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Diagnostic Medical Sonography / Ultrasound

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program prepares students for the challenge of operating state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment. In addition, students learn how to read results from ultrasounds and explain the results to patients in a way they can understand. This two-year certificate program prepares students to sit for the national registry examinations in abdominal, obstetric/gynecologic and vascular areas through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Courses

Course
Title
Prerequisite
Course CESO 0100
Title REQUIRED Exploring Sonography
Prerequisite
Description

This course provides an overview of the medical sonography field as well as the Salt Lake Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Topics include preparing for a career in sonography, program overview and perspectives from students as well as those employed in the field. This course is required as part of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program application process.

Course DMS 1010
Title Patient Care
Prerequisite
Description Prepares students to provide basic care to patients. Includes patient interactions, history taking, transfer techniques, vital signs and oxygen, infection control, aseptic/non-aseptic techniques, ethics, medical law, etc.
Course DMS 1020
Title Abdominal Sonography
Prerequisite
Description

This course covers sonographic anatomy and scanning procedures of the abdomen and superficial structures.  Emphasis is on the various disease processes and their sonographic appearance. This course will prepare students to sit for the ARDMS Abdomen registry exam.

Course DMS 1030
Title Physics / Instrumentation
Prerequisite
Description This course covers the fundamental principals of ultrasound physics.  Sonographic instrumentation and image artifacts will also be covered. Information gained in this course will be used to further sonographic practice, and pass the national ARDMS physics exam.
Course DMS 1040
Title Ultrasounds Lab
Prerequisite
Description This course compliments didactic course instruction. Students will observe scanning equipment, techniques, and have a hands-on opportunity to perform basic skills necessary for a sonographer.
Course MA 1100
Title Medical Terminology
Prerequisite
Description Course uses videos, supplemented lecture & covers over 350 medical word roots, suffixes, prefixes. Emphasis placed on pronunciation, spelling, proper usage of medical term. Medical abbreviations are also introduced.
Course DMS 1110
Title OB/GYN
Prerequisite
Description This course covers the anatomy and scanning procedures of the female pelvis and the developing fetus. Information on anatomy, pathophysiology, sonographic theory, and sonographic technique will be covered.
Course DMS 1130
Title Clinical I
Prerequisite
Description

Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours each week. Emphasis is on professional qualities required of a sonographer and the basics of performing sonographic examinations. Activities are guided by a competency based system. Clinical rotation schedules will be determined by the clinical site.

Course DMS 1210
Title Sectional Anatomy
Prerequisite
Description This course is taught primarily online. Students access a website for course instructions, lectures, assignments and materials, and to communicate with the instructor and with other students.
Course DMS 1220
Title Pathophysiology I
Prerequisite
Description This course examines the biological basis of disease processes.  Alterations in normal physiologic function in each of the major organ systems in the human body will be addressed. Students will be able to incorporate the principles of pathophysiology into their sonographic practice.
Course DMS 1230
Title Clinical II
Prerequisite
Description

Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours each week. Emphasis is on expanding the scanning proficiency and range of the student. Professional growth is continued. Activities are guided by a competency based system. Clinical rotation schedules will be determined by the clinical site.

Course DMS 2010
Title Vascular Sonography
Prerequisite
Description This course provides students with a detailed study of vascular sonography. The course will include imaging of the venous and arterial system as well as non-imaging testing. Special physics topics related to vascular ultrasound will also be covered.
Course DMS 2030
Title Clinical III
Prerequisite
Description

Students attend a clinical setting 32 hours each week. Students continue to broaden their knowledge base of sonographic exams and techniques. Emphasis is on increased independence and confidence. Activities are guided by a competency based system. Clinical rotation schedules will be determined by the clinical site.

Course DMS 2040
Title Ethics in Healthcare
Prerequisite
Description This online course will examine ethical dilemmas facing clinicians and non clinician health care workers. Students will cover a wide variety of issues including the ethics and morality behind patient care, and patient confidentiality.
Course DMS 2110
Title Fetal Anomalies
Prerequisite
Description

This course is taught primarily online. This course will provide an in depth survey of fetal anomalies. Topics include fetal development, normal vs. abnormal sonographic appearance, chromosomal abnormalities, and cardiac malformations. 

Course DMS 2130
Title Clinical IV
Prerequisite
Description

Students attend a clinical setting 32 hours each week. Students continue to broaden their knowledge base of sonographic exams and techniques. Emphasis is on pathology detection. Activities are guided by a competency based system. Clinical rotation schedules will be determined by the clinical site.

