2014-15 Catalog

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Advanced Certificate

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/diagnostic-medical-sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a modality that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and vascular structures within the body. Sonography is also used extensively in the evaluation of pregnancy and fetal development. Recent advancements in technology have led to increasing use of this imaging specialty as a non-invasive diagnostic tool. This 16-month program prepares students to perform sonographic examinations in hospitals,clinics,and imaging centers. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the certification examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Technologists currently employed in Sonography may seek enrollment in the "classroom only" portions of the program, if desired.

Admission to the Program:   Selective

Eligibility Requirements

1. Graduation from high school or equivalent.

2. Allied Health Education in Radiologic Technology:

  • Graduate of a nationally accredited Radiologic Technology program in the United States with a 2.7 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale Post-secondary course work in Physics, Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Biomedical Ethics, and patient care must be documented. In addition two years of high school Algebra or MAT 099 must be documented.

NOTE: Students who are required to have Anatomy and Physiology I and II must complete both of these courses at the same institution in order to receive credit for these courses.

OR

Other Allied Health Education

  • Graduates of a nationally accredited 24-month patient care-related allied health program in the United States with a 2.7 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Examples of eligible professionals include Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Associate Degree Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy. Post-secondary course work equivalent to General Physics (PHY 151 & 152), Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 211 & 212), Medical Terminology (MDT 100), Biomedical Ethics (PHL 103) & patient care must be documented. In addition two years of high school Algebra or MAT 099 must be documented. NOTE: Students who are required to have Anatomy and Physiology I and II must complete both of these courses at the same institution in order to receive credit for these courses
  • Proof of current professional registration, licensure, or certification is required.

OR

Baccalaureate Degree:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university, or equivalent as evaluated by a formal credentials evaluation mechanism with a 2.7 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Post-secondary course work equivalent to General Physics (PHY 151 & 152), Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 211 & 212), Medical Terminology (MDT 100), and Biomedical Ethics (PHL 103) must be documented. In addition, two years of high school Algebra or MAT 099 and 100 hours of extensive, direct patient care must be documented. NOTE: Students who are required to have Anatomy and Physiology I and II must complete both of these courses at the same institution in order to receive credit for these courses.
  • Sonography program curriculum does not include basic patient care course work due to the program length and concentrated sonography curriculum. Direct patient care experience is necessary to ensure a level of proficiency needed to be successful in the program. The didactic component of the program requires the candidate to focus specifically on sonography-related skills and, therefore, basic patient care skills are required upon admission.
  • Patient care course requirements may be met by satisfactory completion of EMT.101.
  • Clinical experience must involve recent (within 5 years) extensive direct patient contact of at least 100 hours. Submission of a Verification of Patient Care Experience form with your direct supervisor’s contact information is required for the application process.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a general application for admission to the College - http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll
  2. Submit official transcripts from high school and all post-secondary educational institutions.
  3. Complete HOBET, including the areas of Reading Skills and Math Skills (testing must be within six months of the appropriate application deadline).
  4. Submit verification of Patient Care Experience form (required from all candidates without an allied health background).
  5. Complete an application for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program (program applications are available from the program advisor).

Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited and is determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) include: Blackhawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), Spoon River Student selection is based on course work, GPA, and COMPASS scores. From the pool of applicants, those who are considered most qualified for the study and practice of sonography will be admitted. Candidates with A.R.R.T.(R) certification will be given first priority on available classroom and clinical slots. Practicing sonographers seeking formal didactic instruction may seek enrollment in the classroom-only portions of the program, and may enroll with instructor permission without completing the formal application process. Because of the 16-month program length, program start dates alternate between spring and fall sessions. Future program starting dates are:

  • Spring 2015
  • Fall 2016

Application forms and materials for Fall will be accepted February 15 through June 15 for review. Applications will be accepted from May 1 through September 1 for the Spring start in January. Applicants will be notified in writing within 2 weeks of the deadline of admission status. Students who are admitted to the DMS program must pay a $100 acceptance fee when notified of initial program admission status to guarantee a place in the program. For the student fully admitted to the program, the $100 will be applied towards the first semester tuition. Students who accept their seat and drop for any reason will forfeit their money.

Notice to Applicants of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program:
Your personal history may affect your ability to be certified as a registered sonographer. The ARDMS reserves the right to take action against an applicant, candidate, or Registrant in case of conviction, plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any crime. If you are presently charged with, or been convicted or found guilty of or plead nolo contendere to any crime (felony and/or misdemeanor), other than a speeding or parking violation you may wish to seek clarification from the ARDMS as to how it pertains to your circumstances. In addition the application for ARDMS certification asks the following questions: 1. Have you ever been subject to revocation, suspension, or other disciplinary action by a (1) state licensing board, (2) state or Federal agency, (3) national professional association? 2. Are you currently charged with or have you ever been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere, to any crime? A response of “yes” to any of the above may result in a delay or denial of certification. Questions regarding eligibility for ARDMS certification may be directed to:

ARDMS
51 Monroe St. Plaza East One
Rockville, MD 20850-2400
1-800-541-9754

For more Information.

