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Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Collins Career Center Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational
Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee
on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
2yrs. (excluding July) 4 days/week Chesapeake Campus
- The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will provide education to
students desiring a position as a medical sonographer in a hospital, clinic or
physician's office. The program is designed to provide training in abdominal,
ob/gyn, as well as vascular sonography. The curriculum includes a combination of
classroom, laboratory instruction, as well as clinical practice in area hospitals,
doctors' offices, and clinics.
- Program Goals: To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the
cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge),
psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is Six (6) semesters or twenty-two (22)
months in length, as students are exempt from class the month of July. With the completion
of the program, students will be eligible for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical
Sonographers, in the areas of physics, abdomen, ob/gyn, and vascular imaging.
- The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Collins Career Center offers a
certificate plan of study for those individuals who are interested in the field of Sonography.
Approximately ten students will be accepted per program/per year. The program is a
two (2) year program. The following admission procedure will be followed:
- The Work Keys Exam is required for the program-see Work Keys link for more info.
The only exception to the pre-entrance exam is an ACT score of 21 or above received
within the past 3 years.
Accepted test scores include:
- 5 for Applied Math
- 5 for Reading for Information
- 4 for Locating for Information
- If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to
"brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career
Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 2:30pm-7:30pm.
For more information, please contact the Adult Education office at 740-867-6641 Ext. 400.
- Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination
will be mailed an application packet for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
The application must be completed (in full) before the admission date (the last Friday of May)
of each calendar year. There is a $10.00 application fee to be paid when the application is
returned to Collins Career Center.
- An electronic FBI Criminal Record Check is required for all health students
prior to the beginning of the program.
Advanced Placement Guidelines
- Students requesting admission to the school via transfer from another approved school of
diagnostic medical sonography shall meet the school's current admission requirements and curriculum
requirements for currently enrolled students.
- Students must submit an official transcript from an approved school listing completed courses.
- Students must submit copies of course outlines for which they are requesting credit. Faculty
will review transcripts and outlines to determine admission.
- Challenge examinations and skills assessments will be required to determine applicants' competencies.
- Tuition and fees will be determined on an individual basis.
An applicant may be considered for admission with advanced standing if:
- The applicant withdrew at the end of the term in a previous class with a passing grade in all courses.
(Must have been within the previous year. If over 1 year, the applicant must start at the beginning of the program.)
- The applicant is a direct transfer from another school.
To apply for advanced standing, the applicant must:
- Meet with faculty to determine admission.
*Applicants shall be admitted with advanced standing only if there is an opening in
the program and a plan can be worked out for assuring that all the program
objectives can be met.
**Students may request transfer of college credits for Anatomy & Physiology,
Medical Terminology, Basic Physics, Biology, and College Algebra. In order to accept credit for these courses, the following guidelines must be
- The course must have been completed at an accredited college.
- The course must have been completed within the last 5 years. (If over 5 years ago, the
student may be able to test our at the discretion of the instructor.)
- The course must have been completed with a grade of "C" or above.
- All students are required to complete an individual student health questionnaire.
For the DMS Program, students are required to secure a physical examination prior to program
acceptance. Students should be in a sufficient state of health to successfully pursue
the diagnostic medical sonography program.
Technical / Clinical Standards
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers function in a broad spectrum of clinical situations.
In order to ensure patient safety and provide accurate diagnostic information, sonographers
must be able to adapt and perform in a variety of settings. Certain skills and abilities
are needed to function as a professional sonographer. The following are non-academic criteria,
which all students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are expected to meet in order to
participate in the clinical courses and professional practice.
- Long periods of standing and frequent walking.
- Repetitive motion activities (scanning, entering computer date)
- Grasping (positioning patients for exams)
- Pulling and pushing on equipment and stretchers.
- Lifting more than 50 pounds routinely.
- Speaking in a clear comprehensible manner.
- Performing fine gross motor skills with both hands.
- Receive detailed information through oral communication and make fine discriminations in sound.
- Work with printed and/or written documentation.
- Assess patient conditions, i.e., color, respirations, motion, etc.
- Visually discriminate shades of gray and various shades of color.
- Visual assessment of images on computer terminals and video recordings.
- Communicate effectively with patients and others.
- Assess non-verbal communications.
- Effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students,
faculty, and all members of the health care team while keeping within the
guidelines of confidentiality.
Intellectual and Quantitative Abilities:
- Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize.
- Comprehend three dimensional relationships.