Diagnostic Medical Sonography     (2008-2009)

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a professional qualified by professional credentialing, academic, and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The scope of practice includes those procedures, acts and processes permitted by law, for which the individual has received education and clinical experience, has demonstrated competency, and has completed the appropriate credentialing which is the standards of practice.

Standards are designed to reflect behavior and performance levels to perform patient assessments and evaluation using effective communication and analytical skills. Standards include the ability to acquire and analyze data obtained using ultrasound, related diagnostic technologies, and integration of data. The sonographer provides preliminary reports of findings to the physician in accordance with established procedures. The sonographer will use independent judgment and systematic problem solving methods to produce high quality diagnostic information and optimize patient care and safety.

Coursework includes use of sonography relevant to gynecology, obstetrics, abdominal subjects, superficial structures and vascular applications.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has been in operation since 1984 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Instruction is six quarters beginning in September. All courses are completed in sequence. The preceptorship (clinical) courses require thirty-two hours per week. Didactic and laboratory instruction is in addition to the preceptorship assignment. Students are eligible to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exams. Successful program completion leads to a Career of Achievement and can lead to an Associate in Science degree.
Career Opportunities
Students typically pursue technical careers in the hospital, clinic, and office. With additional technical experience career positions may include supervisory positions, as a traveler or independent contractor. Most management, corporate, and education positions require four-year college degrees in a related field.
Units required for Major: 104
Units required for Certificate: 104

Associate Degree Requirements:
English proficiency: ENGL 1A or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 103/105 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units required to include:
All General Education Requirements
Core courses (104 Units)
Other graduation requirements as appropriate.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in all Core and Support courses for the Degree or Certificates.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CCC = Career Certificate.
Selective admission into the DMS Program is based on the following with grades of "C" or higher:
High School graduation or equivalency
Successful completion of a two-year Allied Health Program such as Radiology Technology, Registered Nursing and/or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States in a science/medically related discipline with significant direct patient care experience.
College Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs (preferred within the past 5 years)
College General Physics (Radiology Physics is acceptable)
Algebra at the high school or college level, or a college level or higher-level mathematics, or placement into MATH 105 on the Foothill College Placement Test.
College level communication: English, (ENGL 1A)
Medical Terminology or AHS 200 or equivalency if integrated into prior health care program
Compliance with technical standards
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certified (can be delayed until acceptance)

Application deadline is May 1st. Refer to www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/ultra for further information.
Anatomy and Physiology studied in a language other than English will not be considered.
Physical examinations, immunizations, background screening and drug testing are required to attend clinical internships. Positive results on background checks and drug testing could impact a student's ability to attend clinics, complete the program requirements or gain a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of required physical examinations, immunizations, background screenings and drug tests will be paid by the student. Students accepted into the program will be provided with specific details.

Core Courses: (104 units)
Fall Quarter
DMS 50A DMS Principles & Protocols (4 Units)
DMS 50B Sonography & Patient Care (2 Units)
DMS 60A Critique & Pathology (2 Units)
DMS 72A DMS Procedures & Applications (8 Units)
DMS 190Y Directed Study (1.5 Unit)

Winter Quarter
DMS 51A Sectional Anatomy (3 Units)
DMS 53A Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2 Units)
DMS 54A Gynecology (2 Units)
DMS 60B Critique & Pathology (1 Unit)
DMS 70A Clinical Preceptorship (8.5 Units)(32 hrs/wk)
DMS 190Y Directed Study (1.5 Unit)

Spring Quarter
DMS 52A Physical Principles of DMS (2 Units)
DMS 53B Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2 Units)
DMS 54B Gynecology & Obstetrics (2 Units)
DMS 60C Critique & Pathology (1 Unit)
DMS 70B Clinical Preceptorship (8 Units)(32 hrs/wk)
DMS 190Y Directed Study (1.5 Units)

Summer Quarter
DMS 52B Physical Principles of Ultrasound (2 Units)
DMS 53C Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2 Units)
DMS 55A Obstetrics (2 Units)
DMS 60D Critique & Pathology (1 Unit)
DMS 70C Clinical Preceptorship (8.5 Units)(32 hrs/wk)
DMS 190Y Directed Study (1.5 Units)

Fall Quarter
DMS 55B Obstetrics (2 Units)
DMS 56A Vascular Sonography (2 Units)
DMS 72E DMS Procedures & Applications (2 Units)
DMS 60E Critique & Pathology (1 Unit)
DMS 70D Clinical Preceptorship (8.5 Units)(32 hrs/wk)
DMS 190Y Directed Studies (1.5 Unit)

Winter Quarter
DMS 52C Physical Principles of DMS (2 Units)
DMS 56B Vascular Sonography (2 Units)
DMS 80A Advanced Sonographic Principles (3 Units)
DMS 60F Critique & Pathology (1 Unit)
DMS 70E Clinical Preceptorship (8.5 Units)(32 hrs/wk)
DMS 190Y Directed Studies (1.5 Unit)

General Certificate information
Certificate of Achievement (104 units)

Certificate Requirements
This certificate awarded after completion of DMS Core courses and a GPA of 2.5, C or better in all core courses.

Academic Year: 2008-2009

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2008-04-04 08:43:32

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