Sonography

Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Medical Careers Institute
February 07, 2014

Program Objectives and Curriculum

Degree Objectives

The program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography designed to facilitate the development of each student to function in the professional medical community as competent, patient centered sonographers, to meet the needs the growing healthcare industry. Graduates will find job opportunities including but not limited to: hospital radiology departments, diagnostic imaging centers, clinics, private physicians’ offices, and women’s health centers.

Program Philosophy

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is built on a foundation of academic coursework, clinical performance, administrative techniques and general professionalism. Program faculty are strongly committed to providing all students with an exciting, stimulating, and comprehensive learning experience. The program prepares graduates to provide safe, effective, ethical, and legal care to persons of all ages and diverse backgrounds. The program develops the ability of the student to think independently, to understand fundamental theory, and to develop the skills necessary to become Diagnostic Medical Sonography practitioners who are enlightened decision makers.

Program Purpose

This program prepares students to meet the requirements for employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. The program includes instruction in both clinical and administrative functions. Instruction includes on campus classroom and laboratory courses, and off campus clinical education where students will work with sonographers, physicians, and other health care professionals to learn, develop and apply the necessary skills to perform general ultrasound examinations in the work place.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) registry examinations in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation (SPI), Abdomen (AB), Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) and are employable as entry-level Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Program objectives include:

  1. Prepare students for the challenging responsibilities of the profession and provide opportunity to acquire a working knowledge of the field.
  2. Provide a clinical educational experience that enables students to be capable of performing routine sonographic procedures and related functions specific to general diagnostic medical sonography.
  3. Provide an education experience that promotes effective communication skills, critical thinking abilities and professionalism.
  4. Promote the development of core values and ethical standards necessary for the delivery of quality, patient-centered care.

Program Requirements

Admissions requirements. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has a selective review process that consists of the following:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography program applicants must have a standard high school diploma or a GED.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography program applicants must successfully complete the entrance assessment.
  • A personal information session with the Program Director or designee is required.
  • Successful completion of the required Prerequisite courses.

Qualified applicants who rank highest on the admissions criteria and complete an information session with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director or designee are considered for admission to the program. Students will be selected based on a point system. The following criteria will be evaluated:

Applicant Points Criteria Healthcare Experience (15% weighted value)

1 pt:

1-2 years Volunteer or Work in a Medical Profession

40 to 99 hours Volunteer or Work in Ultrasound

2 pts:

3-5 years Volunteer or Work in a Medical Profession

100-199 hours Volunteer or Work in Ultrasound

3 pts:

6 + years Volunteer or Work in a Medical Profession

200 + hrs Volunteer or Work in Ultrasound

Entrance Assessments: (70% weighted value)

  • Reading: (20% of exam values)
  • English: (20% of exam values)
  • Math: (30% of exam values)
  • Science: (30% of exam values)

Academic Courses: (College or High School)(15% weighted value)

The following courses are assigned 1 point each, per subject, one time:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Medical Terminology

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ADA Technical Standards for the Profession

Disclosure of the Physical Demand Requirements for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers can be found here.

Core Curriculum

DEGREE

Associate of Applied Science

PROGRAM

Health Science

CONCENTRATION

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS

78

 

ARTS AND SCIENCES 22 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1

PHY120

Physics

3

PHY120L

Physics Lab

1

BIO101

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIO104

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

ENG110

English Composition

3

HUM115

Reasoning & Analysis

3

ENG210

Critical Thinking

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

COM110

Principles of Speech

3

Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1

 

CORE CURRICULUM56 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1

COR191

Career Orientation

1

 

MED203

Pathophysiology

3

 

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

 

DMS100

Essentials of Sonography and Patient Care

3

DMS105

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I

3

DMS105L

Ultrasound Instrumentation Lab I

1

DMS106

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II

3

DMS106L

Ultrasound Instrumentation Lab II

1

DMS109

Sectional Anatomy

3

DMS216

Ultrasound Scanning

2

DMS218

Abdominal Sonography

3

DMS226

Obstetrics and Gynecology

3

DMS219

Advanced Abdominal Sonography

3

DMS227

Advanced Obstetrical Sonography

3

DMS232

Clinical Education I

3

DMS234

Clinical Education II

3

DMS235

Clinical Education III

3

DMS237

Clinical Education IV

4

DMS240

Clinical Education V

4

DMS243

Clinical Education VI

2

DMS241

General/SPI Registry Review

2

Course ID Course Name Credits Potential Certifications1

 

1The certifications listed in the “Potential Certifications” column are the actual certification exams that students may be prepared to take following achievement of student learning outcomes from a course or a set of courses. Some certifications may require additional outside preparation prior to taking the exams; and receipt of one or more certifications is not guaranteed. Students are strongly encouraged to take all appropriate certification examinations for their program of study. To facilitate student access to the certifications, ECPI offers its students access to the certification exams at a significant discount. Some programs may require the student to obtain one or more certifications as part of the curriculum.