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.
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Definition of Credit Hour

Dade Medical College’s conversion formula is as follows:
Hours of Instruction Quarter Credits
10 Hours of Lecture 1 Credit
20 Hours of Laboratory 1 Credit
30 Hours of Clinical/Clinical 1 Credit
A class hour (or contact hour) is defined as 50 minutes of supervised or direct instruction and 10 minutes of break. Students can expect to dedicate at least 2 hours of independent reading and study time for every hour spent in class. Estimated hours spent on out of class activities are not applicable to the total clock hours in the program.

Class Attendance and Participation
Class participation is of utmost importance for overall student success. The college will attempt to contact any student who is absent three consecutive days. The student is expected to respond and resume participation in the program, as delineated in the letter, or s/he may be withdrawn for absenteeism.
Additional information can be found in program-specific handbooks, as applicable. Students must arrive to class on time. Students arriving to class more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to enter the classroom until after the next scheduled break.
Hours of Operation (hours may vary by campus and are subject to change)
Monday through Friday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Day Session)
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Midday Session)
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Evening Session)

Administrative Office Hours
Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Library / Resource Center
Monday through Thursday 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Termination or cancellation of a student’s enrollment for any reason will result in refunds being made according to the following:
Non-Acceptance: An applicant who is rejected by the College will be refunded all monies paid to the College.
Cancellation: There are two conditions under which a student can be considered a cancellation. (1) A student can cancel enrollment within three business days of signing the enrollment agreement. (2) A student who fails to show up for the first three days of their first course will automatically be dropped from the class and have their enrollment cancelled. The student will be refunded all tuition and educational fees paid to the College.

Policy for Return of Title IV Funds

Dade Medical College abides by the law that now defines the amount of Federal Title IV grants and loans that the student has earned the right to use to pay for tuition or to return as a refund. Federal funds must be returned to the Federal programs if a student withdraws from classes or ceases attending all classes prior to completing 60% of the payment period. Refunds are based on the number of days completed in the payment period divided by the number of days in the payment period. The payment period is defined as a 15 week length of time for which financial aid funds are paid to a student. The reasoning behind this refund policy is as follows:
Title IV refunds are awarded to qualified students for the sole purpose of enabling the recipient to obtain an education. If the student withdraws during the payment period and does not adequately complete the course of study, he or she will be required to return a portion or all of the Title IV funds. The Title IV refund formula, therefore, is based upon the treatment of Title IV funds worksheet which details that a student must earn the amount of Federal Grants or Loans that the student has received. A student who withdraws has not earned the entire amount of grants and / or loans the student has received, and therefore, must return the unearned portion to the appropriate program. The following process is utilized to determine the amount of unearned tuition that the student must return to the Federal Programs:
Dade Medical College calculates the amount of Title IV assistance earned by a student. The college must first determine the percentage of Title IV assistance the student earned up through the 60% point in time.
The percentage of assistance earned is equal to the percentage of the payment period for which it was awarded and was completed as of the day the student withdrew. The withdrawal date is determined by the date indicated in the student’s “Status Change Form” (see Date of Determination). If the student withdrawal occurs after the 60% point, then the percentage of Title IV earned is 100%. That earned percentage is applied to the total amount of Title IV grant and loan assistance that was disbursed to the student or on the student’s behalf for the payment period for which it was awarded through the date determined.
Dade Medical College calculates the unearned Title IV assistance. The amount of unearned Title IV grants and loan assistance is calculated by determining the percentage of assistance the student earned and applying it to the total amount of grant and loan assistance that was disbursed (and could have been disbursed) on the student’s behalf for the payment period as of the date determined.
Dade Medical College calculates the amount of student’s Title IV funds which had been applied to the student’s account and must be returned. The college will return to the appropriate Title IV program the lesser of the unearned amount of Title IV assistance or an amount equal to the total the college charges the student for the payment period for which the assistance was awarded, multiplied by the unearned percentage of awarded Title IV grant and loan assistance. Dade Medical College will then return the unearned percentage of awarded Title IV grant and loan assistance.

