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Certificate Diagnostic Medical Sonography
 Course Descriptions (DMS)

DMS 101 Introduction to Sonography (2 credits)

This course will focus on introducing the student to the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Topics include, but are not limited to; the history and foundations for the use of medical ultrasound as a diagnostic tool; medical terminology specific to sonography; ergonomic considerations; clinical assessment; and role of medical imaging modalities with emphasis on correlations to sonographic examinations. The attributes of professionalism will be appraised through discussion of communication skills, medical ethics, legal issues, scope of practice, certification, and accreditation.

DMS 102 Introduction to Sonography Lab (1 credit)

This lab course introduces the student to the psychomotor skills for the performance of sonographic examinations. Emphasis is placed on normal anatomy recognition, image optimization, and ability to acquire high quality diagnostic sonographic images.

DMS 107/707 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation (Lab) (3 credits)

This course will familiarize the student with diagnostic ultrasound principles and instrumentation. Physical principles will include; sound energy and its characteristics, the piezoelectric effect, properties of ultrasound waves, the speed of sound and propagation, pulsed Doppler, and color flow Doppler. The construction and operation of various types of ultrasound equipment and transducers will be discussed. Course work will include the topics of artifacts and adjustable physics parameters, as well as, sonographic units of measurement, equations, and display modes. The coursework will be focused on information pertaining to the national registry examinations in ultrasound physics and vascular physics.

DMS 111 Sonographic Cross- Sectional Anatomy (3 credits)

This course will include knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy as visualized using diagnostic ultrasound. The student will become familiar with the ultrasonic appearance of disease free organs, tissues and vessels of the human body. Normal and abnormal anatomical variants will also be addressed. Coursework will include recognition of abnormal pathological findings as diagnosed by ultrasound. Emphasis will be placed on teaching the students to identify sono-graphically normal cross sectional anatomy based on echogenicity, location and size relative to adjacent structures.

DMS 117/717 Abdominal Sonography (Lab) (3 credits)

This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen and all related structures. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and representation of the normal and abnormal anatomical structures. Emphasis will be placed on the liver, gallbladder and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, urinary system, adrenal glands, GI system, peritoneum and retroperitoneum, male pelvis, and non-cardiac chest.

Lecture and laboratory experience will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.

DMS 122/722 Pelvic Sonography (Lab) (3 credits)

This course introduces and relates the knowledge of gynecologic anatomy, pathology, and diagnostic sonography. This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the pelvis and adjacent structures. The student will become accustomed to the sonographic procedures used to properly image the female pelvis. Coursework will include demonstrations and discussion on the proper scanning techniques, patient preparations, and positioning utilized to obtain optimum diagnostic images.

Lecture and lab demonstrations will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and hands-on experience.

DMS 127 High Resolution Sonography (3 credits)

This course focuses on the anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology of the neck, thyroid, breast, scrotum, superficial aspect of the extremities, musculoskeletal, pediatric hip and the pediatric abdomen. Coursework will familiarize the student with scanning techniques and protocols to evaluate normal sonographic appearance, abnormal sonographic appearances, and ability to identify specific pathological conditions as demonstrated on sonographic images. . Correlation of pertinent clinical history, symptoms, clinical laboratory tests and other diagnostic procedures will be emphasized.

DMS 130 Clinical Sonography I (2 credits)

This course will provide students with an introduction into the hospital/clinical setting work experience. Students will utilize skills learned in prior classes of Introduction to Ultrasound as well as Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation and Sonographic Cross Sectional Anatomy. The student will be required to apply concurrent information obtained during didactic coursework. Students will also become exposed to sonograms including abdomen, pelvic, and small parts applications. All execution and hands-on experience gained by the student will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision of the qualified clinical instructor.

DMS 152/752 Obstetrical Sonography I (Lab) (3 credits)

This course will familiarize the student with obstetrical imaging as visualized with ultrasound. Coursework will include the physiology of pregnancy, embryology, spermatogenesis, oogenesis, and the development of the fetus. Fetal development will include the three trimesters of pregnancy. Lecture and hands-on demonstrations will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and practical application.

