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JJC to offer diagnostic medical sonography programs

JOLIET – Starting this fall at Joliet Junior College, students pursuing careers in the ultrasound field may now pursue an associate in applied science degree or a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography starting this fall at Joliet Junior College.

Prerequisites classes are required. Up to 10 students will be admitted into the program each fall semester. The program includes both classroom as well as field learning experiences.

Employment opportunities for DMS graduates are generally found in hospitals, outpatient medical centers, imaging centers and doctors’ offices. In addition, career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, research and in commercial companies as education or application specialists, sales representatives and technical advisors.

Effective fall 2014, both programs will run simultaneously for four semesters as one cohort. The certificate program follows the same sequence, excluding general education courses. The DMS programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter the DMS profession upon graduation. They provide students with both theoretical and clinical instruction in sonography at the JJC Main Campus, hospitals and other health care organizations in the surrounding area.

The DMS associate degree program is a six-semester full-time day program.  In 2014, this program is open only to students with a bachelor’s degree (any major) or foreign degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the United States or Canada.

The certificate program in DMS is a four-semester full-time day program. The certificate program is open only to allied health professionals including, but not limited to, diagnostic medical sonographers, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and registered nurses who graduated from a two-year health education program with a required clinical internship/externship.

Students interested in the DMS programs must attend a mandatory informational session, which are held monthly. No registration is required. Visit for specific dates.

For information, contact Elena Miller, sonography program coordinator, at 815-280-2588 or or visit

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