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    ARE YOU READY FOR A JOB IN

    DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY?
    Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
  • Overview

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    Certificate of Proficiency in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a 42-credit-hour program beginning only each fall semester that prepares students for entry-level employment. The program includes both classroom work and clinical education of approximately 1,400 hours in an affiliated sonography department. Students can choose from two program options: Medical Sonography or Cardiac Sonography.

    Medical and Cardiac Sonography curriculum options are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Vascular Technology option is accredited until December 18, 2015.

    Applicants must have an associate’s degree or higher and complete all prerequisite courses prior to submitting their application to the DMS program. Students attend full time and complete classroom work and clinical education in an affiliated sonography department. Students acquire skills in record keeping, obtaining and recording pertinent patient clinical history, performing the sonographic examination, providing for the comforts and needs of the patient during the examination, and recording the anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data for interpretation by the supervising physician.

    Sonography is a direct patient care profession. Sonographers perform examinations on post-surgical patients, assist patients who require emesis basins and bedpans, assist physicians with invasive procedures, perform sonographic examinations in the intensive care unit, and perform obstetric examinations on high-risk patients.

    Graduates are eligible to take the certification examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography for their curriculum options – Abdomen and OB/GYN for Medical Sonography, Adult Echocardiography for Cardiac Sonography, and the Vascular Technology Examination for Vascular Technology. Positions are available in hospitals, imaging centers, clinics and private physician offices.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs for sonographers are expected to grow much faster than average through 2014. The department also states that in addition to job openings due to growth, some job openings will arise from the need to replace sonographers who leave the profession permanently.

    Persons interested in sonography should possess:

    • Effective oral communication skills with patients and all members of the health care team
    • Thoroughness
    • Accuracy
    • Empathy
    • Versatility
    • Ability to follow precise and detailed instructions

    Admission Requirements
    1. All applicants must be college graduates with a minimum of an Associate Degree and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

    • All documents from applicants with degrees from countries other than the U.S. and Canada must be in English. Foreign diplomas must be evaluated by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agency for degree equivalency and cumulative GPA and include a notarized translation.
    • If English is not the applicant’s first language, documentation of satisfactory TOFEL or Michigan scores taken within the past two years is required.

    2. All applicants must have completed the following college-level course prerequisites with a grade of “C” or higher: full course sequence of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (usually two semester course sequence of at least 8 credit hours), Physics or Physical Science lecture, College Algebra, Medical Terminology, English Composition, and Oral Communications.

    • The cumulative GPA for the math and science prerequisites must be a minimum of 2.8 – Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, College Algebra.
    • The math and science prerequisite courses must have been completed within five years of entering the program. Credit by examination will be considered on an individual basis. Students may take the math placement test and do not have to retake College Algebra if the score is 59 or higher in CLM. The program has an Anatomy and Physiology assessment test on file in the Learning Achievement Center. Students are not required to repeat the anatomy and physiology courses if the score is 75% or higher. The test can only be taken once.
    • Enroll in any of the math and science courses no more than three times in a five year period.

    3. All applicants must provide documentation of a minimum of four (4) hours of career shadowing in a Sonography department. After April 4, 2008, the career shadowing documentation form must be submitted at the time of application.

    4. All applicants must submit documentation of a minimum of 120 hours of experience in a patient care setting. This experience can consist of volunteer service within a hospital or nursing home environment. After April 4, 2008, the healthcare setting documentation form must be submitted at the time of application.

    Admission Process
    Applications for the program are accepted on a continuing basis from eligible applicants. The program only accepts one class a year starting in the fall semester.

    Admission letters will be mailed by the first Friday in May. Eligible applicants not admitted due to space limitations will remain on the alternate list until classes begin in the fall semester.

    Eligible students not admitted in the fall class MUST reapply to the program by October 1 to maintain their Wait List position for the next entering class.

    Students who wish to be considered for the program MUST do the following:

    • Complete all admission requirements
    • Apply to the college
    • Send official high school and college transcripts to the Admissions office
    • Submit the program application when all of the above has been completed

    Applicants should be advised of the following:

    • Current CPR health care provider level certification is required by the first day of class and must be maintained throughout the program.
    • The hospitals used as clinical sites for the program require a criminal background check and drug screen. Should the background check reveal prior felony criminal convictions, the hospital will be contacted to determine if the individual will be disqualified. If the drug screen is positive, the individual will not be permitted to participate in any clinical rotation or internship.
    • Successful completion of the program makes you eligible to sit for the ARDMS certification examinations. The application includes questions regarding crime directly related to public health. Discovery of relevant criminal history or false information may result in the denial of your application or the filing of disciplinary action against you.

