Diagnostic medical sonography
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BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic medical sonographers play a critical role in the health care team. The sonographer provides patient services using high-frequency sound waves that produce images of internal structures. Working under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures, the sonographer helps gather sonographic data to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases, as well as monitor fetal development.

Students may complete the program in three or four years depending on space availability in the clinical cohorts. The mission of the diagnostic medical sonography program at Quinnipiac University is to provide a quality and comprehensive education, through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences, that will prepare students to become multicredentialed sonographers.

This program offers didactic, laboratory and clinical training in multiple subspecialties of sonography including abdominal and small parts, breast, vascular technology, OB/GYN and musculoskeletal imaging for the student who is motivated to become a multicredentialed member of this profession.

The first year of the bachelor's degree program consists of University Curriculum studies in addition to an introductory course into the field of diagnostic medical sonography. The professional component of the program begins in either the second or third year of study. Each student spends two full years concentrating on didactic sonography classes and laboratory sessions on campus and clinical education at multiple clinical education centers.

The curriculum is structured so students can apply the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and laboratory to the care of patients in the clinical setting. Throughout the professional component of the program, didactic and clinical courses are taken simultaneously to provide the opportunity for immediate application and reinforcement.​

Upon completion of their bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography, students are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification examinations. Graduates may take the Sonography Physics and Instrumentation examination in addition to the following ARDMS specialty examinations: abdomen and small parts, breast, vascular technology, obstetrics/gynecology and musculoskeletal imaging.

Program Objectives

The program offers multiple clinical assignments to provide maximum exposure to diversified sonographic procedures. The program prepares students to be competent in the art and science of diagnostic medical sonography, both for career entry and advanced study. Graduates of the program are prepared to meet the needs of the community for highly qualified professionals.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Students will be clinically competent
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking
  • Students will grow as professionals

Why Quinnipiac?

The diagnostic medical sonography degree program at Quinnipiac University is the first and only bachelor degree program in Connecticut. Students have the opportunity to become multi-credentialed sonographers through a curriculum focused on the sciences, elements of patient care and clinical training. Graduates are prepared for employment in diverse health care centers.

A thorough didactic education supported by laboratory courses taught in Quinnipiac's sonography lab helps students develop a deep understanding of scientific theory as well as the interpersonal and technology skills essential for high-quality patient care.
Students complete 1,920 hours of clinical field experience through five different clinical rotations at 20 clinical affiliations across the state (listed below).

The diagnostic medical sonography program faculty offers the highest level of education and experience in the multiple subspecialities of the sonography profession. Among the faculty is a board certified radiologist providing students with direct instruction in image critique.

By the end of their third or fourth year, students are prepared for the ARDMS national credentialing examinations, which will qualify them to work in the profession. In addition, at the end of the program students will graduate with a bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Policies

In addition to the general policies of Quinnipiac University, such as due process and academic honesty, the following apply to students enrolled in the diagnostic medical sonography program:

Progression in the Program
After completion of the freshman year, a cumulative GPA of 2.85 and a programmatic GPA of 3.0 are required to progress into the major. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 and a programmatic GPA of 3.0 to remain in academic good standing throughout the program. If a student does not maintain the GPA requirements at any point during the professional component of the program, the student may be dismissed from the program.

The following courses must be completed in order to progress into the professional component of the program (DMS 250): 

  • DMS 100 and DMS 101 pass with a B- or above
  • MA 275 - Students requiring a math prerequisite should take MA 107, which requires a C- or above in order to progress into MA 275
  • BIO 101 and 102 pass with a C- or above
  • Physics 101 or 110
  • EN 101 and EN 102

Transportation
Multiple clinical education centers are used throughout the professional component of the program. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from these sites.

Summer Study
All students are required to perform one clinical assignment during the summer semester, second year (DMS 270). This clinical practicum is performed during summer sessions I and II and may be performed only in a clinical education site currently affiliated with Quinnipiac's diagnostic medical sonography program.

