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Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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. However, the student
will have weekends free and 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.
What happens if I become pregnant during the CDMS 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.
How long will it take before I can start the clinical portion of my program?
- The first semester consists of didactic and Laboratory courses. Second semester
is clinical practice. Each semester will alternate didactic and clinical.
Can I re-enter the program if I withdraw?
- Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied
What facilities are used for the CDMS clinical experience?
- The sonography program at CCC has 5-10 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.
Will I do all my training at one hospital?
- No. Students will receive adequate training in echo and vascular clinical
settings, changing every semester, taking into consideration the need of the student.
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).
Is transportation provided to the clinical site?
- No. Students must provide their own transportation.
How long does it take to complete the cardiac 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, Sectional Anatomy, Introduction to
Sonography, and English Once the pre-requisites are accomplished, the CDMS
program takes two (2) years to complete.
Is there a laboratory on campus?
- The medical sonography scan lab at CCC is state-of-the-art. 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.
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.
How many students are accepted into the program each year?
- Approximately 5. The number of students depends largely upon the number
of clinical rotations available.
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.
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.