The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at Volunteer State Community College is celebrating milestones. The 2017 graduating class is the largest ever at the college, making the Vol State DMS program the biggest in the state. It’s a demanding program academically, so the retention rate of 100 percent, the number of students who started and completed, is another accomplishment. Within seven weeks of graduating, all sixteen students were employed.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Volunteer State Community College has received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). “The recent peer review conducted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program's substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards,” the group said in the report.
Volunteer State Community College has named Edward Carlton as Director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). Carlton comes most recently from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where he is a Diagnostic Sonographer. DMS is medical imaging that includes ultrasound technology. It uses high-frequency sound waves to make images of organs and other systems in the body.
“In the clinical setting you work with students a lot,” Carlton said. “That really appeals to me. I would like to see the program at Vol State expand. Growing the program is important.”