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Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Associate of Applied Science Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Associate of Applied Science

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Associate of Applied Science

We provide the training to become an Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with hands-on training to perform medical ultrasonography

CHCP’s accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science Degree will prepare you for an exciting career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (also known as an Ultrasound Technologist) uses a transducer to emit sound waves across specific parts of the body. These sound waves echo and reflect back to the transducer to produce images (also known as sonograms) of the body’s interior. Sonograms are used to highlight internal issues that would not be seen otherwise. In order to be a successful sonographer you must be able to properly operate the ultrasound technology, display compassionate patient care, and embody professionalism at all times. After you complete your sonography training with The College of Health Care Professions, you’ll be prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to get an entry-level job as an ultrasound sonographer.

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Program Details

Program Length

Program Length: 96 weeks

On-Campus

Each participant must possess a high school diploma or GED and can read and write English. Students entering the program must first pass the Scholastic Level Exam with a minimum score of 21. Participants must have good vision, coordination, health, be neat, and be professional. Applicants must complete a criminal background check. Students who have criminal histories must have already completed the Declaratory Order of Eligibility (DOE) for licensure through the ARDMS and ARRT and provide a copy of the eligibility letter prior to acceptance into the program. The college uses an applicant ranking system to select the most qualified candidates for program openings. Please see the DMS Admissions Selection process below

Semester ISemester IISemester IIISemester IVSemester VSemester VI

College Algebra

MATH 1314

The students will identify and operate with absolute value equations and inequalities, will acquire graphing skills, inverse functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, polynomial and rational functions, piece-wise defined functions, theory of equations and matrices. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

English Composition

ENGL 101

This is a course in the principles of effective writing. The course is designed to develop the student's ability to write effective sentences, paragraphs and themes; and to develop the ability to read with understanding of rhetorical forms and devices with critical awareness. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Medical Terminology

HPRS 101

This course is an introduction to medical terminology and covers terminology associated with the structure of the body, the integumentary, muscular and skeletal systems, the lymphatic, immune, and cardiovascular systems, the urinary, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems, the eyes and ears, the reproductive and endocrine systems, diagnostic and imaging procedures, and pharmacology. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

General Physics

PHYS 100

In this course, the student will gain a general understanding of physics. Topics that will be introduced in this course are related to mechanics, thermal physics, light and optics, to conclude with a review of modern physics. Prerequisite: College Algebra

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Anatomy & Physiology

APS 101

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and systems. Systems being studied in this course include the skeletal and muscular systems, integumentary system, nervous system, endocrine system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, reproductive system, and cardiovascular system. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours80hr.
Credits4 

Law and Ethics in Allied Health

LES 100

This course is a detailed study of law and ethics and how the legal system affects the medical professional. Students will discuss current issues and concepts to help prepare for many common ethical issues related to the allied health field. Prerequisite: None

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours30hr.
Credits2 

Patient Care and Professionalism

DBS 201

This course will introduce the students to the foundation and origins of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound. The student will receive an orientation to sonography learning dynamics, testing, and educational curricula. The students will learn patient-sonographer interaction as well as work place behaviors including: communication skills, problem solving, ethics, and professionalism. This course will also teach students about goal-setting, conflict management, building resumes, and interview techniques. Prerequisite: None

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours45hr.
Credits2.5 

Introduction to Sonography

DBS 202

This course will focus on sonographer responsibilities before and after examinations, including general patient care. There will be emphasis on image orientation, patient positioning, and transducer selection. The student will learn techniques to prevent musculoskeletal injury and technical interpretation skills correlating sonography terminology. This course includes orientation to equipment, cross sectional anatomy, sectional planes and directional terminology and some abdominal scanning in the lab. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory30hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours60hr.
Credits3 

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentations

DBS 209

This course provides fundamental knowledge of theory based acoustic physics, ultrasound principles, and instrumentation. Students The students will learn how diagnostic ultrasound works and optimize image acquisition. Students will learn to recognize and compensate for acoustical artifacts. Understand acoustic energy and bio effects while applying the ALARA principle. Students will be able to apply basic concepts of acoustic physics including sound production and propagation, interaction of sound and matter, Doppler physics and principles, various Doppler methods, operator control options, methods of recording, as well as emerging technologies. This course will also teach students about patient privacy and confidentiality, professional conduct and ethics, as well as Quality control procedures. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101

Lecture90hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours105hr.
Credits6.5 

Ultrasound Physics Prep

DBS 390

This course provides students with a review of the fundamental concepts learned in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation to prepare students for the physics registry exam. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, DBS 290

Lecture15hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours15hr.
Credits1 

