Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree

Associate of Applied Science
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Diagnostic medical sonography is an exciting imaging modality that is continuously evolving with technological advances. At Montgomery College we strive to provide a comprehensive and thorough education to ready our sonographers of the future for this progressive medical imaging modality. 

Students who plan to major in diagnostic medical sonography will be assigned the temporary major of pre-diagnostic medical sonography, with POS code 530, until they are officially admitted to the diagnostic medical sonography program. Students may take preparatory courses and courses that fulfill general education requirements during the waiting period. As an alternative to being assigned a temporary major, students waiting for admission to the diagnostic medical sonography program may choose to major in general studies or any other open-admission program. The Admissions and Records Office at Takoma Park/Silver Spring will assign a matriculated code once students are admitted to the diagnostic medical sonography program.

Do You Know?
MC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the Program of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).  


Diagnostic medical sonography is a multi-specialty profession comprised of abdominal sonography, cardiac sonography, obstetrics/gynecology sonography, vascular sonography, and other clinical areas. These diverse areas all use ultrasound as a primary technology in their daily work.

Program Goals

The goal of the DMS Program is to:

  • To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains; and/or
  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains; and/or
  • To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomical, pathological, and/or physiological data for interpretation by a physician.
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues.
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques and promote principles of good health.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has partnered with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences to provide Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates with multiple continuing education pathways.

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all diagnostic medical sonography transfer agreements.

Careers

Graduates of this program pursue careers as diagnostic medical sonographers. 

Curriculum

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography: General Sonography Area of Concentration

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Sonography Track

Total credit hours: 70

Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Echocardiography Area of Concentration

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Echocardiography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography Track

Total credit hours: 66

Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Vascular Area of Concentration

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Vascular

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Vascular Track

Total credit hours: 63

Diagnostic Medical Sonography General Education Requirements

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

General Education Requirements

Foundation Courses

  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)

General Education Elective

 

Total credit hours: 70

Other Requirements

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Requirements

 

 


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