Course DMS 2210
Title Comprehensive Sonography
Prerequisite
Description This course provides a comprehensive review of all previous program coursework. This course is designed to prepare students for the ARDMS registry exams in Abdominal, Obstetric / Gynecologic, Vascular, and Physics areas. Students work in groups to organize and re-examine all course content.
Course DMS 2220
Title Pathophysiology II
Prerequisite
Description This course is a continuation of DMS 1220 - Pathophysiology I.  Areas of focus include; disorders of gastrointestinal function, diabetes mellitus, disorders of the male & female genitourinary system, structure & function of the skeletal system, and structure, function,& disorders of the skin.
Course DMS 2230
Title Clinical V
Prerequisite
Description

Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours each week. Students gain the skills necessary to enter the workforce. Emphasis is on efficiency and accuracy. Activities are guided by a competency based system. Clinical rotation schedules will be determined by the clinical site.

FAQs

The program recycles every two years. The next cohort will begin in the fall of 2020.

Classes are held on the Jordan Campus in West Jordan.

Various hospitals and clinics located throughout the Wasatch front provide clinical rotations for our students.

Students are required to complete a total of 1,704 clinical hours by the end of the program. Students are expected to complete 24 to 32 clinical hours per week depending on the semester.
All courses are taught in the evening starting at 5:00pm.
This program does not maintain a wait list. If you are not selected to join the current cohort, we ask that you reapply for the next available opportunity.
It is recommended that you work only a part-time job, if possible. Past students have recommended 24 hours or less per week.
No, in order to complete the DMS program students must attend full-time for six consecutive semesters.
The number of seats available per cohort varies. Seats in the cohort are dependent on the number of clinical sites available.
No financial aid is available at this time.

The refund policy follows the College's academic calendar.

Tuition and fees for the 2018-2020 cohort is approximately $13,774.  In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for other expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, immunizations, CPR certification, background checks, drug screen, program fees, and travel to and from clinical assignments. 

* Tuition and fees subject to change without notice.

Schedule

First Fall Semester

Course Course Title Cr. Hours
 DMS 1010  Patient Care 2
 DMS 1020  Abdominal Sonography 4
 DMS 1030  U.S. Physics & Instrumentation 3
 DMS 1040  Lab 2
 MA 1100   Medical Terminology 3
Total 14

First Spring Semester

Course Course Title Cr. Hours
 DMS 1110  OB/GYN 4
 DMS 1130  Clinical I 4
Total 8

First Summer Semester

Course Course Title Cr. Hours
 DMS 1210  Sectional Anatomy 3
 DMS 1220  Pathophysiology I 2
 DMS 1230  Clinical II 4
Total 9

Second Fall Semester

Course Course Title Cr. Hours
 DMS 2010  Vascular Sonography 3
 DMS 2030  Clinical III 5
 DMS 2040  Ethics in Healthcare 4
Total 12

Second Spring Semester

Course Course Title Cr. Hours
 DMS 2110  Fetal Anomalies 4
 DMS 2130  Clinical IV 5
Total 9

Second Summer Semester

Course Course Title Cr. Hours
 DMS 2210  Comprehensive Sonography 3
 DMS 2220  Pathophyiology II 2
 DMS 2230  Clinical V 4
Total 9

Registration Info

Students applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program must complete one of the admission pathways listed below before applying to the program:

Admission Paths:

Pathways Requirements
Pathway 1 Complete a four-year bachelor's degree in any major. All prerequisite requirements are waived for students applying with a four-year bachelor's degree.
Pathway 2 Complete a two-year associate's degree in a patient care field.
Pathway 3 Complete the following pre-requisites with a "B-" or better. Prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring 2020 term in order to be considered for the 2020 DMS program.
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics
  • COMM 1010 or 1020 Communications
  • MATH 1010 Integrated Algebra (taken within the last five years) or complete the Accuplacer Placement exam with a score placing you in Math 1010,1050,1060,1080, or 1210. Accuplacer score must be current (not any older than a year).

BIOL 1610/1615 College Biology is a prerequisite for the Anatomy and Physiology courses which are required prerequisites. In addition, CHEM 1110/1115 or CHEM 1210/1215 is a prerequisite to register for BIOL 2420/2425.

  • BIOL 2320/2325 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 2420/2425 Human Physiology

Please note, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's (ARDMS) requires those students not possessing a bachelors degree (pathway 1) or a two-year degree in a patient care related field (pathway 2) to complete an additional 12 months of full time clinical ultrasound experience after completion of the DMS program. Work experience and clinical experience cannot overlap. Unpaid, volunteer, or barter experience will not be accepted. Students are responsible for locating their own clinical site to complete this requirement.

*Admissions paths are subject to change each semester based on enrollment and other factors. Check this website frequently for updates.

Requirements

CESO-0100 Exploring Sonography

All applicants applying to the 2020 DMS Program are required to register for CESO-0100 Exploring Sonography online course. Only those students who have completed the CESO-0100 course will receive an application for the fall 2020 cohort.