Abdominal Sonography

DMS 340

This course will provide student with knowledge of abdominal anatomy and physiology. Students will learn the normal and abnormal sonographic appearance of abdominal structures. This course will provide the students with knowledge of abdominal pathology and include disease processes while identifying common and major pathologies of the abdomen. The students will also learn to correlate patient history, lab values, along with other imaging modalities. Students will learn proper scanning techniques of the abdomen to include patient preparation, positioning, and transducer selection. At the conclusion of this course the student will be prepared to complete a full abdominal sonogram. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290

Lecture45hr.
Laboratory45hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours90hr.
Credits4.5 

Gynecological Sonography

DMS 350

This course will provide student with knowledge of the anatomy and physiology female reproductive system. Students will learn the normal and abnormal sonographic appearance of the female pelvis. This course will provide the students with knowledge of pathology and include disease processes while identifying common and major pathologies of the female reproductive system. The students will also learn to correlate patient history, lab values, along with other imaging modalities. Students will learn proper scanning techniques of the pelvis to include patient preparation, positioning, and transducer selection. At the conclusion of this course the student will be prepared to complete a full trans-abdominal pelvic sonogram. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290

Lecture45hr.
Laboratory45hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours90hr.
Credits4.5 

Abdominal Vascular Sonography

DMS 360

This course will focus on the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the vascular system within the abdominal cavity. The students will learn how to perform duplex exams of the aorta, inferior vena cava, iliac, hepatic, and portal veins. Students will learn to evaluate and correlate patient history, laboratory data, sonographic images, and other imaging modalities. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory30hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours60hr.
Credits3 

Small Parts Sonography

DMS 470

This course is a detailed study of small parts including: Thyroid, Parathyroid, Breast, Scrotum, Prostate Gland, and other superficial structures. Students will learn the superficial anatomy and physiology, the use of interventional procedures, and optimization of technical parameter to maximize image quality in relation to the various small parts. This course will provide the students with knowledge of pathology and include disease processes while identifying common and major pathologies of the various superficial structures. At the conclusion of this course the student will be prepared to perform a thyroid sonogram. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101 LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290, DBS 390, DMS 340, DMS 350, DMS 360

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours45hr.
Credits2.5 

Obstetrical Sonography

DMS 480

This course is a detailed evaluation of the gravid pelvis including normal and abnormal fetal development in the first, second, and third trimesters. This course will provide students will knowledge of fetal anomalies, genetic disorders, and other disease processes that occur during pregnancy. The students will also learn to correlate patient history, lab values, along with other imaging modalities. Students will learn proper scanning techniques of the pelvis to include patient preparation, positioning, and transducer selection. This course will introduce students to the role of ultrasound in infertility, intervention, fetal testing, and 3D/4D. At the conclusion of this course student will be prepared to recognize, identify, and appropriately document sonographic appearances of obstetric abnormalities, disease, pathology, and pathophysiology. In addition, students will be prepared to perform a sonogram determining gestation age and viability. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290, DBS 390, DMS 340, DMS 350, DMS 360

Lecture75hr.
Laboratory45hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours120hr.
Credits6.5 

Clinical Practicum I

DMSC 1

This course is a supervised off-campus experience allowing the student practice in the multidisciplinary areas of diagnostic medical sonography that occurs in hospitals, clinics, and private offices. Students will be introduced to equipment operation, multiple sonographic examinations, and related clinical correlation. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290, DBS 390, DMS 340, DMS 350, DMS 360

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship240hr.
Total Hours240hr.
Credits5 

Introduction to Vascular Sonography

DBS 560

This course is an introduction to non-invasive vascular technology. Students will learn the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the extra cranial vessels as well as the peripheral arterial and veins in the upper and lower extremities. Students will learn to perform duplex exams of the extra cranial vessels and the lower extremities. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290, DBS 390, DMS 340, DMS 350, DMS 360, DMS 470, DMS 480, DMSC 1

Lecture45hr.
Laboratory45hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours90hr.
Credits4.5 

Clinical Practicum II

DMSC 2

This course is a supervised off-campus experience allowing the student practice in the multidisciplinary areas of diagnostic medical sonography that occurs in hospitals, clinics, and private offices. Students will be introduced to equipment operation, multiple sonographic examinations, and related clinical correlation. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290, DBS 390, DMS 340, DMS 350, DMS 360, DMS 470, DMS 480, DMSC 1

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship360hr.
Total Hours360hr.
Credits8 

Introduction to Psychology

PSYT 101

This course covers the interrelationship between biology and human behavior. Included in the course are theories involved in sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thought language, mental abilities, motivation and emotion, effects of stress, personality traits, social psychology, and psychological disorders and their treatments. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Ultrasound Review and Exam Prep

