Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (BS)

Requirements for Graduation

This program prepares the graduate to utilize ultrasound to collaborate with medical professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of clients referred for ultrasound studies. Theory content and clinical experience focuses on ultrasound imaging including the abdominal organs and structures, obstetrics and gynecology, superficial structures (e.g., thyroid, breast, vessels, prostate and testicles) and neonatal brain and spine. These images aid physicians in diagnosing and treating certain pathologies. The diagnostic medical sonographer must have a very in-depth working knowledge of human anatomy. Clinical experience is a major emphasis of the program. Graduates of the program meet published requirements by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) to apply for the registry examination in Abdomen and Obstetrics/Gynecology. 

The program is designed to be completed in seven semesters and three 13 week summer sessions.

Program Outcomes 

Upon completion of the diagnostic medical sonography program the student will be prepared to:

  1. Competently perform as an entry-level sonographer in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains for diagnostic medical sonography.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior through sonographic practice congruent with standards of practice.
  3. Meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) exams.
  4. Interact effectively with individuals in a manner that reflects caring and acknowledges the holistic nature of individuals.
  5. Promote growth of the health professional and awareness of health professions through education of individuals, groups and colleagues.
  6. Demonstrate competence in performing sonographic examinations including history taking; machine adjustment and operation; and acquisition of ultrasound imaging and Doppler information.
  7. Collaborate with referring physicians and other healthcare professionals in collecting, interpreting and documenting complete and accurate data.
  8. Correlate current research to ensure best-practice delivery of specialty specific, quality patient care and services.

Program Requirements

Each student must complete 50 semester hours of general education courses and fifty-four (54) credit hours in the diagnostic medical sonography major. The program also includes the option of a Vascular Minor.  Official transcript(s) must be on file for all transfer credits.

Total credits:
120

Course Sequencing

Year 1

Fall (16 Weeks)

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Spring (16 Weeks)

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
17

Summer (13 Weeks)

AHAL 223, CVTD 226, CVTD 230 = *Courses in the Major

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
11

Year 2

Fall (16 Weeks)

VASC 315, VASC 341 = *Courses in the Major

Item #
Title
Credits
Natural Science Elective (3 Credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
14

Summer (13 Weeks)

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
6

Year 3

Fall (16 Weeks)

AHAL 313, DMSO 320, DMSO 332, DMSO 333, DMSO 337 = *Courses in the Major

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
12

Spring (16 Weeks)

DMSO 312, DMSO 315, DMSO 316, DMSO 318 = *Courses in the Major

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
14

Summer (13 Weeks)

DMSO 427 = *Courses in the Major

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
9

Year 4

Fall (16 Weeks)

DMSO 431, DMSO 433 = *Courses in the Major

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
13

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor of Science