Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor of Applied Science Degree(B.A.S.)

120 Weeks

Course Description

Curriculum Objective:

The diagnostic medical sonographer provides patient services using medical ultrasound (high – frequency sound waves that produce images of internal structures). Working under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures, the sonographer helps gather sonographic data to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases, as well as monitor fetal development.

The program will prepare students in obstetric and gynecologic sonography (the female reproductive system), abdominal sonography (the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas), and vascular technology. The program is designed to provide students the skill and knowledge to obtain entry level job as Medical Sonographer in a Hospital or clinical environment.

Although no State requires licensure in diagnostic medical sonography, organizations such as the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certify the competency of sonographers through registration.

The following upper division courses are taken as part of the B.A.S. Program:
Course NumberCourse Title
HS 301Patient Care
HS 302Pathophysiology
HS 303Healthcare System: Law and Ethics
HS 304Safety in Healthcare
HS 305Management Principles for Imaging Professionals
HS 306Marketing and Healthcare
HS 307Case Studies in Healthcare
DMS 301Advanced Sonography
ENG 301College English II
SOC 301Sociology
PHY 301Physics
HIS 301History of Health Sciences
The following courses are transferred from the A.A.S. Program:
DMS 100Human Anatomy & Physiology I
DMS 125Human Anatomy & Physiology II
DMS 150Vascular Technology I
DMS 155Vascular Technology II
DMS 175Abdominal Sonography I
DMS 180Abdominal Sonography II
DMS 200Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation
DMS 225Echocardiogram
DMS 250Obstetrical and Gynecologic Sonography I
DMS 255Obstetrical and Gynecologic Sonography II
EXT 100Clinical Rotation Externship
COM 101Communications
PSY 101Psychology
MAT 101College Algebra
ENG 101College English I

Course Descriptions Health Science/Diagnostic Medical Sonography

HS 301 Patient Care

Students focus on learning how to create environments of care in their workplace.

This course provides scenarios that give the students an understanding of health care ethics, factors of how patients respond to change including chronic or terminal illness, and issues pertaining to sexuality and confidentiality. Student are introduced to multicultural perspectives and practice the recognition of patient attitudes, beliefs and values while understanding family needs, roles and responsibilities. The basic principles of psychology along with developmental stages of the life cycle, cultural, hereditary and environmental influences on behavior are covered in this module. Students will also discuss and define professionalism, ethics, scope of practice and legal implications of working in the healthcare field.

HS 302 Pathophysiology

This course explores the principles of human physiology and pathologic processes that alter the human body’s lines of defense and resistance to disease. The course will provide the student within understanding of structural adaptations and functional responses of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The student will develop the ability to relate clinical manifestations of pathophysiologic changes as they apply to the imaging professional.

HS 303 Healthcare System: Law and Ethics

This course is an introduction to the laws and ethics of providing health care services. The course is intended to familiarize the student with state and federal health regulations.

Because ethics and laws are both dynamic, emphasis is placed on discussing some of the dramatic changes in health care delivery, such as managed care, patient self- determination, medical record keeping, and various laws that impact health care employment.

HS 304 Safety in Healthcare

The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of patient safety, evaluation of quality and quality measures and principals of quality improvement to students working in any aspect of health care or in health services research.

The course will be divided into these three overlapping topic areas and will consist of lectures, group activities and project work. We will survey important topic areas in patient safety.
We will explore the components of quality measures and their construction and evaluation in the current healthcare milieu. Students will review and create quality measures within their chosen field and develop a quality improvement project to improve a process or outcome.

HS 305 Management Principles for Imaging Professionals

This course explores the multiple dimensions of the role of the imaging professional in the healthcare arena. Emphasis is placed on the management responsibilities needed to foster and promote quality outcomes. Topics will focus on aspects of the following: patient engagement and communication, recruitment and retention, emotional intelligence, creating effective committees and teams, and coaching and mentoring skills.

HS 306 Marketing and Healthcare

This course is a study of the nature and function of marketing within the healthcare setting. Topics include strategic planning, competitive analysis, conservative behavior, marketing communication, and public relations.

HS 307 Case Studies in Healthcare

This course explores the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace including changing demographics, increasing demands of the aging population, healthcare workforce, and new medical technology and research. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviors including smoking, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, and workplace violence.

DMS 401 Advanced Sonography

This course examines advanced sonographic specialties that include fetal echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, breast ultrasound, neurosonography, or other approved evolving sonographic specialty areas.

The student will learn to identify normal anatomy, describe standard protocol, and demonstrate knowledge of disease and pathology associated with each specialty area.

CD 101 Career Development

The purpose of this course is to teach the student skills to enable them to acquire positions 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.

ENG 301 College English II

Students will strengthen their own writing skills by developing a clear understanding of the writing process. Students will also learn how to become reliable critics and editors of their own work.

SOC 301 Sociology

This course involves the study of contemporary sociological theories of organizational dynamics and behavior. It also serves as an analysis of the social structural and interactional dynamics of organizational settings, and includes supervised individual or group projects and reports.

PHY 301 Physics

The course contains a comprehensive study of measurement, density, and introduction to Newton’s laws’ of motion, gravity, conversations of energy, work, power, and momentum. The course additionally includes topics in heat and temperature, electricity, sound, and light. All topics studied include an emphasis on problem solving, dimensional analysis, and the application of mathematics in each topic area.

HIS 301 History of Health Sciences

This course presents a general survey from 1800 to the present, with the primary focus on Europe and the US. Topics include: the rise of scientific medicine; the significance of germ theory; the development of medical therapeutics and technologies; the growth of health care institutions; the evolution and specialization of the medical profession.

The credential to be awarded upon completion of the degree program:

The Bachelor in Applied Science (BAS) 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 a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (B.A.S.).