Course Index

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DMS 112 APPLIED ETHICS AND LAW IN IMAGING II

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 120 INTRODUCTION TO CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY & PATIENT CARE

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

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

DMS 126 CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM I

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 177 SONOGRAPHY BRIDGE COURSE

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have left the NMC Sonography Program for one semester or longer. Emphasis is placed on assessment of theoretical knowledge, laboratory and clinical skills necessary for the student to continue to progress in the Sonography Program. Students may be assigned to a clinical, didactic or laboratory experience. The plan of study will be developed by the Program Director upon completion of a student assessment (this may include, but is not limited to, curriculum review, skills assessment, completion of an Academic Development Plan, etc.). Credit hours will be determined by the amount of work that is necessary for the student to ensure competency at the appropriate level to progress in the program.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

DMS 210 APPLIED ETHICS AND LAW IN IMAGING III

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 212 APPLIED ETHICS AND LAW IN IMAGING IV

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 214 SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I

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 216 SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS II

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 218 SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS III

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