DMS 140 Clinical Sonography II (2 credits)

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply knowledge learned concurrently during obstetrical sonography I and fetal and neonatal anomalies. Topics will include fetal/maternal findings in the pregnant uterus, fetal growth parameters, fetal anatomical survey, and advancement in the application of scanning algorithms. Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision. Refinement of equipment skills should occur as well as continued application and experience in abdominal, pelvic and small parts scanning.

DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to various fetal anomalies that can occur across the gestational period. Emphasis will be placed on identification of the pathological processes, sonographic appearances, correlation with the clinical history and diagnostic testing or procedures, and clinical management options. An introduction to normal and abnormal anatomy, scanning technique, and sonographic appearances of the neonatal brain will be provided.

DMS 245/745 Obstetrical Sonography II (Lab) (3 credits)

This course will focus on the role of sonographic imaging in high risk obstetrics. Topics will include, but are not limited to: maternal diseases and potential fetal consequences; multiple gestation; management of high risk pregnancies; assessment of fetal well being; role of Doppler; interventional procedures; and advanced technologies currently used in obstetrics.

DMS 255 Clinical Sonography III (2 credits)

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply knowledge learned concurrently during obstetrical sonography II, fetal and neonatal anomalies, and interventional sonography. The student will continue to gain experience in obstetrics focusing on unusual and abnormal case studies. Topics will include obstetrical sonograms of multiple gestation, fetal and neonatal anomalies, and doppler techniques. The student will refine scanning skills and gain experience in visualizing the fetal heart and obtaining appropriate views. The students will also become exposed to interventional procedures utilizing ultrasound guidance. Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision. The student will strive for continued improvement in previously learned studies. With additional work setting experience, the student' s comfort level will improve in equipment manipulation and patient interaction.

DMS 265/765 Introduction to Vascular Sonography (Lab) (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to vascular sonography. It will include the hemodynamics, pathology and pathophysiology of the vascular system. The student will be introduced to normal and abnormal vasculature and the differentiation between the venous and arterial systems. Discussion will include the clinical signs and symptoms and the appropriate diagnostic testing and treatment of various vascular diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the functional workings and settings associated with vascular procedures.

DMS 277 Interventional Sonography (1 credit)

This course will focus on ultrasound-guided special procedures. Emphasis will be placed on how and why ultrasound is utilized as guidance during invasive procedures. The student will learn techniques in maintaining sterility during the procedure, as well as issues regarding the patient consent. Topics will include proper equipment and room set-up and clean-up techniques and laboratory requirements. Sonography in the operating room will also be addressed. Lecture and hands-on demonstrations will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.

DMS 282 Issues in Sonography (1 credit)

This course prepares the student to transition from student to employee. A variety of topics will be researched and discussed to provide current insight into the future of the profession, resume and interview skills, certification versus accreditation, career opportunities, healthcare issues, and mechanisms for life-long learning.

DMS 287 Journal and Case Study Review (1 credit)

This course will include readings and reviews of widely known sonography publications and journals. The student will become familiar with the important use of literature review and research in the healthcare environment and the populations they serve. Sonographic case studies will be discussed and presented.

DMS 290 Clinical Sonography IV (4 credits)

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply knowledge learned in prior courses including Introduction to Vascular Sonography, Interventional Sonography and journal and case study review courses. The student will become familiar with vascular procedures performed in an ultrasound/vascular laboratory. Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision. The student will gain experience in ultrasound assisted special procedures, as well as operating room techniques.

DMS 297 Sonographic Registry Review (3 credits)

This course will serve as an intense comprehensive review of knowledge learned from previous sonographic courses to prepare the graduate to sit for national sonographic examinations. Emphasis will be placed on sonographic physics and instrumentation, vascular hemodynamics, and normal anatomy versus pathological findings related to the abdomen, superficial structures, gynecology and obstetrics. Test taking strategies for success will be discussed.

DMS 300 Clinical Sonography V (2 credits)

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply knowledge learned during all previous courses in sonography. The student will continue to gain experience in all aspects of sonography while obtaining additional hands-on experience where needed. Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under indirect supervision. After completion of required clinical hours, the student will be \lquote eligible' for registry status and is strongly encouraged to prepare for the national registry examinations after meeting the test prerequisites.