    Application for this program is available in the admissions office.

  • Career Opportunities

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    Job Resources

    • For information on the job outlook in the diagnostic medical sonography profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
    • For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
    Gainful Employment Data (CP)
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  • Faculty

    divider-faculty Beth Anderhub, M.Ed., RDMS, Professor/Program Coordinator
    Phone: 314-644-9399
    E-mail: banderhub@stlcc.edu
  • Program Curriculum

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    Diagnostic Medical Sonography (CP)

    FALL SEMESTER (semester 1) – Class Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    Clinical Days: Tuesday and Thursday
    Medical Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:101 Clinical Foundations of Ultrasound 2
    DMS:102 Medical Ethics and Professional Issues 2
    DMS:103 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
    DMS:105 Medical Sonography I 3
    DMS:106 Medical Sonography Scanning Techniques I 1
    DMS:107 Medical Sonography Practicum I 2
      12 credit hours

    Cardiac Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:101 Clinical Foundations of Ultrasound 2
    DMS:102 Medical Ethics and Professional Issues 2
    DMS:103 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
    DMS:112 Cardiac Sonography I 3
    DMS:113 Cardiac Sonography Scanning Techniques I 1
    DMS:114 Cardiac Sonography Practicum I 2
      12 credit hours

    Vascular Technology Curriculum Option – Restricted to current students, program graduates and registered sonographers

    DMS:101 Clinical Foundations of Ultrasound 2
    DMS:102 Medical Ethics and Professional Issues 2
    DMS:103 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
    DMS:119 Vascular Technology I 3
    DMS:120 Vascular Technology Scanning Techniques I 1
    DMS:121 Vascular Technology Practicum I 2
    12 credit hours

    SPRING SEMESTER (semester 2) – Class Days: Tuesday and Thursday
    Clinical Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    Medical Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:104 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 3
    DMS:108 Medical Sonography II 3
    DMS:109 Medical Sonography Scanning Techniques II 1
    DMS:110 Medical Sonography Clinical Applications I 2
    DMS:111 Medical Sonography Practicum II 3
      12 credit hours

    Cardiac Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:104 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 3
    DMS:115 Cardiac Sonography II 3
    DMS:116 Cardiac Sonography Scanning Techniques II 1
    DMS:117 Cardiac Sonography Clinical Applications I 2
    DMS:118 Cardiac Sonography Practicum II 3
      12 credit hours

    Vascular Technology Curriculum Option - Restricted to current students, program graduates and regsitered sonographers

    DMS:104 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 3
    DMS:122 Vascular Technology II 3
    DMS:123 Vascular Technology Scanning Techniques II 1
    DMS:124 Vascular Technology Clinical Applications I 2
    DMS:125 Vascular Technology Practicum II 3
      12 credit hours

    SUMMER SEMESTER (semester 3) – One class day a week for 8 weeks, four clinical days a week, two weeks of full-time clinical education.
    Medical Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:202 Medical Sonography III 2
    DMS:203 Medical Sonography Practicum III 4
      6 credit hours

    Cardiac Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:207 Cardiac Sonography III 2
    DMS:208 Cardiac Sonography Practicum III 4
      6 credit hours

    Vascular Technology Curriculum Option - Restricted to current students, program graduates and registered sonographers

    DMS:212 Vascular Technology III 2
    DMS:213 Vascular Technology Practicum III 4
      6 credit hours

    FALL SEMESTER (semester 4) – Class days: Tuesday and Thursday
    Clinical days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    Medical Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:201 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation III 3
    DMS:204 Medical Sonography IV 4
    DMS:205 Medical Sonography Clinical Applications II 2
    DMS:206 Medical Sonography Practicum IV 3
      12 credit hours

    Cardiac Sonography Curriculum Option

    DMS:201 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation III 3
    DMS:209 Cardiac Sonography IV 4
    DMS:210 Cardiac Sonography Clinical Applications II 2
    DMS:211 Cardiac Sonography Practicum IV 3
      12 credit hours

    Vascular Technology Curriculum Option - Restricted to current students, program graduates and registered sonographers

    DMS:201 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation III 3
    DMS:214 Vascular Technology IV 4
    DMS:215 Vascular Technology Clinical Applications II 2
    DMS:216 Vascular Technology Practicum IV 3
      12 credit hours
    TOTAL PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS 42
    Recommended Academic Plan (CP) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
    Recommended Academic Plan (CP) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
    Recommended Academic Plan (CP) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
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    Location

    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered at our Forest Park campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.

     

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