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Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science
Department: Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
A diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce a dynamic visual image of internal organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.
What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?
A diagnostic medical sonographer is an allied health professional, who provides patient services using medical sonography equipment under the supervision of a physician specialist. The sonographer acquires pertinent anatomic, physiologic and/or pathological sonographic images necessary to aid in the diagnosis.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Arkansas State University is administered by the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the College of Nursing & Health Professions. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Abdominal and Obstetrics-Gynecology is granted upon completion of the required hours.
The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to produce competent entry-level sonographers eligible for registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Abdomen, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Vascular.
1. Meet General Education Requirements
All General Education Requirements must be completed before admission to the DMS program.
2. Choose an Available Track
There are three options for students to become eligible to apply for admission to the DMS program. All ASU general education and DMS prerequisites must be completed before a student will be eligible for admission.
RSU 4101, Introduction to Ultrasound Patient Care: 3 hours HP 2013, Medical Terminology Anatomical Sciences: 11 hrs BIO 2203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I BIO 2201, Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab BIO 2223, Human Anatomy & Physiology II BIO 2221, Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab HP 3003, General Gross Anatomy Physical Sciences: 3-4 hrs
Choose one of the following:PHYS 2133 Survey of Physics for Health Professions*
Higher Level Physics
*PHYS 2133 will NOT satisfy the ASU General Education requirement for Physical Science.
Associate Degree in Allied Health Field
RSU 4101, Introduction to Ultrasound Successful completion of an accredited Associate Degree Program in an Allied Health Field. BIO 2203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I BIO 2201, Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab BIO 2223, Human Anatomy & Physiology II BIO 2221, Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
*Some applied sciences degrees will require additional prerequisite coursework. The prerequisite coursework required is decided on a case by case basis. For more information, please contact the DMS program director, Amber Wooten, or Health Professions advisor, Valerie Long.
Receive credit by articulation.
Registered diagnostic medical sonographers who do not possess a Bachelor's Degree may receive credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements:
ARDMS registry card.
ARDMS registry in the general concentration (ABDOMEN & OBGYN) and vascular concentration.
Successful academic performance in DMS core courses needed.
DMS core courses needed are determined by the DMS program coordinator and the RS program director.
When the requirements above (general education & track 3) have been met, the Chair of the Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 60 hours of ASU DMS courses.
3. Cumulative Grade Point Average
Points will be given during application process according to GPA. Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.
4. Selected Course Grades
Grades below a "C" in the DMS prerequisites will not be considered.
English Proficiency Requirements
The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require
a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and
clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure.
In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:
- Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
- Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
- Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
- Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
- The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.
Selective Admission Process
Admission into the diagnostic medical sonography emphasis is very limited. Only 8-12 students are selected each year depending on clinical site availability.
How to Apply
- Apply to Arkansas State University and have all transfer coursework evaluated for credit.
- Determine whether you meet the Admission Requirements for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
- Download Diagnostic Medical Sonography application.
- Download Diagnostic Medical Sonography reference forms.
- Download Diagnostic Medical Sonography shadowing form.
- Download Diagnostic Medical Sonography check sheet and follow the directions.
- Submit completed application by April 1st.
Application packet must be in the department office by 5 p.m. on April 1. After evaluation of all completed applications, interviews with qualified applicants will be conducted.
Applicants to the diagnostic medical sonography emphasis are selected by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria:
GPA (cumulative & DMS specific prerequisites)20 Interview20 References18 ASU-J Campus Courses
Extra points are awarded for select courses taken on ASU-J Campus. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology I and II (including labs), Medical Terminology, and Physics.4
Foreign Language Proficiency
Students who can demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by the foreign languages department will be awarded a maximum of 4 points.4
Total Points Possible:
Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action
Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.
During the program, the student is required to complete a structured rotation through sonography departments of the chosen clinical affiliates. Current clinical sites are in the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri area. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. When determining cost, consideration should be given to this additional expense.
Criminal Background Checks
Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.
Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.
Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:
Background Check Results
Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:
Red: Convictions or Discrepancy found
Yellow: Possible Discrepancy found
Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies found
Appealing Your Results
If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials.
The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.
RSU 4112, Sectional Anatomy for Sonography RSU 4122, Small Parts RSU 4132, Introduction to Sonography Lab
RSU 4223, Abdomen Sonography RSU 4232, Abdomen Sono Lab RSU 4213, Physics and Instrumentation I RSU 4513, Ultrasound Clinical I RS 3133, Rad Sectional Anatomy
RSU 4613, OB/gyn Sonography RSU 4322, OB/gyn Sonography Lab RSU 4323, Physics and Instrumentation II RSU 4523, Ultrasound Clinical II RS 4343, Radiologic Admin Concepts
2nd Summer: (10 week courses)
RSU 4534, Ultrasound Clinical III RSU 4642 Intro to Cardiovascular Sonography RSU 4812 Cardiac Conduction and Arrhythmia RSU 4622, Ob Sonography II
RSU 4413, Vascular Sonography RSU 4422, Vascular Sono Lab RSU 4542, Ultrasound Clinic IV RSU 4551, Sonography Clinical Relevancy RSU 4652, Special Procedures in Sonography RS 3122, Legal and Regulatory Environment
RSU 4723, Cardiac Sonography RSU 4762, Advanced Vascular Procedures Lab RSU 4742, Cardiac Sono Lab RSU 4552, Ultrasound Clinical V RS 4463, Stats for Medical Imaging
In addition to tuition costs, Diagnostic Medical Sonography students will incur the following expenses:
- All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
- The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
- Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
- CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
- Students are required to purchase name badges. This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
- Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.
IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS
Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B. Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months. Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose. The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.
Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program. In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.
These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.
In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.
CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience. Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.
ONLINE WEB COURSES
Arkansas State University Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs do not offer full degrees or professional clinical courses via online Internet web resources. However, we do offer some courses via the university Blackboard (trademark software) online Internet web services.
These courses vary in design; some are taken completely online and do not require any on-campus attendance, others require presentations or examinations on-campus, while still others meet regularly on-campus.
All online Internet web courses taken via the university Blackboard web site qualify for ASU-Jonesboro main campus residency course credit.
If you are a current ASU student, you may access Web for Students to search the current course schedules for web courses. If you are not a current ASU student, please contact us at the contacts given at the bottom of this page to find out what the possibilities are for you.
Careers in DMS
Careers in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
With rapidly changing computer enhanced technologies, miniaturization, and increased use of diagnostic medical sonography, growth is projected to continue in the future with employment opportunities for qualified sonographers in both urban and rural areas.
Sonographers can choose to work in clinics, hospitals, private practice physician offices, public health facilities, laboratories, and other medical settings performing examinations in their areas of specialization.
Career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, research, and in commercial companies as education/application specialists, sales representatives, and technical advisors.
For more information:
The diagnostic medical sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in the general concentration, Abdominal and Obstetric/ Gynecologic Sonography. Minimal vascular experience is included in the 18 month program.