Curriculum: Sonography Courses

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A curriculum designed with the whole you in mind

Foremost in the mind of most students considering a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree is advanced technical skills. Adventist University of Health Sciences’ (formerly Florida Hospital College) experienced faculty practitioners have mastered the latest in techniques, technology, patient care, and equipment and are excited to share this knowledge with their students. After completing your degree you can be on the forefront in your field. Moving into a management position, gaining more insight into an area of specialization, learning about emerging technology trends and becoming a better overall sonographer are no longer a dream but a reality with an online BSDMS at Adventist University of Health Sciences.

In addition to medical and technical skills, Adventist University of Health Sciences also wants you to develop into a well-rounded individual, armed with such skills as leadership, effective communication, healthcare financial management, and an understanding of the world’s religions. It is clear that the BSDMS curriculum carries out Adventist University of Health Sciences’ vision: that each student will experience nurture, excellence, spirituality, and stewardship while learning the skills to provide the best possible patient care.

Course Requirements (67 Credits)

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

DBIO 144 Sectional Anatomy 3

Prerequisites: DBIO 102 Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees.
Study of human anatomy, primarily emphasizing axial planes, but also including sagittal, coronal, and oblique planes. Designed to aid imaging modality students in recognizing, locating, and identifying normal anatomy on various computer images.

DSTA 205 Introduction to Applied Statistics 3

Prerequisite: Two semesters of high school algebra with a minimum grade of B (3.00) or a college-level math course with a minimum grade of C (2.00). An introduction to statistics and its applications, this course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis will include descriptive statistics, analysis of graphs, sampling methods, binomial, z, t, and chi-square, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. This course will not fulfill the statistics requirement for Bachelor of Science degrees from the department of Health and Biomedical Sciences nor fulfill the pre-requisite requirements for graduate degrees.

DENG 250 Technical Writing 3

Prerequisites: DENG 102 Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Techniques of written communication within a professional setting. Includes writing reports, proposals, case notes, and charts. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).

DREL 368 World Religions for the Healthcare Professions 3

Prerequisites: DENG 102 Prerequisite Note: DENG 102 may replace ENGL 102. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
A study of the major world religions, including their history and development. This course will also familiarize the student with the major tenets and practices of these religions. Teachings and practices that impact the practice of health care are emphasized.

DBSA 343 Legal Aspects of Healthcare 3

An introduction to general law and its interpretation, including various aspects of personnel law, contract law, and those laws regulating the relationship of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with governmental and non-governmental agencies.

DBSA 354 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3

An exploration of the nature of individual and group behavior as it relates to the workplace. Attention will be given to motivation, performance, and morale, as well as the supervision and leadership of employees.

DREL 379 Lessons on Living: Biblical Perspectives 3

Prerequisite Note: DENG 102 may replace ENGL 102. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Attention to the wisdom books of the Old Testament, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Parables of Jesus.

DBSA 385 Marketing and Healthcare 3

A study of the nature and function of marketing within the healthcare setting. Topics include strategic planning, competitive analysis, conservative behavior, marketing communication, and public relations.

DBSA 388 Components of Healthcare Financial Management 3

Explores the concepts of managerial accounting including an understanding of the accounting cycle and the presentation and interpretation of financial statements.

DENG 101 English Composition I 3

Prerequisite: A minimum English ACT score of 19, or a passing score on the English Composition Placement Test, or ENGL 091 with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Focuses on writing as a means for authentic expression and exploration. Emphasis is on the writing process, especially revision. Students write several expository essays organized according to prescribed modes and learn specific writing skills and principles which readily apply to most writing tasks. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).

DENG 102 English Composition II 3

Prerequisite: DENG 101 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Applies the writing skills developed in ENGL 101 or DENG 101 while focusing on rhetorical and reasoning skills necessary for various persuasive and research writing activities. Students write several persuasive papers and a major research paper. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).

Sonography Requirements (34 credits)

DDMS 345 Diagnostic Imaging 3

Prerequisites: DBIO 144; DENG 102 Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Explores the principles of a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques with a focus on how imaging techniques correlate with sonographic examinations. Topics include diagnostic radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, fluoroscopy, cardiovascular interventional procedures, mammography, and nuclear medicine.

DDMS 351 Introduction to Educational Methodology 3

Prerequisites: DENG 101; DENG 102; DENG 315 This is a service learning course. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
This course will provide a study of the principles used in instructional design. Educational theory will be presented, including learning theory, evaluation theory, and system theory. Course development, syllabus building, test construction, learning assessment, and evaluation will be explored.

