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 abdominal sonography and obstetrical/gynecological sonography. 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 abdominal and Ob/Gyn 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. Student 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.
- 16-24 students accepted per year.
- Minimum 3.0 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.
- Verification of having completed a 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.
Complete the following Program Admissions requirements with a “C” grade or higher in each:
Course List Code Title Credit 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
- To improve from a previous attempt, only two of the admission courses may be repeated once. A "W" is counted as an attempt.
- Criminal background check required. Also see General Application Procedures for Health Careers.
- 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.
- MA-1020 Medical Terminology I will be accepted in lieu of MA-1010 Introduction to Medical Terminology; PHIL-2050 Bioethics will be accepted in lieu of HTEC-1110 Ethics for Health Care Professionals.
Program Learning Outcomes
This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Exhibit an awareness of continuity of care through effective, empathetic communication and interpersonal skills.
- Display sensitivity to all aspects of diversity.
- Seek and accept opportunities for improvement by being a team player that is confident, flexible, and passionate about what they do.
- Exercise discretion, knowledge, and independent judgment in performing sonographic procedures, accessing medical information systems, and in seeking assistance.
- 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.
- 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.
Suggested Semester Sequence
|Program Admissions Requirements Semester||Credit 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|
|DMS-1311||Initial Sonographic Scanning||2|
|DMS-1401||Abdominal Sonography I||4|
|MA-1010||Introduction to Medical Terminology 2||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Honors General Psychology|
|DMS-1940||Field Experience I||1|
|DMS-2301||Intermediate Sonographic Scanning||2|
|DMS-2401||Abdominal Sonography II||4|
|PSY-1060||Cross-Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers||1|
|DMS-1950||Field Experience II||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|College Composition II|
|Honors College Composition II|
|DMS-235A||Sonographic Principles, Performance, and Safety||2|
|DMS-235B||Doppler Principles and Instrumentation||1|
|DMS-2940||Field Experience III||3|
|DMS-2950||Field Experience IV||1|
|DMS-2981||Specialty Registry Review||1|
|HTEC-1110||Ethics for Health Care Professionals 3||1|
|Total Credit Hours||64-65|
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I will be accepted in place of MA-1010 Introduction to Medical Terminology.
PHIL-2050 Bioethics will be accepted in lieu of HTEC-1110 Ethics for Health Care Professionals.
Select from the following courses to fulfill DMS elective option:
|DMS-1381||Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures||3|
|DMS-2650||Pediatric Cardiac Sonography||3|
|DMS-2750||Principles of Vascular Imaging for Abdomen and Cardiac Sonographers||3|
|DMS-2960||Supplemental Field Experience||2|
|DMS-2983||Supplemental Speciality Registry Review||1|