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Diagnostic Medical Sonography – General Concentration

Associates of Applied Science

Overview

The Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares CSP students to become essential members of diagnostic care teams. An AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Concordia opens doors to exciting and important health care careers, with skills specific to abdominal, obstetric and gynecological, small parts, vascular,  muscular, and neuro sonography.

Program
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Course Length

46 Total Credits

Location

On Campus & Online

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CSP’s program is offered via hybrid delivery: Online asynchronous coursework (theory) combined with in-person hands-on labs with instructors and a clinical experience at the end of the program. Students also utilize open lab time for extra practice. This program requires significant in-person time for classes and open lab practice time to ensure students become proficient at the skills and competencies needed to become successful healthcare professionals.

Students complete three (3) semesters learning the foundational concepts of ultrasound, one (1) semester of comprehensive review, and a 6-month clinical training, all of which prepare students to sit for their boards to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
Plan Your Degree

DMS offers different start dates for each concentration. General starts in both spring and fall, while Echo begins only in fall.

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Program Details

The AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at Concordia St. Paul is a strategically structured program to equip you for immediate career placement. You’ll gain core DMS skills across a broad range of sonography applications. Students also learn deep technical insight to operate specialized equipment that uses sound waves to “see” inside the human body. 

You’ll also study human anatomy and physiology to prepare you to capture diagnostic images, take measurements, analyze results, and prepare preliminary findings for physicians to use when finalizing their diagnoses of patients’ issues. 

Specialty skills in cardiac sonography apply specifically to a rapidly growing area of diagnostic care across the medical field. With expertise and skills in echocardiography, CSP students can go on to careers assisting cardiologists and applying 2D and 3D imagery of the heart and blood flow for leading edge assessment of heart functions. 

DMS skills gained at CSP become crucial for helping care teams make accurate patient diagnoses.

DMS Careers

Diagnostic medical sonographers are trained to operate specialized equipment that sends sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Cardiac (echo) sonographers specialize in imaging of the heart, its function, and blood flow, while general sonographers specialize in all other areas of the body, such as obstetric, gynecologic, and the abdomen, small parts, vascular, musculoskeletal, and neurosonography.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the diagnostic medical sonography job outlook is expected to continue growing much faster than average, and the median pay is approximately $73,000 per year.

  • The General program gained accreditation on September 17th, 2021.
    The Echo program is currently not accredited.

    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (General Concentration) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of JRC-DMS.
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  • CSP’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) prepares students to take the ARDMS board examinations (SPI and a specialty board) upon completion of 12 months of full-time clinical ultrasound experience. To see what is required to sit for each ARDMS board examination, please click here. The ARDMS board examinations (SPI and a specialty board) are required to practice in each state. In addition, currently New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon are the only states with approved legislation mandating the licensure of sonographers within those particular states as an additional requirement. To see the additional requirements for each of those states, please click here.

  • To prepare competent entry-level Abdominal – Extended and Obstetric and Gynecologic sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

    Graduates from our program learn to:

