The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares the student for an entry-level position as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for employment in hospitals and other health care agencies. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer produces, evaluates, and correlates ultrasound images and related data. Sonographers provide a summary of their technical findings to the qualified interpreting physician to aid in rendering a medical decision. The curriculum consists of on-campus didactic and lab instruction, as well as off-campus clinical applications at our affiliated health care institutions. The program offers specialty training in adult echocardiography and vascular technology. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national credentialing exams by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in the exam offerings of their specialty option. Students will also have the option to individualize and enhance their sonography career by taking coursework in other sonography specialty coursework such as breast sonography and pediatric cardiac sonography. Final acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is contingent upon the results of the required background check.

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Program Admissions Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • Applications may be submitted mid-semester of the last requirement(s) taken as listed below. Students must request an application packet from the health careers enrollment center 216-987-4247 for comprehensive admissions and program information. Students may also access the DMS website for this information: http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/healthcareers/sonography/Pages/Default.aspx.
  • High School Diploma/GED. Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age to begin the 5 semester program sequence.
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with "C" or higher.
  • Complete MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I with "C" or higher. MATH-1530 College Algebra or higher will also be accepted with a "C" or higher.
  • Complete each of the following with “C” grade or higher: BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II (or BIO-2330 and BIO-2340 ), DMS-1071 Concepts of Physics in Diagnostic Sonography, DMS-1303 Introduction to Sonography, DMS-1320 Introduction to Sonographic Scanning, DMS-1351 Patient Care Skills.
  • GPA required: Minimum 3.0 GPA for DMS-1303 Introduction to Sonography, DMS-1320 Introduction to Sonographic Scanning, and DMS-1071 Concepts of Physics in Diagnostic Sonography (total 5 credits). Minimum 3.0 for BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II (total 8 credits). GPA calculated using only the Tri-C specific admission course credit hours listed above.
  • Verification of having completed an 8-16 hour observation where the candidate "shadows" an ARDMS-credentialed sonographer in the hospital environment. 50% of the exams observed should be on in-patients. See the DMS application packet for details and the required form.

Other Information

  • 24-40 students accepted per year.
  • Criminal background check required. Also see General Application Procedures for Health Careers.
  • To improve from a previous attempt, only two of the admission courses may be repeated once. A "W" is counted as an attempt.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants: TOEFL minimal iBT score of 24 is required in the speaking skill component and a minimal iBT score of 22 is required in the listening skill component, due to DMS Program Technical Standards for written and verbal English communication skills. Arrangements and costs incurred for the TOEFL (www.ets.org) will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Applicant must submit evidence of good health by fulfilling health requirements of the DMS Program and verification of current CPR certification prior to clinical assignment. Complete information provided during the first semester of the Program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Exhibit an awareness of continuity of care through effective, empathetic communication and interpersonal skills.
  2. Display sensitivity to all aspects of diversity.
  3. Seek and accept opportunities for improvement by being a team player that is confident, flexible, and passionate about what they do.
  4. Exercise discretion, knowledge, and independent judgment in performing sonographic procedures, accessing medical information systems, and in seeking assistance.
  5. Integrate pertinent patient history, supporting clinical data, and data obtained using ultrasound and related diagnostic technologies to provide a summary of findings to the physician.
  6. Become a credentialed sonographer that continually educates oneself in sonography and in issues affecting the healthcare industry in recognition of the value of other modalities and professions.

Note:  Students must select to pursue either option a or option b to complete this degree program.  Letters in parenthesis refer to options (a) or (b).

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
DMS-1071 Concepts of Physics in Diagnostic Sonography 2
DMS-1303 Introduction to Sonography 2
DMS-1320 Introduction to Sonographic Scanning 1
DMS-1351 Patient Care Skills 1
MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours20
First Semester
DMS-1311 Initial Sonographic Scanning 2
DMS-235B Doppler Principles and Instrumentation 1
MA-1010 Introduction to Medical Terminology 2 2
Select one of the following:  
Echocardiography I (Option A)  
Vascular Sonography I (Option B)  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours8
Second Semester
DMS-1940 Field Experience I 1
DMS-2301 Intermediate Sonographic Scanning 2
PSY-1060 Cross-Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers 1
Select one of the following:  
Echocardiography II (Option A)  
Vascular Sonography II (Option B)  
Select one of the following 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours7
Summer Session
DMS-1950 Field Experience II 2
 Credit Hours2
Third Semester
DMS-1381 Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures 3
DMS-235A Sonographic Principles, Performance, and Safety 2
DMS-2940 Field Experience III 3
DMS-2985 Physics Review 1
DMS-2991 Sonography Capstone 1
 Credit Hours10
Fourth Semester
DMS-2950 Field Experience IV 1
DMS-2981 Specialty Registry Review 1
DMS-xxxx 3 DMS Elective 1-2
HTEC-1110 Ethics for Health Care Professionals 4 1
Select one of the following:  
Pediatric Cardiac Sonography (Option A) 2  
Transcranial Doppler Sonography (Option B) 2  
 Credit Hours4-5
 Total Credit Hours51-52

Options

(A) Echocardiography Option

Take the following courses to complete Option A:

DMS-1602Echocardiography I4
DMS-2602Echocardiography II4
DMS-2650Pediatric Cardiac Sonography3
Additional program courses51-52
Total Credit Hours62-63

(B) Vascular Option 

Take the following courses to complete Option B:

DMS-1701Vascular Sonography I4
DMS-2702Vascular Sonography II4
DMS-2760Transcranial Doppler Sonography1
Additional program courses51-52
Total Credit Hours60-61

Electives

Technical Electives

Select from the following courses to fulfill DMS elective option:

DMS-2330Sonographic Pathology3
DMS-2450Breast Sonography2
DMS-2650Pediatric Cardiac Sonography3
DMS-2750Principles of Vascular Imaging for Abdomen and Cardiac Sonographers3
DMS-2760Transcranial Doppler Sonography1
DMS-2960Supplemental Field Experience2
DMS-2983Supplemental Speciality Registry Review1