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 106

INTRODUCTION TO SONOGRAPHY & PATIENT CARE

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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.  In addition to the above mentioned, gross anatomy, physiology, and sonographic anatomy of the abdominal organs to include great vessels, portal system, liver, biliary system and spleen will be taught. Normal anatomy and ultrasound evaluation of the female pelvis and reproductive systems as well as an introduction to the obstetrical applications and protocol of ultrasound in the1st through 3rd trimesters will be discussed. The student will be required to complete a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCLS).

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    COM 101, SCI 110, SCI 116, SCI 225, SCI 226

DMS 106L

INTRODUCTION TO SONOGRAPHY & PATIENT CARE LAB

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This laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in DMS 106. 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 106.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    COM 101, SCI 110, SCI 116, SCI 225, SCI 226

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

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
  • Prerequisites:

    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 115

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. Correlation of theory to practice is measured through attendance, clinical logs, and rotation evaluations.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 106, DMS 106L

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 234

SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY AND CRITIQUE I

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DMS 234 is a continuation of DMS 106. Lecture content includes gross anatomy, physiology, pertinent lab values, and sonographic imaging of the abdominal organs to include the gastrointestinal tract, urinary system and small parts. First through third trimester obstetrical applications of ultrasound to include embryology, the developing fetus, and sonographic imaging and measurement of the normal fetus will be taught. The laboratory is used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically. 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.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 106, DMS 106L, SCI 206

    Corequisite: DMS 234L

DMS 234L

SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY AND CRITIQUE I LAB

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This laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in DMS 234. Students will continue to 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 234. 

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 106, DMS 106L, SCI 206

    Corequisite: DMS 234

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

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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 237

SONOGRAPHIC CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

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Students are assigned to various clinical rotations where they gain hands-on experience under the direction and supervision of clinical instructors.  While students will observe and participate in all areas of sonography, the specific areas of emphasis are abdominal and gynecological applications.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: DMS 115

DMS 239

SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY AND CRITIQUE II

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This course focuses on the sonographic appearance of pathologic conditions related to the abdomen, female pelvis and first trimester.  The laboratory setting is used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically.  Students will also present interesting cases in a small group setting.  Patient's medical history, pertinent lab values, medical procedures, and sonographic images comprise a complete case review to be followed by an open discussion.  In addition, the essential elements of technical report writing will be reinforced through written case reports and technical writing exercise.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 234

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 244

SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY, & CRITIQUE III

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Course material includes anatomy, pathology, and sonographic imaging used in the care of the high-risk obstetric patient. Pathology of the thyroid, breast, male pelvis and scrotum as well as superficial imaging will be covered.  Pediatric topics will also be discussed. This course puts more emphasis on technical report writing and film critique.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 106, DMS 234, DMS 239

DMS 248

SONOGRAPHIC CLINICAL PRACTICUM III

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A continuation of Clinical Practicum I and II this course will allow students to broaden their hands-on experience in the clinical setting to include obstetrics/gynecology as well as abdominal sonography.  Students continue to perform examinations under direct supervision of clinical instructors and, as the semester progresses, they are given more clinical responsibility.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites: DMS 115, DMS 237

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 236

SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR

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This course is designed to help prepare students for the ARDMS board examinations in Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI), Abdomen and OB/GYN. 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 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 253

SONOGRAPHIC CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV

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This clinical course continues to provide the opportunity for students to provide quality patient care while performing supervised sonographic examinations in all areas of practice.  Professional judgment, patient care and critical thinking skills are further developed through interaction with patients and health care providers.

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites: DMS 115, DMS 237, DMS 248

DMS 255

SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY & CRITIQUE IV

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This course will introduce the multispecialty sonography student to vascular sonography. It will include the hemodynamics and physiology of the vascular system. The student will be introduced to normal l vasculature and the differentiation between the venous and arterial systems. Discussion will include the clinical signs and symptoms and the appropriate diagnostic testing and treatment of various vascular diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the functional workings and settings associated with vascular procedures. Students will participate in an online discussion forum by posting case studies and responding to peers case studies and questions according to the discussion format guidelines and rubric.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    DMS 106, DMS 234, DMS 239, DMS 244

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