2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

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Students graduating with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S. degree will have developed patient care and diagnostic medical sonographic procedure skills in order to assist in the diagnosis of pathologies. They will be able to use specialized equipment to direct non-ionizing, high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body in order to collect reflected echoes and forms an image that may be videotaped, transmitted, or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician. They directly aid in the diagnosis of disease for medical treatment.

Graduates will also have the ability to safely operate sonographic imaging equipment, gather patient medical histories and correlate to imaging findings, identify normal and abnormal human anomalies and pathologies, and take measurements, calculate values, and analyze the results in preliminary reports for the physicians. As a member of the health care team, they will work directly with physicians and be able to communicate with physicians and other health care professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information for diagnostic purposes.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of professional sonographic practice
  • Asses, analyze, implement and evaluate sonographic imaging procedures
  • Use critical thinking as a framework for decision making in an effort to deliver quality patient care
  • Exhibit therapeutic communication skills and collaborate effectively with patients, and members of the health care team
  • Teach patients and families pertinent information regarding their sonographic procedures
  • Incorporate legal and ethical concepts in the implementation of imaging procedures
  • Apply principles from social science, biologic sciences and humanities in their practice
  • Continue personal and professional growth


Elective - 3 credits

Credits required for degree: 66

Suggested Sequence - Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S.

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Basic Skills requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See your counselor for other options and to monitor your progress.

Prerequisites - The following courses must be taken prior to admission.

Total Credits: 7

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 14

Semester 4 - Spring Term

Total Credits: 13

Sequence Notes:

(1) One course is recommended from the Cultural & Global Awareness  knowledge area.

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