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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location. DMS courses are composed of traditional lecture, online courses, and hands-on skills labs. Technical courses will be offered either onsite on campus or online. Clinical rotations are off-site in clinical facilities in the greater Springfield, Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio regions.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) 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, 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 diagnostic images of normal and abnormal structures and reporting findings to the appropriate supervising physician. Upon graduation, sonographers may be employed by hospitals, private physician practices, diagnostic imaging centers, research departments, and ultrasound machine manufacturers.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program combines didactic and clinical learning experiences that are within the legal scope of responsibility of sonographers.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Clark State accepts a limited number of students per year with technical classes beginning each fall.

The DMS program at Clark State College is a competitive, space limited program. If there are more applicants than available spots, students will be offered a seat based on the qualifying criteria (aggregate of calculated GPA in the required curriculum, the number of general education courses completed at Clark State College, and points for successfully submitting the Certification of Ability to meet technical standards form found below). If the qualifying criteria aggregate score of two applicants is equal, the calculated GPA in the required courses will be used to rank those applicants.

The application deadline for any given year is February 4th. All application materials must be received on or before February 4th of each year. If February 4th falls on a weekend, the packet must be received by the next business day. Any application materials received after this date will not be considered. In addition, the Admissions Committee must be able to verify that the applicant has made application to Clark State and that official transcripts from other institutions have been received by February 4th. Transfer students should submit their Clark State applications and official transcripts early enough to avoid this problem. Notification of acceptance into the program will not occur before the end of February. Once accepted, the student must maintain the required GPA.

Program Mission

In accordance with the mission of Clark State College, the mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to educate students in the technical and procedural abilities in diagnostic medical sonography in order to serve a diverse patient population as competent, safe and professional entry-level general sonographers.

Program Goal
The primary goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Technical Standards

All applicants accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must be able to meet the essential functions, skills, and abilities required to provide safe patient practice with or without reasonable accommodations. The essential functions, skills, and abilities may be found through following this link Technical Standards.   Applicants are required to sign a form, found here indicating they have reviewed these essential functions, skills, and abilities and submit that form as part of the program application process. The required form must be completed and returned to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at DMSprogram@clarkstate.edu.  

In addition to completing the standard procedures for admission to the College, students must apply to the DMS program separately.

Students must have completed or be enrolled in courses in spring or summer semester of the application year to complete the following academic requirements and be eligible to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program:

  • A grade of C or higher in a college level physics course (PHY 1100 Fundamentals of Physics or its equivalent within the past five years).
  • A grade of C or higher in a college level composition course (ENG 1111 English I or its equivalent).
  • A grade of C or higher in a college level Anatomy and Physiology course (BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I or its equivalent within the past five years).
  • A grade of C or higher in a college level mathematics course (STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I or its equivalent within the past five years).
  • GPA of 2.5 in the required curricular courses.

In order to be accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses, students must maintain the required cumulative grade point average in the required courses in the curriculum.

At Clark State, progression in healthcare programs requires course grades of C or higher.

In addition to the academic requirements above, students are required to choose one of the following to be completed prior to application submission:

Option 1:

Observation hours

Complete between 4-6 hours of observation in a hospital-based sonography department. Observation must be documented on the student observation form available by following this link https://www.clarkstate.edu/media/jwgc5tdycnzaup2lgutfxycgtu/diagnostic-medical-sonography-observation-form_2021.pdf  The completed form must be scanned and emailed to DMSprogram@clarkstate.edu prior to admission into the program.

Option 2:

Interview with a healthcare worker

Students are required to interview a healthcare worker using the student interview form available by following this link https://www.clarkstate.edu/media/cr3fdvsbmyhffogfqtfjepcdwq/diagnostic-medical-sonography-prospective-student-interview_2021.pdf  The healthcare worker does not need to be a sonographer, but interviewing a sonographer is recommended. The completed form must be emailed to DMSprogram@clarkstate.edu prior to admission into the program.

Liability Insurance
Students will be billed for liability insurance for the academic year of clinical coursework.

Career Information

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Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a graduate is able to:

  • Correlate clinical signs and symptoms with pathology.
  • Identify, describe, interpret, and apply the basic concepts of Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate competency in abdominal, gynecological, and obstetrical sonographic imaging.
  • Apply critical thinking to real patient scenarios and choose an appropriate course of action.
  • Practice sonography in an ethical manner in alignment with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Practice sonography while demonstrating professional, caring, and empathetic behaviors.
Course Title Credits
Spring
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ENG 1111 English I 3
BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
PHY 1100 Fundamentals of Physics 4
 
Fall
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO 2122 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MST 1101 Introduction to Health Care 3
DMS 1120 Abdominal Sonography I * 3
DMS 1110 Principles of Sonography * 3
 
Spring
DMS 1140 Clinical Sonography I * 4
DMS 2210 Physics & Instrumentation I * 3
MST 1105 Medical Terminology 2
DMS 2240 Abdominal Sonography II * 3
DMS 1130 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography * 3
 
Summer
ENG 1112 English II 3
DMS 2220 Clinical Sonography II * 4
 
Fall
DMS 2260 Physics & Instrumentation II * 3
DMS 2270 Clinical Sonography III * 4
DMS 2290 Breast Sonography * 1
DMS 2291 Sonography Capstone * 1
DMS 2250 Obstetrical Sonography * 3
 
  Total credit hours 65
*Students must be accepted into the technical phase of the program to take classes that are starred.

The program schedule is designed for full-time students who have completed all pre-requisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study.  Students who plan to continue to work are strongly encouraged to complete all or most non-core DMS courses prior to starting the technical phase of the program. Students should consult a Student Success Coach or their academic advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Academic Requirements

A 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and grades of C or higher in the major courses in the DMS curriculum are required to graduate.

Clinical Requirements

Prior to beginning DMS courses, a physical exam, a two-step Mantoux test, Hepatitis B immunization or waiver, a health history including record of childhood immunizations or adult titers, a flu shot, and professional CPR are required. A criminal records check must be completed within the three months immediately prior to entry into DMS coursework. A federal (FBI) and drug screening will be required.  Additional medical tests and other requirements may be necessary depending on clinical site requirements.

Accreditation

The Clark State College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is in the process of applying for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP):

25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350

www.caahep.org

Program accreditation is being sought in conjunction with application for recommendation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS):

6021 University Blvd., Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043 (443) 973-3251

www.jrcdms.org