Diagnostic Medical Sonography - AAS Degree

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Begin a rewarding new career and make a difference in the lives of others.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offered at Austin, Fort Worth, Houston Northwest and San Antonio.

The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a competent Diagnostic Medical Sonographer via online and residential classroom and clinical hands-on training, as well as through professional development. The Graduates will have theoretical pathologic sonography of the abdomen, superficial structures and obstetrics and gynecology, as well as general education courses. Graduates will learn and demonstrate scanning techniques and protocols of the abdomen, superficial structures and obstetric/gynecology in the laboratory and clinical settings, integrating the lectures with clinical education. Ultrasonographers perform ultrasound procedures in clinics, hospitals, and acute or long-term care facilities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists is projected to grow 39 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

*May not reflect local or regional job market

Potential Areas of Specialization:

  • Abdomen
  • Breast
  • Fetal and Adult Echocardiography
  • Neurosonography
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Vascular Technology

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Working closely with doctors and creating diagnostic images
  • Interacting compassionately and effectively with patients
  • Obtaining and recording accurate patient history
  • Performing diagnostic ultrasound procedures
  • Providing an oral or written summary of technical findings to physicians for medical diagnosis

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Courses

    Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
SEMESTER I            
MATH 1314 College Algebra 48     48 3.0
PHYS 100 General Physics 48     48 3.0
ENGL 101 English Composition 48     48 3.0
APS 1000 Anatomy & Physiology for Sonographers 60     60 4.0
LES 1000 Laws & Ethics for Sonography 30     30 2.0

SEMESTER II            
DMS 2101 Basic Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation 45     45 3.0
HITT 1205 Medical Terminology 48     48 3.0
PSYT 101 Introduction to Psychology 48     48 3.0
DMS 2200 Ultrasound and Instrumentation 30 15   45 2.5
DMS 2300 Safety and Patient Care 15 15   30 1.5

​SEMESTER III            
DMS 3400 Abdominal Sonography 45 45   90 4.5
DMS 3102 Advanced Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation 45 15   60 3.5
DMS 3500 Gynecological Sonography 45 45   90 4.5
DMS 3601 Vascular Sonography I 30 15   45 2.5

​SEMESTER IV            
DMS 4600 Small Parts Sonography 15 15   30 1.5
DMS 4602 Vascular Sonography II 30 30   60 3.0
DMS 4801 Obstetrical Sonography I 45 45   90 4.5
DMSCP 1 Clinical Practicum I     240 240 5.0

SEMESTER V            
DMS 5802 Obstetrical Sonography II 45 45   90 4.5
DMS 5900 Advanced Sonography Practices 30 15   45 2.5
DMSCP 2 Clinical Practicum II     240 240 5.0

SEMESTER VI            
DMS CP 3 Clinical Practicum III   4 480 484 10.5

  Totals Hours/Credits 750 304 960 2014 79.5