Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Associate of Applied Science

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Doña Ana Community College

2022-2023 Catalog

Associate Degree Track

This is a limited-entry program accepting students only in the spring 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
    • Courses "In-Progress" at the time of application are accepted
  • 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 September 1

NOTE: A grade of C- or better on a traditional grading scale is required in ENGL 1110G Composition I and designated Mathematics courses. Students must earn a final grade of C or better in all required DMS courses/Technical Requirements and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. The DMS program utilizes an accelerated grading scale. 74% is the minimum passing score for all assignments, assessments, and overall class grading and corresponds to a "C."

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 74 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Select one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 12-14 credits12-14
This degree requires courses from Areas I, II, III, and IV; students do not need to take additional courses to complete the General Education requirements.
Area I: Communications - English Composition Level 1
Composition I (DMS Program Prerequisite) 14
Area II: Mathematics
College Algebra (DMS Program Prerequisite) 13
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors) (DMS Program Prerequisite) 1,24
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Psychology 1,33
Contemporary Social Problems
General Education Elective - Choose one from the following3
Professional & Technical Communication 1,33
Public Speaking 1,33
Introduction to Communication 1,33
Core Requirements
BIOL 2210Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences (DMS Program Prerequisite) 1,24
AHS 120Medical Terminology3
or HIT 150 Introduction to Medical Terminology
Choose one from the following:3
Algebra-Based Physics I (DMS Program Prerequisite) 13
Introductory Physics for the Health Sciences (DMS Program Prerequisite) 13
Radiographic Physics and Equipment (DMS Program Prerequisite)3
Related Requirements
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
Introduction to Statistics 13
Introduction to Information Systems3
Major Requirements
Technical Requirements
DMS 100Introduction to Clinical Practicum1
DMS 101Introduction Sonography/Patient Care2
DMS 105Introduction to Clinical Practicum II1
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 I1
DMS 180Clinical Practicum II5
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 III3
DMS 280Clinical Practicum IV5
DMS 291Registry Preparation: OB/GYN1
DMS 292Registry Preparation: Abdomen1
Total Credits74
1

Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.

2

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

3

These 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.

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 performance on the Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA) program.

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/

Ultrasound Student Assessment(USA) Program

The Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA) Program was created to test specific skills required to learn and perform clinical ultrasound studies such as coordination, problem solving, spatial ability judgment, and logic, etc. and will be used in conjunction with other program admission criteria in the selection of students. Applicants will receive information and instructions about the USA program with application packets which will be available during the program orientations.

Phase II: Invitation only

Phase II is for applicants who have scored very well in Phase I and the Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA) Program. It 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL APPLICANTS WHO COMPLETE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM.

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 $200 is charged for each of the following courses: DMS 170, DMS 180, DMS 270 and DMS 280.

Prefix Title Credits
DMS 170Clinical Practicum I1
DMS 180Clinical Practicum II5
DMS 270Clinical Practicum III3
DMS 280Clinical Practicum IV5

(74 credits)

NOTE: Application Deadline is September 1

A Suggested Plan of Study

The contents of this Road Map may vary depending on initial student placement in Mathematics and English. This is only a suggested plan of study for students, and is not intended as a contract.  Individual student academic plans may vary. Please contact your academic advisor to create a plan that works for you. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

NOTE: A grade of C- or better on a traditional grading scale is required in ENGL 1110G Composition I and designated Mathematics courses. Students must earn a final grade of C or better in all required DMS courses/Technical Requirements and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. The DMS program utilizes an accelerated grading scale. 74% is the minimum passing score for all assignments, assessments, and overall class grading and corresponds to a "C."

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 74 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
Area I: Communications - English Composition Level 1 4
Composition I  
Area II: Mathematics 3
College Algebra  
Area III: Laboratory Sciences 4
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)
or General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
 
AHS 120
Medical Terminology
or Introduction to Medical Terminology
3
 Credits14
Semester 2
SUMMER  
Choose From One of the Following 3
Algebra-Based Physics I  
Introductory Physics for the Health Sciences  
Radiographic Physics and Equipment *Radiologic Technologists Only)  
BIOL 2210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences 4
 Credits7
Semester 3
AREA IV: Social/Behavorial Sciences 3
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
 
DMS 100 Introduction to Clinical Practicum 1
DMS 101 Introduction Sonography/Patient Care 2
DMS 130 Pelvic Sonography 1
DMS 130 L Pelvic Sonography Lab 1
DMS 140 Abdominal Sonography 3
DMS 140 L Abdominal Sonography Lab 1
 Credits12
Semester 4
SUMMER REQUIRED  
DMS 105 Introduction to Clinical Practicum II 1
DMS 150 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation I 1
DMS 160 1st Trimester Obstetric Sonography 1
DMS 165 2nd/3rd Trimester Obstetric Sonography 1
 Credits4
Semester 5
General Elective - Choose One of the Following 3
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Professional & Technical Communication  
DMS 170 Clinical Practicum I 1
DMS 230 Gynecologic Pathology 2
DMS 240 Abdominal Pathology I 2
DMS 250 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation II 3
 Credits11
Semester 6
DMS 180 Clinical Practicum II 5
DMS 226 Sonographic Case Studies I 1
DMS 245 Abdominal Pathology II 2
DMS 248 Pediatric Sonography 2
DMS 290 Small Parts & Superficial Structures 2
 Credits12
Semester 7
SUMMER REQUIRED  
DMS 227 Sonographic Case Studies II 1
DMS 270 Clinical Practicum III 3
 Credits4
Semester 8
DMS 260 High Risk Obstetric Sonography 3
DMS 280 Clinical Practicum IV 5
DMS 291 Registry Preparation: OB/GYN 1
DMS 292 Registry Preparation: Abdomen 1
 Credits10
 Total Credits74

Course Fees

In addition to tuition, a fee of $200 is charged for each of the following courses: DMS 170, DMS 180, DMS 270 and DMS 280.

Prefix Title Credits
DMS 170Clinical Practicum I1
DMS 180Clinical Practicum II5
DMS 270Clinical Practicum III3
DMS 280Clinical Practicum IV5