COTC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Receives Two Ultrasound Machine Donations

​Students in the diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will benefit from two recent ultrasound machine donations. The donations were made separately over the summer; one was from a COTC graduate and the other was from an anonymous donor.

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"We are thrilled for our students," said DMS Program Director Melinda Shoen, Ed.D. "It provides them the opportunity to practice scanning and performing ultrasounds on state-of-the-art machines with advanced technology."

The first donation of a GE Voluson Ultrasound Machine with 3D/4D capabilities came from COTC graduate Mary Hilderbran. Hilderbran operated her own business and wanted to give back to her alma mater. The second donation of a Philips Ultrasound Machine came from a donor wishing to remain anonymous.​

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"These machines will be used by the general and cardiovascular students in the DMS lab," said Shoen. "These machines are high quality. They are currently being used in hospitals and doctor's offices around the nation."

"Students in our healthcare programs have the opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience thanks to donations like these," said Dean for Health Sciences Sandy Walker, E.J.D. "We are so appreciative."

COTC awards the Associate of Applied Science degree to graduates of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology. The college offers two majors: General (abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological) and cardiovascular (adult echocardiography and vascular). Learn more about the DMS program at

Diagnostic medical sonographers rank fifth among the highest paying, in-demand occupations requiring an associate degree according to Ohio Means Jobs. In Ohio, the starting wage is $50,260 and there are 127 annual job openings. Qualified sonographers are needed locally and nationally to provide quality patient care, use high-tech instrumentation to create and interpret diagnostic imagery use by physicians and work as a critical member of a healthcare team.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.​