Diagnostic Medical Sonography
15 Months Post Graduate Program
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The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program offers two separate concentrations of study - Cardiac and General. The program is a full-time non-degree program that is 15 months in length and meets the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography's examination prerequisites .
All courses in the curriculum must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher in order to proceed to the next course in the sequence. Upon program completion, graduates may apply as candidates for certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Once the physics portion and any one of the other is passed the graduate will have the title of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) or Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS). Graduates of the program may also qualify as candidates of sonography certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).
Depending on the program from which the student graduates, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Physics and Instrumentation exam, the Abdominal exam and the OB-GYN exam OR the Vascular Technology, Adult Echocardiography, Cardiac Physics, and Vascular Physics.
In following the College's mission, and in accordance with the program's philosophy and mission statement, the program is committed to graduating caring, competent and proficient sonographers.
Course work includes effective communication and patient care skills combined with knowledge of physics, human anatomy, physiology, and pathology, all of which are essential to obtaining high quality sonographic images. Only one concentration can be pursued during the 15 months. To enroll in another specialty, the student must re-apply for the following year.
The Cardiac Sonography program (echocardiography) focuses on anatomy and pathology of the adult and pediatric hearts. This specialty trains the students to image standard views, monitor flow patterns, evaluate heart valves, learn the cardiac cycle, and determine pathology of the heart.
The General Sonography program trains students to conduct a variety of exams which include abdominal, pelvic neurology, breast, gynecological and obstetrical. Students will learn to image standard views of different organs of the body. This concentration focuses on anatomy and teaches students to recognize pathology of many different organs.