Courses

The program requires a minimum of 64 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 130

INTRO TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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This course will discuss the many health professions careers, specifically, relevant to the medical imaging department. Students will develop an understanding of the healthcare system in the United States and recognize the requirements of health professionals in today's healthcare system, specifically sonographers. 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.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 140

APPLIED SECTIONAL ANATOMY

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This course is an introduction to cross-sectional anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvic anatomy with emphasis on structures visualized with computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 205

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I

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This course will cover the following sonographic principles: sonographers in the clinical setting, sound and sound waves, pulsed waves, intensities, interaction of sound and media, echo ranging, transducers and sound beams, axial and lateral resolution, display modes and two-dimensional imaging.

  • Credits: 3.0

DMS 205L

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I LAB

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The purpose of this course is to provide hands-on experience in the lab setting as a supplement lessons taught in DMS 205. Students will learn how apply the lessons from class to setup and use the ultrasound machines.

  • Credits: 1.0

DMS 209

SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR I

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This course will discuss concepts that will facilitate the student's entry and success in the field of sonography. Topics include: DMS Program Portfolio, NMC's Educated Citizen concepts, personal values, leadership, respect, professionalism and cultural competence.

  • Credits: 2.0

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 221

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND I

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This course will provide a study of the clinical applications of abdominal sonography, including positioning and scanning protocol. Anatomical structures will include: abdominal vasculature; liver; gallbladder and biliary system; pancreas; spleen; and kidneys. Interpretation and critique of normal anatomy with correlation of clinical, didactic and image information will be presented. Lecture will coincide appropriately with DMS 221L to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.

  • Credits: 3.0

DMS 221L

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND I LAB

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This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen and all related structures. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and representation of the normal anatomical structures as well as demonstrations and discussion on the proper scanning techniques and positioning utilized to obtain optimum diagnostic images. Lab will coincide appropriately with DMS 221 to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.

  • Credits: 1.0

DMS 228

GYNECOLOGIC ULTRASOUND I

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This course will focus on the application of diagnostic medical sonography related to the female pelvis anatomy.

  • Credits: 1.0

DMS 281

OBSTETRICS ULTRASOUND I

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This course will provide an in depth study of the specific anatomy and sonographic anatomy of the developing embryo and fetus from first -third trimester necessary for the clinical practice of obstetric sonography.

  • Credits: 3.0

DMS 272

OBSTET & GYNE ULTRASOUND LAB I

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This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the female pelvis and adjacent structures, and the 2nd trimester fetus and environment. Coursework will include demonstrations and discussion on the proper scanning techniques, patient preparations, and positioning utilized to obtain optimum diagnostic images. Lab will coincide appropriately with DMS 228 and 281 to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.

  • Credits: 1.0

DMS 305

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS II

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This course continues where DMS 205 leaves off. The following sonographic principles will be covered: real-time imaging, pulse echo instrumentation, displays and image processing, dynamic range, harmonics and contrast agents, hemodynamics, Doppler principles, Doppler optimization, artifacts, quality assurance and bioeffects.

  • Credits: 3.0

First Year - Summer Semester

HUM 213

INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTHCARE ETHICS

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This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

  • Credits: 3.0

DMS 280

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I

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In Clinical Practicum I, the students will begin to receive hands-on experience in a variety of settings with exposure to a vast array of ultrasound systems. By working closely with the clinical instructors and the staff technologists, the student will be introduced to exam protocols, patient care, and everyday maintenance of the ultrasound department. The clinical rotations will help the students begin to develop their skills in abdominal, OB/GYN and high resolution sonography.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

DMS 288

HIGH RESOLUTION STRUCTURES

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This course focuses on the anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology of the neck, thyroid, breast, scrotum, superficial aspect of the extremities, musculoskeletal. Coursework will familiarize the student with scanning techniques and protocols to evaluate normal sonographic appearance, abnormal sonographic appearances, and ability to identify specific pathological conditions as demonstrated on sonographic images. Correlation of pertinent clinical history, symptoms, clinical laboratory tests and other diagnostic procedures will be emphasized.

  • Credits: 3.0

Second Year - Fall Semester

DMS 285

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

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As a continuation of Clinical Practicum I, this course is designed to provide hands-on experience in the clinical setting and to familiarize the student with the daily activities in an Ultrasound Department. By working closely with the clinical instructors and the staff technologists, the student will actively participate in exams, patient care, and everyday maintenance of the ultrasound department. The clinical rotations will continue to help the students develop their skills in abdominal, OB/GYN and high resolution sonography.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

DMS 321

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND II

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A continuation of Abdominal Ultrasound I, with emphasis on pathology seen in the abdominal system of the adult and pediatric patient. Students will become familiar with the clinical symptoms, lab values associated with specific pathologies. Abnormal case studies will be reviewed.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 328

GYNECOLOGIC ULTRASOUND II

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This course will focus on the pathology of the female reproductive organs. Topics will include, but are not limited to: congenital uterine abnormalities and uterine and ovarian pathology. Students will become familiar with the clinical symptoms, lab values associated with specific pathologies. Abnormal case studies will be reviewed.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 381

OBSTETRICS ULTRASOUND II

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A continuation of Obstetrics Ultrasound I, this course will place emphasis on fetal anomalies that can occur across the gestational period. Importance will be placed on identification of the pathological processes, sonographic appearances, correlation with the clinical history and diagnostic testing or procedures, and clinical management options. Topics will include, but are not limited to: maternal diseases and potential fetal consequences; multiple gestation; management of high risk pregnancies; assessment of fetal well being; role of Doppler; interventional procedures; and advanced technologies currently used in obstetrics. Abnormal case studies will be reviewed.

  • Credits: 2.0

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 - Spring Semester

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

DMS 307

SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR II

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This course will assist students in the transition from student sonographer to professional sonographer, including ARDMS registry exam preparation. Students will also be required to take the SPI examination as part of this course prior to graduation. 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 380

CLINICAL PRACTICUM III

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A continuation of Clinical Practicum II, the students will receive hands-on experience in a variety of settings with exposure to a vast array of ultrasound systems. By working closely with the clinical instructors and the staff technologists, the student will more actively participate in exams, patient care, and everyday maintenance of the ultrasound department. The clinical rotations will help the students continue to develop their skills in abdominal, OB/GYN and high resolution sonography.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

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

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

Program Electives

DMS ***

PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVE COURSE

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Consult Program Director for list of electives.

  • Credits: 3.0

DMS 251

DIRECTED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

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In the final semester of the program, students may have the option of performing additional clinical experience depending on their interests. Areas may include but are not limited to vascular, adult echo, pediatrics and fetal echo. This experience is not meant to be comprehensive in nature, but to provide an introduction to a more specific area of interest.

Note: Students interested in completing this course should communicate a semester in advance with their advisor and/or Clinical Coordinator. A clinical affiliation agreement must be in place for the student to participate.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

DMS 420

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

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A clinical externship is an opportunity for a student to complete a clinical experience at a site other than the current approved program clinical affiliates.

Note: Students interested in completing this course should communicate a semester in advance with their advisor and/or Clinical Coordinator. A clinical affiliation agreement must be in place for the student to participate.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0
  • Prerequisites: Instructor permission