Mission Statement

The 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.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is the non-invasive use of high frequency sound waves to image anatomic structures within the body. Sonographers are specially trained individuals who work under the close supervision of radiologists, perinatologists, cardiologists, and vascular surgeons in order to assist them in determining a medical diagnosis and treatment plan for patients. The sonographer is responsible for acquiring images and/or videos of normal and abnormal structures and functions and reporting their findings to the appropriate supervising physician. Upon graduation, sonographers may be employed by hospitals, private physician practices, diagnostic imaging centers, research departments, and ultrasound machine manufacturers.

The DMS Program offers two majors, General Sonography and Cardiovascular Sonography. Both majors require general studies coursework to be completed concurrently with sonography courses and clinical rotations. The general coursework includes math, English, and the sciences. The core sonography courses include abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological courses (General Sonography major) or cardiac and vascular courses (Cardiovascular Sonography major), as well as sonographic physics and instrumentation.

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, graduates have the option to complete the Bachelor Degree Program that is also offered by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of the bachelor’s degree would consist of the student completing the core sonography courses of the opposite major as their associate’s degree in the third year and completing a fourth year of coursework that will prepare the student for advanced careers in the field of sonography. The DMS Programs will prepare graduates to sit for the national registry examinations offered by the ARDMS, American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the DMS Program, the student is able to:

  • 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.

Accreditation

Both DMS associate degree programs and the bachelor’s degree program are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Both DMS associate degree programs are accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Prospective applicants to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program should begin by applying for general admission/acceptance status to the University of Rio Grande, which can be done by logging onto www.rio.edu and completing the online admissions application. There is no admissions fee for applying online. Identify your “intended major field of study” as Allied Health – Associate Degree (2 year). You must also complete the School of Technology’s Allied Health Technology-Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application prior to April 1 of the year for which you are applying (all first year prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress by April 1 of your application year), available in the Admissions Office, in the School of Technology, or online

It is the student’s responsibility to see that the University has a copy of his/her high school transcript and/or college transcript, ACT scores, and the Allied Health Technology- DMS Program Application prior to April 1of the year in which you apply, when the selection process will begin. It is also the student’s responsibility to attach official copies of his/her high school and/or college transcript(s) and ACT scores to the allied health application or turn them in to the DMS program director by April 1. No application will be considered without complete documentation.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students must meet all University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College admission requirements.
  • One unit of high school or college biology, chemistry, and algebra must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” before a student will be considered for admittance into the DMS program.
  • Students must be admitted to URG/RGCC with their major listed as Allied Health to be considered for summer program admission. All students must also turn in a copy of their ACT scores, high school transcript, and the DMS Program Application by April 1. Supplementary applications are good for one year only. After students are selected for the next academic year, all applications will be discarded. Students not accepted into the program must reapply each year.
  • Only students who are officially admitted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program can take the Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses.
  • Only students who have successfully completed the Associate Degree Program or its equivalent and have been recommended by DMS faculty based on academic and clinical performance will be admitted to the Bachelor Degree Program.

Academic Requirements:

  • One unit of high school or college biology, chemistry, and algebra must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”.
  • High school or college cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • ACT composite score of 20 or higher, with preferred math and science scores of 20 or higher. (If a student has been out of high school for 5 years or more, the student has the option of taking the ACT test or receiving four points for “life experience.”

Health Requirements:

  • Vision Capabilities: Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60; adequately view sonograms, including identifying 16 shades of gray and color distinctions.
  • Hearing Capabilities: Possess normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.
  • Motor Capabilities: Maneuver sonographic equipment without assistance; assist in lifting patients using proper body mechanics; stand for extended periods of time; walk long distances without assistance while maneuvering sonographic equipment or transporting patients; type with one hand while scanning with the other.
  • Language Capabilities: Communicate verbally with patient and other medical personnel; it is recommended that a second language is possessed or attempted
  • Mental Capabilities: Think and act quickly in emergency situations; cope with stress; comprehend daily work activities; understand all pathology needed to present case to physician.

Other Requirements:

(Once accepted to the DMS Program)

  • Students must consent to a professional and confidential background check that includes but is not exclusive to social security number verification, criminal search, violent sexual offender and predator registry search, and employment verification. The background search will be initiated upon acceptance into the DMS program.
  • Students must consent to and pay for random drug testing as required by various clinical affiliations.
  • Current CPR certification (Students accepted into the DMS program will take CPR as a class during the first summer semester of the program.)

Admission Procedures

Step One:

To be considered for admission into the DMS program, students must have met all of the above requirements. URG/ RGCC must have a copy of your high school and/or college transcripts, ACT scores, and the Allied Health Technology- DMS Program Application by April 1 of the year in which the student would like to enter the DMS program’s second year.

