Course Index

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DMS 234 SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY AND CRITIQUE I

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

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 235 CARDIOVASCULAR SEMINAR

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 236 SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR

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 237 SONOGRAPHIC CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

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

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

DMS 240 CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY AND CRITIQUE I

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

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 244 SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY, & CRITIQUE III

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

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