Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
Associate of Science Degree
2000 Clock Hours
Training for the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program is delivered utilizing a combination of didactic and practical teaching methodologies via textbook, lecture, laboratory, and hands-on experience. The instruction is intended for students who wish to seek employment as a Registered Diagnostic Sonographer in the specialty of Abdominal and OB/GYN ultrasound. Topics covered include abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound examination techniques, demonstrating competency and skill in identification of the organs, systems and superficial structures of the abdominal and pelvic cavity, the female reproductive system and its function and proper imaging technique and protocols. The student will be issued an Associate of Science degree upon successful completion of the program, meeting all course requirements and fulfilling all financial obligations to Dade Medical College. Students may not be remunerated for externship hours. The program does not object to students working in the field outside of assigned school hours, as allowed by the state of Florida, but a minimum of the SPI credential is recommended by the program.
The objective of the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program is to prepare students to properly and adequately perform abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound examinations, demonstrating competency and skill in identification of the organs, systems, and superficial structures of the abdominal and pelvic cavity, the female reproductive system and its functions, and proper imaging technique and protocol. Upon completion, and after twelve months of required experience, students will be eligible to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography examination. Upon successful completion of the registry examination, the student will be registered in his or her chosen field of ultrasound. Graduates may obtain employment in hospitals, clinics, working alongside radiologists, OB/GYN practitioners, as well as other related medical facilities.
ABHES Expands Scope of Recognition
DMC’s institutional accrediting body, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recently announced that it has achieved recognition by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), effective January 20, 2014.
This means that radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and sonography programs within ABHES-accredited institutions are now eligible to apply to the ARRT for recognition — enabling graduates to take the certification board exam in these modalities.
Nationally, the ARRT board exam is considered the gold standard for all imaging modalities. This is a significant new pathway for our Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (DMU) graduates, as they can now obtain this prestigious credential without having to be employed for 12 months or having to graduate from a CAAHEP program, as with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
Graduates interested in possibly pursuing this pathway to certification should contact their program director or the Dean of Allied Health to determine eligibility.