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Multispecialty Sonography, AS

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Multispecialty Sonography, AS Perks

  • This Associate of Science degree in sonography is a 21-month program.
  • Students are able to sit for abdomen and obstetrics/gynecology examinations by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
  • In addition to student-focused instruction and laboratory learning experiences, students gain hands-on experience through supervised clinical training at hospitals and clinics throughout the greater Omaha area.

Sonography is an advanced technology that uses sound waves to generate images used for assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. The 21-month accredited sonography program at NMC provides students with the knowledge and hands-on clinical training to become a certified sonographer. 

The curriculum at NMC focuses on different parts of the body. The obstetrics and gynecologic portion focuses on imaging of the female reproductive system and includes one of the more well-known uses of sonography - examining the fetus of a pregnant woman to follow the baby's growth and development.  

The abdominal portion of the curriculum involves learning the anatomy of the abdominal cavity to help diagnose and treat conditions primarily involving the aorta, gallbladder, bile ducts, kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen. During the program you will also focus on the breast, thyroid and male reproductive system.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the U. S. median salary in May 2019 for diagnostic medical sonographers was $74,320 per year, with a much faster than average projected job growth of 19 percent from 2018 to 2028.

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Accreditation

The Multispecialty Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775. (727) 210-2350. www.caahep.org

 

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Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

NMC Scholarships 

NMC scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students.  View our Scholarship & Grants page to learn more.

Student Grants or Loans 

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.  Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.

External Scholarships

Visit our External Scholarships page to learn more.

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Cost Per Credit Hour $580

Admissions

Criteria

In order to be eligible for admission into our Multispecialty Sonography program, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • College academic record
  • Successfully completed the following general education prerequisite courses prior to the program start date in August:
    • College Algebra (3 credit hours)
    • Physics with Lab (4 credit hours)
    • English Composition (3 credit hours)
    • Introduction to Psychology or Lifespan Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • Medical Terminology (1 credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credit hours)
  • Be able to meet program technical standards for performance.
  • Shadowing a practicing sonographer on the job is recommended but not required. *While job shadowing experience encouraged. We understand hours are not readily available due to COVID-19. Shadowing/observation hours are not required for the 2021 application cycle.
  • Non-Nebraska residents or students planning to practice outside the state of Nebraska meet State Authorization requirements.
Deadlines
Requirements

To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Starting Term

Priority Deadline

  • Fall 2021
  • 12/7/2020

Curriculum

The program requires a minimum of 76 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.

DMS ***
PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVE COURSE
3 credit hours
Consult Program Director for list of electives.

DMS 420
CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP
1 - 6 credit hours
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.

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

DMS 131
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS
1 credit hour
This course will focus on the medical imaging careers and their interprofessional healthcare relationships. Students will develop an understanding of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, and how healthcare delivery changes affect medical imaging. Students will be instructed in sonographer and patient safety, ergonomics, scope of practice, patient care techniques, assessment and treatment will also be introduced.

DMS 140
APPLIED SECTIONAL ANATOMY
2 credit hours
This course provides an introduction to the basics of cross-sectional anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen andpelvic anatomy with emphasis on structures visualized in diagnostic medical sonography, computerized tomography(CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine. The anatomy will be evaluated in multiple planes.

DMS 205
SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I
2 credit hours
This course will introduce fundamental sonographic theory including terminology, equipment, basic transducer construction and function, introduction to Doppler, and adjusting system controls for image acquisition. This course will cover beginning concepts in sonographic physics including pulsed sound parameters, intensities, and interactions of sound with media, range equation, transducers, sound beams, and axial and lateral resolution.

DMS 206L
SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I LAB
1 credit hour
This lab will provide the students with hands-on experience in the use of diagnostic medical sonography equipment.Students will learn how to properly hold and manipulate the transducer, properly adjust equipment settings to creatediagnostic images, identify image orientation as it relates to various scanning planes, and to properly set Dopplercontrols.

DMS 209
SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR I
2 credit hours
This course will facilitate the student's entry into the field of diagnostic medical sonography and facilitate thetransition from student to healthcare professional through exploration of personal and professional values aswell as professional communication and thought processes. Topics include: DMS Program Portfolio, NMC'sEducated Citizen concepts, personal values, leadership, respect, professionalism and cultural competence.

DMS 221
ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND I
3 credit hours
This course will study the clinical applications of abdominal sonography which will include positioning and scanning protocol. Anatomical structures to be covered will include: abdominal vasculature, liver, gallbladder and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, and urinary tract. Invasive procedures and small parts protocol will also be discussed. Interpretation and critique of normal anatomy with correlation of clinical, didactic and image information will be presented. Lecture will coincide appropriately with DMS 223 to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.

