Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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

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 

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)

Debbie Ortiz, Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
Wayland Baptist University, M.Ed
RDMS (OB/GYN), ARRT (R)
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.

 

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Prerequisite Requirements:

  • Academic
  • ATI TEAS
  • Volunteering
  • Mandatory Information Session

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.

ATI TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). TEAS test results are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. The test may be retaken only once in 12 months. Expired test results will not be considered for application.

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.

INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

All applicants must attend a mandatory information session. Complying with the informational session requirement is only valid for the upcoming application period. Due to the rigor and time demands of this program, it is realized that the incoming student will require family and social support to assure successful completion. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that a member of the applicant’s support network attend with the applicant.

Informational Sessions are scheduled in the Center for Health Professions (CHP).

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Informational Sessions:

  • Thursday October 24, 2019 - 1pm - 2:30pm, CHP 115
  • Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 - 1pm - 2:30pm, CHP 115
  • Thursday March 19, 2020 - 1pm - 2:30pm, CHP 115
  • Thursday April 23, 2020 - 10:30am -12:00pm, CHP 115 

Sonography Informational Session certificates will be issued at the end of the session. A copy of this certificate must be included in the admission packet.

STANDARDIZED TESTING

All applicants are required to take a standardized test. For Healthcare Science programs, applicants will be taking the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) The Essential Academic Skills Test (TEAS). The TEAS is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the Allied Health field. The TEAS exam is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge the covers reading, essential math, basic science and English/language usage.

For TEAS Testing and Information contact: Ms. Mary Hellen Holguin at mholguin25@alamo.edu OR TEAS at 1-800-667-7531.

  • Students must register prior to taking the exam.
  • Click here to register for the TEAS exam.
  • Students interested in improving their test scores may retake the TEAS test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts.
  • The resulting overall score will be used in the applicant ranking process.
  • The results are valid for 2 years. Applications with expired TEAS test results will not be considered.
  • A copy of the TEAS scores must be submitted with the application.

HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEERING

All applicants must participate in a minimum of 40 hours volunteer (*) work in a healthcare setting. Each applicant selects his/her own site for their volunteer experience.

(*) “Volunteer” hours are defined as time spent in a true volunteer status, where there was NO financial compensation received by the applicant for any of the time that was spent volunteering. Verification of work accomplished will be validated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admission committee. Feel free to attach any additional documents. Please note – “shadowing “ is not considered volunteering.

  • Recommended settings include a hospital, a nursing home, a hospice organization, an assisted living setting, a respite organization, etc.
  • Health care experience includes any activity in which the applicant assists, transports, aids and/or performs any patient care procedures in a health care setting.
  • Phlebotomy, Pharmacy technician, medical office assistant (front office), and/or other medical office duties (jobs) do not qualify for this requirement.
  • Completed Volunteer Form must be submitted with the application. The minimum requirement is 40 hours within the year of application (between June 2 of one year and June 1 of the next year).
  • Additional bonus points will be given for additional hours up to a maximum of 200 hours. See Applicant Ranking Worksheet for the bonus point allocation.

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL LICENSE

There will be additional ranking points to any individual who holds a CURRENT certificate or license in one of the following Healthcare Science professions: nursing, respiratory, pharmacy, radiology, nuclear medicine, or CAN (CPR certification does not apply ). To receive the additional ranking points, an official photocopy of license or certificate must be included with the application packet. See Applicant Ranking Worksheet for bonus point allocation.

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. Download the Health Science Application Checklist.
  4. Download the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application checklist.
  5. Download the Volunteer hours documentation form.
  6. 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 1st. 

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Selection Process:

The competitive application and acceptance process is based on a weighted point system, in accordance with the Sonography Applicant Ranking Worksheet.   

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Healthcare Form 

Contact Information

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