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

Background

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.

Philosophy

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.

Program Goals:

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.

Admission Information

For admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography baccalaureate degree program, the applicant must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Possess the credential of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (RDMS) awarded by the American Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in at least one specialty (abdominal or obstetrics/gynecology).
  • Possess the American Registry for Radiologic Technology Sonography credential (ARRT) (S).
  • Enroll in the university's DMS certificate program and during the last session, can request consideration to continue to complete the bachelor degree program. Admission would occur once the graduate earned the RDMS or ARRT(S) credential.

For applicants enrolled in the dual BS/MS track:

  • Upon completion of the BS degree, students must apply, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and meet all of the admission requirements for the MS in Organizational Management degree for continuation in the graduate program.

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

Credit evaluation

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.

Tuition

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.

Retention

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.

Graduation requirements

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.

Core Education

Core

 

Credits

Fine Arts

Core Courses

6

PHL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHL

Core

3

MTH

Math Bank 1 Course

3

MTH 115

Statistics

3

Behavioral Sciences

Core Courses

6

Natural Science

Core Course

3

HIS /POL

Core Courses

6

ENG 151

University Writing Seminar

3

ENG

Core Course

3

RLS 104

World Religions

3

RLS

Core Course

3

SOC 232

Research Methods (or OM 515, for those in BS/MS track)

3

BIO 211

Anatomy and Physiology I (serves as Natural Science lab core)

4

BIO 212

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

DMS 288 (3 credits) OR DMS 277, 282 and 287 (3 credits total)

Focused Sonography

3

DMS 420

Current Trends and Practices

3

Free Electives**

 

9

**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)

DMS 101

Introduction to Sonography

2

DMS 102

Introduction to Sonography Lab

1

DMS 107/707

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation

3

DMS 111

Sonographic Cross Sectional Anatomy

3

DMS 117/717

Abdominal Sonography / lab

3

DMS 122/722

Pelvic Sonography / Lab

3

DMS 127

High Resolution Sonography

3

DMS 150

Obstetrical Sonography

6

DMS 155

Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies

3

DMS 297

Sonographic Registry Review

3

DMS 130

Clinical Sonography I

2

DMS 181

Clinical Sonography II

4

DMS 271

Clinical Sonography III

4

DMS 281

Clinical Sonography IV

2

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).

DMS 265/765

Introduction to Vascular Sonography and Lab

3

DMS 310

Breast Sonography

2

DMS 320

Advanced Vascular Sonography

3

DMS 330

Advanced Fetal and Pediatric Sonography

3

DMS 340

Pathophysiology for Healthcare

3

DMS 413

Cooperative Education

1-4

DMS 430

Independent Study

2

DMS 472

Sonography Clinical Externship

2-5

Social Science Track Courses

15 credits from the menu below

HCM 101

Introduction to Health Systems

3

SOC 122

Social Problems

3

SOC 221

Cultural Minorities

3

SOC 321

The Family

3

SWK 352

Adaptive Behavior

3

CWS 393

Child Welfare Law

3

ADC 340A

Chemical Addiction and Dependency

3

PSY 275

Child and Adolescent Psychology

3

BS/MS Track Courses

12 credits, as listed below:

BUS 205 or 206

Macroeconomics or Microeconomics

3

OM Core Courses

See Organizational Management Program

9

For dual credentialed students, the OM courses listed above satisfy the core free elective requirement.