Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
Associate of Science Degree
2100 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.
Credential: Associate of Science degree
Normal Time to complete the program: Approximately 2 years
On-time graduation rate for completers: 79%
Occupation by Name:Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
SOC Code: 29-2032.00
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Program Cost: $47,050 (registration fee - $50)
Placement Rate: 77% for academic year 2011-12.
Median Loan Debt Figures: $18,185.30