DDMS 400 Management Principles for Imaging Professionals 3

The course explores the multiple dimensions of the role of the imaging professional in the healthcare arena. Emphasis is placed on the management responsibilities needed to foster and promote quality outcomes. Topics will focus on aspects of the following: patient engagement and communication, recruitment and retention, emotional intelligence, creating effective committees and teams, and coaching and mentoring skills.

DDMS 441 Advanced Topics in Sonography 3

Prerequisites: DDMS 345; DENG 101; DENG 102; DENG 315 This is a service learning course. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
The student will present a proposal for in-depth research of a defined, specialized area within the ultrasound profession. Topics may include, but are not limited to, contrast imaging, 3-D ultrasound, 4-D ultrasound, harmonic imaging, intraoperative ultrasound, transducer technology, the impact of hand-held ultrasound machines or other evolving sonographic diagnostic techniques or topics.

DDMS 447 Advanced Sonographic Specialties 3

Prerequisites: DDMS 345; DENG 101; DENG 102; DENG 315 This is a service learning course. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
The student will present a proposal for in-depth investigation of one of the advanced sonographic specialties which includes fetal echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, breast ultrasound, neurosonography, or other approved evolving sonographic specialty areas. The student will learn to identify normal anatomy, describe standard protocol, and demonstrate knowledge of disease and pathology associated with this specialty area.

DDMS 485 Medical Imaging in the Digital Environment 3

Prerequisites: DBIO 144 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
The course teaches the use of Picture Archiving and Communicating Systems (PACS), Computed Radiography, Direct Digital Radiography, Networking, and DICOM.

DDMS 490 Case Studies in Healthcare 3

Prerequisites: DBSA 343; DBSA 354; DBSA 385; DBSA 388; DDMS 345; DDMS 351; DDMS 400; DDMS 441; DDMS 447; DDMS 485; DDMS 494; DDMS 495; DDMS 497; DENG 315 Another pre-requisite is DDMS 335 or DDMS 328. Student is allowed to choose one or the other. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
A capstone course that integrates business strategies for current and future operations within the field of Imaging Sciences. Applying concepts previously learned, students will create and deliver a strategic plan that encompasses the field of Imaging. This course is the final course of the program sequence and can only be taken in the student's final trimester.

DDMS 494 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena I 3

Prerequisites: DBIO 144 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Explores the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace including changing demographics, increasing demands of the aging population, healthcare workforce, and new medical technology and research. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviors including smoking, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, and workplace violence.

DDMS 495 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena II 3

Prerequisites: DBIO 144 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Emphasis is placed on the medical imaging environment. Examines the challenges that shaped the field of imaging technology and current innovative strategies.

DDMS 497 Research Methods in Allied Health 3

Prerequisites: DBIO 144; DENG 102; DSTA 205 All pre-requisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
The study of the research process as applied to allied health and imaging technology topics. The student will evaluate published research findings for use in sonography and imaging practice. This course requires a written critique of a published imaging technology or allied health research report and presentation of a published imaging technology or allied health research report to peers.

Cognate Courses for Bridge Students

DPSY 124 General Psychology 3

Survey of psychology, including human development, sensation and perception, learning and thinking, emotions, motivation, personality, and stress, as well as psychological disorders and their treatment.

DBIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab 4

Prerequisite: High school or college chemistry taken prior to enrolling in this course, or a minimum ACT standard composite score of 19, or permission from the department chair
This is the first of a two-trimester course. Study of the typical structure and function of the human body utilizing digital and electronic media. Includes a study of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, along with their cytology, histology, and chemistry. Lab exercises are included in this course; therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.

DBIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and BIOL 101L or DBIO 101. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).
This is the second of a two-trimester course. Further study of the typical structure and function of the human body utilizing digital and electronic media. Covers endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Lab exercises are included in this course; therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.

DMAT 120 College Algebra 3

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00), and one of the following: a minimum score of 19 on the math portion of the ACT, or successful completion of MATH 101 with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00), or a passing grade on the Mathematics Placement Test.
A study of the concept of function, as well as other advanced algebra concepts. Following a brief review of algebra topics covered in previous courses, the topics covered in this course will include: an extension of intermediate or high school algebra topics, number systems including complex numbers, equations, and inequalities involving linear and quadratic models, polynomials, absolute values, radicals and rational expressions, matrices and determinants, solutions of systems of equations and inequalities, sequences, series, limits and logarithms. Emphasis is placed on pertinent applications of these topics as well as the use of appropriate support technologies, such as graphing calculators.

