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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Health Sciences A.S.

Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community College Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum.  You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program.  For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet.

About the Program

Students interested in Vol State's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will declare Health Sciences as a major and should follow the recommended schedule of courses. You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into the program. Once formally admitted into the program, the major will be changed to Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled professionals qualified to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a physician.

Those who choose a career in sonography will become linked with the most advanced use of sound in medical diagnosis. They will be required to master scientific principles and technical skills and to cultivate professionalism and empathy for their patients.

This program of study is designed to provide didactic and clinical training in the field of general Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The student will receive training in the fields of acoustic principles, safety, abdominal, obstetrical, gynecologic, vascular, and small parts sonography. This program requires sixteen (16) months to complete. Students who complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will receive a Certificate of Completion. Graduates of the program are eligible and encouraged to take professional certification examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). This includes, Sonography Principals & Instrumentation, Abdomen, Obstetric & Gynecology, and Vascular board exams.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled professionals qualified to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a physician.

Accreditation

The Volunteer State Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).

JRC-DMS
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043
443-973-3251 phone | 866-738-3444 fax

CAAHEP
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350 phone | 727-210-2354 fax

Enrollment Requirements

A maximum of 16 students are accepted for the Sonography Program on a competitive basis each year. Enrollment in this program involves many special requirements including but not limited to:

An A.A.S. degree in a patient care related field
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A Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution
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Successful completion of the "pre-DMS program" at MTSU ALONG with post-secondary required courses.

Completion of Clinical Observations Form documenting at least 16 hours of observation in a general ultrasound department with a registered sonographer.
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At least two (2) letters of recommendation completed using the reference form
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An interview before a selection committee
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A drug screening
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A background check

Student Background Check

Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student's expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.

Drug Screening

Students seeking enrollment in a Health Sciences Program requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics must provide evidence of have passed a 10-panel urine drug screen prior to official acceptance/enrollment in the Program. Find out more information about the screening procedures and locations.

Program Effectiveness Data

Ultrasound ARDMS Examination, first-attempt pass rate:

Period Specialty Total # Testing Total # Passing 5-yr rate
2011-2015 Abdomen 43 43 100%
Class of 2015 Abdomen 10 10 100%
2011-2015 Obstetrics &
Gynecology
36 31 86%
Class of 2015 Obstetrics &
Gynecology
11 8 73%
2011-2015 Sonography Principles
& Instrumentation
51 50 98%
Class of 2015 Sonography Principles
& Instrumentation
11 10 91%

Program Completion Rate:

Period Total # Students Beginning Total # Completing 5-yr rate
2011-2015 60 56 93% completion*
Class of 2015 12 11

92 % completion*

*93% completion rate equates to a 7% Attrition Rate from 2011-2015

*92% completion rate equates to an 8% Attrition Rate from 2015

In-field Employment Rate (within 12 months of program completion for those actively seeking):

Period # Graduates #graduates employed 5-yr rate
2011-2015 56 52 93%
Class of 2015 11 11 100%

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