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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Academic Certificate

Use the latest ultrasound and sonogram technology to create images and help diagnose issues of the brain, abdomen, peripheral blood vessels and more.

About

As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you’ll work closely with patients to perform ultrasounds and sonograms that help physicians evaluate health and diagnose issues. This certificate program is perfect for students with previous college experience who want to start a career in the fast-growing field of sonography. During the program, you’ll experience a variety of real-life exams and invasive procedures, from obstetrics and gynecology to vascular and trauma. You’ll also test your skills in our
simulation ultrasound suite.

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YEARGRADUATIONPH CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONABD CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONO/G CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONJOB PLACEMENT RATE
Initial EnrollmentGraduatedRateAttemptedPassedPass RateAttemptedPassedPass RateAttemptedPassedPass RateGraduatesJobs within 12 monthsRate
2019151280%1212100%9889%121192%121083%
2018151387%131292%11982%111091%131077%
2017151280%1212100%99100%1212100%121083%
20161616100%161594%151493%1212100%161063%
2015171694%181583%12975%141286%161488%
201417947%99100%6467%99100%9778%

Requirements

Applicants to the Academic Certificate program must have earned an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution, have completed an accredited two (2)-year post-secondary Allied Health program or will have met the associate or baccalaureate requirements from the primary educational institution upon completion of the Academic Certificate program. Prior to entering the Academic Certificate program, candidates must complete the following college-level courses with a grade of “C” (74%) or better:

  • College Algebra
  • English Composition
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Physics

Curriculum

Academic Certificate Program

Students already holding an associate or baccalaureate degree, or who will have met the baccalaureate requirements from their primary educational program upon completion of the certificate program, may apply for the 13-month academic certificate program on a space available basis.

Summer Session IICredits
DMS 111Introduction to Sonography1
DMS 112Abdominal Sonography I3
DMS 113Ultrasound Lab I1
Total5
Fall SemesterCredits
DMS 221Ultrasound Physics3
DMS 222Abdominal Sonography II2
DMS 223Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography I3
DMS 224Ultrasound Clinical I4
DMS 225Ultrasound Lab II1
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
Total16
Spring SemesterCredits
DMS 226Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography II3
DMS 227Introduction to Vascular Sonography1
DMS 228Ultrasound Clinical II4
DMS 229Ultrasound Lab III1
DMS 230Superficial Structures2
DMS 231Ultrasound Seminar2
Total13
Summer Session I & II CombinedCredits
DMS 232Ultrasound Clinical III6
Total6
Total Combined Credits40

Accreditation

The General DMS Program at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

CAAHEP
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350

JRC-DMS
6021 University Blvd., Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
443-973-3251

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Meet Your Faculty

Kathryn Zale

Kathryn E. Zale, MS, BA, RDMS, RVT

Diagnostic Medical Sonography/ Vascular Sonography Instructor

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Mary Stroik

Maryglo Stroik, MHA, RVT, RDMS, RT(R)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Clinical Coordinator

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Tara Dianna

Tara Dianna MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)

Program Director, DMS and VAS programs

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