DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

diagnosticmedicalsonography_students2,442 Hours (23 months)
Diploma Program
Day Classes
Medford Campus Only

The goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to educate professional and competent, entry-level sonographers (ultrasonographers) in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and to prepare them for employment within the medical community.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program comprises extensive training and coursework in the areas of abdominal, OB/GYN, vascular, neonatal, and cardiac (echocardiographic) sonography, as well as sonography of superficial structures (e.g., thyroid gland, breast, testicles).

To supplement the classroom and lab work, a substantial portion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is devoted also to placement at various clinical affiliates in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan for a range of scanning opportunities and experiences. The diversity of clinical settings gives diagnostic medical sonography students the opportunity to develop their scanning skills and to help them fully integrate didactic knowledge with direct, hands-on clinical experience. Diagnostic medical sonography students apply what they have learned in the classroom and labs to turn theoretical knowledge into practical skills.

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According to current prerequisites of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)®, an independent nonprofit organization that administers examinations and awards credentials in the areas of diagnostic medical sonography, upon successful completion of this Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, graduates will be immediately eligible to sit for their registry exams.

There is exceptional potential for career growth and advancement for skilled sonographers within the traditional clinical setting, as well as nonclinical avenues. Opportunities are available for part-time and full-time employment.

Admission Criteria

Since admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is competitive, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admittance to the program. All components of the approval process are considered in making the decision to accept a student.

First, you must submit proof of the following to apply

  • Official high school transcript (all foreign transcripts must be accompanied by an official, verified equivalent)
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred) or, at minimum, an associate degree, the equivalent number of semester credits, or graduation from a two-year full-time diploma or certificate program
  • Official college transcript(s) from all post-secondary educational colleges or programs attended (all foreign transcripts must be accompanied by an official, verified equivalent)
  • Successful completion (grade C or better) of the following college level credit-bearing courses
    • English/communication skills
    • Algebra or higher-level math OR statistics
    • Human anatomy and physiology
    • Physics and/or radiographic physics

Additional Requirements

  • Submission of an application, including an essay
  • Three Diagnostic Medical Sonography recommendation forms completed by individuals who are not family members (recommended are one from a past or current employer and one from a college professor or mentor)
  • At least one day of observation in a sonography department at a local hospital or other clinical facility, shadowing a sonographer for the purpose of learning about the field and its day-to-day responsibilities (highly recommended, but not mandatory)
  • Formal interview with the program chairperson

Sonography opens the door to a vast job market that continues to see growth from year to year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Career Opportunities

Diagnostic medical sonographers may find career opportunities in clinical settings and beyond, such as in the following

  • Various hospital departments
  • Private physicians’ offices
  • Mobile ultrasound companies
  • Medical research facilities
  • Ultrasound manufacturing corporations
  • Veterinary ultrasound
  • Ultrasound education

Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program have gone on to successfully hold the following entry-level positions

  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Ultrasonographer
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Technologist

Job Titles for Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.

  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Medical Sonographer
  • Ultrasonographer
  • Vascular Sonographer
  • Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Staff Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Technologist

Program Outcomes

In the following statistics, ARDMS stands for American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography®

  • 2016

    Number of Graduates: 18

  • 2015

    Number of Graduates: 18

  • 2016

    Pass Rate for
    ARDMS Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation Exam

    (18 of 18)
    100%

  • 2015

    Pass Rate for
    ARDMS Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation Exam

    (19 of 19)
    100%

  • 2016

    Pass Rate for ARDMS Abdomen Exam

    (16 of 16 graduates)
    100%

  • 2015

    Pass Rate for ARDMS Abdomen Exam

    (17 of 17 graduates)
    100%

  • 2016

    Pass Rate for ARDMS OB/GYN Exam

    (1 of 1 graduate)
    100%

  • 2015

    Pass Rate for ARDMS OB/GYN Exam

    (3 of 3 graduates)
    100%

  • 2016

    Pass Rate for ARDMS Adult Echo Exam

    (4 of 4 graduates)
    100%

  • 2015

    Pass Rate for ARDMS Adult Echo Exam

    (7 of 7 graduates)
    100%

  • 2016

    Job Placement Rate

    within six months of graduation
    100%

  • 2015

    Job Placement Rate

    within six months of graduation
    100%

  • 2016

    Attrition Rate

    (3 of 21 students)
    14.3%

  • 2015

    Attrition Rate

    (2 of 21 students)
    9.5%

Registry Examinations

Our school’s graduates will be immediately able to earn registry credentials from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)® upon successful completion of this program.

