Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed for students who wish to explore the field of sonography, as well as those who have made a career decision to seek certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly specialized members of the health care team who provide patient services using ultrasound under the direction of a physician. Sonographers provide care essential to diagnostic ultrasound imaging by operating equipment and performing examinations for medical diagnosis. Sonographers have an in-depth knowledge of physics, disease processes, physiology, cross-sectional anatomy, positioning and sonographic techniques necessary to create ultrasound images. Knowledge of darkroom techniques, equipment maintenance, record keeping and film processing are also part of the job.

Careers in the field of diagnostic sonography can be found in hospitals, clinics, doctors` offices, and mobile imaging centers. Research, applications, teaching and marketing may be available to sonographers who wish to explore careers in business or industry.

Educational information: Clinical affiliations include a cooperative effort with a number of area hospitals, clinics and doctors` offices. Clinical training is required by the ARDMS prior to sitting for the registry examination. This program will prepare students for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer examinations in abdomen, obstetrics, and vascular technology.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5656
Total Credits Required
69-83
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Collect and interpret diagnostic information from the ultrasound exam.
  2. Obtain, review, and record pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimal diagnostic results.
  3. Communicate effectively in a culturally responsive manner with patients and the healthcare team.
  4. Exercise professional and ethical behavior in a medical setting.
  5. Develop lifelong learning practices in sonography and healthcare.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

$57,190

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

1. Formal application and admission to the program.
2. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.
3. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy.
4. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO160 or
BIO156 or
BIO181 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I or Human Anatomy and Physiology I Students are required to take BIO160 or the sequence of BIO156 or BIO181, BIO201, & BIO202. One year of high school biology with a C or better is equivalent to BIO156 or BIO181. SG or SQ or SQ 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT15+ College Algebra/Functions Or higher level Math Course MA 5
DMI105 or
PHY101 or
PHY111
Fundamentals of Radiation Physics or Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ 3–4
HCC145 or
HCC146
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals or Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals OR Graduate of an allied health education program that is patient care related 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO201 or
BIO202
Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Human Anatomy and Physiology II Students are required to take BIO160 or the sequence of BIO156 or BIO181, BIO201, & BIO202. One year of high school biology with a C or better is equivalent to BIO156 or BIO181. SG 0–4
DMS101 Patient Care in Diagnostic Sonography 1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Students are required to take BIO160 or the sequence of BIO156 or BIO181, BIO201, & BIO202. One year of high school biology with a C or better is equivalent to BIO156 or BIO181. SG 0–4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Sonography Critical course 1
DMS120 Ultrasound Imaging: Abdominal Procedures I Critical course Gateway course 3
DMS120LL Ultrasound Imaging: Abdominal Procedures I Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
DMS145 Clinical Pathology for Diagnostic Imaging 1
DMS150 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation I Critical course Gateway course 2
DMS150LL Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
DMS155 Introduction to Clinical Care for Sonography 1
ICE/DMI/DMS220 Sectional Anatomy 3

Spring Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMS121 Ultrasound Imaging: Abdominal Procedures II 3
DMS130 Ultrasound Imaging: OB/GYN Procedures Critical course Gateway course 4
DMS151 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation II 2
DMS161 Clinical Practicum II-AA 1
DMS162 Clinical Practicum II-AB 2
DMS163 Clinical Practicum II-AC 3
DMS210 Concepts of Vascular Imaging Critical course Gateway course 2
DMS210LL Concepts of Vascular Imaging Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1

Summer Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 6)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMS140 Ultrasound Case Studies: Part I 2
DMS171 Clinical Practicum III-AA 2
DMS172 Clinical Practicum III-AB 2
DMS261 Clinical Practicum IV-AA 2
DMS281 Ultrasound Registry Preparation Seminar: Physics and Instrumentation 1

Fall Semester (Term 7)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMS235 or
DMS255
Ultrasound Breast Imaging or Pediatric Sonography 0–3
DMS225 High Risk Obstetric/Gynecology Sonography 1
DMS240 Ultrasound Case Studies: Part II 2
DMS262 Clinical Practicum IV-AB 3
DMS285 Intermediate Vascular Technology 2

Spring Semester (Term 8)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 8)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMS241 Ultrasound Case Studies: Part III 2
DMS270 Clinical Practicum V-AA 1
DMS263 or
DMS271
Vascular Clinical Practicum I or Clinical Practicum V-AB 2
DMS272 or
DMS273
Clinical Practicum V-AC or Vascular Clinical Practicum II 2
DMS282 Ultrasound Registry Preparation Seminar: Abdominal and Small Parts Imaging 1
DMS283 Ultrasound Registry Preparation Seminar: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonate 1
DMS284 Ultrasound Registry Preparation: Vascular Imaging 1
DMS286 Advanced Vascular Technology 2
DMS286LL Advanced Vascular Technology Laboratory 1
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=153830).


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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020