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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

PROGRAM CHAIR

Shea Bower
253.460-4476 sbower@tacomacc.edu

TCC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares students for employment as a Sonographer working in ultrasound imaging. It is a full-time, 21 calendar months program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students complete classroom and laboratory work at TCC and clinical education in an affiliated ultrasound department. Positions often are available in hospital ultrasound departments, clinics and private physicians’ offices. Students acquire skills in reviewing and recording pertinent clinical patient history, performing the sonographic examinations, providing patient comfort and needs during the examination, and recording anatomic, pathologic, and physiologic data for interpretation by supervising physicians. Traits needed by individuals who enter this program include attention to detail, efficiency, excellent hand/eye coordination, and compassion.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and upon successful program completion along with any required work experience, graduates are eligible to take the certifying examinations of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the specialty areas of ultrasound physics and instrumentation, abdomen, and obstetrics-gynecology.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, students will:

  • Demonstrate the required technical and critical thinking skills to perform as ARDMS-certified entry-level sonographers, providing accurate and efficient general diagnostic sonographic examinations and procedures.
  • Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical information/data to optimize diagnostic results.
  • Record sonographic diagnostic, pathologic and/or physiologic information for interpretation by a physician.
  • Interact effectively, professionally, and ethically in oral and written communications with patients, their families, physicians and other health care professionals, adhering to the recognized SDMS scope of practice.
  • Provide basic patient care and comfort, anticipating and responding to patient needs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR ENTRY

(36 credits)

All prerequisite courses must be completed within two attempts with a grade of C or higher. There is a five-year time limit for all math and science prerequisite courses.

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

5

CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication

5

or CMST 110

Multicultural Communication

 

HIM 130

Medical Terminology I (or higher level equivalent Medical Terminology course)

3

MATH& 141

Pre-Calculus I

5

BIOL& 241

Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

6

BIOL& 242

Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

6

PHYS& 115 or PHYS& 116

General Physics

6

NON-ACADEMIC PROGRAM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Contact the DMS program for information about:

  • Criminal and federal fraud background checks
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations

Students are responsible for arranging dependable transportation to and from clinical sites and dependable child/dependent care. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is competitive. There are usually more applicants to the program than available positions. Completing prerequisite courses and satisfying other requirements for a complete application, does not guarantee program admission.

DEGREE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

(109-111 credits)

  1. Fall Quarter (18 credits)

DMS 101

Sonography Lab I

2

DMS 105

Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy

5

DMS 110

Pathophysiology I

3

DMS 120

Abdominal Sonography

3

DMS 130

Physics and Instrumentation I

3

DMS 175

Orientation to DMS (Early Start)

2

  1. Winter Quarter (15 credits)

DMS 102

Sonography Lab II

3

DMS 111

Pathophysiology II

3

DMS 121

Small Parts and Superficial Structures Sonography

3

DMS 122

Gynecological Sonography

3

DMS 131

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II

3

  1. Spring Quarter (16-18 credits)

DMS 103

Sonography Lab III

2

DMS 123

Obstetrical Scanning and Pathophysiology

5

DMS 124

Introduction to Vascular Sonography

3

DMS 125

Advanced Sonography

2

DMS 140

Patient Care and Scope of Practice

2

DMS 150

Introduction to Clinical I

2

  1. Summer Quarter (15 credits)

DMS 151

Ultrasound Clinical II

10

DMS 160

Ultrasound Seminar and Critique I

2

DMS 299

Independent Study

2-15

  1. Fall Quarter (15 credits)

DMS 250

Ultrasound Clinical III

13

DMS 260

Ultrasound Seminar and Critique II

2

  1. Winter Quarter (15 credits)

DMS 251

Ultrasound Clinical IV

13

DMS 261

Ultrasound Seminar and Critique III

2

  1. Spring Quarter (15 credits)

DMS 252

Ultrasound Clinical V

13

DMS 270

Ultrasound Registry Review Seminar

2

 
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