DPHY 121 Survey of Physics 4

Series of lectures and demonstrations aimed at an understanding of the physical principles of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, and modern physics. This course satisfies the requirement for various imaging programs but does not satisfy the requirements for science majors. Lab required. Lab exercises are included in this course; therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.
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39 Responses to “Curriculum: Sonography Courses”

  1. Awanish says:

    Dear Sir / Madam

    I am RCS certified by CCI, USA. I want to enroll for Sonography course. Could you let me know total how many credit hours i have to complete and how much is the fee required per credit. I am in Bahrain. Can I continue it from here? Do i need to take other course also to enroll for this course. Please let me know.

    Thanks

    Kind regards

    Awanish

    • dbernard says:

      As long as you meet our admissions requirements, the online format of our program allows you to complete your BS degree from anywhere in the world. While an official transfer credit evaluation will have to be completed to determine what courses you will have to complete, our online BS in DMS program has a total of 21 classes, totaling 61 credit hours. The tuition is $315 per credit hour with a $20 application fee. For details custom to your current situation, you can contact your Distance Enrollment Specialist directly.

  2. Ana says:

    I’ve always been interested in sonography but never had the chance to study. 1. No schools close enough 2. Expense 3. Needs to be online 100%.
    Please help me become certified.
    Ana

    • dbernard says:

      You can visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs website at http://www.caahep.org to search for accredited entry-level programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The online BS in DMS program at Florida Hospital College is a completion degree for those students who are already certified in Sonography by the ARDMS, CCI, or ARRT.

  3. Danielle says:

    I am an RVT thru ARDMS, can I apply for the Bachelors program for Sonography? or do I have to be an RDMS by ARDMS?

    • dbernard says:

      In order to qualify for the BSDMS program, you must be registered in sonography by one of the credentialing organizations.

  4. Sreenivasulu A says:

    I would like to join in BS DMS course in distance mode.
    How to appear for exams. Whether I have to attend
    the practicals at your place. The degree is it equal to
    on campus regular degree.

    • dbernard says:

      As the BS in DMS program is 100% distance learning, you do not need to visit our campus at all. Exams are taken online through a course management system called ANGEL. You can speak with one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more about the online format by calling 1-888-768-6276. Our school is regionally-accredited – this includes the distance education programs, so the degree you receive online is no different than one you would receive on campus.

  5. Dee Howard says:

    Hi! I am a registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, holding registries in abdomen, OB/GYN, Neurosonology, Breast, and Vascular Technology through ARDMS. I am a Registered Radiologic Technologist, registered through ARRT. I have completed an AAS degree and would like to know if transfer credits are given and if so, what additional classes would be needed to complete the BSDMS degree? Thank you.

    • dbernard says:

      Hi Dee, We do accept transfer credits from regionally-accredited schools. To determine what additional classes would need to be taken, an official transfer credit evaluation would have to be completed. I have passed your information along to a Distance Enrollment Specialist who will be able to review your specific history and provide you with more detailed information. She will be following up shortly.

  6. chelsea says:

    I already have AAS in DMU and RDMS. Some of the courses that are listed I have already completed. Would I have to retake them for this course?

    • dbernard says:

      In order to determine what classes would transfer, an official transfer credit evaluation would have to be completed. You can contact a Distance Enrollment Specialist to determine what classes you currently have and what classes you would need by calling 1-888-768-6276 and pressing 2 when prompted.

  7. Dee says:

    I am trying to start a career late in my life. I don’t have any certifications or college experience, besides prerequisites (which I don’t have), what would I need in order to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Sonography? Please advise me of all prerequisites as well as paperwork I would need in order to enroll? thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.

    • dbernard says:

      In order to qualify for the BS in DMS program at Florida Hospital College, you would have to currently be registered with the ARDMS, the ARRT or the CCI in sonography. Required courses can be taken at a local community college or some hospitals and classes would vary by program. You can find accredited schools in your area by visiting the CAAHEP website at http://www.caahep.org.

  8. Kathy says:

    I am currently a RT(R) and RDMS—with Associate degrees in both—how many of my courses will transfer over to start in a BS program? And will I be given any life time credit for work as well?

    • dbernard says:

      In order to determine how many credits will transfer, an official transfer credit evaluation will have to be completed. Generally, if you received your Associate’s degree from an accredited school, you shouldn’t have any issues. However, it does depend on where you received the degree and what comparable classes you took. I have passed your information along to a Distance Enrollment Specialist who will be able to evaluate your specific case and offer a more detailed answer.

