Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a 17-month program consisting of three 24-week terms (including summers). Classes meet Monday through Friday and vary based on clinical schedules. Working is discouraged while enrolled in the program, as no special concessions are made for working students.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have completed the necessary prerequisite courses. Prerequisites must be completed at an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Reading & Composition – CAN 2
- Intermediate Algebra or higher
- Anatomy and Physiology – CAN 10
- Medical Terminology
Where applicable, it is recommended to use the California Articulation Numbers (CAN) as listed in California Community College catalogs. For more information on general education courses from other institutions, visit www.collegeboard.com.
Applicants must also meet the technical standards (physical requirements) to be considered for the program. Technical standards provide a reference against which candidates for enrollment are evaluated by the Admissions Committee.
Physical Requirements for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
The following is a list of physical requirements related to the job duties of an ultrasound technologist.
- Possess visual skills necessary to adequately differentiate between subtle shades of gray, and color distinctions.
- Possess auditory skills necessary to distinguish audible sounds of a Doppler signal, communicate with patients, and communicate with other health care professionals.
- Possess sufficient oral and written skills in English to communicate with patients and other health care professionals.
- Stand, walk, and sit for up to 30 minutes at a time.
- Stand and walk for up to 8 hours during an 8-hour shift.
- Lift or move a maximum of a 290-pound patient in a 2 person or 3 person transfer.
- Move loads of up to 50 pounds up to 25 times per hour.
- Push a patient confined to a wheelchair or gurney up to 300 feet or more, depending upon the structural design of the medical facility.
- Bend, crouch, or stoop up to 20 times per hour.
- Reach forward up to 18 inches while holding an object weighing 15 pounds.
- Push ultrasound equipment on wheels weighing up to 300 pounds or more.
- Possess manual dexterity to manipulate and operate all diagnostic medical sonography equipment.
ur Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) students can earn an associate of science degree in approximately 17 months.
ARDMS CERTIFYING EXAMINATION STATEMENT
The law does not require that a diagnostic medical sonographer be licensed or ARDMS certified in order to work as a sonographer, but some employers do require that potential employees be ARDMS certified, or eligible to sit for the ARDMS certifying examination within one year after hire.
Graduates of the SJVC DMS program who hold a B.S. or B.A. degree or higher will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS certifying examination immediately upon completion of the program.
Graduates who have prior education in a two year allied health care field (single subject) that is patient-care related will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS certifying examination immediately upon
completion of the program. A two-year allied health education program is defined as (1) 24 consecutive calendar months OR (2) 60 semester credits OR (3) 84 quarter credits. Examples of such allied health occupations include, but are not limited to radiologic technologist (RT), registered
nurse (RN), respiratory therapist or occupational therapist.
Graduates who hold an active certification with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), or Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS certifying examination immediately upon completion of the program.
Graduates who do not have these prior educational prerequisites must work for one year (1680 hours) as a diagnostic medical sonographer before they are eligible to sit for the ARDMS examination.
To obtain more information about the ARDMS certification examination, contact The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, 51 Monroe Street, Plaza East One, Rockville,
MD 20850. Visit their website at www.ardms.org.
ARDMS SPECIALTY CERTIFYING EXAMINATION STATEMENT
The SJVC DMS Program is designed as a general concentration in the performance of diagnostic medical ultrasound. When you graduate from this program, the education received will prepare you to sit for the Abdominal and Small Parts and/or the OB/GYN RDMS specialty examinations.
The program is not designed as a complete preparation to sit for the Registered Vascular Technologist certifying examination upon graduation. The Vascular course is intended as an
introduction to vascular ultrasound imaging. At least six months of additional training is required prior to sitting for the RVT credential.
The time frame, in regard to your eligibility to sit for the ARDMS examination, is based upon your prior educational background.