Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Overview

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Associate Degree program is a sequence of courses that provide didactic and clinical instruction designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to graduate and become successful entry-level DMS professionals. Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual pictures of internal body structures. The images are evaluated by physicians to make a medical diagnosis.

Graduates will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Program graduates who fulfill exit requirements will be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) testing in the specialty areas of diagnostic medical ultrasound to become a credentialed sonographer.

Students may compete to enter the DMS program each fall semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 6 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 78 semester credit hours.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College has made application for programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). This programmatic accreditation promotes appropriate quality standards for educational programs in diagnostic medical sonography.

As a part of this accreditation process, Oconee Fall Line Technical College will publish student and graduate achievement information. The following information explains the outcomes that will be reported once the first class of diagnostic medical sonography students graduate.

1. Licensure Pass Rate
The DMS program will achieve a 60% overall licensure pass rate within one year of a cohort graduation. Students will earn either an abdomen or OB/GYN credential on the ARDMS: RDMS(AB) and RDMS (OB/GYN) or ARRT: RT(S) credential.

2. Placement Rate
The DMS program will employ 75% of graduates. Employment is defined as working as a sonographer in one of the program’s accredited concentrations, continuing their education, or serving in the military within six months of graduation.

3. Retention Rate
The DMS program’s enrollment per cohort will maintain a retention rate of 70% of total enrollment.

Career Traits/Requirements

Applicants for the program must possess critical thinking skills, excellent communication capabilities, and the ability to provide health care services with compassion and patience.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$65,000.00 – $70,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $9,786.00
Books & Supplies:  $2,000.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Additional Fees

Uniform Costs:  $250.00
Malpractice Fee:  $11.00 per academic year
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
Drug Screening:  $42.00
My Clinical Exchange Fee:  $59.50
Verified Credentials:  $169.50
BLS for HCP:  $7.00
Trajecsys:  $150.00
Science Lab Fees:  $75.00
Pegasus Lectures ExamSim V3 Ultrasound Physics:  $185.00
Ergonomic Cable Brace:  $25.00
Butterfly IQ+:  $83.50 (last three program semesters)
(costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Successful completion of this program should enable graduates to pursue job opportunities in one of several diagnostic imaging areas such as hospitals, imaging centers, and physician offices.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.

Competitive Admission Requirements

Students must complete an application to compete for their name to be placed on the list of potential program students.  Students without an application on file will NOT be considered for program courses.

Articulation Agreements

For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.

Curriculum

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Course Overview

  • AREA I - Language Arts/Communication
  • ENGL1101Composition and Rhetoric3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA II - Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC1101Introductory Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
  • MATH1111College Algebra3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1127Introduction to Statistics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PHYS1110Conceptual Physics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PHYS1110LConceptual Physics Lab1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
  • ENGL2130American Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • NON-GENERAL EDUCATION DEGREE COURSES
  • BIOL2113Anatomy and Physiology I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2114Anatomy and Physiology II3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • BIOL2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • OCCUPATIONAL COURSES
  • DMSO1010Foundations of Sonography3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • DMSO1020Sectional Anatomy and Normal Sonographic Appearance3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • DMSO1040Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • DMSO1050Abdominal Sonography I3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • DMSO1060Clinical Sonography I4 credit hours180 contact hours
  • DMSO1070Pelvic Sonography and First Trimester Obstetrics2 credit hours45 contact hours
  • DMSO1080Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation Registry Review1 credit hours30 contact hours
  • DMSO1090Introduction to Vascular Sonography1 credit hours30 contact hours
  • DMSO1100Clinical Sonography II6 credit hours270 contact hours
  • DMSO2010OB Second and Third Trimesters3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • DMSO2020Specialized Sonographic Procedures2 credit hours45 contact hours
  • DMSO2031Clinical Sonography III (Part A)1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • DMSO2032Clinical Sonography III (Part B)7 credit hours315 contact hours
  • DMSO2040Comprehensive ABD and OB/GYN Registry Review2 credit hours60 contact hours
  • DMSO2050Clinical Sonography IV10 credit hours450 contact hours