Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Program Mission Statement
The Mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Mt. San Jacinto College is “to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains”.
The DMS program will continually strive to provide students with high quality education through coursework, laboratory and excellent clinical training, to prepare the student for future employment as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
The DMS program is dedicated to student preparation for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer exams to become a registered sonographer.
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The Mt San Jacinto College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org
) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is a non-transfer program. The program provides an opportunity for students to be educated and trained in the healthcare career of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The objective of the program is to graduate students who are competent and confident in providing excellent patient care in the field of sonography.
The goal of our DMS program is to graduate students who demonstrate a high competency in anatomy and pathology, as seen on the ultrasound exam and the skills necessary to perform the ultrasound exam. Students will be evaluated on didactic learning in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation, hands on scanning skills, communication skills, patient care and critical thinking ability.
Students will practice ultrasound scanning skills with ultrasound equipment in the campus lab. Those skills will be carried out and enhanced in an affiliated medical center by training on the job, scanning patients.
The didactic education will prepare the student for taking the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations: Sonography Physics and Instrumentation (SPI), abdominal, and obstetrics-gynecology.
With completion of the Associate of Science required course work the student will receive an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Student Information Workshops are offered once per semester with an online link to workshop information if unable to attend in person. A summary of the information on this site can also be found in this DMS brochure and on the Graduation Requirements page.
Please also refer to this Gainful Employment Disclosure
for additional information. (**This data is State mandated and reflects students taking one class per semester.)
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
on the Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College are able
to do the following:
- Complete the American Registry of
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
abdomen and small parts, and the obstetrics/gynecology specialty
- Demonstrate proper use of ultrasound equipment and image
improvement. Document proper imaging of the abdomen, small parts,
obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound exams, include differential
diagnosis of pathologies seen.
- Utilize therapeutic verbal and nonverbal communication with
patients, families, staff and physicians. Demonstrate professional
behavior as outlined by the AIUM guidelines, honoring all HIPPA laws.