Courses

The program requires a minimum of 77 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts and Sciences requirements. As an educated citizen, NMC graduates are competent practitioners and respond productively to the complex dynamics of the world, utilizing a diversity of disciplines and perspectives.

Program Prerequisites

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

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COLLEGE PHYSICS

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ENGLISH COMPOSITION

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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

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LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY

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HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I WITH LAB

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HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II WITH LAB

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First Year - Fall Semester

DMS 110

APPLIED ETHICS AND LAW IN IMAGING I

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The Applied Ethics and Law course series uses the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography as its foundation. DMS 110 focuses on Principle I: promotion of patient well-being. Topics include a primer on ethical and legal principles which develop into an extensive exploration and analysis into patient rights, informed consent, privacy, and end of life issues.

  • Credits: .5

DMS 120

INTRODUCTION TO CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY & PATIENT CARE

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This course will focus on introducing the student to the field of diagnostic medical sonography. It will include medical terminology with application to sonography. Course work will include information concerning documentation sonography, sonographic images, basic patient care techniques, infection control and universal precautions, emergency conditions, body mechanics/ergonomics, history taking and lab values. General sonographic physics principles, terminology, and clinical applications related to basic cardiovascular principles that are essential to the understanding of cardiovascular function and evaluation. Topics include anatomy of the heart, basic embryology, cardiac The course will introduce fundamental sonography theory including terminology, equipment, basic transducer construction and function, recognition of simple artifacts, introduction to Doppler, and adjusting system controls for image acquisition Students will be instructed in sonographer and patient safety, including ergonomics, legal, ethical and regulatory issues. Scope of practice, patient care techniques, assessment and treatment will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on interaction with diverse patient populations. The concept of AIDET (customer service) will be introduced.

Echocardiography topics include anatomy of the heart, basic embryology, cardiac physiology, EKG theory, principles of cardiac hemodynamics and cardiac evaluation. Vascular Technology topics include vascular physiology and hemodynamics of the arterial and venous systems, cerebrovascular anatomy, cerebrovascular physiology, carotid duplex imaging, lower extremity arterial and venous anatomy, assessment of the lower extremity arterial system with ABI/SAP and an introduction to lower extremity venous imaging.

physiology, EKG theory, principles of cardiac hemodynamics and cardiac evaluation. Students will also be introduced to fundamental principles of vascular hemodynamics, cerebrovascular anatomy and physiology, and carotid duplex imaging. Students will begin to learn scanning techniques in the laboratory on real-time ultrasound equipment. The student will be required to complete a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCLS).

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SCI 225, SCI 226

DMS 120L

INTRODUCTION TO CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY AND PATIENT CARE LAB

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This laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in DMS 120. Students will learn scanning techniques in the laboratory on real-time ultrasound equipment. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, scanning assignments and competency exams over the protocol of the above mentioned sonographic anatomy taught in DMS 120.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SCI 225, SCI 22

HUM 150

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC

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There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking.  Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas.  Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process.

  • Credits: 3.0
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    HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study

SCI 206

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY

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This survey course begins with a major focus on cellular function and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibria. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis; fluid acid/base balance; gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine and neurological functions are emphasized. The student will be introduced to pharmacological principles of commonly used classes of medications. The various drug classifications and general characteristics of drugs within a class are examined. These characteristics include the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, side effects, adverse effects and drug interactions of common drugs within each class.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 200

First Year - Spring Semester

DMS 112

APPLIED ETHICS AND LAW IN IMAGING II

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Building on DMS 110, this course focuses on Principle II of the Code of Ethics: professional competence. Students will examine the medical and legal issues related to scope of practice, standards of performance, and the legal consequences on the sonographer, patient, and profession when those standards are not met. Topics covered will include negligence, oversight and investigational processes and procedures (professional, employer and legal), and liability risk management.