Prerequisites: DMS 131, DMS 140, DMS 206, DMS 209

DMS 223
ULTRASOUND LAB I
1 credit hour
This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen, female pelvis and 2nd trimester fetus 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, DMS 228 and DMS 281 to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and laboratory application.

Prerequisites: DMS 131, DMS 140, DMS 206, DMS 209

DMS 228
GYNECOLOGIC ULTRASOUND I
1 credit hour
This course is designed to explore the fundamentals of evaluating the non-gravid female pelvis as it relates to ultrasound.The primary focus of this course will be a comprehensive overview of the normal anatomy, physiology and ultrasoundevaluation of the female pelvis and reproductive system.

Prerequisites: DMS 131, DMS 140, DMS 206, DMS 209, SCI 206

DMS 281
OBSTETRICS ULTRASOUND I
3 credit hours
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.

DMS 306
SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS II
2 credit hours
This course continues where DMS 206 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.

DMS 280
CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
4 credit hours
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 help the students develop skills in abdominal, OB/GYN and high resolution sonography. The student will be formally evaluated at the end of each rotation by the clinical instructor. In addition, students will be required to maintain a log book of attendance and all procedures in which they were directly involved (scanning) or indirectly involved (observation). This will be reviewed periodically by the Clinical Coordinator to ascertain the quality of the student's clinical exposure and hands-on experience.

Prerequisites: DMS 221, DMS 223, DMS 228, DMS 272, DMS 281, DMS 306

DMS 288
HIGH RESOLUTION STRUCTURES
3 credit hours
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.

Prerequisites: DMS 221, DMS 228, DMS 272, DMS 281, DMS 306

DMS 276
ULTRASOUND LAB II
1 credit hour
This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen, small parts and 2nd trimester fetus 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 build on the principles of DMS 223.

Prerequisites: DMS 221, DMS 223, DMS 228, DMS 281, DMS 306

DMS 285
CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
5 credit hours
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.

DMS 321
ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND II
2 credit hours
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.

DMS 328
GYNECOLOGIC ULTRASOUND II
2 credit hours
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.

DMS 381
OBSTETRICS ULTRASOUND II
2 credit hours
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.

WMI 345
ADVANCED BREAST IMAGING
3 credit hours
This course is designed to explore the multiple topics in the area of breast imaging. The primary focus of this course will be a comprehensive overview of the anatomy and physiology of the breast, multiple imaging modalities focused on breast sonography, as well as benign and malignant conditions involving the breast.

DMS 307
SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR II
2 credit hours
Students will be required to take an ARDMS specialty examination (Abdomen and OB/GYN) as part ofthis course prior to graduation. This course will assist students in the transition from studentsonographer to professional sonographer, including ARDMS registry exam preparation. Additionaltopics such as resume writing, interview and negotiation skills, understanding benefits and differentavenues of the sonography career ladder are also discussed.

DMS 380
CLINICAL PRACTICUM III
6 credit hours
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.

DMS 352
VASCULAR IMAGING
3 credit hours
This course is designed to present the most common vascular ultrasound examinations conducted in a Women's Center setting. The primary focus of the course will be a comprehensive overview of the anatomy and physiology of the carotid and lower extremity venous systems. The course will also include additional testing methods for carotid stenosis and venous insufficiency.

HUM 150
THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC
3 credit hours
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. 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
4 credit hours
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.

Prerequisites: SCI 200

COM 255/267
LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
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.

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3 credit hours
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

SSC 235
THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
3 credit hours
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.

SSC 325
APPLIED ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH
3 credit hours
Evidence-based practice is an important component of effective clinical management. This course allows students to develop skills in applied statistics and research while learning to critically examine healthcare information from a variety of sources, including but not limited to professional journals, governmental reports and public media.

COM 255/262
Beginning Healthcare Spanish or American Sign Language Basic Skillscl23

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. This course lasts over the entire semester.

HPS 100
Healthcare Fundamentals I

This course will serve as an overview for all members of the healthcare delivery team. Focus will be placed on: the basic skills needed to perform quality patient care, relationships with other healthcare team members, patient safety, and scope of practice for each profession, vital signs, HIPAA, infection control, invasive procedures, and self-care.

Meet the Faculty

Our multispecialty sonography faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.
Meet the Faculty

Sonography Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Multispecialty Sonography and Cardiovascular Sonography programs will:

1. Be competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains (applicable to Multispecialty Sonography students).

2. Be competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains (applicable to Cardiovascular Sonography students).

3. Be competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains (applicable to Cardiovascular Sonography students).

4. Model ethical and culturally sensitive professional attitudes, behaviors, and ethics that will encourage life-long learning, reflective practice and professional growth and development.

5. Exhibit didactic and clinical skills that include the ability to perform age appropriate patient care by assessment of physiological and psychological status incorporating communication skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and decision making abilities.

