Kathy Young, Program Director
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Diagnostic medical sonography is a two-year AAS degree program preparing qualified students to become health care professionals who use high-frequency sound waves to produce anatomical images for diagnostic purposes. The program coordinates on-campus didactic and laboratory classes and clinical experiences at area hospitals, to which students are responsible for their own transportation.
Students must be able to demonstrate technical standards and pass clinical competencies as described by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accreditation agency of programs for sonography. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the ARDMS SPI and Content Specialty Exams.
The diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Currently, there are three pathways available to students to achieve sonography certification depending on individual requirements. The certifications are available via the American Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). Once the DMS program receives accreditation with CAAHEP, students will be required to take only one certification exam. Please contact our DMS program for further information.
Clinical education is assigned to provide experiences consistent with the student's level of achievement in different hospital and outpatient environments. Through clinical assignments, students have opportunities to work with the most modern and specialized equipment available and knowledgeable staff with a wealth of experience in imaging. These assignments include a 12-week (40 hours per week) summer session that is required and provides valuable experience in developing clinical competency skills. In addition, nine weeks of full-time clinical will be assigned in both fall and spring semesters of the second year of the program. Students will require housing close enough to their clinical placements to travel there on a daily basis.
The program currently admits 20 students each year, with a fall semester start date only. One student placement is reserved for an on-campus curriculum change, with the remaining 19 placements being filled by admissions.
Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed.
Applicants for the diagnostic medical sonography program must possess a recognized high school diploma or its equivalent. A standardized test (SAT or ACT) is not required but recommended. Specific high school course requirements and recommendations are:
Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology
Recommended: Chemistry, Physics
Applicants with previous college experience must submit an official college transcript and their success at the college level will be an admissions consideration. Due to the technical and science rigor, entrance requirements are higher than those of the institution.
To participate in the program, the applicant must possess specific non-academic skills. The technical standards described below are consistent with the duties of an entry-level radiographer in a professional position and are required in order to provide adequate patient care and produce a diagnostic image.
The applicant should have the:
The program allows graduates to transfer to a four-year program in imaging science or healthcare management.
Graduates may enter directly into either the healthcare management BTech, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or technology management BBA degree program.
Grade of “C+” or better required for all SONO, BIOL and RADT prefix courses.
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
|SONO||1003||Fundamentals Sonogrphy/Pt Care||3|
|MATH||xxx3||College Algebra or higher||3|
|BIOL||1404||Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|SONO||2013||US Physics and Instrument I||3|
|SONO||2024||Sonographic Procedures I||4|
|BIOL||2504||Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|SONO||3016||Sonography Clinical I||6|
|SONO||3013||US Physics & Instrument II||3|
|SONO||3024||Sonography Clinical II||4|
|SONO||3034||Sonographic Procedures II||4|
|SONO||4003||Professional Dev in Sonography||3|
|SONO||4014||Sonographic Clincal III||4|
|SONO||4044||Sonographic Procedures III||4|
Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student’s ability to participate in a required clinical experience.
The AAS degree in diagnostic medical sonography has finely prescribed courses reflective of accreditation standards for students to be prepared for admission to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Certification Examination. Specific graduation requirements are: