Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of the college leadership’s decision related to the global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching, learning, and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face to face learning. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion.

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.

NOTICE TO CURRENT HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS

1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; phone 727-210-2350; fax: 727-210-2354; www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (6201 University Blvd., Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD; 443-973-3251 (www.jrcdms.org).

At this time, we are actively working with our accreditor for approvals of our action plan for the current spring 2020 semester.

2) How will I do my skills check off this semester?

No additional skills check-offs are necessary for any courses offered this semester.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete in this semester?

A grade of “I” or Incomplete will be used in the event clinical or lab hours are still remaining for this semester. This will allow you additional time to complete the course requirements to earn a letter grade.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

Yes, if you receive a passing grade from a class and you are not satisfied with the grade, you will be able to petition for credit/non-credit. However, if you intend to graduate from the program, you will need to retake the non-credit class. Program courses are sequential and classes are offered only once a year. You will also need to petition for readmission to the program and fulfill readmission requirements which consist of passing the written and scanning exams. Readmission is based on availability.

5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

This is still to be determined, but we are actively working on plans to ensure students are able to complete program requirements. However, the start date could be changed.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact the program director, Dr. Yvette Senovsky at ysenovsky@alamo.edu or (210) 486 2727

NOTICE TO INTERESTED DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY STUDENTS 

1) Are applications still being accepted?

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort.

Please note – our selection criteria changed

Changes to 2020 application process:

Application deadline: postponed to June 10th, 2020.

Information sessions: canceled, attendance in mandatory information session the requirement is waived.

TEAS test: the requirement is waived.

Volunteering: the requirement is waived.

Fall 2020 cohort selection will be based on:

  1. Academic Prerequisites:
  • Overall GPA of 2.8 or higher 
  • College Algebra (MATH 1314) 
  • Introductory Physics (PHYS 1305)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2101& 2102 or 2404. Courses must include lab) 

(All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or greater within the past 5 years)

  1. Interview: Panel interview will be conducted via Zoom (cloud-based platform for video/audio conferencing). Applicants selected for the interview will be notified via St. Philips College email (xxxx@student.alamo.edu) about dates/times. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance to the program via St. Philip’s College email.
2) What do I do if I can’t complete my physical exam and immunizations before I submit my application?

The documentation required for the clinical portion of the program will be collected at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester, therefore, there is time after acceptance to the program to obtain them. 

3) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

Currently, we have no plans to postpone the Fall 2020 stat of the new cohort.

4) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

Applicants selected for the interview will be notified via St. Philips College email (xxxx@student.alamo.edu) about dates/times.

5) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact the program director Dr. Yvette Senovsky at ysenovsky@alamo.edu or 210 486 2727.

What is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?

Diagnostic Medical Sonography involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to provide anatomical and pathological images for interpretation by a physician. Among a sonographer’s duties are obtaining and reviewing a patient’s medical history and clinical data, recording, and processing sonographic images, providing patient education related to medical ultrasound and promoting the principles of good health. A Sonographer works in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, offices, clinics. As such, a Sonographer is responsible for appropriate and quality patient care. At all times, a Sonographer displays and maintains all work ethics in accordance with the standards as established by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Program Goal: 

To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains.

What will I learn?

The use of high-frequency sound waves to provide anatomical and pathological images for interpretation by a physician. 

What can I do with this course of study?

Upon completion of this program, the student will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-Sonography ARRT(S) exam, to become a Registered Technologist - Sonography, RT(S)  and/or for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ARDM(S) exam, to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, RDMS in Abdominal and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography Specialty. 

What's special about the program?

This program’s emphasis is on the general concentration, including abdominal, Obstetrical and Gynecological sonography.

 

Program Outcomes 

The program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort. The program start date, and the number of students accepted, however, is contingent upon COVID-19 development. 

Please note: application requirements for the Fall 2020 cohort changed (see Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements tab below).

Accreditation, Registry and Information

  

Accreditation:

St. Philip's College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees and certificates. Contact information for the Commission on Colleges is, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Philip's College.  For more information on institutional accreditation please click here

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). Contact information for CAAHEP is, 25400 US Highway 19 North Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 or call 727-210-2350 for questions about the program's accreditation.  For more information on programmatic accreditation please click here.

Awarded Degree: 

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Registry:

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is a credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high-quality patient care in radiologic technology.

The St. Philip’s College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is an ARRT approved, educational program. Upon graduating from the program, the students are eligible to follow the Primary Eligibility Pathway to seek the ARRT(S) credential.

For more information, please click here: ARRT(S)

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a globally recognized organization that raises the standard of diagnostic medical ultrasound practice and promotes best practices for enhanced patient safety.

ARDMS awards RDMS credentials to diagnostic medical sonography professionals who meet the examination requirements and pass physics and the corresponding specialty examination within 5 years. 

Upon graduating from the St. Philip’s College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, students seeking RDMS credentials met prerequisites in education and clinical experience and are eligible to sit for the ARDMS examinations, to earn Abdominal or Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialties credentials under Prerequisite 2.  For more information, please click here: ARDMS

THECB Statutory Requirement

Information: 

FAQs

Full-time Faculty

Yvette Senovsky, Program Director/Instructor
Charles University of Prague, MD
RDMS (AB, OB/GYN, BR)

Jennifer Arevalo, Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
Del Mar College, AAS
RVT, RDMS
210-486-2718

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

By submitting an application packet, an individual verifies that he/she has

  • Read the web page 
  • Obtained all necessary, current/valid documents 
  • Understood the procedures to be followed for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

Prerequisite Requirements:

  • Academic
  • Interview 

All applicants must complete all requirements PRIOR to submitting applications.

Academic prerequisites:

  • Overall GPA of 2.8 or higher 
  • College Algebra (MATH 1314) 
  • Introductory Physics (PHYS 1305)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2101& 2102 or 2404. Courses must include lab) 

All academic prerequisites courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or greater within the past 5 years. 

All remedial courses must be completed prior to applying to the program.

Effective Fall 2013, and based on new federal regulations, students are not allowed to repeat previously passed courses more than once.” It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Student Financial Services to inquire how a repeat course may impact their financial aid or veteran’s assistance.

Interview (Panel interview will be conducted via ZOOM (cloud-based audio/video conferencing platform). Applicants selected for the interview will be notified via St. Philip's College email. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance to the program via St. Philip's College email.

GENERAL ADMISSION PROCESS

It is required that all Sonography Program applicants follow the steps outlined below.  Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time frame will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review.

  • Meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.
  •  All applicants must meet and/or complete all the course prerequisites prior to submitting applications.
  • Completed application packets for the program must be submitted and postmarked by United States Postal Service no later than June 1st. No “walk-in” or emailed applications will be accepted for the following fall semester.
Application and Selection Process

 Application Process:

REQUIRED STEPS

  1. Review all items on the website to assure complete understanding of all requirements, as well as providing all required forms.
  2. Download the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application form and complete.
  3. Obtain OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL educational institutions to include St. Philip's College and/or other Alamo Colleges. These transcripts must validate that the overall GPA is a 2.8 or higher and pre-requisites courses a minimum of 2.0 GPA.

Applications accepted March 1st - June 10th. 

Selection Process:

The competitive application and acceptance process is based on a weighted point system.   

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Yvette Senovsky, MD, RDMS 
ysenovsky@alamo.edu 
210-486-2727
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 130 J