The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has approved Clark State Community College to offer a two-year degree in diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) at its new location at the Xenia YMCA, 336 South Progress Drive.
Diagnostic medical sonography is the non-invasive use of high frequency sound waves to image anatomic structures within the body. Sonographers are specially trained individuals who work under the close supervision of radiologists, perinatologists, cardiologists and vascular surgeons in order to assist them in determining a medical diagnosis and treatment plan for patients.
The sonographer is responsible for acquiring images and/or videos of normal and abnormal structures and functions and reporting their findings to the appropriate supervising physician. Upon graduation, sonographers maybe employed by hospitals, private physician practices, diagnostic imaging centers, research departments and ultrasound machine manufacturers.
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) – West Region, which includes Clark, Montgomery and Greene counties, reported diagnostic medical sonography as one of the fastest growing occupations with a projected increase of 26.67 percent by 2024.
ODJFS also reported there is only one other diagnostic medical sonography program in the West Region, however, it only offers a bachelor’s degree. There are no other diagnostic medical sonography programs in the West Region that offer an associate degree. The mean hourly wage for a diagnostic medical sonographer in the State of Ohio is $31.05 per hour.
“Clark State’s Xenia location has a focus on healthcare and transfer degrees,” said Dr. Theresa Felder, senior vice president of student success at Clark State. “We are very appreciative of the support from Kettering Health Network and excited about our partnership. The health programs at the Xenia location create a pathway to employment at Kettering Health Network facilities and are a direct response to the overall demand for skilled workers in healthcare.”
The diagnostic medical sonography courses will only be offered in Xenia, but the degree program will require one science course to be completed at either Clark State’s Beavercreek or Springfield location. Some courses are also available online.
In addition to admission to Clark State, there is an additional application process in order to be accepted into the diagnostic medical sonography program. Applications are now being accepted for the next term.