Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major
College of Health Sciences
Degree BS, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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 College Misericordia; MS Misericordia University
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor Degree is designed as a continuation of education for the practicing sonographer whose personal and professional goal is to advance in their career. Given the complexity of the profession with credentialing in multiple specialties, this degree offers the opportunity for sonographers to become knowledgeable in additional specialties, social sciences and/or leadership skills.
In addition, through our liberal arts curriculum, students will develop the global perspective for the graduate to be effective as a professional in an ever-changing healthcare system working with an increasingly diverse population.
Design of Program
The completion baccalaureate degree is administered under the Expressway model in which sonographers can complete the degree in a time frame most suited for their personal schedules. All courses are offered in the on-line format with exception of Anatomy and Physiology I and II which would be required to be completed prior to admission or after admission at a regionally accredited college or university approved by the department chair in conjunction with the Office of the Registrar. Dependent on the number of credits the student needs to complete the degree and number of credits the individual desires to take per semester will determine the timeframe for completion of the degree. Average time for completion is 24-36 months.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a specialized healthcare field requiring well-educated individuals who must engage themselves with compassion for others, strive for excellence in examination acquisition, and exhibit confidence as a member of the healthcare team. This program supports the university's mission reflecting the values and attitudes of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. Completion of the Bachelor's degree provides a complimentary balance between professional education and liberal arts to enhance ones intellect, spirituality, creativity, and a global perspective on world culture supporting the Trinity of Learning. More specifically, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography faculty and staff believe and promote that each individual inherently possesses uniqueness and has a quest to stay abreast of current practices within the healthcare environment and their specialized practices to benefit themselves and the communities they serve.
Goal 1: Value and respect the contemporary advancements in the field of sonography both in the clinical and educational environments.
Goal 2: Accept the responsibility for education of self, the community, the profession, clients, and colleagues in the health care and educational systems.
Goal 3: Understand global trends and issues in healthcare that may have impact on sonography practices.
Goal 4: Interact and communicate with the community, medical staff, and fellow colleagues, in a professional and humanistic manner.
Goal 5: Enhance the sonographer's knowledge of decision making processes, communication, and culture through a liberal arts education.
For admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography baccalaureate degree program, the applicant must meet at least one of the following requirements:
For applicants enrolled in the dual BS/MS track:
Applicant can complete an Expressway application for admission to the university through the Part-time Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions office by calling 570-674-6451 or can apply online at https://www.misericordia.edu/apply
It is recognized sonographers possess diverse educational backgrounds to include on-the-job training, hospital based programs, certificate programs, or associate degree programs. Thus, the design of the major is to evaluate each applicant on an individual basis and create a plan of study for them based upon current credentials possessed and previous post-secondary credits earned. A maximum of 43 credits may be awarded for professional credential credits (PCC) dependent on the possession of ARDMS credentialing specialties in abdominal or obstetrical sonography.
Transcript review of all previous college level courses for determination of credit equivalency will be assessed by the Office of the Registrar.
A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Misericordia University to earn the baccalaureate degree.
Prior learning assessment
Education received through non-credit bearing mechanisms or success of a credentialing exam other than abdominal and/or obstetrics will be evaluated through the university's Prior Learning Assessment policies administered through CACE. Applicants that desire to challenge a BS major course may request consideration through the PLA process for the course desired for consideration of demonstration of knowledge. There is a fee for each course assessed and accepted as successfully meeting the course objectives.
Expressway tuition credit rate is applied for courses taken as part of the on-line Expressway course offerings or taken at one of the Expressway campuses. If a student chooses to enroll in a course offered on the main campus, the tuition is at the part-time undergraduate rate. For students enrolled in the dual BS/MS track, the 12 credits of OM graduate level course work will be charged at the part-time undergraduate rate. For students accepted into the graduate program, the 24 credits taken at the graduate level to earn the OM degree will be charged at the part-time graduate level credit rate.
Students enrolled in the BS degree must maintain active national certification status and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. For students enrolled in the BS DMS/MS OM track a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required at time of completion of the bachelor degree.
The student must complete all degree requirements including fulfillment of a University Writing Seminar course (151), two writing intensive courses and technical competency requirements. Refer to the university catalog for general graduation requirements.
Courses required for completion
The following is a list of all the courses required for completion of the degree. Based upon the credits earned through prior education evaluation, it is likely several of the courses may be fulfilled.
**For BS/MS dual credential, OM courses satisfy the free elective requirement
Sonography Certificate Courses (completed or satisfied via credentialing prior to beginning BS program)
Sonography Major Courses
Students in the general track complete 11 credits from the menu below.
Students in the social science track complete 8 credits from the menu below.
Students in the BS/MS track complete either 8 or 11 from the menu below (as determined at time of admission).
Social Science Track Courses
15 credits from the menu below
BS/MS Track Courses
12 credits, as listed below:
For dual credentialed students, the OM courses listed above satisfy the core free elective requirement.