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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a 62 credit-hour program designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies for a career in diagnostic ultrasound. The curriculum is based on requirements of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and will be eligible to take the ARDMS certification examination in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Abdomen, and Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation. A selective admissions process is used to select candidates for enrollment in the program.

The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). For information about CAAHEP accreditation, please visit the CAAHEP website at www.caahep.org or at 25400 Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350.

For the academic year of 2015-16 ten students were admitted. Nine students graduated (90%), seven of nine graduates passed ARDMS registry examination (80%) and seven of nine graduates are employed as of Fall 2016 (80%).

For the academic year of 2014-15 ten students were admitted. Ten students graduated (100%), ten students passed ARDMS registry examination (100%) and ten students are employed as of Fall 2015 (100%).

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Application Process

The application for admission to the Sonography Program is available on the BRCC website once a year, during the fall semester. Detailed instructions for completing the admission application are included in the application packet. Completed and signed applications are due by the deadline indicated on the application. Late applications will not be accepted. A selective admissions process is used to select candidates for enrollment in the program. Students admitted to sonography will receive additional instructions regarding program requirements that include but are not limited to: submission of personal health history, a physical examination, a TB skin test, various immunizations/vaccinations, a urine drug screen, and CPR certification. A positive urine drug screen or any attempt to tamper with a specimen may disqualify an applicant and/or result in dismissal from the Sonography program. Costs for all requirements are incurred by the student.

Admission Criteria

The following courses are prerequisites for admission to the Sonography program. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all of prerequisite courses listed.

Prerequisite Courses Credit Hours:
ENGL 1013  English Composition
MATH 1113/1213 College Algebra
BIOL 2214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
PHYS 1013 Concepts in Physics
PSYC 2013 Introduction to Psychology
HLSC 1103 Medical Terminology
PHIL 2253 Biomedical Ethics
Humanities Elective - Any SACS accepted Gen-Ed. Humanities Courses

In addition, to be eligible for entry into the Sonography program, students must:

Criminal Background Check

Applicants to the Sonography program must submit to a criminal background check, with all costs borne by the student. Applicants who have been charged with, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, been convicted of, or committed a criminal offense that involves a crime of violence or distribution of drugs may be denied the right to take national certification exams offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

 
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