Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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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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The current Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)
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
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 exam, abdomen and small parts, and the obstetrics/gynecology
- 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.