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DACC ­ DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM

INTRODUCTION: Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) is a medical field that utilizes sound waves to obtain information and produce images of internal structures/functions of the body. Thank you for your interest in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program at Doña Ana Community College-New Mexico State University. The program is designed to provide students with the academic coursework and clinical internship experience necessary to apply for the national certification examinations in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. There are 2 formats for this program, depending on your previous educational background: · Certificate Program for those applicants who have either a 2-year allied health degree (such as Radiologic Technology or Nursing) OR a bachelor's degree in a medically-related science (such as biology). This format is approximately 17 months in length (5 semesters). Associate Degree Program for those applicants whose back ground does not quality them for the certificate track. This format is approximately 28 months in length (approximately 34 semesters of required prerequisite courses & 5 semesters of sonography courses).

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The prerequisite courses must be completed before being accepted into the program and requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. (Students will be allowed one "C" grade in the prerequisite courses and still remain eligible for the program). NOTE: Prerequisite courses can be in progress during the Fall semester you are submitting your application but must be completed before the Spring start date. This program is a full-time program and all sonography core courses relate to each other and are only offered once during the program so therefore cannot be taken out of sequence. Students must maintain a grade of "C" in all sonography core coursework and clinical internships to remain in the program. Completion of the entire program is required for a student to be eligible to apply for the national registry examinations through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). Please visit our website at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/hps/sonography for additional information and to print out documents needed for application to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Doña Ana Community College. Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1

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DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1

Address:

DACC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program 3400 S. Espina Street MSC 3DA, P.O. Box 30001 PH 575-528-7047 Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 FAX 575-527-7765 Certificate Track Associate Degree Track 5 semesters ­ approximately 17 months approximately 28 months5 semester DMS courses 3-4 semesters prerequisite courses

Program Length:

Program Description: Doña Ana Community College will provide facilities for the didactic and lab portion of the DMS Program which will be held at the DACC campus or on-line through DACC. Hospitals and medical centers in southern New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and southern Colorado will provide facilities for the clinical internship portion of the program. The clinical and didactic portions are designed to provide sufficient instruction in several aspects of ultrasound to assure that students have adequate opportunity to acquire the necessary entry-level knowledge and skills to pass the national registry examination in the subject areas covered. The program curriculum will encompass classroom instruction, laboratory training, and hands-on experience. Courses: Please refer to the Curriculum & Degree Plan for a list of courses needed for graduation. The Prerequisite, Core Education and Related Professional Requirement Courses must be completed prior to the Spring Semester in which Sonography Technical Core courses begin Application Process: To guarantee consideration for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, applications from qualified applicants must be submitted by the deadline date which is October 1st of each year. The program begins in the Spring Semester. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Refer to the Prerequisites and Admission Requirements (of the track you are interested in) for specific requirements needed before applying to the program. Refer to our website at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/hps/sonography for information on the Admission Application Process and the Applications Forms needed for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at DACC.

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Student Selection Process: Program enrollment is limited and based on available clinical affiliates. Selection for the program is based on a point system. Please refer to the Student Selection Process page on our website for details about the point system used for the particular track for which the applicant is applying. Grades: Students must maintain a "B" or better average in all prerequisite, core education and related professional requirement coursework and maintain a "C" or better average in all sonography technical coursework to continue in the program. Note: Students will be allowed only one "C" grade in the prerequisite courses but must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Graduation Requirements & Certification Information: Graduation from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program requires satisfactory completion of required clinical internship hours and clinical competencies, an overall grade point average of "C" or higher, payment of all fees, and no clinical or academic probations. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the national registry examination in Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation, Abdominal Sonography and OB-GYN Sonography. These exams are administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and there is a fee for each specialty exam taken. Registry applicants must pass both the Physics and at least one specialty exam to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). Certification exams are also available through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. NOTE: Students convicted of a misdemeanor or felony may be ineligible to sit for national certification exams as for employment in the medical field. Fees: Tuition information is listed in the DACC catalog and schedules and varies depending on your residency. Additional program fees include: · Uniforms & appropriate shoes for your clinical Internship · Textbooks ­ this varies since many students purchase extra books throughout the program, but the required texts are expected to be approximately $550 for the entire program. Textbooks can be obtained at the DACC Bookstore. Clinical Site Internships & Assignments: Each student is assigned to a primary hospital or medical facility where they will stay for the duration of the clinical internship portion of the program. The clinical experience is extremely important in providing students with the appropriate skills and consequently comprises a large portion of the program curriculum. In some instances, rotation into other facilities may be necessary during this internship for additional experience with certain exams. Rotations are to be determined by the Program Faculty.

