Diagnostic Medical Sonography-AAS

78 Weeks

Associate Applied Science Degree Course Descriptions

DMS 100 Anatomy & Physiology

This course is designed to provide the student with basic fundamental knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology including, body organization, cell-tissue- membranes, special senses, endocrine, musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, and related pathology.

DMS 200 Abdominal Sonography

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of the regional anatomy and terminology as it relates to the abdominal area. Upon completion of the course, the student will obtain entry-level skills necessary to perform an abdominal ultrasound examination, recognize abdominal organs, normal anatomy as well as some pathological conditions.

DMS 300 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation

Upon completion of the course, the student will have a basic understanding of the nature and physics of ultrasound, interaction with human tissues, image formation and display, knobolgy, Doppler, color flow, m-mode, 2D scanning, instrumentation and safety.

DMS 400 Obstetrical and Gynecologic Sonography

This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills to perform first, second and third trimester studies, recognize normal vs. abnormal conditions, maternal complications, fetal assessment. Special gynecological procedures are also intended to prepare students as vascular technologists.

DMS 500 Vascular Technology

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to vascular sonography, vascular anatomy and hemodynamics. The course is not intended to prepare students as vascular technologists.

DMS 600 Echocardiogram

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about Heart anatomy, congenital malformations, heart masses, heart attack, coronary artery diseases, how to perform complete Echo scan which include 2D measurements, M-mode, Doppler, Color Doppler, TDI(Tissue Doppler imaging). Students will learn how to access heart wall motions, systolic and Diastolic function of the heart, Also students will learn how to perform EKG/ECG and how to read strip charts.

DMS 700 Externship

During this course the student will be assigned, and directly supervised in a Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound imaging facility such as a hospital, clinic or imaging center. The student will be introduced to the Externship setting and departmental organization. Under direct supervision by a supervising sonographer the student will begin to acquire the hands-on skills necessary for the sonographer in a Externship site. This is accomplished through observation and participation in clinical cases studies of patients undergoing ultrasound examinations. The student will perfect their skills in the clinical environment and learn more advanced imaging techniques required of the sonographer. The student will gain more experience in performing ultrasound imaging of the patient undergoing abdominal, small parts, gynecologic, obstetric, or vascular ultrasound examinations or cardiac exams.

General Education Course Descriptions

COM 102 Communications

This course describes communication types, the communication between two people. Students will first build a foundation for study by looking at the principal tools and skills of interpersonal communication. The second half of the course focuses on the core of communication levels, namely, self and others. Students will explore more complex communication such as intimacy, communication climates, and conflict.

PSY 101 Psychology

This is an introductory survey course about the theories and concepts within the field of psychology. Topics covered will include: research methods, biological foundations, health psychology, human development, learning and memory, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, language and thinking, intelligence, consciousness, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology.

MAT 105 College Algebra

This course explores the representation of functions and relations as graphs, formulas, and tables. The types of functions studied will include linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. These functions will be used in solving a variety of equations, systems of equations and application problems. Other topics include: the algebra of real and complex numbers, inequalities, and an introduction to conic sections.

ENG 101 College English

This course is an introduction to college level composition. This course covers methods of development, effective research and touches on specialized writing such as literary analysis and essay development. Students will also learn to use appropriate verbiage and word placement as well as other do’s and don’ts of effective and quality writing.

CD 101 Career Development

The purpose of this course is to teach the student skills to enable them to acquire position leading to a substantial career. Students will learn: Interviewing Skills, Conducting the Successful Job Search, Discovering the Hidden Job Market, Preparing Resumes and Cover Letters as well as mock interviews.

The credential will be awarded upon completion of the proposed associate degree program.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is awarded for completion of a comprehensive program of study in professional technical education designed to prepare graduates for technician level employment.
The degree awarded to the student is the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.