Courses Offered

    • Vital Signs, CPR, and Basic First Aid

      DMS101 (25 hours)

      This course provides the participants with the knowledge and skills to carry out emergency first aid for life threatening injuries in the workplace. Students are familiarized with topics which include identification and measurement of vital signs, management of choking and other breathing emergencies, shock, severe allergic reactions, bleeding and wound care, infection control, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillation. Prerequisite: None

    • Medical Terminology

      DMS102 (58 hours)

      An understanding of medical terminology is crucial for effective communication in the technical world of ultrasound. Through this course, students become familiar with vocabulary and word parts that will help them comprehend anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic techniques, treatments, and procedures. Prerequisite: None

    • Introduction to DMS, Patient Care, and Ethics

      DMS103 (108 hours)

      The goal of this course is to prepare diagnostic medical sonography students for placement in a clinical rotation. Diagnostic medical sonography students must be familiar with patient rights; HIPAA regulations; obligations of the sonographer to patients, institution, and self; care of patients with special needs in the ultrasound department; proper body mechanics during scanning and transfer of patients; safety issues involving transport of equipment; and the sonographer’s role in infection control.

      Discussion of ethical theories and moral issues in health care, requirements of justice, socio-cultural factors, and the rights and responsibilities of health care professionals are examined. In addition, this course includes dedicated lab time allowing students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with transducer and other sonography equipment fundamentals and basic scanning techniques before initial placement at a clinical externship. Prerequisite: None

    • Anatomy and Physiology

      DMS110 (80 hours)

      This course provides a comprehensive study of the human organism through the structure and function of its parts. Starting with a basic understanding of cellular composition, each body system is examined with emphasis on both normal and pathological processes. Units covered include the following: support and movement; communication, control and integration; transportation and defense; the circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems; nutrition and excretion; and reproduction and development. Prerequisite: None

    • Cross-Sectional Anatomy I (Abdomen and Pelvis)

      DMS111 (45 hours)

      The development of skills for the identification of cross-sectional anatomy is important for sonographic competence, enabling technologists to distinguish anatomy being imaged and communicate effectively with the physician. In this course, students primarily study normal abdominal and pelvic cross-sections to recognize anatomy in the sagittal, transverse, and coronal planes; understand anatomical structural relationships; distinguish between arterial and venous portions of the vascular system; and classify the various sections of anatomical regions and their associated parts. Prerequisite: Module I

    • Cross-Sectional Anatomy II (Chest)

      DMS112 (15 hours)

      In this course, students continue to expand their knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy of the human body with the study of the thorax. Identification skills developed during this course form a foundation for detection of both normal and pathological processes during sonographic evaluation of cardiac and surrounding structures. Students primarily study normal cross-sections to recognize and distinguish anatomy of the thoracic vascular system, heart, pulmonary system, breast, bones, and musculature in sagittal, transverse, and coronal planes. Prerequisite: Module IV

    • Acoustic Physics I

      DMS120 (65 hours)

      A thorough understanding of ultrasound physics is essential to performing inclusive diagnostic studies. Students must not only understand the components of the equipment, but also appreciate how each element of this complex machine interacts with other elements and with human tissue. Students attending this course are introduced to the physics of diagnostic ultrasound. Topics include transducers, imaging components, and Doppler principles. Prerequisite: Module I

    • Sonographic Procedures IA (Abdomen and Small Parts)

      DMS140 (65 hours)

      This diagnostic medical sonography course is the first part of a study of the sonographic evaluation of abdominal and superficial structures. Normal and abnormal conditions are discussed using sonographic cross-sectional imaging, Doppler evaluation, clinical findings, case studies, and comparisons to other imaging modalities. Topics include anatomical and physiologic relationships within the abdominal cavity, the liver, gallbladder and biliary system, and the pancreas. Prerequisite: Module I

    • Sonographic Procedures IA (OB/GYN)

      DMS141 (60 hours)

      During this  course, diagnostic medical sonography students become familiar with both normal and abnormal sonographic findings in the evaluation of female pelvic anatomy and physiology and begin studying the role of ultrasound in obstetrics. Using 2D and Doppler ultrasonic images, lessons cover pathology of the uterus, ovaries, adnexa, as well as the role of ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Prerequisite: Module I

