Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Healthcare Sciences and Early Childhood and Family Studies
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: 10/26/2021 11:00 am
                   11/30/2021 1:00 pm

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

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. APPLICATION PERIOD: January 1 (first day to mail application) – March 30 (last day to mail application)

The program applications are accepted only during the application period. Applications received outside of the application period will not be considered.

  1. EMAIL: the application must include the applicant’s official Alamo Colleges District (ACES) email (xxxxx@student.alamo.edu). Applications not containing the official email will be marked incomplete and not considered for admission. Students are responsible for monitoring their email for program communication regarding their application or program acceptance.
  2. GPA: an overall GPA (GPA from all higher education institutions combined into a single GPA) of 3.0 or higher is required.
  3. 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 face-to-face courses over online courses and BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 over BIOL 2404.

All 3 academic prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher within the past 5 years (application year – 5 year). No exceptions. Transcript/s must confirm completion (the applicant must submit hard copies of official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, including Alamo Colleges). Applications with prerequisite courses in progress will not be considered.

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.

Pre-application completion of the Medical Terminology course and all core courses is recommended, however, not required. No extra points towards program acceptance are awarded for completion of the courses.

5. USA (ULTRASOUND STUDENT ASSESSMENT EXAM)

The USA exam is an aptitude test and therefore there is no studying for the test. It is an assessment of skills that are essential for success in the program as well in the sonography profession. Two categories are tested: physics (spatial resolution, logic, graph interpretation, and problem-solving skills) & clinical category (visualization, judgment, dexterity/hand-eye coordination, and persistence). 

The USA Exam must be completed between December 1st - and March 15th (no exceptions, schedule early, exam appointments are filling quickly).

Only one exam pro student - pro lifetime, no repetition.

Fee (applicant’s responsibility):  $65.00, including a $15.00 proctoring fee (proctoring is required).

Alamo Colleges student ID number and Alamo Colleges student email address required for registration.

To schedule:

      1. Call Pegasus Lectures at 972-564-3056 (Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Central Time). Testing Times are Monday thru Friday, 9 am CST – 3 pm CST.
      2. Schedule exam day/time. Identify SPC/Dr. Senovsky as faculty receiving your results (ysenovsky@alamo.edu).
      3. Pay for exam and proctoring (Visa/MC/AMEX or Discover are acceptable forms of payment). You will receive an email from Pegasus Lectures confirming the appointment date/time once a payment is made. You will receive an additional email on the day of testing with exam instructions.

Exam requirements: 

PC with Windows operating system, web camera, and an external mouse. The exam will not work on a MAC, Chromebook, Tablet, or phone. If you have any technical questions, please contact Ms. Davis at techsupport@pegasuslectures.com

Picture ID

The exam does not have a time limit, the testing time is generally 1.5 – 2 hours. You will not receive your scores upon exam completion, the scores will be uploaded into Dr. Senovsky’s account and reviewed by the program admission committee. Please do not contact Pegasus Lectures for scores.

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

COHORT SELECTION

  1. After the end of the application period, the program admission committee reviews all valid applications and ranks applicants in accordance with the program’s point system (weighted points). 40-50 highest-ranking applicants will receive an invitation to a panel ZOOM interview (via ACES email, by May 15th). Interviews will be scheduled for June 15th – June 30th.
  2. The final selection is based on the applicant’s rank and interview results. Only 20-25 students will be accepted (based on space available within the approved clinical education affiliate centers). Students will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance (via SPC email) by July 15th.
  3. 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. Students receive requirements information in the conditional acceptance email. Please do not mail documentation related to any of the above-mentioned requirements with your application.

No waitlist is maintained!

 

TO APPLY - REQUIRED STEPS:

  1. Review all items on the website to assure a complete understanding of the application requirements.
  2. Obtain hard copies of official transcripts from all educational institutions attended, including St. Philip's College and/or other Alamo District Colleges.
  3. Download and complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Application.
  4. Mail the application package containing the completed program application and official transcripts (in original, unopened envelopes) no later than by March 30th 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 March 30th 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