Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Program Mission Statement
The Mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Mt. San Jacinto College is “to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains”.
The DMS program will continually strive to provide students with high quality education and excellent clinical training, under qualified supervision, to prepare the student for future employment at a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
The DMS program is dedicated to student preparation for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer exams to become a registered sonographer.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program on the Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College should be able to do the following:
- Complete the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation exam, and after an additional year of work experience complete the ARDMS abdomen and small parts, and the obstetrics/gynecology specialty examinations.
- Demonstrate proper use of ultrasound equipment and image improvement. Document proper imaging of the abdomen, small parts, obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound exams, include differential diagnosis of pathologies seen.
- Utilize therapeutic verbal and nonverbal communication with patients, families, staff and physicians. Demonstrate professional behavior as outlined by the AIUM guidelines, honoring all HIPPA laws.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is a non-transfer program. The program provides an opportunity for students to be educated and trained in the healthcare career of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The objective of the program is to graduate students who are competent and confident in providing excellent patient care in the field of sonography.
The goal of our DMS program is to graduate students who demonstrate a high competency in anatomy and pathology, as seen on the ultrasound exam and the skills necessary to perform the ultrasound exam. Students will be evaluated on didactic learning in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation, hands on scanning skills, communication skills, patient care and critical thinking ability.
Students will practice ultrasound scanning skills with ultrasound equipment in the campus lab. Those skills will be carried out and enhanced in an affiliated medical center by training on the job, scanning patients.
The didactic education will prepare the student for taking the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics and Instrumentation examination. After graduation the student will be required to work an additional year in the sonography field before taking the ARDMS specialty examination.
With completion of the Associate of Science required course work the student will receive an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Student Information Workshops are offered on a regular basis. A summary of the information on this site can also be found in this DMS brochure and on the Graduation Requirements page.