    • General Sonography Lab A

      DMS142 (75 hours)

      This course is designed to offer the  student of sonography an opportunity to practice techniques learned in abdominal and pelvic lectures in a supervised classroom laboratory setting. Using machines equipped with 2D, spectral, and color Doppler imaging capabilities, students scan each other obtaining images specific to proficiency levels. Classwork includes answering questions based on normal anatomical findings imaged and correlation to disease states discussed in lectures. Prerequisite: Module I

    • Sonographic Procedures IB (Abdomen and Small Parts)

      DMS143 (65 hours)

      In this second part of the study of the sonographic evaluation of abdominal and superficial structures, diagnostic medical sonography students continue to learn about the use of ultrasound in the assessment of normal and abnormal anatomy. Topics include the urinary system, spleen, retroperitoneum, gastrointestinal tract, and peritoneal cavity. In addition, techniques for imaging scrotal and thyroid anatomy are covered. Prerequisite: Module II

    • Sonographic Procedures IIB (OB/GYN)

      DMS144 (60 hours)

      The goal of this course is to provide the diagnostic medical sonography student with a foundation of knowledge on the topic of obstetrical sonography. Studies of normal findings and complications during each trimester, obstetrical measurements, fetal growth assessments, high risk pregnancies, and congenital anomalies are be covered. The role of ultrasound in the assessment of the placenta, umbilical cord, amniotic fluid and membranes, and fetal organ systems are included. Prerequisite: Module II

    • General Sonography Lab B

      DMS145 (75 hours)

      In this series of classes, diagnostic medical sonography students continue to practice techniques for obtaining abdominal and pelvic images in a supervised classroom laboratory setting. Diagnostic medical sonography students become acquainted with and learn to replicate specific protocols for the acquisition of diagnostic ultrasound images of upper and lower abdominal quadrants. In addition, procedures required for the diagnostic evaluation of superficial structures are practiced. Competency is assessed based on proficiency outlined by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Prerequisite: Module II

    • Seminars in Advanced Topics

      DMS150 (105 hours)

      This series of classes expands on subjects not covered in depth during the Sonographic Procedures courses. Through lecture formats enhanced with hands-on demonstrations, the ultrasound student is exposed to topics encompassing the following: breast sonography (15 hours); an overview of vascular sonography for abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, and peripheral evaluations, including carotid studies (15 hours); neonatal neurosonography (15 hours); correlation of ultrasound with other imaging modalities, including MRI, CT, and nuclear medicine (10 hours); musculoskeletal imaging (5 hours); 3D/4D concepts (10 hours); and interventional sonography (10 hours). Prerequisite: Module II

    • Critical Thinking

      DMS201 (15 hours)

      This newly developed course was designed to enhance the student’s ability to assess and optimize image quality, avoid scanning technique errors, and recognize artifacts. Emphasis is placed on the role of sonography in the diagnostic workup. Case presentations, combined with research from current sonographic journals, is followed by class discussion and critique to further explore the topics. This approach allows observational and interpretive skills to evolve so that students can develop a more discerning eye and keener judgment when scanning. Prerequisite: Module V

    • Professional Development

      DMS202 (35 hours)

      The goal of this course is to provide a framework for graduating sonographers that will assist them in bridging the gap between being a student and an employee. Topics covered include types of existing job opportunities, writing a professional cover letter and résumé, conducting an effective job search, honing interview skills, and navigating the job market for employment as a proficient, competent sonographer. The importance of obtaining continuing medical education requirements and other professional obligations are stressed. Prerequisite: Module V

    • Registry Review

      DMS203 (40 hours)

      This course provides a review of the topics of abdominal sonography, obstetrical/gynecological sonography, echocardiography, and ultrasound physics to assist students in preparation for their registry examinations. Mock registry exams are administered in a timed manner using a multiple choice format. Complete discussions of correct and incorrect responses are also employed. Prerequisite: Module V

    • Acoustic Physics II

      DMS220 (40 hours)

      This course focuses on the continuation of principles explained in Acoustic Physics I. Students become familiar with acoustic wave properties; pulsed, continuous wave, and color-flow Doppler; soft tissue interactions; and bioeffects. Preparation for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Exam are included. Prerequisite: Module IV

    • Sonographic Procedures IIIA (Cardiac)

      DMS240 (65 hours)