6. Attain the NMC Educated Citizen skills to become Reflective Individuals, Effective Communicators and Change Agents.

Technical Standards of Performance for DMS Students

The purpose of this policy is to determine the physical and emotional abilities of a student in the Department in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991.

Policy:
It is your responsibility to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills and abilities required of your chosen program/profession. In addition to the technical standards as described above, please review the information regarding Diagnostic Medical Sonography at the O*NET website.

Procedure:

  1. Behavioral and Social Skills - Possess qualities of compassion, integrity, empathy and interpersonal skills. Possess emotional health necessary to effectively complete professional responsibilities.
  2. Communication - Read, write, speak, hear, and observe patients to effectively communicate the patient's condition and interact with the patient and other healthcare individuals.
  3. Integrative and Quantitative Skills - Problem solve utilizing computation, synthesis, and analysis. Visualize and analyze three dimensional relationships.
  4. Motor and Functional Abilities - Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
    *Sonography students must assist with moving and lifting patients and equipment of up to 50 lbs or more, up to 50% of the time. Visual abilities are necessary for viewing the ultrasound screen 85% of the time. This is adapted from Methodist Health System Performance Development Plan -Job Description for the sonographer
  5. Observation - Use instruments requiring sight, e.g., ultrasound and radiographic equipment, health assessment tools and devices, i.e. blood pressure cuff, stethoscope,etc. Make observations and evaluations. Observe results of treatment and reactions.

Sonography Admissions Essay

For students applying to Multispecialty Sonography, AS or BS; or Cardiovascular Sonography, AS or BS.

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to each of the numbered prompts below. Use this as a chance to let the admissions committee get to know you, what your motivation to become a sonographer is, and what excites you to be a part of the field of diagnostic medical sonography.

The admissions committee is looking for responses that are well supported and use appropriate style and grammar.

Your complete statement should not exceed 1,000 words. If you use any references in the following answers, it is expected that you follow APA formatting guidelines. You may attach your statement to an email and submit it to the Admissions Office at admissions@methodistcollege.edu.

Instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.

  1. An NMC graduate is an educated citizen who exhibits breadth of learning through the liberal arts and sciences traditions in concert with professional education. Our goal as an institution is that graduates of NMC will be able to articulate and demonstrate growth in the following areas: as reflective individuals, as effective communicators and as change agents. Considering the educated citizen goals, describe how you would envision using these characteristics as a sonographer. 
  2. Please address what or who has influenced your decision to pursue a career in healthcare.
  3. Provide an example of a difficult situation or dilemma and describe how you demonstrated resilience.
  4. How would you explain the field of sonography (Cardiovascular or Multispecialty/Diagnostic Medical Sonography based on the program to which you are applying) to a family friend not in the health care field?
  5. You are working on a group project and one of the members wants to approach the project drastically different from your own ideas. How do you proceed?
  6. Outline the steps you will take to ensure your success in this academically rigorous and time-intensive program. Specifically discuss how you will balance other roles and responsibilities in your life during this time. Please consider addressing relationships, employment, financial obligations and any additional priorities in your response.
  7. If you have job shadowed in sonography, tell us about that experience and how it confirmed that this is the right career choice for you. If you have not shadowed, please respond: Not Applicable.
  8. Address any and all D's, F's, W's or other discrepancies on your transcripts. If you do not have any D's, F's or W's please respond: Not Applicable.

Professional Organizations

To learn more about the field of sonography, please visit the websites below:

OUTCOMES DATA AT GRADUATION

Assessment/ Measurement

Program Enrollment
Enrollment (At Start of Program)

Attrition
Attrition

Graduation Rate

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

10

10

10

11

11

10

1
(10%)

1
(10%)

3
(30%)

1
(9%)

4
(36%)

2

9
(90%)

9
(90%)

7
(70%)

10
(91%)

7
(64%)

80%

CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE EXAM

Assessment/ Measurement

Students Taking ABD Credential

Students Earning ABD Credential from ARDMS

Students Earning ABD Credential from ARRT

Total Earning ABD Credential

ABD Credential Success Rate

Students Taking OB-GYN Credential

Students Earning OB-GYN Credential from ARDMS

Students Earning OB-GYN Credential from ARRT

Total Earning OB-GYN Credential

OB-GYN Credential Success Rate

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

3

5

7

10

7

8

3

5

7

10

7

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

7

10

7

8

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

7

6

7

10

5

6

7

6

7

10

5

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

6

7

10

5

6

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

OUTCOMES POST GRADUATION

Assessment/ Measurement

Employment
Employment 6 Months after graduation

Job Placement Rate

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

8

8

7

10

7

7

89%

89%

100%

100%

100%

88%

Multispecialty Sonography Degree Guide

Multispecialty Sonography Degree Guide

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