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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 may be employed by hospitals, private physcian practices, diagnostic imaging centers, research departments and ultransound machine manufacturers.

Upon successful completion of all aspects of the DMS program, graduates will be eligible to take national certifying examinations through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and work as a general sonographer.  Options beyond graduation include continuing education in other specialities in sonography.

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.

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

  • Apply critical thinking to real patient scenarios and choose an appropriate course of action.
  • Identify, describe, interpret, and apply the basic concepts of Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate competency in abdominal, gynecological, and obstetrical sonographic imaging.
  • Perform sonography while demonstrating professional, caring, and emphathetic behaviors.
  • Perform sonography in a ethical manner in alignment with organizationalpolicies and procedures.

Program Mission
In accordance with the mission of Clark State Community 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 meet the essential functions, skills, and abilities required to provide safe patient practice with or without reasonable accommodations.  Based upon job performance tasks, the entry-level graduate sonographer will be utilizing all of their sensory perceptions, as well as, mental and intellectual skills in the verbal, written, and mathematical areas. Some functions of the profession will have physical demands placed on the sonographer.

In addition to completing the standard procedures for admission to the College, students must apply to the DMS program. Abbreviated information about the admission process is provided here. Admission decisions are made through a competitive selection process. Students are accepted to start DMS courses in spring semester following the October 15 application deadline.

Minimum requirements that must be completed and submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission are:

  • Be at least 18 years-old at time of application
  • Apply and be officially admitted to Clark State Community College by the application deadline
  • Declare Associate of Applied Science (AAS) as major
    • Major code will be changed to DMS upon acceptance into the technical phase of the program
  • Submit official high school transcripts, GED transcripts and ACT scores (if applicable) to Admissions Office
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended, including college credit plus (if applicable), to Admissions Office
  • Program pre-requisite courses (completed or enrolled in during the application semester)
    • FYE 1100: College Success
    • MST 1105: Medical Terminology
    • MST 1101: Intro to Healthcare
    • PHY 1100: Fundamentals of Physics
    • BIO 2121: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Academic Readiness for:
    • ENG 1111: English I
    • STT 2640: Elementary Statistics
  • Cumulative GPA: 2.5
    • College GPA or High School GPA at time of application
    • GPA re-calculated at the end of fall semester of the application to include fall semester courses
  • All courses (pre-requisite and program courses) completed with a "C" or higher
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Signed Clincal Requirements Disclosure Memorandum of Understanding
  • Completed DMS application postmarked by or hand-delivered in one large envelope to DMS Program no later than application deadline of October 15

DMS applications are good for one year.  After students are chosen for the current application year, students will be required to submit a new application to be considered for admission in future years.

Graduation 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 the summer between the first and second year, 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 (3) months immediately prior to entry into the clinical course in the summer semester. At a minimum, a civilian (BCI) background check is required. A federal (FBI) background check may be required. Additional medical tests, including drug screens, and other requirements may be necessary depending upon clinical site placement.

Course Format
DMS courses are composed of traditional lecture and hands-on skills labs.  Technical courses will be offered onsite at the Xenia campus. Directed practices are off-site in clinical facilities in the greater Springfield, Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio regions.

Liability Insurance
Students will be billed for liability insurance for the academic year of directed practice courses.

The Clark State DMS Program will be applying for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350. Program accreditation will be 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 21043-6090; 433.973.3251.

Course Title Credits
FYE 1100 College Success 1
BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MST 1101 Introduction to Health Care 3
MST 1105 Medical Terminology 2
PHY 1100 Fundamentals of Physics 4
BIO 2122 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
-- (new curriculum item) 0
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

*Students must be accepted into the technical phase of the program to take classes that are starred.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.

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