Health Professions AAS – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Code: AAS.HP.DMS

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program specializes in abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology and cardiac sonography. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers work in close association with radiologists and physicians to provide quality images to aid in diagnostic interpretation. Students are required to complete all three specialties upon completion of the program. The program is a competency-based education and provides a curriculum sequence in order for the students to correlate didactic, lab and clinical skills sufficiently. 

Program length: 24 months; GPA for admissions eligibility: 2.50

Pre-Admissions Test: Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions Exam

Application Prerequisites: High school students are required to have taken advanced placement Biological Science (AP test documentation required), high school advanced placement Physics (AP test documentation required), and high school Algebra. If you have not taken these courses in high school, you need to take BIO-109 Anatomy & Physiology I, PHY-185 Introduction to Physics, and MAT-040 Algebra.

Application Deadline: February 1; Program Admits: Fall semester

Note: This regional program utilizes clinical education centers throughout the State of New Jersey. Students might be required to travel to distant sites and provide their own transportation.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a Committee of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in these three areas and students are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam upon completion of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to efficiently perform basic abdominal and small parts, pelvic, obstetrical, and cardiac ultrasound examinations at an acceptable level of competence. 
  • Correlate ultrasound images with clinical findings, patient history, and pertinent pathophysiology.
  • Possess the knowledge, skills and abilities of the student sonographer in caring for the ill patient. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to promote good interpersonal relations with members of the health team.
  • Possess a medical and professional sense of values and a concern for public health and safety.
  • Have an awareness of the responsibilities and limitations of the role of the sonographer and to be able to function within these limits.
  • Understand the importance of continued personal and educational growth.
  • Recognize and appreciate the cost, preparation, maintenance and care of sophisticated instrumentation found within the ultrasound department.
  • Be prepared to successfully complete the registry examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in the areas of Abdominal, Ob/Gyn, and Adult Echocardiography.

Career Pathways

Sonographer: Hospital, Imaging or Ambulatory Care Center  
Educator
Sales Rep
Sonographer: Community Health, Physician Office 
   

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

DMS-101Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I [Fall Only]

2

DMS-102Clinical Medicine and Patient Care [Fall Only]

2

DMS-113Abdominal Sonography I [Fall Only]

3

DMS-115Cross-Sectional Anatomy [Fall Only]

4

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:18

DMS-101, DMS-102, DMS-113, DMS-115: Offered only in fall semesters.

Second Semester

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

DMS-201Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II [Spring Only]

2

DMS-204Introduction to Medical Imaging [Spring Only]

1

DMS-205Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography I [Spring Only]

3

DMS-213Abdominal Sonography II [Spring Only]

3

DMS-218Ultrasound Clinic I [Spring Only]

1

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:17

DMS-201, DMS-204, DMS-205, DMS-213, DMS-218: Offered only in spring semesters.

Summer Semester

DMS-219Ultrasound Clinic II - Abdomen

2

Total Credit Hours:2

Third Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
DMS-214Echocardiography I [Fall Only]

3

DMS-220Ultrasound Clinic III - Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography [Fall Only]

2

DMS-226Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography II [Fall Only]

3

DMS-229Vascular Imaging [Fall Only]

2

Total Credit Hours:13

DMS-214, DMS-220, DMS-226, DMS-229: Offered only in fall semesters.

Fourth Semester

  Free Elective 3

DMS-221Ultrasound Clinic IV - Echocardiography [Spring Only]

2

DMS-227Echocardiography II [Spring Only]

3

DMS-228Advanced Ultrasound Practices [Spring Only]

1

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:12

DMS-221, DMS-227, DMS-228: Offered only in spring semesters.

2nd Summer Semester

DMS-222Ultrasound Clinic V - Vascular [Summer Only]

1

DMS-230Comprehensive Review [Summer Only]

3

Total Credit Hours:4

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities* and Social Sciences

  One 3-credit general education Humanities elective to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS],Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).  3

Social Science Course:

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Total Credit Hours: 20-22

Program Requirements

DMS-101Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I [Fall Only]

2

DMS-201Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II [Spring Only]

2

DMS-102Clinical Medicine and Patient Care [Fall Only]

2

DMS-113Abdominal Sonography I [Fall Only]

3

DMS-213Abdominal Sonography II [Spring Only]

3

DMS-115Cross-Sectional Anatomy [Fall Only]

4

DMS-204Introduction to Medical Imaging [Spring Only]

1

DMS-205Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography I [Spring Only]

3

DMS-214Echocardiography I [Fall Only]

3

DMS-227Echocardiography II [Spring Only]

3

DMS-218Ultrasound Clinic I [Spring Only]

1

DMS-219Ultrasound Clinic II - Abdomen

2

DMS-220Ultrasound Clinic III - Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography [Fall Only]

2

DMS-221Ultrasound Clinic IV - Echocardiography [Spring Only]

2

DMS-222Ultrasound Clinic V - Vascular [Summer Only]

1

DMS-226Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography II [Fall Only]

3

DMS-228Advanced Ultrasound Practices [Spring Only]

1

DMS-229Vascular Imaging [Fall Only]

2

DMS-230Comprehensive Review [Summer Only]

3

DMS-101, DMS-102, DMS-113, DMS-115, DMS-214, DMS-220 DMS-226, DMS-229: Offered only in fall semesters.

DMS-201, DMS-213, DMS-204 DMS-205, DMS-227, DMS-218, DMS-221, DMS-228: Offered only in spring semesters.

Free Elective

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 43

Total Credit Hours: 66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Course List.

All DMS courses must be taken in the specified sequence.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.

See the Course Descriptions section for course pre- and co-requisites.