Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Information About the Program

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scanning techniques for obstetrical, gynecological, medical/surgical, neonatal, and pediatric patients.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal structures of the abdomen, pelvis, small body parts, and peripheral vasculature arteries and abdominal vasculature.
  • Utilize high frequency sound waves to image arterial & venous peripheral vasculature, abdominal vasculature and extracranial carotid arteries; as well as abdominal organs & small parts.
  • Obtain a certificate in DMS.
  • Achieve eligibility to take the ARDMS registry exams in general Sonography (focusing on the abdomen).

Length of Program

This is a 21-month Certificate Program in which courses are arranged in a meaningful sequence and must be taken in the order planned. The program begins every other year with the College's Fall Semester.

The schedule of program courses in the DMS program at Santa Barbara City College is as follows:

  • Fall semester: Lecture and labs held on Fridays and Saturdays (possible addition of Wednesdays and Thursdays if RT 120 and RT 250 are needed)
  • Spring semester: Lecture and labs held on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Summer semester: Clinical Experience - 40 hours per week for 12 weeks (480 hours)
  • Fall semester: Lecture and labs held on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to Clinical Experience for 32 hours per week for 16 weeks (512 hours)
  • Winter Intersession: Clinical Experience for 32 hours per week for 4 weeks (128 hours)
  • Spring semester: Lecture and labs held on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to Clinical Experience for 32 hours per week for 16 weeks (512 hours)

DMS Capabilities

(from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Plano, Texas. Copyright 1999-2005).

Sonographers must be able to:

  • Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
  • Push and pull routinely
  • Bend and stoop routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
  • Distinguish audible sounds
  • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
  • Assist patients on and off examining tables
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence

 

 

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