The mission of the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is to provide undergraduate students with academic and clinical foundations to competently perform as entry-level Sonographers that provide quality patient care, actively participate in the profession, and pursue life-long learning. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled professionals in the medical field that use sound waves for the evaluation of the human anatomy including all major organs of the abdomen, pelvis, and obstetrics. They are a part of an integral health care team requiring highly skilled and competent professionals.
ROLE OF THE DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHER
Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY CERTIFICATION
Students successfully completing the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are eligible to apply for admission to write the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Successful completion of the ARDMS examination provides licensure to practice as a registered sonographer.
OVERVIEW OF THE DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE PROGRAM
The Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program requires completion of 119 quarter credit hours in 27 months (full-time). The degree curriculum integrates didactic and clinical instruction with increasing expectations at each level. A combination of courses from the general education/core and the diagnostic medical sonography major are required. Clinical sites utilized by the program are geographically dispersed. Students may have to travel outside of the local area for clinical placements. Students must complete a separate application to the program and secure formal admission.