Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associate in Science

The Associate degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) prepares students for employment as entry-level sonographers in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and medical offices. The program provides individuals with the academic and technical skills necessary to perform abdominal-extended, obstetrical and gynecological, and vascular sonography procedures. Students are eligible 60 days prior to graduation to apply and take their examinations through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Upon completion of the program, students are also eligible to apply to take the national registry examination from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) The program requires 24 months of full-time study. Students are assigned to clinical practicum at affiliates throughout the state of Connecticut. All costs associated with transportation are responsibility of the student.

The following pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to apply for the program.

ENG *101

MAT *175 Algebra II with Trigonometry

PHY * 111 Physics for Life Science

Bio *211 Anatomy & Physiology I

Bio *212 Anatomy & Physiology II (completed by spring of application cycle and within 5 years) Attendance at one Gateway Community College DMS program information session within one year of applying to the Program.

Please see the Diagnostic Imaging & Therapy Programs for more information about the admissions process.


Cara Case, Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2383
ccase@gatewayct.edu

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Mission Statement

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Gateway is committed to educating and preparing competent entry-level sonographers who can provide high-quality imaging and patient care to members of the community. Furthermore, the program is dedicated to providing tools to support lifelong learning.

Accreditation

CAAHEP LogoThe Gateway Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee of Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC- DMS). Accreditation is in the Abdomen-Extended, OBGYN and Vascular concentration. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone: 727-210-2350 Fax: 727-210-2354 / www.caahep.org

Technical Standards

GCC DMS Credentialing Statement

Plan of Study

 

DMS FEES

These fees are approximate and subject to change. If a student takes a leave of absence from the program, they will need to cover additional program fees.

PROGRAM FEES (for the duration of the program)

  • Textbooks - $1,500
  • Uniforms - $200
  • Trajecsys online clinical documentation system - $150
  • Scanning ergonomic kit - $30 - $100
  • ARDMS SPI exam fee - $225
  • ARDMS specialty (AB, OBGYN, VASC) exam fee - $250 each
  • Castle Branch/ Certified Background online health management system - $35
  • Pin for pinning ceremony - $40
  • Transportation and associated costs – Variable
  • Health care immunizations and titers – Variable
  • BLS or CPR/AED – Variable

YEARLY FEES (for each year in the program)

  • SDMS - $45
  • Background check - $70
  • Advanced background check - $17
  • Toxicology screen - $40
  • (Optional) – Personal liability insurance - Variable

DMS Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

The minimum expectations of the DMS program, as defined by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), are “To prepare competent entry-level Abdomen-extended ,OBGYN sonographers and vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.” The following DMS program goals have been established to realize this mission:

1. Students will demonstrate skills in effective oral and written communication.

  • Students will apply effective verbal communication skills with classmates, instructors, patients, sonographers, and physicians
  • Students will utilize effective written communication skills with instructors, sonographers, and physicians
  • Students will demonstrate professional and respectful behavior in all interactions.

2. Students will demonstrate skills in critical thinking and problem solving principles and practices of sonography.

  • Students will evaluate and assess patient requisition in order to perform proper sonographic procedures
  • Students will examine the sonographic and Doppler appearances of iatrogenic, degenerative, inflammatory, traumatic, neoplastic, infectious, obstructive, congenital, metabolic, and immunologic disease practices
  • Students will analyze the relationships between various disease processes and hemodynamic states
  • Students will explore the various imaging and testing modalities
  • Students will examine the effects of pharmacology on disease processes and on sonographic findings.

3. Students will demonstrate clinical competence in the practice of sonography.

  • Students will demonstrate exceptional patient care skills
  • Students will provide a safe environment for patients
  • Students will detect normal anatomy and pathology on sonographic images
  • Students will adhere to the ALARA principle.

4. The program will prepare competent entry-level sonographers.

  • Students will maintain high values congruent with the professional code of ethics and the scope of practice while adhering to national, institutional and/or departmental standards, and procedures regarding imaging and patient care.

5. Students will achieve personal and professional growth.

  • Students will analyze professional publications
  • Students will utilize professional web sites.

DMS Outcomes

Goals are assessed by measuring the following student outcomes: course completion, clinical competencies, program completion, national certification pass rate, and employment rate, as well as graduate and employer satisfaction surveys.

Program Completion Rate

Goals are assessed by measuring the following student outcomes: course completion, clinical competencies, program completion, national certification pass rate, and employment rate, as well as graduate and employer satisfaction surveys.

Graduating Class 

Retention Rate

Employment 

Abdomen
Credential
Pass Rate

OBGYN
Credential
Pass rate

Vascular
Credential
Pass Rate

2019

69%

100%

100%

100%

80%

2020

69%

90%

100%

100%

67%

2021

85%

 82%

 100%

 89%

 100%

(Attrition rate due to wrong career choice, Personal issue, Program failure)
*Pass rate is based on first attempt.
* Credentialing is Pass the ARDMS Physics (SPI) examination and 1 specialty.