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 fall 2020 semester.

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 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 Requirements and Selection Process

Program starts: Once a year (fall)
Applications accepted: March 1 to June 10
Application deadline: June 10
Students selected: June and July
Applicants notified: Mid-July via SPC email

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

College Admissions

All program applicants must meet and/or complete all the application requirements prior to submitting applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission review.

All academic prerequisites courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or greater within the past 5 years (2016 or later). 

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.

2021 Application Requirements:

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

a. Academic Prerequisites:

Overall (cumulative) 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 a lab. 

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or greater within the past 5 years – 2016 or later (no exceptions).

b. Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA Program)

USA Program is testing specific to skills needed to be a successful sonography student and professional. Please visit  

https://pegasuslectures.com/usa_program.php for more information.

c. Interview:

The panel interviews will be conducted via a 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.

d. Information sessions: fall 2020 canceled, spring 2021 TBD

e. Volunteering: TBD

TEAS test: is not required.

RECOMMENDED: Medical Terminology course. No extra points are given for completion.

COHORT SELECTION: All accepted applicants will be ranked in accordance to a program point system. Only the top 15-25 applicants will be accepted.  The final selection is based on space available.

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

TO APPLY - REQUIRED STEPS

  1. Review all items on the website to assure a complete understanding of all requirements, as well as providing all required forms.
  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.

Completed application packets must be submitted and postmarked by United States Postal Service no later than June 10th. 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