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Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS

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The field of diagnostic medical sonography has rapidly advanced over the years. With new and advanced tools available today, the role of the imaging professional and the needs of the patient have grown dramatically.

Nebraska Methodist College has designed a program for the medical imaging professional who wishes to specialize in the care of women. Graduates will be skilled in serving patients with unique psycho/social needs, including coping with fetal loss, breast cancer, infertility, and the complexities of high risk obstetrics.

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 between 2018 and 2028.

Program Perks
  • Hands-on learning in high-tech labs helps improve skills & confidence
  • Clinical rotations expose you to diverse populations, facilities and technology
  • Experienced, certified faculty who integrate real-world experiences into the coursework
  • Supportive community
  • Bachelor's degree completion portion tailored to working professionals
  • Framework & course design provides flexibility to balance professional and personal commitments
CAAHEP

Accreditation & Licensure

The Diagnostic Medical 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) 210-2350www.caahep.org

Graduates are able to sit for examinations administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)

Admissions Information

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • High school/college record
  • Success in previous math and science course work
  • Resume
  • Fulfillment of program technical standards
  • Job shadowing experience recommended - We understand hours are not readily available due to COVID-19. Shadowing/observation hours are not required for the 2021 application cycle.
  • For bachelor's degree completion ONLY: Current ARDMS or RT (US) registration in OB/GYN and Abdomen.

Requirements

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

Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and students will be notified of their application status by letter or phone.

Starting Term - Fall 2021

Standard Deadline - Now accepting applications for alternate list. Priority deadline has passed

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.

Cost Per Credit Hour

$580

NMC Scholarships

NMC Scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students.

Student Grants or Loans

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

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

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Curriculum

The program requires a minimum of 128 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 & Sciences requirements.

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.

All students will be responsible for creating, logging, & tracking their own modality procedures on the ARRT.org website. This information will be used for ARRT post primary application. All students will need to become familiar with the requirements for their chosen modality.

First year - First Semester

BIO 225
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
DETAILS
This course will introduce students to basic information required for further study and understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as for the study of all healthcare related subjects. Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced. Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology and histology are reviewed/introduced in both the classroom and laboratory settings. Students are introduced to the eleven body systems. This course then focuses on enabling students to learn and understand the Anatomy (structure) and Physiology (function) of the Integumentary, the Nervous, the Skeletal, and the Muscular Systems. Laboratory experience will include cadaveric study.

COM 101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION
DETAILS
This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

MAT 120
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
DETAILS
This course provides an advanced study of algebraic methods and prepares students for further studies in mathematics and physics. Content of the course starts with a review of basic concepts of algebra, and then it intensifies study of the following topics: equations and inequalities, the concept of functions and their graphs, exponents, logarithms, matrices and polynomials.

Prerequisite: MAT 110

PSY 101/215
PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
DETAILS
PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory. PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

SCI 116
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
DETAILS
This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms and root words used in healthcare terminology. At the end of the course the student will be able to comfortably understand, translate and discuss issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

First year - Second Semester

BIO 226
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
DETAILS
The structure and function of the special senses, along with the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems are stressed in this course. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

Prerequisites: BIO 225 Pre/Corequisites: CHE 100

HUM 150
THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC
DETAILS
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.

PHY 101
PHYSICS I
DETAILS
This course teaches the fundamentals of physics which include: kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum, work and energy, sound and light waves, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. This lab includes experiments relevant to the material explored in Physics I.

Prerequisites: MAT 110

SSC 235
THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
DETAILS
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.

Second year - First Semester

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
DETAILS
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.

SCI 206
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY
DETAILS
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

DMS 140
APPLIED SECTIONAL ANATOMY
DETAILS
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
DETAILS
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
DETAILS
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
DETAILS
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.

Second year - Second Semester

DMS 221
ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND I
DETAILS
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 140, DMS 206, DMS 209

DMS 223
ULTRASOUND LAB I
DETAILS
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 140, DMS 206, DMS 209

DMS 228
GYNECOLOGIC ULTRASOUND I
DETAILS
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 140, DMS 206, DMS 209, SCI 206

DMS 281
OBSTETRICS ULTRASOUND I
DETAILS
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 288
HIGH RESOLUTION STRUCTURES
DETAILS
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 306
SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS II
DETAILS
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.

