Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program provides a non-discriminatory student-centered educational environment for the growth and professional development of sonographers with superior competency in multiple sonographic specialties.
Program Overview / Goals
The DMS Program offers all four major ultrasound concentrations at the community college level, while some Ohio DMS programs only offer two or three concentrations. *At some Ohio colleges, specific concentrations can only be taken at the Junior/Senior level after completing two years of coursework. At Rio, students can enroll (after acceptance) into either Cardiovascular DMS or General DMS in their first semester. *The structure of the BS degree in DMS at Rio puts students into the clinical setting in their second semester. *Rio DMS AAS students complete approximately 1000 clinical hours concurrently with DMS coursework. *Rio DMS BS students complete approximately 2000 clinical hours concurrently with DMS coursework.
- Correlate clinical signs and symptoms with pathology.
- Apply critical thinking to real patient scenarios and choose an appropriate course of action.
- Identify and describe the basic concepts of Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation.
- Practice sonography while demonstrating professional, caring, and empathetic behaviors.
- Practice sonography in an ethical manner in alignment with organizational policies and procedures.