If a refund is due on behalf of a student under the College’s refund policy, and the student received any Federal Student Aid, then part of the refund must be returned to the assistance program(s) involved. Any refunds due will be made in the following order:

Unsubsidized Stafford Loan/ Direct Stafford Loan
Subsidized Stafford Loan/Direct Stafford Loan
Perkins Loan
Direct Plus Loans
Federal Pell Grant
Federal SEOG
Other (Public Law 105-244 and are found in Sec.484 B of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended, and in the implementing final regulations published on Nov. 1, 1999 [64 FR 59016].)
Other federal, state, private or institutional aid
The student

The above refund distribution procedure is subject to regulatory changes by the U.S. Department of Education.
After calculations are made, students will be invoiced for any unpaid balance on the student’s account.
The student will be responsible for remitting payment to Dade Medical College for this unpaid balance. All unpaid balances are subject to State and Federal allowable interest changes, late fees and collections.
The date of the institution’s determination that the student withdrew varies depending on the type of withdrawal. If a student begins the official withdrawal process or provides official notification to the school of his or her intent to withdraw, the date of the institution’s determination that the student withdrew would be the date the student began the official withdrawal process or the date of the student’s notification, whichever is later. If a student did not begin the official withdrawal process or provide notification of his or her intent to withdraw, the date of the institution’s determination that the student withdrew would be the date that the school becomes aware that the student eased attendance. For a student who withdraws without providing notification, from a school that is not required to take attendance the school must determine the withdrawal date no later than 30 days after the end of the earlier of (1) the payment period or the period of enrollment (as applicable), (2) the academic year, or (3) the student’s educational program.