Third year - First Semester

DMS 285
CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
DETAILS
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 328
GYNECOLOGIC ULTRASOUND II
DETAILS
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
DETAILS
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.

Third year - Second Semester

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
DETAILS
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.

DMS 307
SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR II
DETAILS
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 352
VASCULAR IMAGING
DETAILS
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.

Prerequisite: DMS 285

DMS 380
CLINICAL PRACTICUM III
DETAILS
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.

Third year - Third Semester

HUM 210/213
ETHICS COURSE
DETAILS
Students must choose to take either: HUM 210 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS: Introduction to Ethics introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis. HUM 213 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ETHICS: 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.

DMS 311
FETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY
DETAILS
This course serves as an introduction to the ultrasonographic cross-sectional anatomy and physiology of the fetal cardiac and circulatory system, with emphasis on recognition of the appearance of normal fetal cardiac anatomy, and cardiac pathology or defects via sonographic images and clips, knowledge of differential diagnosis of various fetal cardiac pathology, and general understanding of clinic protocols and standards regarding cardiac imaging.

Fourth year - First Semester

COM 320
HEALTHCARE COLLABORATION & LEADERSHIP
DETAILS
This course applies leadership concepts, conflict management, and assertive communication skills to the healthcare environment. Students will explore the concept of intercultural responsiveness by examining the role of race and gender in leadership. Students will also explore the role of civic engagement for future leaders in healthcare. This course will help students evaluate their leadership and communication capabilities in the context of their careers as future healthcare practitioners and Educated Citizens. The NMC portfolio is integrated throughout this course.

Prerequisites: COM 101 and HUM 150 or HUM 152

DMS 322
PEDIATRIC/NEUROSONOGRAPHY
DETAILS
In this course students will gain a working knowledge of pediatric sonography and neurosonography. Anatomy, pathology, and sonographic correlation will be covered for organs/structures related to the genitourinary system, gastrointestinal system, central nervous system, neck, thorax, musculoskeletal system, and neonatal brain.

Prerequisites: DMS 321

WMI 345
ADVANCED BREAST IMAGING
DETAILS
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. 

Fourth year - Second Semester

SSC 465
CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN
DETAILS
This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community. Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

WMI 326
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS FOR THE WOMEN'S HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
DETAILS
This is a specialized course in the study of grief and bereavement for healthcare professionals focusing specifically on women's health. Students will gain insight to their own personal losses and how this impacts their professional practice. Topics include experiences of grief across the lifespan, cultures, gender and spiritual differences. Students will also learn about how they can support those grieving through verbal, non-verbal communication and creating memories. Students will be able to identify local and national resources they can share with their patients. Finally, students will reflect on self-care strategies to help reduce burn out.

WMI 423
TOPICS IN INFANT, ADOLESCENT, AND WOMEN'S HEALTH
DETAILS
This course provides students the opportunity to become informed, aware citizens understanding human issues related to end-of-life decision making, dying, and experiencing grief and loss. Topics focus on death and grief across the lifespan; the role of death in American culture; understanding individual and family challenges with decision making at the end of life; and the experience of grieving across life stages, cultures, gender, and spiritual difference. Students will gain insight into their own values and beliefs in this area, as well as understanding the needs of terminally ill people, those who need support in their grief and mourning, and persons dealing with challenging life and death decisions regarding self or loved ones.

Elective

SSC 345
Professional Writing For Imaging Journals
DETAILS

DMS ***
PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVE COURSE
DETAILS
Consult Program Director for list of electives.

DMS 420
CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP
DETAILS
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

Meet the Faculty

Our Diagnostic Medical 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 experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty
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Additional information

Program Information

  • Multiple points of entry:
    • On campus bachelor of science degree option (4 year degree)
    • Degree completion for associate degree graduates -- those who are ARDMS or RT registered and looking to go on for their bachelor degree.
  • No previous coursework required; students can apply directly out of high school.
  • Courses delivered in a hybrid format: on campus and online.
  • Transfer students who are ARDMS registered will receive credit for prior learning based on specific credentials.
  • Opportunity to select additional elective coursework and clinical experiences related to Neonatal Neurosonography, Fetal/Pediatric Echocardiography, Adult Echocardiography and Vascular Technology.

What is women's medical imaging?

It is a specialty within diagnostic medical sonography that focuses on the unique needs of women, including:

  • High risk pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Infertility
  • Breast cancer
  • Women's health issues

Written Statement

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

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.

Technical Standards

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.