Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Associate of Science
The mission of the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is to provide undergraduate students with academic and clinical foundations to competently perform as entry-level Sonographers that provide quality patient care, actively participate in the profession, and pursue life-long learning. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled professionals in the medical field that use sound waves for the evaluation of the human anatomy including all major organs of the abdomen, pelvis, and obstetrics. They are a part of an integral health care team requiring highly skilled and competent professionals.
ROLE OF THE DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHER
Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY CERTIFICATION
Students successfully completing the Associate of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to apply for admission to write the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Successful completion of the ARDMS examinations provides licensure to practice as a registered sonographer.
OVERVIEW OF THE DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Science degree program requires completion of 125 quarter credit hours in 27 months (full-time). The degree curriculum integrates didactic and clinical instruction with increasing expectations at each level. A combination of courses from the general education/core (46 credits) and the diagnostic medical sonography major (79 credits) are required. Clinical sites utilized by the program are geographically dispersed. Students may have to travel outside of the local area for clinical placements. Students must complete a separate application to the program and secure formal admission.
STUDENT OUTCOMES OF THE DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM
Graduates of this program will develop skills to:
- Be clinically competent to perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data;
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to exercise discretion and judgment in performance of diagnostic sonography;
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills; and
- Demonstrate professionalism and growth in the profession.
The program will continually monitor program effectiveness through assessment and evaluation to ensure that the needs of the community are met.
General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Associate of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Applicants interested in the program are required to visit the college and meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Perspective students declaring Diagnostic Medical Sonography as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program:
- Complete the Sonography program application form.
- Submit transcripts from all colleges/radiography programs attended evidencing a minimum college/radiography program GPA of 2.75.*
- Meet minimum score requirements on the college entrance examination, OR present documentation of a score of 19 or higher on the ACT Assessment Examination, OsR present documentation of a 900 combined score or higher on the SAT I examination, OR meet the South College requirements for admission as a transfer student.
- Complete a personal interview with program faculty and area professionals and achieve a minimum score of 25 out of a possible 40.*
- Complete BIO 1110 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 1120 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab, BIO 1130 Anatomy & Physiology II, BIO 1140 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab, MAT 1500 College Mathematics I, PHY 2010 General Physics, PHY 2020 General Physics Lab, RAD 1110 Fundamentals of Healthcare, RAD 1120 Patient Care & Assessment, obtaining a grade of “C” or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.*
- Complete and document a minimum of 10 clock hours of observation in a sonography department.
- Meet specific health and/or essential functions pertinent to the responsibilities performed by the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Drug and background screenings are required by clinical affiliates. Failure to pass the screenings may disqualify a student as a candidate for admission.
- Be able to commit to full attendance and participation in a rigorous educational program which requires class attendance, significant out–of–class preparation time, and clinical education assignments off-campus to geographically dispersed areas.
*Each of these areas is used to rank applicants for full program admission. If minimum standards are met by more applying students than clinical seats, these rankings determine program admission.
Applicants to any Imaging Sciences program are ranked based on academic and interview scores. Emphasis is placed on math and science coursework related to Imaging Sciences at all degree levels. A minimum interview score of 25 out of a possible 40 is also required. Those programs admitting on a rotational basis do so annually and class sizes admitted are dependent on available clinical sites. In addition to course work, each student must provide proof of ability to perform the skills needed to practice in the imagine sciences effectively. Health care facilities must meet federal guidelines, and students must also meet these requirements in order to be allowed to gain clinical experience in these facilities. To meet these requirements, each student must supply proof of a negative TB test, hepatitis B vaccine or waiver, physical exam certifying ability to function in the required capacity, proof of immunizations (including MMR immunity), and CPR training. A criminal background check and drug screen are required for admission. If the background check reveals previous convictions, it is up to each clinical site to determine the eligibility of students to attend clinical at the site. Students who are denied clinical experiences due to past convictions may be unable to progress in the program which will result in failure to complete the required courses for the program. In any case where a drug screen is positive and an authorized prescription is not produced to validate the presence of the drug in the individual’s system,
a student may be disqualified as a candidate for admission. Upon notification of the drug screen results, the student will have 5 working days to provide prescription validation. Students are responsible for costs associated with any required testing.
Applicants to any Imaging Sciences program must be able to meet the functional capacities outlined in the South College Catalog. Students who believe they will not be able to meet one or more of these requirements without accommodation must notify the Imaging Sciences Department Chair and a determination will be made on a case by case basis whether reasonable accommodation may be made. In no instance will an accommodation be made which will put the applicant, other students, or patients at risk.
** Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included in the table below is estimated for a full-time student.**
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Reasons for students not completing on-time (i.e. 2 years for Associate degree programs, 4 years for Baccalaureate degree programs):
|An institution calculates an on‐time graduation rate for each program by:
* Determining the number of students who completed the program during the most recently completed award year,
* From the total students identified in step one, determining the number of students that completed the program within normal time, regardless of whether the student transferred into the program or changed programs at the institution, and
* Dividing the number of students who completed the program within normal time, as determined in step two, by the total number of students who completed the program, as determined in step one, and multiplying the result by 100.
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