2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Degree Plan: Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S.

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

El Centro campus only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.DM.SONO.21

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares the student to function as a medical sonographer.

The diagnostic medical sonographer performs sonography examinations using high frequency sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures, including the gall bladder, kidneys, pregnant uterus and other organs as requested by the physician.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354), the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS, 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043; Phone: 443-973-3251; Fax: 866-738-3444) and in cooperation with the JRC-DMS.

Admission requirements include an information session, satisfactory scores on pre-entrance assessment testing, rank ordering by grade point, interviews and recommendation letters, and completion of all requirements for admission as a full-time student to the college. Contact the Assessment Center at El Centro campus to sign up for the assessment tests and, Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.

PREREQUISITES: Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum (19 credit hours)

The following is a suggested two-semester timeline for completing the Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Semester Total 10
Course Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
+SCIT 1420 Physics for Allied Health 4
DMSO 1110 Introduction to Sonography 1
Semester Total 9

NOTE: The Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum must be completed, and the student must be accepted to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program before progressing to the DMSO/DSVT courses below.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
DMSO 2343 Advanced Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1101 Techniques of Medical Sonography 1
Semester Total 4
Course Course Title Credit Hours
DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4
DMSO 1355 Sonographic Pathophysiology 3
DMSO 1366 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
Semester Total 10
Course Course Title Credit Hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4
DMSO 2341 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology 3
DMSO 1367 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
DMSO 2253 Sonography of Superficial Structures 2
DSVT 1200 Principles of Vascular Technology 2
DMSO 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
Semester Total 7
Course Course Title Credit Hours
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR (3)
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
DMSO 2130 Advanced Ultrasound and Review 1
DSVT 2200 Vascular Technology Applications 2
DSVT 2367 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography 3
Semester Total 12
Minimum Hours Required 65

+PHYS 1401 my be substituted for SCIT 1420.

++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four year institution of their choice.