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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

DMS TechUPDATE!!! DMS APPLICANTS

DMS Program has a new pre-requisite: Medical Terminology (AH 105).

Students applying during the March 1st-15th, 2020 application period will need to have completed AH 105 prior to submitting an application. Please check the MSJC schedule of classes for AH 105 offerings in Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and Fall 2019.

Click here to review the updated DMS policy

Please see a Nursing and Allied Health Counselor if you have any questions. (951) 639-5577.

 
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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Program Description

The Mt San Jacinto College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Accreditation Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Commission for Diagnostic Medical Sonography​(www.caahep.orgThis achievement places MSJC’s DMS program among the top programs in the United States.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
caahep.org

The current Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) report can be found here​.

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 prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Students will 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 internship by training on the job with a licensed sonographer. The didactic education will prepare the student for taking the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics and Instrumentation examination, Abdominal examination and the Obstetric/Gynecology examination.
 
CAAHEP accreditation increases opportunities for student clinical training, strengthens the student learning process, and opens doors to student employment.  Students enrolled in an accredited DMS programs are eligible to take the national American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) board exams up to 60 days prior to graduation. This eligibility contributes to greater employment rates of graduates at the time of graduation.
 
In addition, upon completion of Associate in Science required course work, the student will receive an Associate in Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The MSJC Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a nontransferable program.​
 

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.

 

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:

 

  1. Complete the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation exam,  abdomen and small parts, and the obstetrics/gynecology specialty examinations.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.