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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Curriculum
The diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program curriculum includes a strong science foundation with courses specific to the practice of diagnostic medical sonography. The degree requirements include sucessful completion of 126 credit hours of course work.
- Students are encouraged to follow a specific curriculum plan to ensure progressive learning throughout the degree. Specific courses are required to be completed in sequential order to enhance the student's learning and success within the program. A complete listing of course requirements for the DMS program can be reviewed by selecting the following link: DMS Sample Degree Plan.
The DMS course experience is geared to preparing the student's knowledge base to perform sonographic examinations as an entry-level sonographer. Students enrolled in DMS courses will experience a variety of learning opportunities through course work and clinical experience.
Students are required to complete six trimesters of course and clinical course work:
- Small group learning, instructor-led learning, Power Point demonstrations, creating models, and hands-on experience with sonography equipment and simulators.
- Classroom teaching is typically scheduled for two days a week.
- Hands-on laboratory activities two days a week for five trimesters and one day per week in their final trimester.
- Clinical experience requires to student to be in an assigned medical setting 16 to 32 hours per week.
- Students are responsible for transportation to clinical experience assignments.
- Clinical experience includes performing cardiac, abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, vascular, and general sonographic examinations.
- Clinical experiences exist in a variety of hospitals and private practice facilities, including many Baptist Memorial Health Care locations.
Students sucessfully completing all degree requirements will receive a bachelor of health sciences (BHS) with a major in diagnostic medical sonography. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students can become candidates to receive credentials as RDMS, RDCS, and RVT as given by the ARDMS.
Credentials are awarded upon sucessful completion of the sonography principles and instrumentation examination and sucessful completion of applicable specialty examinations:
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Vascular Technology
- Adult Echocardiography