Associate in Applied Science - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Program LengthPrerequisite Length
7 quarters 3 quarters
Spokane Community College
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If you are investigative and you want to help in the diagnosis of a patient’s illness or injury, a career in sonography might be right for you.
Sonography is a medical imaging procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. This accredited program prepares you to use ultrasound machines and other specialized equipment to perform diagnostic exams on patients. You’ll study normal and abnormal anatomy, pathophysiology of the abdomen, small body parts, OB/GYN and vascular structures.
Whether you want to work in a large hospital system, at an outpatient imaging center or at a specialty office, this program will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on clinical skills to enter the sonography workforce within 21 months.
Please see more information about this program in our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Information packet
The DMS program goal is to prepare competent entry level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Educating in all 3 learning domains is accomplished through the strategically integrated program content including didactic, laboratory, and clinical internship.
Please complete the following steps for consideration to participate in the DMS program selective interview process. All application materials are due by 6/30/2023 to the Registration Office in Building 15 (1810 N Greene Street, MS 2151).
Applicants should be aware that National Background Checks conducted during the first and fourth quarters of the program to ensure records are free of felonies or other infractions that might preclude clinical placement or employment in a field with access to vulnerable patients.
Within 30 days of clinical assignment, required immunizations and drug screening are collected. Additional information distributed during the first quarter of the program.
Sonography courses are limited to students officially enrolled in the DMS program.
Program start: Fall (competitive entry)
Program length: 7 quarters
Number of students each start: 16
Contact: Michelle Gendusa 509-533-8196 | Bill Rambo 509-533-7038 | Megan Fadeley 509-533-7039
Applications deadline: June 30th
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of The Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 146, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 146
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101
Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also check the annual schedule or search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.
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Associate in Applied Science - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Total Prerequisite Credits: 40
Total Program Credits: 104
NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the program before taking the following courses
A clear understanding of a sonographer’s role will help an applicant inventory their personal mental and physical abilities to ensure success in their new career. Here a few important topics taken directly from the occupational summary for a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at O*NET OnLine.
Anyone interested in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a career are encouraged to visit this website and other helpful links listed below for more detailed descriptions and additional information.
Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.
Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.
Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, adjusting equipment as required.
Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.
Coordinate work with physicians or other healthcare team members, including aiding during invasive procedures.
Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling exams or special procedures, keeping records, or archiving computerized images.
Oral comprehension – the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Near vision – the ability to see details at close range.
Oral expression – the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem sensitivity – the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Written comprehension – the ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine to exact positions
Active listening – giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social perceptiveness – being aware of other’ reactions and understanding the way they react as they do.
Speaking – talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical thinking – using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring – monitoring and assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active learning – understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Time management – managing one’s own time and the time of others
Coordination – adjusting actions in relation to the actions of others.
Complex problem solving – identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Service Orientation – actively looking for ways to help people
Outcome measures as set by the JRC-DMS* are reported on an annual basis in September.
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