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 established by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Program Goal: 

To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (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 for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ARDM(S) exam, to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) in Abdominal and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography Specialty and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-Sonography ARRT(S) exam, to become a Registered Technologist – Sonography (RT(S)).

What's special about the program?

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

Program Outcomes

Information Session

Learn about St. Philip’s College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, and how to apply.

Date/time: 03/04/2021 at 10 AM or 03/18/2021 at 1 PM (each session will contain the same information).

Location: Zoom

To obtain an invitation please email Dr. Senovsky at ysenovsky@alamo.edu.

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, 9355 113th Street N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775-7709 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 Requirements and Selection Process

Individuals interested in applying for admittance into the Sonography Program must first apply for admission to the College at the website:

College Admissions

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program starts once a year ONLY (fall).

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is NOT an online program. Currently, the program courses are delivered via synchronous ZOOM sessions at pre-assigned days/times. Clinical education is completed via face-to-face delivery at assigned clinical sites. On-campus face-to-face labs are scheduled to start in spring 2021.

The program applications are accepted only during the application period. Applications received prior to March 1 and after June 10 will not be considered.

Application period opens: March 1, 2021
Application deadline: June 10, 2021

APPLICATION PREREQUISITES:

  1. Minimum overall (cumulative=overall) GPA of 3.0 or higher (GPA from all higher education institutions attended is combined into a single GPA)
  2. Academic Prerequisite Courses:
    1. College Algebra (MATH 1314) 
    2. Introductory Physics (PHYS 1305)
    3. Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 or BIOL 2404). Courses must include a lab. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is heavily Anatomy based, students are encouraged to take BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 over BIOL 2404.

All 3 academic prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting applications. Applications with prerequisite courses in progress will not be considered for admission review.

All 3 academic prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher within the past 5 years (2016 or later). No exceptions.

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 repeated course may impact their financial aid or veteran’s assistance.

III. The application must include the official Alamo Colleges email (xxxxx@student.alamo.edu). Applications not containing the official Alamo Colleges email will be marked incomplete and not considered for admission.

NOT REQUIRED FOR 2021 APPLICATION:

Volunteering
TEAS test

Pre-application completion of the Medical Terminology course is recommended, however, no extra points are awarded for completion of the course.

PLEASE NOTE: MEETING CRITERIA DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM.

COHORT SELECTION: 

  1. After the end of the application period the program faculty reviews all valid applications and ranks applicants in accordance with the program’s point system (weighted points for cumulative GPA and academic prerequisite grades).

The highest-ranking applicants will receive instructions to complete the Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA) exam.  The USA exam replaces the TEAS test previously required. 

The Ultrasound Student Assessment exam was designed by Pegasus Lectures to help Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs identify students who are the best suited for the rigorous programs and the Sonography profession. The skills tested are:  dexterity, spatial recognition, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking abilities are essential for Sonographers. It is an aptitude test, not a knowledge test, no studying is required to prepare for the exam. The exam may be only taken once and program applicants are responsible for the exam fee ($50.00).  Please do not attempt to take the USA test until you are asked to do so.

  1. The faculty reviews the USA exam results and invites qualified students to a panel ZOOM interview (via SPC email).
  2. Faculty makes the final selection. Only the top 18-24 applicants will be accepted.  The final selection is based on space available within the approved clinical education centers.

Acceptance to the program is conditional, based on the mandatory criminal background and drug test results. Students are further required to provide the program with: physician validated proof of Physical Examination and Immunization, proof of personal health insurance, and proof of American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) for Health Care Professionals certification by a due date specified in the conditional acceptance email. Please DO NOT mail documentation related to any of the above-mentioned requirements with your application.

Students will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance (via SPC email) by 7/31/2021.

No waiting list is maintained!

TO APPLY - REQUIRED STEPS:

  1. Review all items on the website to assure a complete understanding of the application requirements.
  2. Obtain OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL educational institutions to include St. Philip's College and/or other Alamo District Colleges.
  3. Download and complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application.
  1. Mail the application package containing completed program application  and official (in original, unopened envelopes) transcripts no later than by June 10th to:

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Attention: Yvette Senovsky, MD, RDMS, Program Director
1801 Martin Luther King Drive, CHP 130
San Antonio, TX 78203

No “walk-in” or emailed applications will be accepted. Applications postmarked after June 10 will not be considered for admission review.  

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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