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

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

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.

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. Many of the classes are held either in the weekend, evening or on-line format. Core courses are continually offered at the university's expressway campuses. Advanced sonography courses are offered online.

Dependent on the number of credits an individual desires to take per semester, the degree could be earned in as few as 18 months, but more typically 24 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:

  1. 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).
  2. Possess the American Registry for Radiologic Technology Sonography credential (ARRT) (S).
  3. 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.

Applicant must complete an Expressway application for admission to the university through the Office of Adult Education and Community Service by calling 570-674-6289.

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 44 credits may be awarded for sonographic related courses and clinical experience; dependent on specialty certifications held.

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 will be evaluated through the University's prior learning assessment policies. The applicant will be requested to create a portfolio demonstrating through their personal and professional experiences how they meet the course objectives in which they wish to challenge. There is a fee for each course assessed and accepted as successfully meeting the course objectives.

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

FA 102C or 104M

Core

6

PHL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHL 102 or 223

Intro to Ethics or Social Ethics

3

MTH 120

Math Reasoning

3

MTH 115

Statistics

3

BSEB Core

Core

6

Nat Science

Core Sequence

6 or 8

HIS /POL

Core Sequence

6

ENG

Core

6

RLS

Core

6

 

Research Methods

3

BIO 211

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 212

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

MI 106

Medical Terminology

1

DMS 112

Sonography Patient Care

1

Free Electives

 

9

Advanced Sonography Courses - minimum of 8 credits required

DMS 310

Breast Sonography

2

DMS 320

Advanced Vascular Sonography

3

DMS 330

Advanced Fetal and Pediatric Sonography

3

DMS 420

Current Trends and Practices in Sonography

( required course)

3

DMS 430

Independent Study

2

Sonography Certificate Courses

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 152 / 752

Obstetrical Sonography I / Lab

3

DMS 155

Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies

3

DMS 245 / 745

Obstetrical Sonography II / Lab

3

DMS 265 / 765

Introduction to Vascular Sonography / Lab

3

DMS 277

Interventional Sonography

1

DMS 287

Journal and Case Study Review

1

DMS 282

Issues in Sonography

1

DMS 297

Sonographic Registry Review

3

DMS 130

Clinical Sonography I

2

DMS 140

Clinical Sonography II

2

DMS 255

Clinical Songraphy III

2

DMS 290

Clinical Sonography IV

4

DMS 300

Clinical Sonography V

2

Retention

Students enrolled in the BS degree must maintain active national certification status and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.