Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) 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
78-88
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective term
Summer 2022
Notes

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

Students must complete the following general education and introductory courses with a 3.0 GPA to be added to the queue of those waiting for an available cohort space to begin the core curriculum. BIO160 or (BIO201 and BIO202); ENG101 or ENG107, MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 or MAT155 or MAT156; and (PHY101 or PHY111).

Due to the requirements of the program accrediting body, this course of study requires many hours of classroom and clinical time. Full-time day students must submit application materials and be accepted prior to registering for the courses in the core curriculum The full-time program is 22 months in length.

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 Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. 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. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

$58,088

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
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 and drug testing protocols.
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.
5. There are limited spaces available in the DMS program. Only students who have completed all the general education and introductory courses noted above may have their name added to the queue of those waiting for an available space in a cohort.

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 FYE101 and FYE103. 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
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 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.

Students selecting BIO201 must complete BIO202
SQ or SG 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review MA 3–6

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ 4
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIO202 should only be taken for students that completed BIO201.

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
DMS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Sonography Critical course 3
DMS120 Ultrasound Imaging: Abdominal Procedures I Critical course Gateway course 4
DMS120LL Ultrasound Imaging: Abdominal Procedures I Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
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 3
DMS130LL Ultrasound Imaging: OB/GYN Procedures Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
DMS150 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation I Critical course Gateway course 3
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

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RES118 Vascular Access for Clinical Practice 1
DMS140 Ultrasound Case Studies: Part I 2
DMS161 Clinical Practicum II-AA 1
DMS162 Clinical Practicum II-AB 2
DMS171 Clinical Practicum III-AA 2
DMS172 Clinical Practicum III-AB 2
DMS210 Concepts of Vascular Imaging Critical course Gateway course 2
DMS210LL Concepts of Vascular Imaging Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
DMS261 Clinical Practicum IV-AA 2

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMS225 High Risk Obstetric/Gynecology Sonography 1
DMS235 Ultrasound Breast Imaging Optional: for students seeking a specialty area in sonography 0–1
DMS240 Ultrasound Case Studies: Part II 2
DMS250 Musculoskeletal Sonography and Small Parts Optional: for students seeking a specialty area in sonography 0–2
DMS255 Pediatric Sonography 3
DMS262 Clinical Practicum IV-AB 2
DMS281 Ultrasound Registry Preparation Seminar: Physics and Instrumentation 1

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DMS241 Ultrasound Case Studies: Part III 2
DMS263 Vascular Clinical Practicum I 2
DMS270 Clinical Practicum V-AA 1
DMS271 Clinical Practicum V-AB 2
DMS272 Clinical Practicum V-AC 2
DMS282 Ultrasound Registry Preparation Seminar: Abdominal and Small Parts Imaging 1
DMS283 Ultrasound Registry Preparation Seminar: Obstetrics and Gynecology 1
DMS284 Ultrasound Registry Preparation: Vascular Imaging 1

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=173068).


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