DMS Graduates Pass with Flying Colors

​​NEWARK, Ohio, June 26, 2017 – Spring semester 2016 graduates of the diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) have achieved the highest credentialing examination pass rates for the program over the last decade. COTC awards the Associate of Applied Science degree to graduates of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology. Students can choose to specialize in general sonography or cardiovascular sonography.​

"This is wonderful news for our students and our program," said COTC DMS Program Director Melinda Shoen. "Ninety percent of our general sonography majors and ninety-three percent of our cardiovascular sonography majors were credentialed within one year of graduation."

2016 COTC Graduate Test Pass Rate:                   2016 Global Test Pass Rate:

Abdomen:        90%                                                  Abdomen:     75%
Echo:                 85%                                                  Echo:              66%
OB/GYN:         100%                                                  OB/GYN:         73%
Physics:             96%                                                 Physics:          70%
Vascular:         100%                                                 Vascular:        66%       

The diagnostic medical sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Sonography careers continue to grow with the development of new technologies. Growth is projected to continue into the future. Qualified sonographers are needed locally and nationwide to provide quality patient care, use high-tech instrumentation to create and interpret diagnostic imagery used by physicians, and work as a critical member of a healthcare team. To learn more about the diagnostic medical sonography program at COTC, visit

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.