Accreditation ensures that graduates of DMS programs have received a quality education, equipping them well for their roles as diagnostic medical sonographers. Earning a degree from an accredited DMS program enhances the credibility of a graduate's qualifications. Employers often favor graduates from accredited programs, confident in the comprehensive education they have received.

How long is the program and when does it start?

The program is 14-months in length and starts every year in June.

How many students are accepted?

We accept a total of 20 students.

What programs are offered?

Our program provides two specialized concentrations: General and Vascular. The General concentration focuses on abdomen-extended and obstetrics/gynecology, while the Vascular concentration is dedicated to the study of vascular anatomy and physiology.

Can I take both concentrations at the same time?

No, however, students can take concentrations consecutively and will not need to retake the virtual lab, introduction to sonography, or the physics courses.

Is the program offered online?

The didactic is delivered online and the clinical rotations are completed at a site near you.

What are the prerequisites to be eligible to apply?

Applicants must have an associate or bachelor’s degree and a medical component such as Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Nursing Aid, or any other direct patient care specialty approved by our Program Faculty.
In addition, you will be required to complete the following prerequisite courses, mathematics (intermediate algebra or higher), public speaking or english composition I, anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, physics

How much does the program cost?

The program cost $14,000-$18,000 depending on in state or out of state tuition.

Do I have to move to Parsons, KS for clinicals?

No, you can complete your clinical rotation at a site near where you live.

How many clinical hours are required?

Students are required to complete their clinical rotations at a local site during the fall and spring semesters for 24 hours per week, which then increases to 32 hours per week during the summer semester.

How do I find a clinical site?

Applicants must fulfill an 8-hour observation day as part of the process. Following the receipt of the day's evaluation, we will contact them to discuss the possibility of hosting you for a clinical rotation. Should they consent, we will initiate the affiliate agreement process. However, if they do not consent, you will need to repeat the process with a new observation.

Does financial aid cover the DMS program?

Yes, financial aid and scholarships can offset some cost of the program depending on your eligibility. Here is the link the financial aid page: Financial Aid & Scholarships | Labette Community College


Program Contacts

Text 620-206-5968 for information

Brandi Clark

Brandi Clark

BSCTE, RRT, DMS Navigator
Email (best option):
Text: 620-206-5968
Phone: 620-820-1090