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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Program Certificate Option (DMS.CERT)

The rapid expansion of radiologic technology has produced many very sophisticated imaging modalities. In particular, diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound has continued to gain professional and public popularity with the introduction of new diagnostic non-invasive modalities allowing for imaging in areas not previously possible.

The profession of medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac and vascular and various subspecialties. Sonographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by technological education to provide client services using diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy. The sonographer may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures.

Sonographers assist physicians in gathering sonographic data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. The sonographer must be able to obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results; perform appropriate procedures and record anatomical pathological and/or physiological data for interpretation by a physician; record and process sonographic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician; exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic services; provide patient education related to medical sonography; and promote principles of good health.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Program is a 17-month, full-time night program. The program provides didactic, lab and clinical instruction. The clinical portion of the program consists of an orientation to the clinical aspects of medical sonography, demonstration in the use of sonographic equipment, and an opportunity to participate under close supervision in actual sonographic procedures in an assigned health care facility. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with specialties in Abdomen and Obstetrics-Gynecology Technology.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program must qualify under one of the following categories:

I. RT(R) with an AAS or BS/BA in Radiologic Technology:

  • is currently registered as a RT(R) in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT),
  • possesses either an AAS or BS/BA degree in Radiologic Technology

II. Senior Student in an accredited AAS or BS/BA Radiologic Technology program:

  • is currently completing the last year of an accredited AAS or BS/BA Radiologic Technology program,
  • will take the ARRT registry examination PRIOR to starting the DMS program,
  • earns the RT(R) credential prior to the beginning of DMS clinical rotations in the first semester; otherwise the student is immediately removed from the DMS program.

III. RT(R) without an AAS/BS/BA in Radiologic Technology:

  • is currently registered as a RT(R) in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT),
  • is a graduate of an accredited hospital-based Radiologic Technology Program,
  • has completed general education course requirements for an AAS degree in Radiologic Technology.

The SSC Radiologic Technology Program will be used as the standard for evaluation of general education course requirements. All qualified applicants to the DMS program must possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better from the college or university granting the RT degree. (A = 4.00 scale).

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For questions regarding the DMS Program, please call the Health Professions Department at 708-596-2000 x 2204.

To make an appointment with the Health Professions Career Advisor, Katherine Melin-Eberhardt, please contact the Counseling Department at ext. 2306.

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