Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Associate of Science Degree

128 Quarter Credits / 2000 Clock Hours / 102 Weeks

Program Description:

Training for the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program is delivered utilizing a combination of didactic and practical teaching methodologies via textbook, lecture, laboratory, and hands-on experience. The instruction is intended for students who wish to seek employment as a Registered Diagnostic Sonographer in the specialty of Abdominal and OB/GYN ultrasound. Topics covered include abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound examination techniques, demonstrating competency and skill in identification of the organs, systems and superficial structures of the abdominal and pelvic cavity, the female reproductive system and its function and proper imaging technique and protocols. The student will be issued an Associate of Science degree upon successful completion of the program, meeting all course requirements and fulfilling all financial obligations to Dade Medical College. Students may not be remunerated for externship hours. The program does not object to students working in the field outside of assigned school hours, as allowed by the state of Florida, but a minimum of the SPI credential is recommended by the program.

Program Objectives:

The objective of the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program is to prepare students to properly and adequately perform abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound examinations, demonstrating competency and skill in identification of the organs, systems, and superficial structures of the abdominal and pelvic cavity, the female reproductive system and its functions, and proper imaging technique and protocol. Upon completion, and after twelve months of required experience, students will be eligible to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography examination. Upon successful completion of the registry examination, the student will be registered in his or her chosen field of ultrasound. Graduates may obtain employment in hospitals, clinics, working alongside radiologists, OB/GYN practitioners, as well as other related medical facilities.


ABHES Expands Scope of Recognition

DMC’s institutional accrediting body, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recently announced that it has achieved recognition by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), effective January 20, 2014.

This means that radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and sonography programs within ABHES-accredited institutions are now eligible to apply to the ARRT for recognition — enabling graduates to take the certification board exam in these modalities.

Nationally, the ARRT board exam is considered the gold standard for all imaging modalities. This is a significant new pathway for our Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (DMU) graduates, as they can now obtain this prestigious credential without having to be employed for 12 months or having to graduate from a CAAHEP program, as with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

Graduates interested in possibly pursuing this pathway to certification should contact their program director or the Dean of Allied Health to determine eligibility.

The ARRT Certification Test Review and Preparation Course is designed to assist students that are candidates (graduates of an accredited radiology educational program) for primary certification in Radiology through the ARRT or the State of Florida for Certified Radiologic Technologist (“CRT”) licensure, as they prepare for the certification examination(s).  Students will take a simulated mock registry exam on the first day of the course to assist faculty in determining specific areas of need.ULTRASOUND PHYSICS REVIEW FOR THE AMERICAN REGISTRY FOR DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY (“ARDMS”) SONOGRAPHY PRINCIPLES AND INSTRUMENTATION (“SPI”) EXAMINATION REVIEW AND PREPARATION
Our Ultrasound Physics Review for the ARDMS SPI Examination Review and Preparation course is designed to prepare students for the SPI examination offered by the ARDMS.  This course provides students with a review of Basic Mathematical Principles and Physics Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation classroom training in an easy-to-understand format with all the necessary information for the student to prepare for the examination.  Topics are explained clearly and simply and each concept is understood through the use of educational tools that include comprehensive seminars and practice exam questions to obtain and/or improve multiple-choice test-taking skills.
* Programmatic Accreditation

Core Course Descriptions:

MDMU 102 Ultrasound Physics
MDMU 104 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
MDMU 106 OB-GYN Sonography
MDMU 108 OB-GYN Sonography First and Second Trimester
MDMU 110 OB-GYN Sonography Third Trimester
MDMU 112 Abdominal Sonography
MDMU 114 Abdominal and Vascular Sonography
MDMU 116 Genito Urinary System Sonography
MDMU 118 Small Parts Sonography
MDMU 119 Musculoskeletal Sonography
MDMU 121 Vascular Sonography
MDMU 122 Externship I
MDMU 124 Externship II

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