Mt. San Jacinto College
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS)
The philosophy of the Mt. San Jacinto College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program acknowledges that any student who desires an opportunity to achieve a lifelong career in a field that is constantly challenging and changing. The MSJC DMS program will continually strive to provide the student training in an excellent hospital environment, under qualified supervision, and to meet the needs of our community in providing excellent patient care in a culturally diverse setting.
- 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
- Apply knowledge of propoer use of ultrasound equipment and demonstrate image improvement through manipulating the instrumentation of equipment
- Document proper imaging of the abdomen, small parts, obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound exams
- Use effective communication with patients, staff and physicians
- Show discretion with and implement HIPPA laws for all patients
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.
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 didatic 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 didatic 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 speciality examination.
With completion of the Associate of Science required course work the student will receive an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The Mt. San Jacinto Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is in the process of accreditation. If accreditation is awarded, students will be eligible to apply for the ARDMS Exam immediately after graduation. If accreditation is not awarded then the students will be required by ARDMS to document an additional 12 months of full-time clinical ultrasound experience. Full-time is defined as 35 hours per week, at least 48 weeks per year.
Student Policy & Procedures Handbook - DMS Policy and Procedure Handbook 2012-2013