  • Credits: .5

DMS 126

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM I

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Students are assigned to the clinical setting to begin performing sonographic procedures, practice basic patient care skills including patient mobility and practice fundamental operation of the ultrasound machine. The student will continue to develop skills to carry out sonographic examinations and gain the ability to recognize normal and abnormal sonographic patterns. Students begin to perform examinations including transthoracic echocardiography and carotid duplex. Correlation of theory to practice is measured through attendance, clinical logs, and rotation evaluations.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 120, DMS 120L

DMS 214

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I

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Principles of sound propagation and tissue interaction are addressed. These include reflection, refraction, absorption and attenuation, the piezoelectric effect, transducer characteristics, focusing and resolution.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SCI 110, DMS 106/120

DMS 240

CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY AND CRITIQUE I

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DMS 240 explores more intermediate concepts and principles pertaining to cardiovascular sonography. Global coursework topics expand upon the topics in DMS 120 and 120L. The essential components of the case presentation are introduced. Students present cases in an open forum for discussion and evaluation. Information presented includes patient history, sonographic findings, and patient follow-up. The examinations are also critiqued for technique, artifacts, and demonstration of anatomy and pathology. Students are evaluated based on their in-class written and oral presentations, and overall participation. Students are also introduced to principles of evidence based practice and research methods.

Echocardiography topics include normal waveform flow patterns, diastolic dysfunction and valvular heart disease. Vascular Technology topics include: Lower extremity venous duplex, normal and abnormal lower extremity venous physiology, Virchow's triad, calf venous anatomy and interrogation, advanced carotid imaging techniques and reinforcement of learned ABI/SAP techniques.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 120, DMS120L

    Corequisite: DMS 240L

DMS 240L

CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY AND CRITIQUE I LAB

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The laboratory is used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically. The student will build on the scanning techniques already learned. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, scanning assignments and competency exams over the protocol of the above mentioned sonographic anatomy taught. In addition, a significant part of this course focuses on preparation for the beginning of the clinical practicum.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 120, DMS120L

    Corequisite: DMS 240

DMS 262

APPLIED SECTIONAL ANATOMY IN IMAGING

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This course provides an introduction to the basics of cross-sectional anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvic anatomy with emphasis on structures visualized in diagnostic medical sonography, computerized technology (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine.  The anatomy will be evaluated in multiple planes.  The cadaver lab will be used to emphasize the relationships between anatomic structures.

  • Credits: 1.0

HUM ---

WORLD OF IDEAS

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Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course.

See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

  • Credits: 3.0

Second Year - Summer Semester

DMS 216

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS II

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Building on material taught in DMS 214, this course continues with the principles Doppler and hemodynamics. In addition to classroom lecture and discussion, students will participate in practical exercises involving setting up and performing Doppler examinations.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SCI 110, DMS 106/120, DMS 214

DMS 256

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

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This course is a continuation of Cardiovascular Clinical Practicum I. Under direct supervision, students gain hands-on experience in the clinical setting. Students provide basic patient care and perform limited examinations demonstrating fundamental principles in instrumentation and cardiac scanning. In addition, students begin, or continue to perform examinations including transthoracic echocardiography, carotid duplex, venous duplex and ankle/brachial indices in the clinical setting.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 120, DMS 120L, DMS 126

DMS 258

CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY & CRITIQUE II

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This course expands on cardiovascular pathologies, various conditions stemming from abnormal physiology and new vascular exam protocols. Scanning assignments, laboratory activities and cardiovascular critique (written and oral interpretation & analysis) of sonographic exams are all incorporated into DMS 258 to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically. Echocardiography topics include hypertension/pulmonary hypertension, infective endocarditis, infective heart disease and ischemic heart disease. Vascular Technology topics include advanced imaging techniques for calf venous anatomy, imaging techniques and pathophysiology of the abdominal aorta and visceral vasculature, imaging techniques and pathophysiology of the lower extremity arterial system, imaging techniques and pathophysiology of the upper extremity venous system.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 120, DMS 120L, DMS 240

Second Year - Fall Semester

DMS 210

APPLIED ETHICS AND LAW IN IMAGING III

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Section III in this series continues with Principle III of the Code of Ethics with a focus on professional integrity and upholding public trust. Strategies for building and maintaining public trust will be discussed as well as the impact on the parties involved, including the community-at-large, when that trust is violated. Topics include managing medical errors, truthfulness, professional communication, as well as legal topics related to defamation, slander, libel, misrepresentation, whistle-blowing, and the perils and pitfalls of social media.