    •       Use critical decision making skills to reach conclusions related to comprehensive patient care
    •       Be able to obtain, review and integrate pertinent history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
    •       Be able to perform appropriate procedures and record anatomical, pathological and/or physiological data for interpretation by a physician
    •       Follow oral and written prescribed instructions to carry out analytical procedures.
    •       Able to assess and evaluate current scientific literature and synthesize information in a critical, scientific and effective manner as it relates to application of basic physics principles in Sonography.
    •       Define and apply basic ultrasound physics and recognize and identify images where quality can be improved by modifying application of US instruments and mode of operation.
    •       Exhibit positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, and awareness of their impact on others.  The graduate must be able to demonstrate professional conduct and acceptance of constructive criticism.
    • What does it stand for?
      • Test of Essential Academic Skills
    • What does it test?
      • TEAS test comprises 170 Multiple Choice questions that test the basic academic skills you will need to perform successfully in the areas of: reading, math, science, and English/language usage.
    • Can I take the TEAS any time?
      • TEAS exam needs to be completed within one year of application to the DMS program and it can be retaken to improve your score.
    •  Is there a minimum TEAS score required?
      • CSP ranks applicants by their overall TEAS percentile. A minimum score of 62% is required.
    • Is the Sonography program-Echo Concentration accredited? The General program achieved accreditation by CAAHEP upon the recommendation of JRC-DMS on September 17, 2021. If you chose to sit for the ARDMS board exams, you must take both the SPI(Ultrasound Physics) and the specialty (Ab or Ob) in order to become registered.  To find more information about these, click here
    • What is the sonography program cost, and are there any fees? The DMS program charges two program fees. Please see the tuition and fees website here for specific details regarding the DMS Program Fee cost per credit.  
    • In what format are sonography classes offered? The general concentration classes are online and labs are in person on CSP’s St. Paul campus.
    • What are the start dates for the general Concentration? The general concentration starts a new cohort every fall and spring.
    • What is the deadline to apply for the sonography program? Applications for the fall cohort are due July 1. Spring applications are due November 1.
    • How many students are accepted to the program? Up to 16 students are accepted into the general concentration program each fall and spring semester.
    • What are some essential abilities required of this profession? DMS students/sonographers must be capable of the physical, mental, and emotional demands of this program/profession.  All students must be able to do each of the essential abilities that are listed below in order to be eligible for this program.Essential Abilities Required for Sonography
      • Stand and walk for long periods of time with some bending, stooping, and stretching
      • Lift up to 50 lbs
      • Transport, move, and lift patients from a wheelchair/stretcher to ultrasound bed and physically assist patients into proper positions for examination
      • Be able to do portable exams throughout a facility which would include pushing and adjusting a variety of ultrasound equipment weighing up to 300 lbs on wheels
      • Possess sufficient strength, finger dexterity and finite motor skills
      • Have hand/eye coordination skills to perform sonographic examinations
      • Be able to recognize changes to optimize patient care using senses (vision, hearing, and touch)
      • Recognize and demonstrate color acuity
      • Be able to effectively communicate with patients as well as all members of their care team
      • Be able to complete exam, with no special accommodations, in time allotted for each exam (usually 30-45 minutes)
      • Be able to handle stressful situations related to technical, procedural standards, and situations with patients
      • Provide physical and emotional support to the patient during sonographic procedures and be able to respond to emergency situations
    • What do I need to know about clinical training? Clinical Training is the final phase of the Sonography Program. The student will utilize all the knowledge acquired throughout the program within the clinical environment, on real patients. The Sonography Program requires 960 hours of clinical training and this will be completed in the last six months of the program. Clinical Training will likely require placement at a site outside the Twin Cities area or outside of Minnesota. This may create financial hardship and separation of families during this six-month period. The University makes every effort to secure sites that allow for the best learning environment for each individual student. Clinical sites may vary year-to-year in accordance with the site’s ability to provide a quality learning environment for the student. We have/had clinical sites in the following states(subject to change): Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Program Director and Clinical Coordinator will assign student(s) to a clinical facility, matching the student(s) with the internship site. Consideration will be given to the site’s needs and student’s desires based on availability. Students may not turn down a site. CSP does not guarantee a student an alternative placement under these circumstances.
    • Do all general education courses need to be completed before being admitted to the DMS Program? General education courses can be taken at any point during the program prior to graduation.
    • How long is the program? The program can be completed in 20 months with 5 consecutive semesters, including summers. There is no part-time option available.
    • Can I work while in the program? The program is a full-time day program. Once in the sonography program, it is recommended students prioritize coursework and minimize work commitments. The program requires dedicated practice time to ensure competencies are achieved. If students fall behind, it can be challenging to catch up.
  • This information in this section is reported annually and numbers are based on the previous year.  2021 numbers will be updated in December 2022.

Free OB Ultrasound - Volunteer Opportunity

These free exams, which each last about one hour, are performed by students under the supervision of a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. Participants must have had your 20-week fetal survey prior to volunteering. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click below.
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