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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY  
Associate of Applied Science Degree MEC


Purpose:  This curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce diagnostic images of the human body using special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. The sonographer is a central member of the health care team and assists the radiologist in gathering diagnostic data for interpretation. The NOVA program emphasizes didactic and “hands-on” practice of sonographic techniques in a state-of-the-art scanning laboratory at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, Va. Clinical experience is acquired at numerous area hospitals and private medical facility affiliates.

Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must:

  • Pass the DMS Computer Competency Exam with a grade of 70% or higher
    or pass HIM 130 or ITE 115.
  • Complete BIO 141 and BIO 142 Anatomy and Physiology I-II with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete DMS 100 Orientation to the Sonography Profession with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete ENG 111 College Composition I with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Complete MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I or higher level math with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete all courses used to satisfy the science requirements within 10 years of the semester in which verification of the DMS admission process is completed.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete 4 hours of DMS related volunteer work as directed.
  • Special Program Requirements: The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) applicants, candidates and registrants are required to report their involvement in any incident that constitutes violation of ARDMS Discipline Policies. First-time applicants must disclose information regarding all previous violations of ARDMS Discipline Policies to the ARDMS with their initial application for examination. Upon disclosing a violation of ARDMS Discipline Policies all ARDMS applicants, candidates and registrants are required to submit official documentation from the presiding court system or disciplinary body. You must provide documentation that either verifies that all sentencing requirements were completed in full or a letter from the presiding court system/disciplinary body verifying that this case is closed and all of the requirements have been satisfied.

    ARDMS conducts a “pre-application review,” for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous violation of ARDMS Discipline Policies on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. You may obtain additional information regarding the pre-application process along with the appropriate forms by visiting ARDMS.org/pre-application.

      Credits
    Prerequisites
    1BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    1BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    DMS 100 Orientation to the Sonography Profession 1
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    MTH 151 Mathematics for Liberal Arts I 3
    PHY 101 Intro. to Physics I 4
    SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare 1
    Total   20
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    DMS 196 On-Site Training in General Sonography 1
    DMS 206 Introduction to Sonography 2
    DMS 207 Sectional Anatomy 2
    DMS 208 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
    DMS 217 Sectional Anatomy Laboratory 1
    DMS 218 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lab I 1
    HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
    Total   10
    2nd Semester
    DMS 209 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 2
    DMS 211 Abdominal Sonography 3
    DMS 212 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography 3
    DMS 219 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lab II 1
    DMS 231 Clinical Education I 3
    Total   12
    3rd Semester
    DMS 232 Clinical Education II 4
    Total   4
    4th Semester
    2CST Communication Studies Elective 3
    DMS 190 Coordinated Internship 4
    DMS 241 Advanced Abdominal Sonography 3
    DMS 242 Advanced Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography 3
    Total   13
    5th Semester
    DMS 243 Breast Sonography 1
    DMS 290 Coordinated Internship 4
    DMS 299 Supervised Study 1
    3___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
    4___ Social Science Elective 3
    Total   13
    Total credits for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S.=72 (includes 20 prerequisite credits)

    1 Although students who have graduated with a transfer-oriented A.A., A.S., or A.A. & S. degree or any baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education will have most of their general education considered as met, they must meet the math and science requirements specified for this program. Exceptions must be approved by the division dean responsible for the student's curriculum.

    2 The CST elective may be selected from CST 229 Intercultural Communication, CST 110 Intro. to Communication, CST 115 Small Group Communication, or CST 126 Interpersonal Communication.

    3 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

    4 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.