Grading System

Grades will be determined through various Methods of Evaluation including attendance, participation, assignments, quizzes, examinations and/or practical competencies. Each course syllabus will define the weight of each category for that course. Students are provided a final course grade at the end of each course or grading period. Students are allowed to challenge a grade for a period of one (1) month after course completion. All achieved grades will be recorded in the student’s permanent academic record (transcript); this will include all attempted courses regardless of the final grade. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is calculated using the numeric value assigned to each letter grade. Students must maintain a CGPA of 2.0 or higher to be eligible for graduation.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) =[(Attempted Course Credits x Achieved Grade Points) for each class completed] ÷ Total Attempted Credits
Following is a list of the grades awarded by Dade Medical College and their grade point values:
Letter Grade Description Grade Points
A Excellent (93-100) 4
B Good (84-92) 3
C Satisfactory (75-83) 2
F Fail (<75 ) 0 WP Withdraw Passing 0 WF Withdraw Failing 0 Other Grades (not included in the CGPA) Description I Incomplete TC Transfer Credit PASS Passed FAIL Failed CP Completed (Remedial Courses) NC Not Completed (Remedial Courses) Transfer of Credits Dade Medical College makes no representation or guarantee regarding the transfer of credits to or from other institutions. Acceptance of Transfer Credits is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Students planning to attend other institutions are encouraged to check that school’s policy regarding the transfer of credits. Students seeking transfer of credit into Dade Medical College must submit an official transcript from all the post-secondary institutions where the credits originated. Transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by case basis and credit will be granted only upon receipt of an official (signed, sealed) transcript. Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the institution in question to the Director of Education at the enrolling campus at least 15-30 days before the intended start date. (Campus addresses can be found in the catalog.) At a minimum, 25% of the credits for completion of a program must be earned through coursework offered by and completed at Dade Medical College. Credits accepted for courses taken at another institution will be reflected on a student’s Dade Medical College transcript as “TC”. The following criteria must be met for credits to be considered: The institution from which the transfer is being requested must be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Individual science and programmatic credits intended for transfer were earned within five years of the intended start date. Other subjects (e.g. basic math, psychology, art, humanities) intended for transfer will be evaluated and accepted at the discretion of the Director of Education. Courses must be deemed comparable in credit hours and content. If requested by the Director of Education, it is the student’s responsibility to provide a syllabus or course catalog from the originating institution, from the timeframe when the course was taken. To be accepted as a transferred credit, the minimum earned grade for a General Education course must be a “C” (2.0) or higher. To be accepted as a transferred credit, the minimum earned grade for a program’s core course must be a “B” (3.0) or higher. Academic Grievance Policy The student should schedule a meeting with his/her program director to see if the grievance can be resolved verbally. If not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student should speak to the campus Director of Education for further instruction. The Director of Education will make a recommendation for next steps based on the details of the student’s complaint. Due Process and Appeals Policy Due Process consists of several stages of assessment and communication between a student and the college. The first stage of the process begins when a student is believed to have violated the academic or disciplinary Code of Conduct. The campus level program faculty and staff will conduct a student advisement which could result in a no action warning, probation or dismissal from the program or college (See Appendix E for Fact Patterns and Outcomes). Should the student disagree with the outcome of the advisement, s/he may request a Due Process Hearing at the campus level at which the student can present his/her version of the event(s) in question. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the Due Process Hearing, s/he may request an appeal in writing pursuant to the requirements within the Student Handbook. Unresolved formal complaints that have followed the Grievance Policy or Due Process may be submitted to ABHES (the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools) and/or the State of Florida CIE (Commission for Independent Education). Programmatic or Accreditation Complaints If a student has a complaint regarding an alleged violation of Accreditation Standards, s/he may speak to the Program Director or Director of Education to file this complaint. If the student is not satisfied with the college’s response, the student can contact the appropriate accrediting body. Complaint Resolution Process The student should schedule a meeting with his/her campus director to see if the grievance can be resolved verbally. If not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student should speak to the campus Director of Education for further instruction. The Director of Education will make a recommendation for next steps based on the details of the student’s complaint. Academic Leave of Absence Policy To be eligible to apply for an academic leave of absence (“Academic LOA”), a student must be full-time status at the school within his/her program of study. An Academic LOA may be granted by the College in the College’s sole discretion if the College determines that there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return to school following the Academic LOA and the student demonstrates the need for the request. In the event that an Academic LOA is not granted, the student must either continue attending classes or withdraw from the program. Duration An Academic LOA may be granted for a period not to exceed 180 days in any 12-month period (whether by itself or in combination with another type of LOA granted within any 12-month period). Financial Obligations of the Student Students taking an approved Academic LOA do not incur any additional charges for the period of the approved leave. If the student is a recipient of Federal Financial Aid prior to the College granting the Academic LOA, the student is required to meet with a Financial Aid Representative to discuss the effects the student’s failure to return from an Academic LOA may have on his/her loan repayment terms. These effects may include exhaustion of the student’s loan repayment grace period. If the student has any outstanding financial obligations connected with his/her program (other than Federal Financial Aid) that are not otherwise in forbearance, deferment or in a grace period, he/she must continue making scheduled payments in order to remain current. Return from Academic Leave of Absence Upon a student’s return from Academic LOA, he/she will continue coursework at the point prior to the Academic LOA. If a student on Academic LOA does not resume attendance on the date established in the LOA form, he/she