Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Details

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Details

Danville Area Community College

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Mission Statement

The DMS program at DACC prepares the student for employment upon graduation as a key member of the health care team that performs a variety of sonographic procedures by operating complex equipment and providing skilled patient care.  We provide an environment that enhances critical thinking, professionalism, and life-long learning to maintain academic and professional integrity throughout the program and their career.

Program Description

This rigorous program offers a wide variety of educational experiences in professional/technical coursework. In addition to classroom and laboratory sessions, students will perform two semesters of clinical rotations coordinated by the faculty at DACC and directly supervised by credentialed technologists at affiliated medical facilities.  This critical component of the curriculum allows students to perform real world hands-on application of knowledge. Graduates complete 1681 total program hours (classroom, laboratory and clinicals) which makes them eligible to apply to take the national certification examinations in sonography given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Program Goals

To provide both educational and employment opportunities to the individuals of this community, so that they may:

  • Communicate effectively in the medical environment.
  • Engage in problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Perform competently in clinical practice.
  • Participate in activities that promote professional and personal growth.
  • To provide the community’s health care facilities, including hospitals, professional clinics and private physician’s offices with qualified ultrasonographers.

 Student Learning Outcomes

 Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the Program Goals by:

  1. demonstrating written communication skills
  2. demonstrating oral communication skills.
  3. demonstrating the ability to perform non routine procedures.
  4. correctly deducing the answer to complex questions
  5. understanding the value of professional development
  6. demonstrating professional growth
  7. demonstrating appropriate patient care skills
  8. accurately analyzing images for diagnostic quality
  9. demonstrating accuracy in scanning  

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