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Diagnostic Medical Sonography - A.A.S. Degree (Career)

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

The diagnostic medical sonography degree prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the field of general, vascular, and cardiac sonography in hospitals, medical and specialty offices, imaging centers, clinics, and other health care agencies. This full-time, two-year associate of applied science degree is designed to teach students the skills necessary to perform routine, emergency, and interventional sonography procedures. This area of study is rigorous in both the number of clinical internship hours and academic standards required. Prospective students are required to have a strong background in anatomy and physiology, mathematics, and health-related studies. The majority of didactic courses will be offered in either online or hybrid class formats, and students will need to be familiar with the distance learning environment. The laboratory portion of the courses will be offered in on-campus labs. Clinical experiences will be conducted at facilities within or around the Howard County area. Graduates may be eligible to apply for either the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) certification examinations.

General Education Core

Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3 credits

Humanities, Arts and Literature

Course NumberTitleCredits
-Humanities Core Course

-Arts Core Course

-Literature Core Course

3

Social Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSYC-101General Psychology

3 credits

Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4 credits

BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIOL-101 and BIOL-203: Admission to this area of study is based upon successful completion of BIOL-101, BIOL-203 and BIOL-204, PHYS-101, and MATH-141. Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within five (5) years prior to admission to the first sonography course. BIOL-101 and PHYS-101 must be completed within ten (10) years prior to clinical admission. A grade of “C” or better is required in diagnostic medical sonography and general education courses. Prerequisite courses required for the DMS program are ENGL-121, BIOL-101, BIOL-203, BIOL-204, MATH-141, and PHYS-101. A grade of 3.0 or higher is required for BIOL-203, BIOL-204, and PHYS-101. An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required from prerequisites.

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH-141College Algebra

3 credits

MATH-141: Admission to this area of study is based upon successful completion of BIOL-101, BIOL-203 and BIOL-204, PHYS-101, and MATH-141. Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within five (5) years prior to admission to the first sonography course. BIOL-101 and PHYS-101 must be completed within ten (10) years prior to clinical admission. A grade of “C” or better is required in diagnostic medical sonography and general education courses. Prerequisite courses required for the DMS program are ENGL-121, BIOL-101, BIOL-203, BIOL-204, MATH-141, and PHYS-101. A grade of 3.0 or higher is required for BIOL-203, BIOL-204, and PHYS-101. An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required from prerequisites.

Required Courses Related to Major

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

DMSU-102Introduction to Ultrasound

3 credits

DMSU-112Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals

3 credits

DMSU-151Clinical Sonography I

2 credits

DMSU-211Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I

3 credits

DMSU-212Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation II

3 credits

DMSU-213Pathophysiology for Imaging Professionals

3 credits

DMSU-252Clinical Sonography II

2 credits

DMSU-253Clinical Sonography III

4 credits

DMSU-254Clinical Sonography IV

1 credit

DMSU-255Clinical Sonography V

6 credits

DMSU-261ARDMS Registry Seminar

1 credit

PHYS-101Technical Physical Science

4 credits

BIOL-204 and PHYS-101: Admission to this area of study is based upon successful completion of BIOL-101, BIOL-203 and BIOL-204, PHYS-101, and MATH-141. Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within five (5) years prior to admission to the first sonography course. BIOL-101 and PHYS-101 must be completed within ten (10) years prior to clinical admission. A grade of “C” or better is required in diagnostic medical sonography and general education courses. Prerequisite courses required for the DMS program are ENGL-121, BIOL-101, BIOL-203, BIOL-204, MATH-141, and PHYS-101. A grade of 3.0 or higher is required for BIOL-203, BIOL-204, and PHYS-101. An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required from prerequisites.

General Track

Application Code 281A

 

Course NumberTitleCredits
DMSU-171Abdominal and Small Parts Ultrasound I

2 credits

DMSU-172Obstetrics/Gynecology Ultrasound I

2 credits

DMSU-271Abdominal and Small Parts Ultrasound II

2 credits

DMSU-272Obstetrics/Gynecology Ultrasound II

2 credits

DMSU-280Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 70

Vascular Track

Application Code 281B

 

Course NumberTitleCredits
CARD-120Rhythm Analysis & 12-LEAD ECG

2 credits

DMSU-181Vascular Ultrasound I

3 credits

DMSU-282Vascular Ultrasound II

3 credits

DMSU-290Introduction to Cardiac Ultrasound

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 70

Cardiac Track

Application Code 281C

 

Course NumberTitleCredits
CARD-120Rhythm Analysis & 12-LEAD ECG

2 credits

DMSU-191Adult Echocardiography I

3 credits

DMSU-280Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound

3 credits

DMSU-292Adult Echocardiography II

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 70