Acceptance into the DMS program is very competitive. The number admitted into the program will be determined by the number of clinical sites available. Applicants will be objectively scored to determine the top candidates. Cumulative GPA, and ACT scores will account for 50% of the admission criteria, based on the following point system:

College*GPA (Cumulative):

4.0 = 10
3.8 = 9
3.5 = 8
3.2 = 7
3.0 = 6
2.8 = 5
2.5 = 4

ACT (Cumulative)*:

30+ = 10
29-28 = 9
27-26 = 8
25-24 = 7
23-22 = 6
21 = 5
20 = 4

* Any applicant who has been out of school for five (5) years or more and has not taken the ACT will not be required to take it. The applicant will be awarded four (4) points for life experience. Alternatively, if the applicant wishes to take the ACT and submit the scores, s/he may do so.

Meeting all of the above requirements does not mean automatic admission/acceptance into the program nor does it guarantee an interview.

Step Two:

The applicants with the highest scores will be scheduled for an interview, which will count for 50% of the admission criteria. The interview process will consist of a selection committee who will interview and rank these top applicants. The selection committee’s decision is based upon the submitted academic achievements and the interview process to determine who is most likely to succeed in the program.

The interview process will take place in May of each year. After the interview process, applicants will be selected for the DMS program that will begin Fall Semester. Students selected for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must, prior to the beginning of clinical classes:

  • Submit complete childhood immunization and booster records.
  • Submit proof of varicella zoster live-virus vaccine or reliable history of varicella (chicken pox) or serologic evidence of immunity.
  • Submit proof of receiving Hepatitis B vaccine series.
  • Submit a completed DMS Physical Examination and Medical History form. Form will be provided.
  • Submit proof of CPR training.

DMS Academic Progression Requirements

All DMS courses must be taken in sequential order.

  • The student must receive a minimum of a C- (75%) or better in all DMS courses to continue.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Students must successfully complete the associate degree program in order to be admitted into the bachelor’s degree program.

Failure to meet any of the above Diagnostic Medical Sonography requirements will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. The student may reapply to the program the following calendar year.

Associate of Applied Science – Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Cardiovascular Sonography Major (93207)

* Prerequisite course for all Allied Health majors. Not included in curriculum totals.

The clinical education courses will be conducted at a variety of hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic imaging centers. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the various clinical education sites. The student will not be scheduled for more than 40 hours per week, which includes classes and clinical education rotations.

 

 

Bachelor of Science – Diagnostic Medical Sonography (7943) (for students with an associate degree in General Sonography)

DescriptionCredits
Associate Degree in General Sonography64
DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
COM 33103 Health Communication3
HCA 31104 Fundamentals of Health Care4
HPE 10101 Human Wellness and Physical Fitness1
HPE Activity Elective1
General elective courses17
Total General Education hours26
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses
DMS 28801-03 Selected Topics in Diagnostic Medical Sonography1
DMS 33301 Cardiovascular Seminar I1
DMS 34003 Echocardiography I3
DMS 34301 Cardiovascular Seminar II1
DMS 34504 Cardiovascular Practicum I4
DMS 34601 Cardiovascular Registry Review1
DMS 35003 Echocardiography II3
DMS 35503 Cardiovascular Practicum II3
DMS 36001 Pediatric Echocardiography1
DMS 36503 Cardiovascular Practicum III3
DMS 38003 Vascular Sonography I3
DMS 39003 Vascular Sonography II3
DMS 48801-03 Selected Topics in Diagnostic Medical Sonography2
Total major area hours29
Total required hours for degree120

Bachelor of Science – Diagnostic Medical Sonography (7943) (for students with an associate degree in Cardiovascular Sonography)

DescriptionCredits
Associate Degree in Cardiovascular Sonography65
DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
COM 33103 Health Communication3
HCA 31104 Fundamentals of Health Care4
HPE 10101 Human Wellness and Physical Fitness1
HPE Activity Elective1
General elective courses17
Total General Education hours26
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses
DMS 41103 Abdominal Sonography I3
DMS 41203 Gynecological Sonography3
DMS 41301 Seminar I1
DMS 41504 General Sonography Practicum I4
DMS 42103 Abdominal Sonography II3
DMS 42301 Seminar II1
DMS 42203 Obstetrical Sonography3
DMS 42503 General Sonography Practicum II3
DMS 43503 General Sonography Practicum III3
DMS 43601 Registry Review1
DMS 43701 Breast Sonography1
DMS 48801-03 Selected Topics in Diagnostic Medical Sonography2
Total major area hours28
Total required hours for degree120

Additional Information

Information about admission policies, transfer credit, tuition and fees, refund policies, academic calendars, academic policies, graduation requirements, and student services can be found in the URG/RGCC Course Catalog, which is available from the Admissions Office.

For further information, individuals interested in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are advised to contact the DMS Program Director at 740-245-7139 or the Office of Admissions at the address listed below.

Office of Admissions
University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College
P.O. Box 500 Rio Grande, Ohio
45674-0500

Applicants may also contact the University by telephone at (740) 245-5353 or 1-800-282-7201 (Toll free in OH, WV , KY and PA) or by fax (740) 245-7260.

To view and/or print a copy of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Fact Sheet, which includes a suggested course sequence, and/or the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program application, visit the program’s website.

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College reserves the right to change the admission requirements or policies. All requirements will be periodically updated.