Diagnostic Medical Sonography—Cardiovascular (DMSC)

Description

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.

Program Code

DMSC.AAS

Accreditation

The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Website: http://caahep.org. Phone (727) 210-2350. FAX (727) 210-2354.
 
DMSC and DMSG Program Outcomes

Benefits

Employment Options

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 Starting Salary Projections

$65,000 median annual salary

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.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Kettering College of Medical Arts

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

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

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid

Curriculum

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 Admission (sometimes referred to as "progression") 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 Admission.

First Year
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( G) 3 2 4
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
MAT 150 Intermediate Algebra ( G) 5 0 5
Semester 2      
PHY 110 Health Physics ( B) 2 3 3
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
DMS 100 Survey of Sonography ( B) 2 2 3
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
After completing Year 1, Semester 1 and 2 courses, apply for Selective Enrollment into the DMSC program.  
Second Year
Semester 1      
DMS 111 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation 1 ( T) 3 0 3
DMSC 121 Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 1 ( T) 0 6 2
DMSC 110 Advanced Electrocardiography ( B) 1 2 2
MCH 138 Patient Care Skills ( B) 1 3 2
DMSC 120 Cardiovascular Sonography ( T) 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) 2 0 2
DMSC 141 Echocardiography 1 ( T) 2 0 2
Semester 3      
DMSC 281 Cardiovascular Internship 1 ( T) 0 24 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Third Year
Semester 1      
DMSC 232 Vascular Sonography 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSC 242 Echocardiography 2 ( T) 2 0 2
DMSC 223 Cardiovascular Sonography Scan Lab 3 ( T) 0 4 2
DMSC 282 Cardiovascular Internship 2 ( T) 0 24 3
Semester 2      
DMSC 250 Cardiovascular Imaging Seminar ( T) 2 0 2
DMS 255 Ethics and Medical Law in Sonography ( T) 1 0 1
DMSC 283 Cardiovascular Internship 3 ( T) 0 32 4
Total Credits:   46 110 68

Electives

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 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

Progression

Learn about the Health Program Selective Admission (Progression) process

Learn about the TEAS Test
 

Important Documents

 

Contacts

Program Chair
Tina Cisle, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
(513) 569-1425