      This series of classes is the first part of a course of study designed to provide the diagnostic medical sonography student with a thorough comprehension of normal and pathological cardiac structures and processes using echocardiographic techniques. Students are exposed to 2D, M-mode, and Doppler procedures and learn the benefits and limitations of both transthoracic and transesophageal scanning. The course also covers measurement techniques and embryology. Prerequisite: Module IV

    • Cardiac Sonography Lab A

      DMS241 (60 hours)

      This course provides the echocardiographic student the opportunity to practice techniques learned in cardiac lectures in a supervised classroom laboratory setting. Students employ transducers designed specifically for the 2D, M-mode, spectral, and color Doppler evaluation of cardiac structures to obtain images of each other. Competency is determined based upon specific proficiency levels. Laboratory work includes answering questions based on normal anatomical findings imaged and correlated to disease states discussed in lectures. Prerequisite: Module IV

    • Sonographic Procedures IIIB (Cardiac)

      DMS242 (50 hours)

      Part two of the course of study designed to cover echocardiographic topics continues with the discussion of normal and pathological structures and processes affecting cardiac tissue. These lectures build on the subjects already covered in Sonographic Procedures IIIA and include the advanced topic of congenital anomalies and 3­D/4D echocardiography. Prerequisite: Module V

    • Cardiac Sonography Lab B

      DMS243 (60 hours)

      Diagnostic medical sonography students in this course continue to practice techniques for obtaining echocardiographic images in a supervised classroom laboratory setting. Participants become skilled in the performance of transthoracic examinations on normal subjects, duplicating scanning and measuring techniques learned in both lectures and externships. The evaluation of level of competency includes imaging from parasternal, apical, subcostal, and suprasternal windows. Prerequisite: Module V

    • Clinical Externship I

      DMS301 (192 hours)

      The purpose of this 12-week course is to expose the sonography student to the many aspects of ultrasound technology from a clinical perspective. Students in the first clinical rotation of two days per week are initially assigned to observe staff sonographers and assist in a minor capacity in a department performing abdominal and/or obstetrical/gynecological studies. As the student’s skills improve, additional responsibilities are awarded. Each sonography student is overseen by a clinical instructor with competency levels evaluated at specific intervals. Students are responsible to keep track of their attendance and progress in a logbook which is reviewed by the school’s clinical coordinator. Prerequisite: Module I

    • Clinical Externship II

      DMS302 (192 hours)

      This second clinical rotation of 2 days each week for 16 weeks is identical to the previous externship rotation, except it is located at a different abdominal and/or gynecological/pelvic sonographic site with a different assigned clinical instructor. Students are responsible for assisting the sonography staff with tasks within the department. Students continue to track their attendance and progress in a logbook. Competency levels are evaluated by the clinical instructor at specific intervals. Prerequisite: Module II

    • Clinical Externship III

      DMS303 (216 hours)

      The third clinical externship allows students the opportunity to be exposed to ultrasound technology from a clinical perspective for five days each week. Students are assigned to a clinical instructor at an abdominal and/or gynecological/pelvic sonographic site for seven weeks. This rotation provides an experience which closely resembles the sense of real employment. Competency levels continue to be evaluated at specific intervals. Students track their attendance and progress in a logbook. Prerequisite: Module III

    • Clinical Externship IV

      DMS304 (288 hours)

      During this fourth clinical externship of 16 weeks, Diagnostic Medical Sonography students may begin their exposure to cardiac sonography in a rotation through an echocardiography department. Students during this rotation may also be assigned to an externship site offering abdominal and/or gynecological/pelvic sonography. This three day per week rotation affords an additional clinical day for students who have already completed more than half of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Competency levels are evaluated at specific time intervals, while attendance and progress are tracked in a logbook. Prerequisite: Module IV

    • Clinical Externship V

      DMS305 (288 hours)

      This is the last clinical externship for Diagnostic Medical Sonography students. At this point in the course, students should be knowledgeable and experienced in performing a variety of independent sonographic evaluations. Application of skills acquired during didactic and previous clinical experiences are monitored at externship sites offering cardiac and/or general sonographic studies. This rotation is 3 days per week for 16 weeks. Competency levels are attained and documented by a clinical instructor. Prerequisite: Module V

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The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727.210.2350) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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Notes

  1. All figures are for students who completed the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
  2. Job placement statistics relate only to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and related fields of study.
  3. Figures may not include jobs secured by students in their field of study who did not report their employment.
  4. Job placement rates are those reported to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
  5. These rates have been reported also to the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.

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