Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
College of Health Sciences
Department Chair, Sheryl E Goss, MS, RT (R) (S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS
Faculty and Staff
Sheryl Goss, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS, BS, MS College Misericordia
Karen Klimas, Clinical Coordinator, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS, MS College Misericordia
The diagnostic medical sonography program is an 18-month certificate program divided into five sessions, inclusive of didactic, laboratory, and clinical education components. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to become highly qualified individuals able to perform diagnostic patient services using ultrasound. The program is designed to prepare students to perform as competent sonographers in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physicians’ offices. This specialized, non-invasive technique, utilizes the generation of high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) together with digitized instrumentation to project information on display monitors generating diagnostic images of internal organs and other structures to evaluate the absence or presence of pathology. The diagnostic medical sonographer provides patient services using medical sonographic equipment under the supervision of a physician specialist in radiology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, cardiology, or ophthalmology. The sonographer assists the physician in gathering pertinent patient history as well as the anatomical, physiological, and pathological sonographic data and images necessary to diagnose an increasing variety of conditions and diseases.
The diagnostic medical sonography program is one that, upon successful completion, provides the knowledge and skills to qualify participants as sonographers. Individuals are educated to perform examinations in the following areas: obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal, small parts, and interventional sonography. Introduction to neonatal sonography and vascular sonography is also included in this program.
Upon successful completion of the diagnostic medical sonography program, students are eligible to apply for a national certification examination, thus enabling them to achieve professional status and employment in the field. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Graduates of the certificate program can continue to pursue their education through the university's Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography major or take the advanced sonography courses within the major to prepare for additional national certification examinations.
Diagnostic medical sonography is a natural extension of the medical imaging program. In many health care institutions, sonography is part of the Medical Imaging department. Any individual meeting the required program criteria and with a background and interest conducive to the medical field can pursue the field of diagnostic medical sonography. The purpose of the sonography program is founded on the value attributed to individual students, the medical imaging profession, and continuing education. The goals of the DMS program are designed to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
The target populations that may be compatible with this program include the following:
To be considered for entrance into the sonography certificate program, applicants must meet one of the following three pathways:
It is recommended applications be submitted prior to December 1 of the year prior to which the student desires to be considered for entrance the following August. Each December, all applicants will receive information regarding their required attendance at one of the Program Information Session being offered in January and receive a set of interview questions to be completed prior to and submitted during their attendance at the session. Decisions are made in late February. Applications are accepted after February on a clinical availability basis.
Electronic communication among faculty, staff and students occurs frequently throughout the program as well as online evaluation methods required within the individual courses. Students are required to possess basic computer skills and frequent access to a computer.
In addition to tuition and fees, expenses for the diagnostic medical sonography may include CPR certification and re-certification, background checks, health examination fees, immunization fees, drug screening, malpractice liability insurance, and uniforms.
A fee will be charged to the student’s bill for the first fall semester for cost of name badge, HIPAA education, program handbook, electronic clinical records program, professional liability insurance and lab fees. Second fall semester fee covers professional liability insurance and lab fees.
Fees for national certification exams are paid by the student to the respective agency, such as American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography just prior to completion of program.
48 credits Class of 2015 and beyond
(32 hours of clinical observation during November and December)
Program total credits 48