will be withdrawn from the College. The student’s withdraw date is the date the student began the Academic LOA and the College’s published refund policy will be applied based on this date. Prior to taking an Academic LOA, a student must adhere to the following procedure: Provide a signed and dated Dade Medical College Leave of Absence Request Form (with any required supporting documentation) to the Director of Education at his/her campus. The Leave of Absence request form can be found in the Education offices at each campus location; Meet with a financial aid representative to discuss the implications of an approved Academic LOA. Within the form, the student must provide the reason for the requested LOA and his/her expected date of return to class. Acceptable reasons for the request include but are not limited to the following: i) The unavailability of the next course in the student’s program due to transfer of credit from a previously attended institution. ii) The unavailability of the next course in the student’s program due to course offerings by the College. iii) The unavailability of the next course in the student’s program due to an unsuccessful attempt at a pre-requisite course. Articulation Agreements Dade Medical College has entered into articulation agreements with Kaplan University and University of Southernmost Florida. Students should contact the Education Department for specific information. Externships General Policy Externships are a cooperative effort between the college, the student and the externship facilities and as such Dade Medical College will endeavor to accommodate students at externship sites. Externship sites and hours are offered to the student based on site availability. Students must make themselves available during the hours offered in order to complete externship requirements. Students must successfully complete all externship requirements in order to pass the externship course(s) and complete the program. Specific programs may have additional guidelines and requirements. Please refer to the program-specific student handbook. It is important to note that: • Students do not displace existing externship site personnel. • The college maintains general liability insurance on all students and faculty while at externship sites. • The clinical externship component of the program may require a rotating schedule. • Students may not be remunerated for externship hours. • Students may be exposed to radiation while at externship sites. Students must comply with all applicable site policies and procedures. Students assisting with radiographic procedures must, whenever possible, remain behind protective barriers. Assignments Students must be in good academic standing and fulfilling all financial obligations owed to Dade Medical College before a site will be assigned. Students may incur additional fees for externship placement, including charges for health records, background checks, etc. Students must be prepared to travel within a 30-mile radius of the college to attend externship assignments. Based on externship site availability, students may be required to complete their externship at more than one site. A student who declines two sites may be placed on probation or withdrawn from the program. In such an event, the school makes no assurance as to if or when other sites will be available. Declining an offered site may delay a student’s expected graduation date. A student may be removed from the site or dismissed from the program if requested by a representative of the site or if the student violates college or site policy, including absences. Some externship sites require students to attend an orientation session prior to beginning hours; any student who fails to attend an orientation will not be allowed to commence his/her externship. Schedules and Attendance Externship shifts can be assigned Sunday through Saturday, in four to twelve hour shifts. Students are expected to make the necessary personal arrangements in order to complete their hours as assigned. The externship schedule may not be altered without the prior written consent of the program’s Externship Coordinator and the assigned site’s supervisor. In the event that the student will be absent from externship, s/he must call the Externship Coordinator and the site supervisor in advance of the absence. If a student misses five or more consecutive days of externship without proper notification, the student may be dismissed from the program. Students are required to attend 100% of required externship hours. The student must submit the official DMC Externship timesheet, signed by the authorized supervisor, every week, no later than Monday of the following week. If a student has missed any externship time, arrangements for make-up time must be made with the site supervisor or clinical coordinator. Please refer to the program-specific student handbook. Students will not be considered to have completed their externship until the site supervisor has certified all required attendance hours. Externship hours are not to be scheduled during official Dade Medical College holidays or vacations. Performance Standards Student progress will be evaluated throughout the externship course by designated site supervisor(s) and Dade Medical College faculty. Periodic evaluations will be submitted to the Externship Coordinator for inclusion in the student’s file and determination of the final grade. Externships are graded as Pass or Fail. The student is responsible for submitting case studies, evaluations, and other program-specific assignments to the Externship Coordinator or Program Director. These submissions are also necessary in the determination of a final grade. If a student fails to show satisfactory progress in externship, the student may be subject to an extension of externship or expulsion from the program. Conduct While on externship students must conduct themselves in a manner appropriate for the workplace. Students will wear the official college attire unless the site requests otherwise (see School Attire section). The student is never to reveal any confidential information regarding patients or clients. The site supervisor may, at any time and for any reason, request that the college remove the student from a site. Students who have been asked to leave a site may have to wait until another site becomes available before continuing externship. Students are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct and all related policies while on externship. Graduation Requirements A student is eligible for graduation upon fulfillment of the following requirements: • Successful completion of all courses within his/her program of study • Achieving a minimum CGPA of 2.0 • Fulfillment of all financial obligations to the college • Completion of an exit interview Upon successful completion of all graduation requirements, the Dade Medical College student will be awarded a diploma as evidence of his/her earned degree. Diplomas, degrees, certificates and transcripts will not be issued unless the student has met all requirements. In order to assist graduates with certification licensure and career placement, Dade Medical College will, at its sole discretion, provide official transcripts and/or some indication of graduation directly to third parties, regulatory agencies, and/or professional certification associations if a graduate’s financial obligations are in good standing (there are no past due balances). [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

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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