Course Index

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DMS 253 SONOGRAPHIC CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV

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 healthcare providers.

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

DMS 255 SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY & CRITIQUE IV

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

DMS 256 CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

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

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

DMS 259 CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM III

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 262 APPLIED SECTIONAL ANATOMY IN IMAGING

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

DMS 264 CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHIC ANATOMY, PATHOLOGY & CRITIQUE III

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

DMS 265 CARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV

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

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

DMS 277 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