Full-Time Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)

The Bachelor's degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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.

Administering an ultrasound

Key Benefits and Highlights

  • Hybrid format. The core curriculum will be traditional on-campus with the sonography core courses being held on-campus in the every other weekend format with a few courses conducted fully on-line.
  • Receive a liberal arts education through Misericordia's core curriculum to adapt to various professional environments
  • Opportunities for financial aid and scholarships as a full-time student
  • Eligibility to apply for exams through ARDMS, the most recognized credentialing organization for sonographers (www.ardms.org)
  • Option to sit for the ARRT Sonography exam (www.arrt.org)
  • Access to greater career opportunities and advancement
  • Ability to experience campus and college life as a full-time, resident student

Employment Opportunities

  • The demand for sonographers is expected to continue and grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook is anticipating an increase in job opportunities of 39% by 2022.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks diagnostic medical sonographers as the sixth fastest growing occupation in the country through 2022. Furthermore, the projected 10-year growth rate for the occupation in Pennsylvania is far above the state average at 36 percent, according to Hanover Research, which was retained by Misericordia University to gauge academic program’s market viability.

Full-Time B.S. DMS Admissions Requirements and Process

All applicants must follow the University application process.

Applicants to the BS entry level are expected to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (and/or class rank in top half of the high school graduating class) and a combined SAT score of 950 (math and critical reading) for students who took the SAT prior to March 5, 2016, or 1030 for students who took the SAT after March 5, 2016; or a minimum 23 ACT composite score. Applicants are expected to have taken minimum 3 years of high school math to include algebra and 2 years of high school science all with a minimum grade of “C”. High school physics is recommended.

Transfer applications to the BS entry level will follow the University's transfer policies and will be considered based on clinical placement availability. All transfer transcripts are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.75, all prerequisite courses with a “C’ or higher, and no more than one course indicating grade replacement.

  • Prerequisite courses are Anatomy & Physiology I & II; Physics; Ethics; Composition; and Algebra or Statistics (do not all have to be completed prior to entry into the program)

Misericordia University reviews individual applications carefully, and the above stated standards should be seen only as general guidelines. The Director of Admissions and individual department chairs reserve the right to exercise discretion in any admissions decision.

The sonography core classes (for both certificate and entry level BS students) are held every other weekend with 32 hours of clinical attendance occurring during the week during the last 4 semesters, including summer. Refer to catalog description for Sonography Certificate option.

Full-Time B.S. DMS Curriculum

Fall
Spring
Core: Anatomy and Physiology I or Structure and Function I* 4Anatomy and Physiology II or Structure and Function II*4
Core: HIS/POL3Core: Physics 135 or Physics 117*4
Core: Behavioral Science3Core: Intro to Philosophy3
Core: Math Bank A*3Core: Religion3
Core: Fine Arts3Core: English3
16 17
Fall
Spring
Core: Behavioral Science3Core: Math Bank B Statistics3
Core: Philosophy3DMS 340 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (on-line)3
Core: English3Core: Fine Arts3
DMS 101 Intro to Sonography2Core: Religion3
MI 106 Medical Terminology1Free Elective3
Core: HIS/POL315
15
Summer
DMS 112 Sonography Patient Care1
FallSpring

DMS 102 Intro to Sono Lab

1DMS 117 Abdominal Sonography 3

DMS 107 Ultrasound Physics

3DMS 122 Pelvic Sonography3

DMS 107L US Physics Lab

0DMS 127 High Resolution Sono3

DMS 111 Sonography Cross Sectional Anatomy

3DMS 117L Abdominal Lab0

Research Methods

3DMS 122L Pelvic Sono Lab0

Free Elective

3
DMS 130 Clinic I2
13Free Elective3

14
Summer
DMS 150 Obstetrical Sonography3
DMS 265 Intro to Vascular3
DMS 265L Intro to Vascular Lab0
DMS 181 Clinical Sonography II4
10
FallSpring
DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalics3DMS 307 Pathology and Clinical Integration3
DMS 305 Intermediate Vascular3DMS 282 Issues in Sonography1
DMS 287 Journal and Case Study1DMS 281 Clinical Sonography IV2
DMS 277 Interventional Sonography1DMS major elective3
DMS 271 Clinical Sonography III4DMS 420 Current Trends and Practices3
1212
One university writing course (151) is required
Two writing intensive courses required
* Sonography core pre-requisite courses

Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Website address is www.caahep.org. Phone 727-210-2350.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography to Medical Imaging Comparison


Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Medical Imaging

Similarities

Both professions require individuals to be properly educated, detail oriented, and have a desire to work in a direct patient care field. Each of the two fields produce diagnostic images that are interpreted by a qualified physician to assist the patient in acquiring an accurate diagnosis.

Job Titles

Sonographer
Ultrasound Technologist

Radiographer
Radiologic Technologist

Roles

Sonography images from the unborn to the geriatric; head to toe using high frequency soundwaves to produce images of internal anatomical structures.

Sonographers are responsible for performing the examination, optimizing image quality, assessing the image, and generating a worksheet to describe the examination findings to assist the interpreting physician in making the final diagnosis and report.

Diagnostic radiographic images, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Cardiac Catheterization, Special Procedures and Bone Densitometry images are produced utilizing ionizing radiation. The images may evaluate bony anatomy and/or internal organs.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce diagnostic images.

Radiation Therapy employs radiation to treat malignancies of many parts of the body.

Radiographers and individuals credentialed in specialty areas are responsible for acquiring quality images or administering treatment with great attention to radiation protection practices for the patient and the public.

Specialty Areas

Abdominal
Breast
Gynecology
Obstetrics
Thyroid
Urology
Vascular

Computed Tomography (CT)
Nuclear Medicine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Mammography
Cardiac Catheterization
Mammography
Special Procedures
Bone Densitometry
Radiation Therapy

Employment Opportunities

Sonography specialties and areas in which sonographers can be employed include, but not limited to:

  • General Sonography departments in a hospital or out-patient imaging center (abdominal, thyroid, pelvis, OB, vascular)
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Perinatology centers
  • Urology office
  • Vascular surgeon offices
  • Women’s Imaging Centers

Medical Imaging professionals have many employment opportunities that include:

  • Medical Imaging (Radiology) departments in a hospital
  • Out-patient Imaging Centers
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Pain Management Clinics
  • Urology office
  • Women’s Imaging Centers
  • Cancer Treatment Centers

Professional Societies/National Credentialing Organization

SDMS - www.sdms.org
AIUM - www.aium.org
ARDMS - www.ardms.org
ARRT(S) -www.arrt.org

ASRT – www.asrt.org
ARRT – www.arrt.org

Program Accreditation Information

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

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