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.,
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Advanced Certificate

Spring Start

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
RDT.262Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging 3
DMS.250Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation 1 2
DMS.252Abdominal Sonography 5
DMS.255Sonography Practicum 1 6
Summer Session
DMS.264Abdominal Sonography & Superficial Struc 4
DMS.275Sonography Summer Practicum 5
Fall Semester
DMS.262OB/GYN Sonography 6
DMS.265Sonography Practicum 2 6
DMS.284Advanced Physics & Instrumentation II 2
Second Year
Spring Semester
DMS.274Sonography Critique 2
DMS.282Vascular Technology 4
DMS.285Sonography Practicum 3 6
 Total Program Hours: 51.0

Fall Start

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
RDT.262Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging 3
DMS.250Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation 1 2
DMS.252Abdominal Sonography 5
DMS.255Sonography Practicum 1 6
Spring Semester
DMS.264Abdominal Sonography & Superficial Struc 4
DMS.265Sonography Practicum 2 6
DMS.284Advanced Physics & Instrumentation II 2
Summer Session
DMS.262OB/GYN Sonography 6
DMS.275Sonography Summer Practicum 5
Second Year
Fall Semester
DMS.274Sonography Critique 2
DMS.282Vascular Technology 4
DMS.285Sonography Practicum 3 6
 Total Program Hours: 51.0

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must complete all DMS and RDT courses with a grade of "C" or better in order to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

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Courses

DMS.250 Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation 122

This course initially examines the nature and physical properties of sound waves. Emphasis is placed on the attenuation and transmission behaviors of an ultrasound beam as it encounters human tissue of a differing impedance. The instruments used to generate and receive ultrasound for medical imaging purposes are studied with respect to their operating characteristics. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring (alternating)
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.252 Abdominal Sonography55

This course introduces students to general sonography beginning with the techniques and protocols of abdominal imaging. Anatomical variations and pathological conditions are studied with respect to their sonographic appearance. Emphasis is also placed on the acquisition of pertinent clinical history and the evaluation of laboratory and related imaging reports. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring (alternating)
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.255 Sonography Practicum 1306

This practicum course involves 3-4 days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. Assignments are made to enable students to begin achieving competency in performing general sonography procedures. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring (alternating)
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.262 OB/GYN Sonography66

This course covers imaging of both the non-gravid and gravid female. In gynecologic sonography the normal and pathological appearance of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes is emphasized. Obstetrical imaging focuses on the pregnant and post-partum uterus and normal vs. abnormal fetal growth and development in the first, second and third trimesters. Sonographic identification of major congenital abnormalities is also stressed. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Summer (alternating)
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.264 Abdominal Sonography & Superficial Struc44

This course covers the sonographic evaluation of selected abdominal and superficial structures. Scanning protocols and normal vs. abnormal sonographic findings associated with each procedure are studied. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Summer Or Spring (alternating)
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.265 Sonography Practicum 2306

This practicum course involves 3-4 days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. Assignments are made to enable students to gain further competency in performing sonography procedures and analyzing the technical quality of the examination. In addition the student will be required to perform select basic imaging and technical competencies. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring (alternating)
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.274 Sonography Critique22

This course provides students with an opportunity for further study in the recognition of pathological conditions as demonstrated sonographically. Case studies will be presented and reviewed in the examination categories covered to date. Disease-specific imaging protocols will be discussed, in addition to analysis of the technical quality of the examination. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall and Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.275 Sonography Summer Practicum255

This summer practicum course involves 4 days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. This extensive clinical rotation provides students with the opportunity to further refine their skills in performing sonography procedures and analyzing the technical quality of the examination. Successful completion of select professional and clinical competencies is required. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.282 Vascular Technology44

This course introduces students to the use of ultrasound in assessing vascular anatomy and physiology. Following a unit on the dynamics of circulation, students will study basic imaging and non-imaging methods used to examine selected peripheral, abdominal, and cerebrovascular structures. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.284 Advanced Physics & Instrumentation II22

As a continuation of DMS.250, this course begins by examining the physical principles of Doppler and color flow ultrasound and the types of equipment used to image and measure vascular flow. Continuous wave, pulsed wave, color flow, and power Doppler techniques are addressed with emphasis on the differences in their ability to quantify or qualify information. Students will evaluate spectral traces as well as both grayscale and color images as they study the data acquisition methods and learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal display patterns. Students will identify image artifacts and study methods for their use or elimination. Relationships between ultrasound intensity and time are also addressed as they relate to potential bioeffects and safety. Quality assurance standards and procedures are emphasized as image and spectral display characteristics of all types of equipment are evaluated. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Prerequisites: DMS.250
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS,AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DMS.285 Sonography Practicum 3306

This final practicum course involves 3-4 days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and/or vascular laboratories. Assignments are made to provide students with the opportunity to further refine their skills in performing imaging procedures and analyzing the technical quality of the examination. Advanced scanning procedures, methods, and experience are also provided in this course. Students will integrate patient history and physical finding to determine the appropriate course for the diagnostic exam. Continued development and demonstration of an increasing level of competence. Continued development and demonstration of an increasing level of competence relating to critical thinking skills and problem solving in the clinical area will be developed. Students will demonstrate an increasing level of speed and efficiency in performing exams. Successful completion of professional and technical scanning proficiencies are required. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

McGivern, Jodi R
instructor, diagnostic cardiac sonography