Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)

DMS 101. Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the sonography field. Topics will include the origins and evolutions of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the profile, safety, legal and ethical issues facing sonographers, as well as current sonography examinations and the basic patient care skills demonstrated by the sonographer.

DMS 102. Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy I

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program as well as completion of all general education courses.
Corequisites: DMS 104, DMS 105 and DMS 106.
Typically Offered: FALL
The focus of this course will be the detailed study of the normal anatomy and physiology of the abdomen, neck, musculoskeletal, neonatal brain and non-cardiac chest using ultrasound. Additional emphasis will focus on structure orientation and its significance in cross-sections of anatomy. Students will be able to determine normal sonographic appearances and recognize variances and sizes of organs and vessels. This course will also introduce the hemodynamics patterns and spectral waveforms found in the abdominal vasculature.

DMS 104. Diagnostic Medical Sonography I

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program as well as completion of all general education courses.
Corequisites: DMS 102, DMS 105 and DMS 106.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will expose students to different pathologies of the abdomen organs, blood vessels, thyroid, and neonatal head. This course will focus on ultrasound findings, scanning techniques, patient history, laboratory data, and other imaging modalities to help better understand how to interpret pathology. This course will give special focus to descriptive and anatomical terminology, clinic data, grayscale imaging and Doppler characteristics as seen with various pathologies.

DMS 105. Ultrasound Physics

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program as well as completion of all general education courses.
Corequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104 and DMS 106.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will be a study of the physical principles and mathematical equations required to understand diagnostic ultrasound. Course includes parameters of sound waves, pulsed and continuous wave principles, laws of reflection and refraction and the role of piezoelectricity in the production and processing of ultrasound.

DMS 106. Clinical Ultrasound Lab I

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program as well as completion of all general education courses.
Corequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104 and DMS 105.
Typically Offered: FALL
During this laboratory, the student will be introduced to the aspects of sonography in a hospital or simulated clinical laboratory setting. Emphasis will be placed on instrumentation, on imaging, and identification of anatomy of the abdomen and thyroid.

DMS 207. Sonography Capstone

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104, DMS 105, DMS 106, DMS 209, DMS 210, DMS 211 and DMS 212.
Corequisite: DMS 215.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
This course will help students prepare to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) specialty examinations in Physics, Abdomen and OB/GYN in a simulated atmosphere. It is designed to be used as an addition to your regular study and as a method to determine your strengths and weaknesses so that you can study more effectively. This course will cover test taking skills and preparation on the computer. Students will be able to better recognize pathology through case study presentations.

DMS 209. Professional Development and Growth in Sonography

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104, DMS 105 and DMS 106.
Corequisites: DSM 210, DMS 211, DMS 212.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The purpose of this course is to help students transition from the classroom and lab setting into a clinical setting. Students will be able to recognize the functional skills required to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Students will observe the day-to-day operations of different ultrasound departments and share their personal reflections. This course will prepare the sonography student for their internship.

DMS 210. Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy II

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104, DMS 105 and DMS 106.
Corequisites: DMS 209, DMS 211 and DMS 212.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The focus of this course is a detailed study of the normal anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive system, obstetrics covering all trimesters, breast sonography and vascular systems as it relates to the ultrasound field. Once completed, the students will be able to determine normal sonographic appearances and recognize variances and sizes of organs and vessels. This course will explore the hemodynamics patterns and spectral waveforms found in the male and female pelvis and obstetrics.

DMS 211. Diagnostic Medical Sonography II

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104, DMS 105 and DMS 106.
Corequisites: DMS 209, DMS 210 and DMS 212.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course will expose students to different pathologies of the male and female reproductive systems, obstetrics covering all trimesters, breast and vascular systems. This course will focus on ultrasound findings, scanning techniques, patient history, laboratory data, and other imaging modalities to help better understand how to interpret pathology. Additional emphasis will be placed on descriptive and anatomical terminology, clinic data, grayscale imaging, protocols, and Doppler characteristics as seen with various pathologies.

DMS 212. Clinical Ultrasound Lab II

Credits: 5
Prerequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104, DMS 105 and DMS 106.
Corequisites: DMS 209, DMS 210 and DMS 211.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The focus of this course is practical training in a hospital or simulated clinical laboratory which will center on completing and becoming proficient in the scanning of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on instrumentation, protocol, record findings along with associated calculations, and anatomy identification of the abdomen, thyroid, pelvis, obstetrics, breast and vascular systems.

DMS 215. Clinical Ultrasound Internship I

Credits: 5
Prerequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104, DMS 105, DMS 106, DMS 209, DMS 210, DMS 211 and DMS 212.
Corequisite: DMS 207.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
Students are assigned to various clinical rotations where they gain hands-on experience under the direction and supervision of assigned clinical preceptors. Students will focus on becoming proficient in the scanning of abdominal organs, superficial structures, pelvis, obstetrics, and vascular systems. Student will expand scanning and patient care skills and as the semester progresses more clinical responsibilities will be given.

DMS 220. Clinical Ultrasound Internship II

Credits: 12
Prerequisites: DMS 102, DMS 104, DMS 105, DMS 106, DMS 207, DMS 209, DMS 210, DMS 211, DMS 212 and DMS 215.
Typically Offered: FALL
In the final course of the Sonography program, the student will focus on becoming proficient in the scanning of the human body. Under the guidance of a clinical preceptor, students will perform hands-on scanning in abdominal, superficial structures, OB/GYN, and vascular systems. Upon completion of this internship, students will be able to perform routine duties and be ready for the workplace as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.