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Applicants are given the opportunity to indicate their first 2 choices of clinical sites at the time of application. On occasions when more students choose a site than can be accommodated by that site, clinical site assignments will be assigned by the program faculty. Consideration will be given to each student's need as well as the needs of each clinical affiliate. Final acceptance into the program is dependent on the student's acceptance of his or her clinical site assignment. Background Checks and Drug Screens: Students who do not pass requested drug screens or background checks will be dismissed from the program. Housing & Transportation: Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Students may prefer to locate near their assigned clinical site. Attire: Class attire is casual (jeans, T-shirts, etc.). Clinical attire is to be professional and is determined by the clinical site specifications and the program. Computers: Students must have access to a computer with CD-ROM and to the internet using Explorer since some assignments and research for case reports will be web-based. In addition some classes may be offered only in an on-line format. Students must have basic computer skills. Health Requirements: Applicants must present evidence of good health and be currently able to meet the physical requirements of the program which include lifting and positioning the patients and manipulating all ultrasound equipment. Shoulder, wrist, and back problems may prohibit the ability to perform ultrasound studies. A Health Profile Form (see website) must be completed as part of the application documents. Students are required to have a physical exam and up-to-date vaccinations, particularly rubella, TB and hepatitis B. Current CPR certification is also required prior to clinical rotations. Required Physical & Cognitive Skills: The following are required skills of sonographers and sonography students: 1) Position, move and lift patients in wheelchairs and stretchers 2) position and move ultrasound equipment on wheels (up to 500 lbs) 3) utilize the ultrasound equipment so as to produce diagnostic-quality images 4) demonstrate proper scanning & Doppler techniques 5) identify normal anatomical structures on an ultrasound image 6) identify changes on the ultrasound image in normal anatomical structures, such as would be associated with pathology 7) identify normal blood flow patterns on color Doppler and identify changes in those patterns associated with pathology 8) identify blood flow patterns on spectral Doppler and identify changes in those patterns associated with pathology 9) ability to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning 10) demonstrate emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position. 11) interact with patients and staff in a professional & ethical manner.

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Please visit our website at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/hps/sonography for additional information and to print out documents needed for application to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Doña Ana Community College.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program - CURRICULUM & DEGREE PLAN Associate Degree Curriculum: (85 credits)

Core Requirements: (15credits) PHYS 211 CS 110G SOC 101G MATH 121 ENGL 218G Credits 3 3 3 3 3

General Physics I Computer Literacy or OECS 105 (Intro Microcomputer) Intro to Sociology or PSY 201G (Intro to Psychology) College Algebra Technical & Scientific Communication

Related Professional Requirements: (18 credits) OEHO 120 OEHO 153 OEHO 154 OEHO 202 OEHO 253 Medical Terminology Anatomy & Physiology I Anatomy & Physiology II Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care Microbiology for Health Occupations 3 4 4 3 4

Technical Program Requirements: (52 credits) OEDS 101 OEDS 110 OEDS 112 OEDS 113 OEDS 114 OEDS 115 OEDS 116 OEDS 117 OEDS 118 OEDS 120 OEDS 122 OEDS 124 OEDS 126 OEDS 155 Optional: OEDS 200 Introduction to Sonography Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation Abdomen Sonography I GYN Sonography OB Sonography Abdomen Sonography II Introduction to Vascular Technology Vascular Sonography Neurosonography Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar I Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar II Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar III Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar IV Special Topics 2 3 4 3 4 3 3 2 2 4 4 9 9 1-12

Independent Study

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Certificate Curriculum: (55 credits)

Core Requirements: (3 credits) MATH 121 College Algebra Credits 3

Technical Program Requirements: (52 credits) OEDS 101 OEDS 110 OEDS 112 OEDS 113 OEDS 114 OEDS 115 OEDS 116 OEDS 117 OEDS 118 OEDS 120 OEDS 122 OEDS 124 OEDS 126 OEDS 155 Optional: OEDS 200 Introduction to Sonography Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation Abdomen Sonography I GYN Sonography OB Sonography Abdomen Sonography II Introduction to Vascular Technology Vascular Sonography Neurosonography Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar I Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar II Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar III Clinical Internship & Advanced Seminar IV Special Topics 2 3 4 3 4 3 3 2 2 4 4 9 9 1-12

Independent Study

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SUGGESTED COURSE SCHEDULING

General Studies and Allied Health Core: Associate Degree Track Starts Here Prerequisites: (These courses are to be completed prior to admission into the associates program) PHYS 211 General Physics CS 110G Computer Literacy or OECS 105 (Intro Microcomputer) SOC 101G Intro to Sociology or PSY 201G (Intro to Psychology) ENGL 218G Technical & Scientific Communication MATH 121 College Algebra OEHO 120 Medical Terminology OEHO 153 Anatomy & Physiology I OEHO 154 Anatomy & Physiology II OEHO 202 Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care OEHO 253 Microbiology for Health Occupations Note: Some of the above courses require prerequisites. Sonography Technical Core Certificate Track Starts Here (These courses are to be completed after admission into the DMS program) Spring OEDS 101 OEDS 112 OEDS 113 OEDS 116 Summer I OEDS 118 OEDS 120 Summer II OEDS 122 OEDS 117 Fall OEDS 124 OEDS 115 OEDS 110 Spring OEDS 126 OEDS 114

