Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS.APP)
Extended Degree - Associate in Applied Science
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is designated as an Extended Degree Program in that students must complete a minimum of 89 or more required credit hours. The program prepares selected individuals through theory and clinical experiences to practice as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in a variety of health care settings. Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the student to apply to write the national credential examination offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Satisfactory achievement on this examination qualifies the graduate to practice as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, (RDMS).
Registered Sonographers who are already RDMS, but do not have a college degree, may enroll in the required supportive and general education courses as outlined in the College catalog. Applicants will be granted a degree upon successful completion of the requirements.
The course of study combines general education in the humanities, biological and behavioral sciences with instruction in the theory and practice of sonography.
Program Admission Procedures
Students must first be admitted to the College and must declare Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) as their curriculum. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Sonography program. Each year a limited number of students are admitted to the program through a selection process.
Basic admission requirements include
- Filing an application with Southfield Counseling for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program by the end of Fall semester (December) of the year preceding intended enrollment in the program.
- High school diploma or completion of GED.
- Declaration of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS.APP) as the designated curriculum choice.
- Completion of ALL required supportive courses with a grade of ‘B’ or higher.
- Completion of General Education requirements with a grade of ‘B’ or higher.
- HESI admission assessment (A2) exam completed at OCC. Score in the 75th percentile or higher on both the Reading Comprehension and Anatomy exams, achieved in the same testing session. One retake is permitted; fee for each attempt.
- Attendance at a scheduled record review session.
Students who meet the basic eligibility admission requirements and apply by the deadline will be included in the selection process. All requirements must be completed by the end of Fall semester (December) of the year preceding intended enrollment in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Students who are accepted into the program will be notified in writing no later than May 31st.
Students must obtain a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all DMS (Sonography) courses for an associate in applied science.
In order to apply to take the national credential exam administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, students must successfully complete all requirements of the program.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
A mandatory criminal history check with fingerprinting and drug screening will be conducted on all students selected to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, prior to the start of the program, at the student's expense.
- Conviction of a felony or conviction of any attempt to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or
- Conviction of a misdemeanor within the 10 years immediately preceding the criminal history check, and/or a positive drug screen will preclude eligibility for admission.
In addition to the regular tuition, Sonography students incur extra costs including, but not limited to; liability insurance, health examination, uniforms, required vaccinations, travel, and certification fees. For details contact (248) 233-2916.
|DMS 1000||Orientation to Sonography||3|
|DMS 1010||Fundamentals of Sonography||4|
|DMS 1020||Cross-Sectional Anatomy||4|
|DMS 1030||Sonography Lab I||2|
|DMS 1040||Sonography Lab II||2|
|DMS 1050||Sonography Lab III||1|
|DMS 1100||Sonography Principles and Instrumentation I||3|
|DMS 1110||Sonography Principles and Instrumentation II||2|
|DMS 1200||OB Pathological Imaging||3|
|DMS 1220||GYN Pathological Imaging||2|
|DMS 1300||Abdominal Pathological Imaging||3|
|DMS 1420||Sonography Practicum I||4|
|DMS 2200||Advanced Sonography||2|
|DMS 2400||Sonography Practicum II||8|
|DMS 2420||Sonography Practicum III||8|
|DMS 2430||Sonography Practicum IV||4|
|Required Supportive Courses|
|BIO 2630||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO 2640||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|ENG 15101||Composition I||3|
|MAT 15601, 2||Trigonometry||3|
|MDA 1103||Medical Terminology||3|
|PHY 16101, 3||College Physics I||4|
|PSY 25101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Complete one of the following ENG courses:||3-4|
|MDA 1350||Medical Law and Ethics||3|
|Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses||82-83|
|General Education Requirements|
|Communication / English (3-credits)|
|Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)||3|
|Mathematics / Science (3-credits)|
|Physical Education (1-credit)||1|
|Social Science (3-credits)|
|Written Communication (3-credits)|
|POL 1510||American Government||3|
|Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree||0|
|Total Credit Hours||89-90|
Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.
A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.