  9. Jane says:

    I am starting an echo sonography program in the spring. I would like to be certified to also do OB/GYN sonography one day. Would this bachelor degree certify me for OB/GYN?

  10. PANKAJ says:

    hello dbernard,

    i m interested in gettiing BS degree online , but dont know how. please guide me how should i start with it.

    i m physician from india presently practising. i m a m.b.b.s graduate

    • dbernard says:

      Thank you for your interest in our BS in DMS degree. In order to qualify for our program, you would first need to be registered in sonography with the ARDMS, ARRT, or CCI. If you meet these requirements, we would need you to complete an online application, send in proof of your registration, and two letters of recommendation. The best way to get started is to call a Distance Enrollment Specialist at 1-888-768-6276, and they will walk you through the process to apply.

  11. umir says:

    Dear dbernard ,
    Good day
    I have read your reply and called 1-888-768-6276 but had no one to talk.My question is also the same as I have 20 yrs of experience of ultrasound but unfortunatly no educational background to support for ARDMS so guide me if there is any school that I can start my education in ultrasound Presently I m in saudi and I am a Pakistani National

  12. Alexandria says:

    I’ve been very interested in the A.S Sonography program and I just wanted to know what prerequisites are required before starting the program?

  13. Amanda Govert says:

    I have some college credit will I be able to have them transfer???

  14. maryam moawwad says:

    I am an international veterinarian i would like to change my carrer but i like to study medical sonography &I live in Red DEER.AB.Canada .so I need to study 100% online
    I have no idea on the steps that i have to do &the requirments

  15. Chuuie says:

    I have already taken many of these general education courses. Will I be required to take them again or will I get credit for them?

  16. cyrus says:

    Hi I Live in pakistan and currently working as a cardiac sonographer for the last 7 years ,i intend to apply for BSDMS (ONLINE).I have already applied for CCI exam and will be appearing for it in the next month ,I am holding a bachelor degree in science according to Pakistan education system.Am i eligible for this program (BSDMS)??

    • jrodriguez says:

      Hi Cyrus,

      Thank you for your website comment. Once you have completed your CCI registry you will be eligible to apply for our online program. Also, since your education is outside of the U.S., you will need to submit an international evaluation. We use World Education Services as one of the agencies we accept. Please go to http://www.wes.org/ for more information. Our enrollment specialist has emailed you the application packet with information on international transcript evaluation.

  17. Mir Nic says:

    I am currently RDCS and RVT. I would like info about college transcripts how old can be accepted? My pre- Requesites are from 2002, 2003, 2004. I was just wondering cuz I was accepted in the ultrasound program 2004 and graduated on May 2006. Do I have to repeat any of my pre-reqs? How would I know? How long it is your BS Sonography online and the cost per credit online? Thanks

    • jrodriguez says:

      Our online completion degree for the baccalaureate in diagnostic medical sonography is designed for the working professional such as yourself. We currently have graduates and active students that also submitted transcripts that were over 10-12 years old. At this time, we accept transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and review transfer credits no matter the date. If you received an AS degree from a regionally accredited school, the admissions committee will review these transfer credits. If your school was not regionally accredited, (CAAHEP, or nationally accredited) than you will receive 32 credits by validation for your registry, once you have completed the online program. Let’s discuss.

      Your enrollment specialist sent you a copy of our application packet with information on cost, curriculum, course description, and lots more. We are currently accepting applications for fall ’13 and the deadline is only a few weeks away. Let’s get started!

  18. Sandra Rosenzweig says:

    Is there a waiting list to get into the Sonography Program? I will finish my General AA in the fall. Do I have to have all pre-rec’s. completed to apply? How often do new classes start?

    • jrodriguez says:

      Hi Sandra, The entry level program on campus is supported by Enrollment Services at 800-500-7747. Please give them a call with any questions concerning the entry level program.

  19. Sandi Bowdoin says:

    Hello I am presently registered RDMS RDCS RVT AND RMSK through ARDMS .. I hold a BS in CJ from 2001 and have attended an accredited 18 month sonography course to include Echocardiography through one of our local hospitals that I graduated from in 2009. My goal is to be prepared for the Advanced Sonography ie: Practitioners course/registry when available.. Will obtaining a BS DMS through your college also allow me the advances into the MS DMS that I will need to reach my goal ?? Sincerely, Sandi

  20. isis Kalil says:

    I have a high school degree from Egypt and I want to know if my high school degree will be valid here at usa?!!! And what I should do to start with your online program? !!!!

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