  • Credits: .5

DMS 218

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS III

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Building on material taught in DMS 214 and DMS 216, this course continues with the principles of pulse-echo imaging, image storage and display, image features and artifacts, quality assurance and bioeffects.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SCI 110, DMS 106/120, DMS 214, DMS 216

DMS 259

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM III

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This is a continuation of Cardiovascular Clinical Practicum I and II, in which the students' clinical experiences are broadened to include and perform more advanced cardiovascular imaging techniques and assessments in the clinical setting. The students' patient care skills are further developed through direct patient contact and exposure to exams that require patient sedation and collaboration with physicians in the clinical setting.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 126, DMS 256

DMS 264

CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY & CRITIQUE III

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This course continues the ongoing discussion of cardiovascular pathologies and abnormal physiology. This course also functions as a forum for students to share their clinical experiences, observations and questions. Students are also responsible for creating their own instructional module to teach to their peers. Students will also continue to develop their critical thinking skills as they pertain to sonographic exams and abnormal case studies. Echocardiography topics include cardiomyopathies, stress testing and transesophageal testing. Vascular Technology portion of this course focuses on pathology and advanced imaging procedures involving transcranial Doppler (TCD), abdominal duplex imaging focusing on renal artery stenosis and common sonographic pathology that is non-vascular in origin.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 120, DMS 240, DMS 258

SSC 235

THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE

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This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

  • Credits: 3.0

Second Year - Spring Semester

DMS 212

APPLIED ETHICS AND LAW IN IMAGING IV

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This course will require the student to synthesize and apply medical and ethical principles through the completion and presentation of a final project. This course will be taught in a seminar format and rely heavily on discussion and debate. Students will learn to ask questions and seek answers through effective utilization of resources as current health care issues and trends related to ethics and law are introduced and discussed.

  • Credits: .5

DMS 235

CARDIOVASCULAR SEMINAR

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This course is designed to help prepare students for the ARDMS board examinations in Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI), Adult Echocardiography and Vascular Technology. Methods include the use of computer-assisted instruction (CAIs), case review, simulated registry examinations and class discussion. Students also work with an application skill specialist on effective test-taking techniques for exams on the computer. Students will also be required to take the SPI examination as a part of this course prior to graduation in May. This course will assist students in the transition from student sonographer to professional sonographer, including ARDMS registry exam preparation. Additional topics such as resume writing, interview and negotiation skills, understanding benefits and different avenues of the sonography career ladder are also discussed.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 265

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV

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This is a continuation of Cardiovascular Clinical Practicum I, II, and III. Building on skills developed in the previous three semesters, students perform advanced cardiac procedures such as stress-echocardiograms and transesophageal imaging and demonstrate technical proficiency in non-invasive vascular studies. Professional judgment, patient care and critical thinking skills are further developed in this final practicum

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 126, DMS 256, DMS 259

DMS 267

CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY & CRITIQUE IV

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This course explores stress echo, dobutamine stress echo and transesophageal studies. The student will develop the skills to begin practicing these studies in the clinical setting and recognize normal and abnormal findings. Students will be responsible for submitting a written case report according to JDMS guidelines and presenting it in digital format in front of peers (students and program staff)

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 120, DMS 240, DMS 258, DMS 264

COM 230/245

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

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COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 290

PORTFOLIO SYNTHESIS

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This course is designed to prepare associate degree students for the required portfolio presentation they deliver in their final semester. Students will apply the reflective process to the goals of the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum in online assignments and in an in-person presentation. A complete portfolio, successful completion of the course, and successful presentation are required as the culminating assignment before graduation.

  • Credits: 0.0