Overview

The diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create diagnostic images. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Cincinnati State prepares students to become entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in the specialty areas of cardiac and vascular sonography (DMSC) or abdominal, obstetric, and gynecological sonography (DMSG).

Program graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree that includes general education and technical sonography courses. The program also includes supervised clinical experience on site at various health care facilities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Clinical experiences are unpaid.

Courses in this program are scheduled primarily between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to graduate. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers national certification examination.

Related Programs

Diagnostic Medical Sonography—General Imaging (DMSG)

Accreditation

The 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 (JRC-DMS), 9355 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775. Website: http://caahep.org. Phone (727) 210-2350. FAX (727) 210-2354.

Contacts

Program Chair

Tina Cisle
MEd, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Take the national registry exam given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Perform as an entry-level diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to provide optimum patient care
  • Function within recognized ethical and legal standards of the profession

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Sonographer
  • Cardiovascular Sonographer
  • Echocardiographer
  • Vascular Technologist

Graduate Employment Outlook

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 39 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

$65,000 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Kettering College of Medical Arts

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • The Christ Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Systems
  • St. Elizabeth Health Care
  • TriHealth
  • University Hospital
  • Physician offices, clinics, and outpatient facilities

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid

Curriculum

Progression

Learn about the Health & Public Safety Selective Admission (Progression) process and the TEAS test

Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Diagnostic Medical Sonography—Cardiovascular (DMSC)

Students seeking admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Cardiovascular program must complete specific requirements. After completing Semester 2 of Year 1, students should apply for selective enrollment into the DMS program. Year 2 courses begin in Fall Semester. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss eligibility and deadlines for selective enrollment.

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
MCH 104 Comprehensive Medical Terminology ( B) 3 0 3
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 3 2 4
MAT 161 College Algebra for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ( G) 3 2 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 2
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
DMS 100 Survey of Sonography ( B) 2 2 3
PHY 110 Health Physics ( B) 2 3 3
MCH 1XX Multicompetency Healthcare Elective (B) 1 3 2
After completing Year 1, Semester 1 and 2 courses, apply for Selective Enrollment into the DMSC program.
Second Year
Semester 1
DMSC 110 Advanced Electrocardiography ( B) 1 2 2
DMS 111 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation 1 ( T) 3 0 3
DMSC 120 Cardiovascular Sonography ( T) 3 0 3
DMSC 121 Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 1 ( T) 0 6 2
ENG 1XX English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
Semester 2
DMS 112 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSC 122 Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 2 ( T) 0 6 2
DMSC 131 Vascular Sonography 1 ( T) 3 0 3
DMSC 141 Echocardiography 1 ( T) 3 0 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 3
DMSC 223 Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 3 ( T) 0 3 1
DMSC 281 Cardiovascular Internship 1 ( T) 0 24 1
Third Year
Semester 1
DMSC 224 Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 4 ( T) 0 4 2
DMSC 232 Vascular Sonography 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSC 242 Echocardiography 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSC 282 Cardiovascular Internship 2 ( T) 0 24 1
Semester 2
DMSC 250 Cardiovascular Imaging Seminar ( T) 1 2 2
DMSC 283 Cardiovascular Internship 3 ( T) 0 32 2
Total Credits: 47 117 66

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
Multicompetency Healthcare Elective
MCH 138 Patient Care Skills 2
MCH 130 Nurse Aide Training 4
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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