Introduction to Sonography Abdominal Sonography I GYN Sonography Introduction to Vascular Technology

2 4 3 3

Neurosonography Clinical Internship I

2 4

Clinical Internship II Vascular Sonography

4 2

Clinical Internship III Abdominal Sonography II Ultrasound Physics

9 3 3

Clinical Internship IV OB Sonography

9 4

*OEDS 200 Independent Study (*Optional course for students who require extra credit hours for financial aid)

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DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY (DMS) PROGRAM ASSOCIATE DEGREE TRACK - Prerequisites and Admission Requirements Successful completion of high school or a GED OR Successful completion of a college degree in a non-medically related field with a GPA of 3.0 or better OR Overall college GPA of 3.0 or better AND Completion of the following courses with a B average or better: (one "C" will be allowed but GPA must be a minimum of 3.0) PSYS 211 CS 110G or OECS 105 PSY 201G or SOC 101G MATH 121 ENGL 218G OEHO 120 OEHO 153 OEHO 154 OEHO 202 OEHO 253 General Physics I Computer Literacy or Intro to Microcomputer Tech. Introduction to Psychology or Intro to Sociology College Algebra Technical & Scientific Communication Medical Terminology Anatomy & Physiology I Anatomy & Physiology II Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care Microbiology for Health Occupations

NOTE: Some of the above courses require prerequisites Many aspects of a candidate's application, including academic background, communication skills, and work-related background, are reviewed during the student selection process. Communication skills are demonstrated through a personal essay written by each applicant. This essay should be no longer than 2 pages and should discuss the applicant's personal and professional goals and interest in the field of sonography. The essay should be grammatically correct with correct punctuation. Completion of the program pre-requisites does not guarantee entry into the DMS Program. Students are selected based on a point system (see *Student Selection Process webpage). This is a limited-entry program with the number of students chosen for the program determined by the available clinical internship positions. See the *Admission Application Process webpage for step by step instructions for applying to the Associate Degree Track of the DMS Program. *Visit our website at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/hps/sonography to view these pages.

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CERTIFICATE TRACK - Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

2-year degree/certificate from an accredited allied health program (such as Radiologic Technology or Nursing that is patient care related), with a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must be registered in their allied health field before the beginning of the sonography core classes. (For a list of accepted allied health professions visit the AMA website.) College Algebra (MATH 120 or 121) (with a B average) OR A Bachelor's degree in a biological or health-care related science with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. (Must include College Algebra) It is strongly recommended that applicants have (within 5 years prior to applying to the program) course work in algebra or pre-calculus and a general physics course that includes the physics of sound (acoustics). These courses provide a good foundation for the Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation course in this program. It is also recommended that applicants spend 8 or more hours observing in an ultrasound department. Many aspects of a candidate's application, including academic background, communication skills, and work-related background, are reviewed during the student selection process. Communication skills are demonstrated through a personal essay written by each applicant. This essay should be no longer than 2 pages and should discuss the applicant's personal and professional goals and interest in the field of sonography. The essay should be grammatically correct with correct punctuation. Completion of the program prerequisites does not guarantee entry into the DMS Program. Students are selected based on a point system (see *Student Selection Process webpage). This is a limited-entry program with the number of students chosen for the program determined by the available clinical internship positions. See the *Admission Application Process webpage for step by step instructions for applying to the Certificate Track of the DMS Program) *Visit our website at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/hps/sonography to view these pages.

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DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM CHECKLIST FOR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS Please use this checklist to make sure that all the required documents for application to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program is included in your application packet. APPLICANT: _______________________________________________ Date ______________ DACC Documents (if NOT currently enrolled at DACC or NMSU): ______ Completed DACC application form (or Re-Application form, if applicable) ______ $15.00 application fee (not necessary for Re-Applications) ______ Current, official copies of all college transcripts (mailed to Admissions Office) ______ Official copies of all high school transcripts (mailed to Admissions Office) (Associate track applicants only) DMS Program Documents ______ DMS Program application form ______ Unofficial Copies of all college transcripts to Program (including current DACC/NMSU) ______ Unofficial Copies of high school transcripts to Program (Associate track only) ______ Clinical Site Selection form ______ Health profile questionnaire (completed by a Healthcare provider) ______ Resume of your educational and work experiences ______ Essay discussing your career goals and why you are interested in Diagnostic Medical Sonography ______ Copy (proof) of your current professional certification card or similar document. (Certificate track applicants only)

Please visit our website at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/hps/sonography for additional information and to print out documents needed for application to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Doña Ana Community College. Application Deadline, October 1

Please keep this checklist and a copy of all application materials for your records.

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