DMS 600

This course provides students with a review of the ultrasound courses learned in Abdomen, Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Small Parts to prepare them for DMS registry examinations. Students will be participating in mock registry examinations including: Abdomen, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Small Parts and Ultrasound Physics. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290, DBS 390, DMS 340, DMS 350, DMS 360, DMS 470, DMS 480, DMSC 1, DBS 560, DMSC 2

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours45hr.
Credits2.5 

Clinical Practicum III

DMSC 3

This course is a supervised off-campus experience allowing the student practice in the multidisciplinary areas of diagnostic medical sonography to develop the optimal skills necessary to become competent in performing sonographic examinations. All procedures covered in the curriculum will be evaluated for competency during this last clinical course. Prerequisite: MATH 1314, ENG 101, HPRS 101, PHYS 100, APS 101, LES 100, DBS 201, DBS 202, DBS 290, DBS 390, DMS 340, DMS 350, DMS 360, DMS 470, DMS 480, DMSC 1, DBS 560, DMSC 2

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship360hr.
Total Hours360hr.
Credits8 

About The Program

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is designed to take 96 weeks to complete. During this time, you will receive clinical, hands-on training in diagnostic sonography. You will also learn theoretical sonography principles and engage in professional development. CHCP’s program is delivered utilizing hybrid learning. Hybrid learning administers classes via a mixture of flexible online classes and in-person classes. We offer an AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at our Austin, Ft. Worth, Houston NW, McAllen, and San Antonio NW campuses.

The goal of CHCP’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree is to prepare you in the three learning domains (behavioral, psychomotor, and cognitive) to begin a career as an entry-level ultrasound sonographer. We provide you with hands-on instruction on proper scanning techniques, equipment maintenance, imaging protocols, and other professional skills. Specifically, you will receive training on how to perform ultrasounds on the abdomen and superficial structures, as well as in obstetrics and gynecology. In addition to learning how to perform and analyze ultrasound images properly, you will also complete courses in general education and learn about professionalism in clinical settings and compassionate bedside manner.

What Skills Will I Learn?

As a graduate of CHCP’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you will be equipped with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Theoretical ultrasound understanding
  • Scanning techniques and protocols of the abdomen, superficial structures, and obstetrics/gynecology
  • Preparation and maintenance of ultrasound equipment
  • Ultrasound physics
  • Image analyzation
  • Professional written and verbal communication with other medical personnel
  • Recording patient history
  • Caring bedside manner



The sonography career field is expected to grow by 14% from 2018 to 2028, which is significantly faster than the average of other occupations. Reasoning for this may be due to the aging baby boomer population; as this population ages, the need for diagnostic sonography will likely increase to identify potential issues. To view up-to-date information regarding Ultrasound Sonographer salary and job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Once you’ve graduated with your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, CHCP will assist you with your job search. Our Career Services department offers assistance with resumes, interviews, job placement, and more! Check out the Career Services page for more information.

What Career Options Are Available?

With our program, you will be prepared to take your Physics, Abdomen, and OB/GYN registry board exam through the ARDMS or ARRT.

As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, you can work in many healthcare settings. Some of the most popular are the following:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Acute or long-term care facilities
  • Imaging centers
  • Mobile companies

After you meet the requirements, applicants must complete a panel interview with the Sonography program acceptance committee. Our competitive selection process allows every applicant the chance to apply for enrollment, while ranking applicants based on their potential for success.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards your new career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, fill out the form! One of our counselors will contact you with more information!

How Do I Enroll?

We’re glad to see you’re interested in taking the first step to your new career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer! To apply for enrollment in our program, you must first meet the following prerequisites:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Ability to read and write in English
  • Pass the Scholastic Level Exam with at least a score of 21
  • Complete a criminal background check. Students who have criminal histories must complete the Declaratory Order of Eligibility (DOE) for licensure through ARDMS and ARRT. Prior to enrolling, students must provide a copy of the DOE form. If you have any questions about this, speak with one of our counselors.

CAAHEP Outcomes for Diagnostic Medical Sonography - AAS Degree Program

CHCP-Fort Worth CAAHEP Outcomes

 

Measurement Period

Jan 1 – Dec 31

Retention

Placement Rate

 

ABD Credential

ARDMS/ARRT

 

 

OB/GYN Credential

ARDMS/ARRT

 

2018

76%

82%

100%

95%

2019

69%

86%

95%

91%

 

CHCP-Austin CAAHEP Outcomes

 

Measurement Period

Jan 1 – Dec 31

Retention

Placement Rate

 

ABD Credential

ARDMS/ARRT

 

 

OB/GYN Credential

ARDMS/ARRT

 

2019

67%

100%

88%

88%

 

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