Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Associate of Applied Science

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Associate Degree Track

This is a limited-entry program accepting students only in the fall semester. Criteria and factors used in evaluating applicants include the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of all *pre-requisites with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • County of residence

The following courses will receive application points as follows: A = 10 pts, B = 5 pts, C = 2 pts

Note:

  • *Students should receive a B or better in CHEM and BIOL pre-requisites to be a viable candidate for the DMS program.
  • There are restrictions on repeating courses with a grade of C or lower.  See program director for details.

(Associate Degree 74 credits)

NOTE: Application Deadline is April 1

Core Requirements/Pre-Requisites
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 13
or MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I 13
or RADT 105 Radiographic Physics and Equipment
or PHYS 210 Introductory Physics for the Health Sciences
CHEM 110GPrinciples and Applications of Chemistry 1, 24
or CHEM 111G General Chemistry I
BIOL 225Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1, 24
The following courses are required for the associate degree but are not pre-requisites. Courses that are completed or are in progress at the time of application to the DMS program will receive bonus points toward the application as follows: A = 5 pts, B = 3 pts.
Related Requirements
ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication 13
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology 13
or SOC 201G Contemporary Social Problems
The following courses are not required for the Associates degree; however, the courses will strengthen study skills or increase knowledge that will be beneficial as a sonography student. Courses completed or are in progress at the time of application will receive bonus points toward the application as follows:
BONUS POINTS: A = 10 pts, B = 5 pts, C = 2 pts
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 14
Pathophysiology 13
BONUS POINTS: A = 5 pts, B = 3 pts
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences 13
Medical Terminology3
Introduction to Medical Terminology
Computer Literacy 13
Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems
Technical Requirements
DMS 100Introduction to Clinical Practicum1
DMS 101Introduction Sonography/Patient Care2
DMS 130Pelvic Sonography1
DMS 130 LPelvic Sonography Lab1
DMS 140Abdominal Sonography3
DMS 140 LAbdominal Sonography Lab1
DMS 150Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation I1
DMS 1601st Trimester Obstetric Sonography1
DMS 1652nd/3rd Trimester Obstetric Sonography1
DMS 170Clinical Practicum I2
DMS 180Clinical Practicum II5
DMS 201Sonographic Procedures Lab1
DMS 226Sonographic Case Studies I1
DMS 227Sonographic Case Studies II1
DMS 230Gynecologic Pathology2
DMS 240Abdominal Pathology I2
DMS 245Abdominal Pathology II2
DMS 248Pediatric Sonography2
DMS 250Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation II3
DMS 260High Risk Obstetric Sonography3
DMS 290Small Parts & Superficial Structures2
DMS 270Clinical Practicum III5
DMS 280Clinical Practicum IV5
DMS 291Registry Preparation: OB/GYN1
DMS 292Registry Preparation: Abdomen1
Total Credits74
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Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.

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 Students should receive a B or better in CHEM and BIOL pre-requisites to be a viable candidate for the DMS program.

Selection Criteria

Completion of pre-requisite courses DOES NOT guarantee acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  Selection for the program utilizes a point system as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the student's overall strengths related to the essential qualifications, competencies, and functions of the professional diagnostic medical sonographer.

Selection for acceptance incorporates two phases.

Phase I

Phase I points are awarded in pre-requisite and related courses as indicated above as well as scoring on the ATI TEAS exam.

Relevant field experience and/or professional credentials may qualify for additional bonus points.  See program website for details https://dacc.nmsu.edu/dms/diagnostic-sonography-program-admission-process/

ATI TEAS Exam

Scores are valid for 5 years.  Candidates must achieve an individual total score of at least a 60% to remain a candidate of the DMS program and are restricted to no more than one attempt per year.  The program considers the applicants' ranking adjusted to the AH CATEGORY R when awarding TEAS points for overall performance as well as performance in subcategories of reading, math, science, and language.

Phase II

Phase II is for applicants who have scored very well in Phase I and on the ATI TEAS exam.  Phase II is by invitation only and is conducted in an interview format to identify personal strengths and/or weaknesses related to essential qualifications, competencies, and functions for professional diagnostic medical sonographers.

Application packets are available at the program orientation meetings.  See website for orientation schedule https://dacc.nmsu.edu/dms/program-orientation/

Course Fees

In addition to tuition, a fee of $175 is charged for each of the following courses: DMS 170, DMS 180, DMS 270 and DMS 280.

DMS 170Clinical Practicum I2
DMS 180Clinical Practicum II5
DMS 270Clinical Practicum III5
DMS 280Clinical Practicum IV5