Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Echocardiography Specialization, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The curriculum prepares students to produce diagnostic images of the heart structures and motion to diagnose cardiovascular changes. The echocardiographer uses special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient's body. The echocardiographer is a central member of the health care team and assists the radiologist in body image interpretation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, the student will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examinations leading to credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS®).

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I 4
Choose One
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills
Total 19
1st Semester
DMS 190 Coordinated Internship 2
DMS 206 Introduction to Sonography 3
DMS 207 Sectional Anatomy 2
DMS 208 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
DMS 217 Sectional Anatomy Laboratory 1
DMS 218 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory I 1
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
HLT 220 Concepts of Disease 3
Total 15
2nd Semester
DMS 150 Echocardiography I 4
DMS 196 On-site Training in General Sonography 3
DMS 209 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 2
DMS 219 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory II 1
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
Total 13
3rd Semester
DMS 231 Clinical Education I 3
DMS 250 Echocardiography II 4
DMS 256 Echocardiography Case Study Review 1
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2
Total 10
4th Semester
DMS 223 Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound 3
DMS 232 Clinical Education II 4
DMS 255 Echocardiography Registry Review 2
1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 69
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO
141
4
BIO
142
4
ENG
111
3
MTH
154
3
PHY
101
4
Choose One
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
SDV
100
Total 19
1st Semester
Coordinated Internship
DMS
190
2
Introduction to Sonography
DMS
206
3
DMS
207
2
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I
DMS
208
2
DMS
217
1
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory I
DMS
218
1
HLT
141
1
HLT
220
3
Total 15
2nd Semester
Echocardiography I
DMS
150
4
On-site Training in General Sonography
DMS
196
3
DMS
209
2
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumental Laboratory II
DMS
219
1
PSY
200
3
Total 13
3rd Semester
DMS
231
3
DMS
250
4
DMS
256
1
EMS
153
2
Total 10
4th Semester
DMS
223
3
DMS
232
4
DMS
255
2
1
3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 69

1 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

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