Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Associate of Applied Science - DMS3

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Degree Program is designed to prepare qualified entry-level sonographers who are highly skilled, technically competent, ethical, professional, compassionate, and responsive to the needs of patients and of employing organizations. The profession requires both critical thinking skills and judgment and the ability to provide appropriate healthcare services. Sonographers use technologically advanced equipment that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual pictures of internal body structures. Physicians evaluate the images to make a medical diagnosis.

Course work includes sonographic physics, sonographic appearance of normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology of the abdomen, pelvis, and small parts of the adult, pediatric, and fetal patient, clinical application courses, interventional sonography, journal and case study review, and comprehensive registry reviews. The DMS program combines formal education and extensive clinical training to prepare you to function as a sonographer.

The program is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). CAAHEP (Address)9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, (Phone) 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations in Abdomen and Obstetrics and Gynecology specialties sixty (60) days prior to program completion. They may also elect to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam for Sonography, a combined exam of Physics, Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

This is a competitive admissions program. Please see the Admissions section (p.15) of the Student Handbook/Catalog for more information.

Curriculum Outline

All pre-requisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better. 

All occupational courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better with the exception of DMSO 1060, DMSO 1100, DMSO 2030, and DMSO 2050 which must be completed with a grade of B or better. 

Pre- Occupational Curriculum (27 Hours)

SEMN 1000First Semester Seminar

0

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

MATH 1127Intro to Statistics

3

PHYS 1110Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 1110LConceptual Physics Lab

1

BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 2113LAnatomy & Physiology Lab I

1

BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 2114LAnatomy & Physiology Lab II

1

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

HUMN xxxxHumanities Elective

3

Occupational Curriculum (51 Hours)

DMSO 1010Foundations of Sonography

3

DMSO 1020Sectional Anatomy and Normal Sonographic Appearance

3

DMSO 1040Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation

3

DMSO 1050Abdominal Sonography I

3

DMSO 1060Clinical Sonography I

4

DMSO 1070Pelvic Sonography and First Trimester Obstetrics

2

DMSO 1080Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation Registry Review

1

DMSO 1090Introduction to Vascular Sonography

1

DMSO 1100Clinical Sonography II

6

DMSO 2010OB Second and Third Trimesters

3

DMSO 2020Specialized Sonographic Procedures

2

DMSO 2030Clinical Sonography III

8

DMSO 2040Comprehensive ABD and OB/GYN Registry Review

2

DMSO 2050Clinical Sonography IV

10

The following courses will be used in the competitive admission process:  ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, MATH 1127, PHYS 1110, PHYS 1110L, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L. 

(SEMN 1000, PSYC 1101, and HUMN XXXX must also be completed prior to program admission.)

Total Credit Hours: 78