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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

FAQ's

  1. Can I work while I am in the program?

    • A general College guideline indicates that students taking 12 or more hours (full-time) may find it difficult to work while going to school. The curriculum of this program is considered a high degree of difficulty and it is suggested a student not be employed while taking this program. It is not the practice of the school to deny a student seeking employment as long as the student is able to complete the course requirements successfully as stated in the Program Requirements for Graduation. During the final semester of the program , if a clinical site wishes to hire a student and the work schedule does not interfere with the student's ability to successfully complete their class work to obtain graduation, it will be permitted.

    • Students may not take either the responsibility or the place of qualified staff. It is not permissible for a student to work as entry-level sonographers without having received adequate training and met satisfactory competency.
  2. What happens if I become pregnant during the DMS Program?

    • The Pregnancy Policy states any restriction indicated by the student's physician must be provided in writing to the Program Director. After delivery, a release note must be provided from the physician, identifying any activity restriction or stating when the student is permitted to resume normal activity. The student must make up all clinical time missed, complete all course requirements and clinical competencies not completed as a consequence of the pregnancy to complete the requirements for the DMS course.
  3. How long will it take before I can start the clinical portion of my program?

    • The length of course time prior to clinical rotation is 8 weeks.
  4. Can I re-enter the program if I withdraw?

    • Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied Health Handbook.
  5. What facilities are used for the DMS clinical experience?

    • The sonography program at CCC has 10-15 clinical sites to employ all aspects of the program. These departments are located in hospitals, medical imaging clinics, mobile ultrasound, as well as doctor's offices.
  6. Will I do all my training at one hospital?

    • No. Students will receive adequate training in general and vascular clinical settings, changing every 8 weeks, taking into consideration the need of the student.
  7. How far do students have to travel for their clinical rotations?

    • Clinical rotations will be divided equally among all students based on the type of rotation needed, and the experience available in different departments. It is the responsibility of the the Program Director and/or the Clinical Coordinator to assign clinical rotations for all students. Students must expect to have a few rotations that require some distance to travel (approximately 3-4 hours one-way).
  8. Is transportation provided to the clinical site?

    • No. Students must provide their own transportation.
  9. How does CCC's sonography program differ form other sonography programs?

    • CCC's DMS Program offers study areas of general sonography as well as vascular sonography, without the students needing to make a choice, providing a well rounded education. Students will gain both classroom and clinical experience in three areas and be eligible for the national ultrasound board exams in all areas. This will make the student more marketable to area medical facilities.
  10. How long does it take to complete the medical sonography program?

    • It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, and English Once the pre-requisites are accomplished, the DMS program takes two (2) years to complete.
  11. Is there a laboratory on campus?

    • The medical sonography scan lab at CCC is state-of-the-art. Students have the unique opportunity to practice their skills on up-to-date ultrasound equipment. Actual hands-on scanning begins the very first day of the sonography program. Under close supervision by faculty, students are instructed on how to begin the sonographic examination, proper imaging technique, and the ergonomics of scanning.
  12. Can I attend the program part-time?

    • No. Unfortunately, the program requires the combination of classroom instruction and clinical instruction in each of the sonography specialties to occur at the same time. You will likely be in class two days a week and in clinical the other two days of the week.
  13. How many students are accepted into the program each year?

    • Approximately 10. The number of students depends largely upon the number of clinical rotations available.
  14. Will I be able to find a job when I graduate?

    • The U.S. Bureau of Labor has stated that imaging professionals are in great demand and the need is increasing as medical imaging has seen a large increase of examination volume, due to an aging population and preventative care. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Collins Career Center's job placement program will assist the student in any way they can. The student will also receive assistance in writing a resume.
  15. What is the expected rate of salary?

    • Starting salaries usually range from $36,000-$55,000. Graduates find work with: colleges and universities, equipment manufacturers, hospitals, mobile companies, outpatient centers, physician offices, private imaging centers, and research centers.