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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AS)

Associate of Science Degree Program

Overview

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program offers a comprehensive, rigorous learning curriculum, combining the expanding arena of health care with the cutting edge of information technology. The DMS program will prepare the student to become an essential member of the health imaging team of professionals. The instruction is intended for students who wish to seek employment as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Abdominal and OB/GYN (general concentration) ultrasound. Topics covered include abdominal and obstetrical ultrasound examination techniques, demonstrating competency and skill in identification of the organs, systems and superficial structures of the abdominal and pelvic cavity, the female reproductive system and its function and proper imaging technique and protocols.

The DMS program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) allowing graduates to take the ARRT certification board exam in Sonography. Learn More.

To accommodate the population, all professional courses are designated SSL (Spanish Supplemented Lecture). Faculty teaching professional courses will be fluent speakers of Spanish and English, however, for Arts and Science courses in social sciences and humanities (excluding math and science) the instructors will be mostly English speakers. All textbooks, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, exams and projects will be in English. ENG 105 English Composition I, ENG 205 English Composition II, and LIB 100 Research Methods will be taught in English only. However, students who take Spanish Supplemented Lecture (SSL) courses must understand that COMPLETING COURSES IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH MAY REDUCE EMPLOYABILITY WHERE ENGLISH IS REQUIRED. Students learn to be able to establish appropriate patient communication, both verbally and non-verbally.

Students will be able to appropriately interpret the prescription and sonographic images as well as comprehend pathological findings and appearance on the sonographic image(s). They will learn to manipulate sonographic transducers and sonographic equipment while applying theoretical knowledge to appropriately evaluate images and communicate with physicians to reach a diagnosis. Students will learn the problem-solving techniques of a critical thinker and how to appropriately communicate in the health care arena while applying the appropriate corrective measures. Discussion of ethical, legislative, and regulatory issues relative to the day-to-day operations of a health care facility is also included in this up-to-date, real-world curriculum. Externship courses offered in the last two semesters provides students with the opportunity to supplement course work with practical work experience related to the program and its learning outcomes.

Students in the program are eligible to sit for the SPI (Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation) exam following completion of DMS 110 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation and passing with a letter grade of C or above. Taking this step is recommended for the clinical courses.

The program is approved by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) and graduates of the program qualify to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification board exam in sonography. Once a graduate has passed the ARRT exam in sonography, they are eligible and encouraged to sit for the ARDMS credentialing exam in the Abdomen and/or OB/GYN concentrations, a preference for Florida employers

The objective of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program is to prepare graduates to consistently and professionally perform an abdominal or obstetrical (general concentration) examination in the clinical setting. The program strives to reach its objective(s) by adhering to its mission and by meeting or exceeding its goals ongoing. The program’s mission is to achieve its commitment to excellence in education demonstrated by providing a combination of entry-level education, practical skills and clinical instruction supported by assessment within the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains. The program supports the vision, values and mission of ASA College by striving to be the premier education resource in the community for sonographers.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of ASA College is committed to excellence in education demonstrated by providing a combination of entry-level education, practical skills and clinical instruction supported by assessment within the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.  The program supports the vision, values and mission of ASA College by striving to be the premier education resource in the community for sonographers.

The program intends to fulfill its mission via the following goals through the support of the intended student learning outcome thresholds:

Goal 1:  The program will effectively meet the educational needs of the student and the community by developing graduates with entry-level skills. 

  • Achieve credentialing success in the general concentration
  • Graduates will be satisfied with the education received
  • Graduate employment within six (6) months of graduation
  • Employers will be satisfied with graduate performance
  • Students that begin the program will complete the program

 

Goal 2:  Students will be competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

  • Students will be able to establish appropriate patient communication, both verbally and non-verbally
  • Students will be able to appropriately interpret the prescription and sonographic images
  • Students will comprehend pathological findings and appearance on sonographic image(s), knowledge of image    description(s) and documentation related to the interpreting physician
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to manipulate sonographic transducers and sonographic equipment
  • Students will be able to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical skills appropriately for sonographic evaluation

 

Goal 3: Students will acquire problem-solving and critical thinking skills demonstrating clear and effective communication skills.

  • Students will be able to clearly verbalize and communicate adequately in all areas of the profession as required
  • Students will be able to critique an examination, including and/or identifying, critical-thinking problems and the     required corrective measures

 

Goal 4:  Graduates will demonstrate professional growth and development.

  • Graduates will attain certification in other sonographic specialties
  • Students will demonstrate professional skills during case presentations

Demand for sonography professionals will continue to increase through 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 25% increase in health care jobs as the population grows and ages. Health care occupational groups are expected to account for more than 5.3 million new jobs by 2022, about one-third of the total employment growth.

Graduates can obtain employment in hospitals, clinics, working alongside radiologists, OB-GYN practitioners as well as other related medical facilities.

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