South College Atlanta earns initial accreditation for Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program


South College has been awarded initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at its Atlanta campus.

“Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a field with high demand and is a great enhancement to our portfolio of quality allied healthcare programs,” said Josh Huffaker, president of the Atlanta campus. “Programmatic accreditation is important to show our commitment to continuous improvement by meeting or exceeding national standards. Combined with our great leaders and faculty and excellent student support and clinical partners, this initial accreditation is an important milestone that will benefit the success of the program and our DMS students.”

Those interested in learning more about the program may attend a virtual information session about South College Atlanta imaging sciences programs on Tuesday, July 27, from 7-8 p.m. To register, email Carolyn Kiser Whitt at cwhitt1@south.edu.

The recent peer review conducted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and CAAHEP’s board “recognized the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards,” according to a letter sent by CAAHEP to South College.

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body in procedures commonly known as sonograms or ultrasound to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

“DMS practitioners are the eyes and the ears of the doctor,” said Lisa Newberry, director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at South College Atlanta. “The DMS program includes intense anatomy studies that progress as students build on core skills that help with obtaining competencies in the clinical setting.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for diagnostic medical sonographers will grow 12 percent through 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

For more information South College, including information about the DMS program, visit https://www.south.edu.

South College has been awarded initial accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at its Atlanta campus.

About South College

South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (https://www.sacscoc.org).

About CAAHEP Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs www.caahep.org