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Diagnostic Medical Sonography DMS

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science

College(s): College of Health Professions

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Qualification = 5 courses
COHP 100 Orientation to Medical Vocabul 1
BIOL 109 Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology 4
PHYS 130 Concepts in Physics 4
MATH 115 Intermediate Algebra 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
Professional Sequence Courses:
COHP 101 The U.S. Health Care System 3
COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1
ENGL 250 English 2 3
PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3
Choose one:
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 221 Small Group Decision Making 3
Choose one:
PHIL 220 Ethics in Health Care 3
PHIL 320 Biomedical Ethics 3
SONO 100 Introduction to DMS 1
SONO 115 Sono Cross Sectional Anatomy 1
SONO 102 Intro to Sonographic Imaging 1
SONO 104 Intro to Ultrasound Physics 3
SONO 105 Sonography Physics Prin Lab 2
SONO 111 Pathophys of Abdominal Organs 3
SONO 112 Abdominal Imaging Lab 3
SONO 117 Intro to Sonographic Interpret 2
SONO 121 Introduction to OB/GYN Imaging 3
SONO 122 OB/GYN Imaging Lab 2
SONO 131 Hemo and Doppler Prin of Sono 1
SONO 132 Hemodynamics - Doppler Lab 3
SONO 280 Clinical Internship 1 8
SONO 281 Small Parts and Invasive Proc 4
SONO 282 Clinical Internship 2 8
SONO 283 Obstetical - Gynecolog Imag 2 4
SONO 284 Clinical Internship 3 8
SONO 285 Sonographic Interpretation 2 4
SONO 287 Management in DMS 1
Additional Requirements Computer Competency - CAHS Core Requirement
Minimum credit hours required: 87
* BIOL 109, PHYS 130, ENGL 150, Medical Terminology Competency, MATH Competency are pre-requisites to the professional sequence and must be successfully completed prior to SONO 100 or 102, 104, 105.
Medical Terminology competency can be demonstrated with successful completion of COHP 100 or through proficiency testing.
* MATH Competency can be deonstrated with a Math ACT subscore of 24 or higher, MATH 115 or equivalency with a grade of C or better or proficiency exam.
A grade of C or better is required in all courses listed on the checksheet. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Why Choose Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to produce images and data that assist health care professionals diagnose various disease and disease processes.   Sonographers are taught to work independently and to operate highly technical ultrasound equipment to acquire sonographic images. Physicians depend on the sonographer's assistance with interpretation of the images to evaluate many body parts and structures, especially of the abdomen and pelvis.

Students enter the professional sequence of the program in the fall semester and spend the first three semesters on the Big Rapids campus. Studies during this period include general education and technical courses. Laboratory periods provide an opportunity to apply the theory and principles learned in the lecture sessions. During the final three semesters students work with patients in an off-campus clinical center. These sites are located throughout the state in hospitals affiliated with the University to provide clinical experience and continued academic instruction.

Graduates of the program are eligible to write the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Examination as well as the Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology specialty exams.

Career Opportunities

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a newly designated occupational category by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics within the imaging sciences field as of 2001. According to the US Department of Labor, almost 53 percent of sonographers are between the ages of 41 and 65, which means that they are at or near retirement. According to the US Bureau of labor statistics in May 2012, the median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $65,860. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists is projected to grow 39% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Sonography, an ever-evolving profession, offers its practitioners many opportunities to enhance and advance careers. Sonographers can specialize in such diverse areas as the abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, echocardiography, vascular technology, neurosonology and ophthalmology. They can work in clinics, hospitals, private practice, public health facilities, labs and other medical settings or branch out into education, administration, research or sales.

Admission Requirements

Students must first be admitted to the university as a Pre-DMS student. To be qualified to enter the professional sequence of the program a student must have earned a minimum grade of "B-" in the following courses or their equivalent: BIOL 109, MATH 115 (or Math ACT subscore of 24) and PHYS 130, a "C" or better in COHP 100 and a "C-" or better in ENGL 150 within two attempts including W grades.

To assure students of a quality technical education in classroom/lab and clinical practice, enrollment is limited. Students who meet or will have met the program's qualification criteria by the end of Fall semester are required to apply to the program's professional sequence between January 15 and January 30 of the year prior to the August professional sequence entry.   Admission will be based upon date of qualification.

Graduation Requirements

The six-semester sequential course of study at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Ferris provides you an internship in the last three semesters of the program, although due to limited space, specific clinical site locations cannot be guaranteed. If a student elects to interrupt progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations in laboratory and clinical placement sites. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and students must earn a "C" or better in major and core courses and meet all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Linda Kuk, Pre-Professional Advising Assistant
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2270

For Career information, enclose a stamped, self-addressed business size envelope with your request to:

1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852-1402
(301) 738-8401 or (800) 541-9754
FAX (301) 738-0312/0313

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Information concerning the accreditation of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is available from: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756

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