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 through coursework, laboratory and excellent clinical training, to prepare the student for future employment as 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.
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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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 prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students will 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 internship by training on the job with a licensed sonographer. The didactic education will prepare the student for taking the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics and Instrumentation examination, Abdominal examination and the Obstetric/Gynecology examination.
CAAHEP accreditation increases opportunities for student clinical training, strengthens the student learning process, and opens doors to student employment. Students enrolled in an accredited DMS programs are eligible to take the national American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) board exams up to 60 days prior to graduation. This eligibility contributes to greater employment rates of graduates at the time of graduation.
In addition, upon completion of Associate in Science required course work, the student will receive an Associate in Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The MSJC Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a nontransferable program.
Student Information Workshops are offered once per semester with an online link to workshop information if unable to attend in person. A summary of the information on this site can also be found in this DMS brochure and on the Graduation Requirements page.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
on the Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College are able
to do the following:
- Complete the American Registry of
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
abdomen and small parts, and the obstetrics/gynecology specialty
- 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.