Curriculum

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Freshman Year
BIO 101 & BIO 101L (UC) Science 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition 3
FYS 101 First-year Seminar 3
MA 275 (UC) Quantitative Literacy 3
RS/DMS 100 Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging 1
Total 14
Spring Semester, Freshman Year
BIO 102 & BIO 102L (UC) Science 4
EN 102 (UC) Freshman Composition 3
PHY 101 Physics 4
EN 102 (UC) Freshman Composition 3
UC UC Elective 3
Total 14
Summer I
No courses
 
Fall Semester, Sophomore Year
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
BIO 211 & 211L Anatomy & Physiology I 4
Total 16
Spring Semester, Sophomore Year
BIO 212 & 212L Anatomy & Physiology II 4
DMS 101 & 101L Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Lab 4
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
Total 14
Fall Semester, Junior Year
DMS 200 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
DMS 210 & 210L Abdominal and Small parts Sonography and Lab 4
DMS 250 Sonography Clinical Education I 3
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
UC Elective (SS, Humanity, FA) 3
Total 16
Spring Semester, Junior Year
DMS 201 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMS 220 & 220L Vascular Sonography and Lab 4
DMS 260 Sonography Clinical Education II 3
DMS 297 & 297L Methods of Patient Care and Lab 3
Total 13
Summer III
DMS 270 Sonography Clinical Education III 5
Total 5
Fall Semester, Senior Year
DMS 205 Human Anatomy Lab I 1
DMS 330 & 330L OB/GYN Sonography and Lab 4
DMS 380 Sonography Clinical Education IV 3
DMS 414 Research Analysis and Critique 3
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
Total 14
Spring Semester, Senior Year
DMS 206 Human Anatomy Lab II 1
DMS 340 & 340L Breast Sonography and Lab 4
DMS 350 & 350L Musculoskeletal Sonography and Lab 4
DMS 390 Sonography Clinical Education V 3
DMS 499 Capstone 3
Total 15

Total for degree: 121 credits

  1. Sequencing of courses is subject to change at the discretion of program officials.
  2. UC Requirements 2 Social Science, 2 Humanities, 1 Fine Art, 4 UC electives

Program Fees

  • Certiphi initial background check: $60
  • Renewal of background check after one year: $24.50
  • Certiphi drug screen: $32
  • Electronic health record: $30 (annual $10 fee after the first year)
  • E-Value clinical tracking system: $90 per year
  • Uniforms: Prices may be found on the Quinnipiac University Bookstore website

Please note: An additional fee of $66 will be assessed for all background checks for students from the state of New York. All posted prices are subject to change.

For more information about course/lab fees, visit the Registrar page 

Health Requirements

All students entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program must be in good health and free of communicable disease. Prior to entering the program, the student must show proof of:
  • Recent (within six months and within the calendar year of entering the program) complete physical examination with vision testing for color blindness
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine - both dose 1 and 2
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis vaccine - must be within 10 years and be current until date of graduation
  • Hepatitis B vaccine - doses 1, 2 and 3
  • Polio vaccine
  • Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) or negative chest X-ray within two months of entering PA program
Titers
As part of the Quinnipiac University Clinical Affiliation Agreement and in an effort to protect students and the patients they care for, prior to entering the program DMS students are required to show proof of titer for each of the following:
  • Rubella
  • Measles (Rubeola)
  • Mumps
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B

All health requirements are collected and reviewed by the University's electronic health record collection and storage service on a regular basis and students are notified of any deficiencies. It is the student's responsibility to see that all health requirements including immunizations and titers are up to date. No student will be allowed to matriculate in the program, participate in a clinical experience or in any class where there is the potential for exposure to blood and airborne pathogens without proof of physical exam, immunizations and titers. No one will be permitted to begin clinical contact without documentation of physical exam, immunizations and immunity (including the requested titers).

Immunization Policy
If a student is unable to confirm immunization status or unable to obtain immunizations due to personal, religious or medical reasons, the Quinnipiac DMS Program cannot guarantee the student's placement at a clinical site and may limit the student's ability to successfully complete and graduate from the program. Completion of all clinical rotations is required for successful completion of the program.

Influenza Vaccination
The DMS program requires all students to obtain the influenza vaccine in the fall of their second year, as well as every fall in which the student is participating in the clinic. If a student is unable to receive the influenza vaccine, they are required to complete the University influenza vaccination declination form. By declining the influenza vaccine, the student acknowledges that clinical placement may be limited or denied due to the requirements for influenza vaccine by clinical affiliates.

Health/Medical Insurance Policy
All QU Diagnostic Medical Sonography students must maintain health/medical insurance through the University. Students must show proof of health care coverage, as well as maintain coverage for the entire program. Students must purchase health insurance through the University insurance agent unless they can show proof of other adequate coverage. 

Clinical Affiliations

  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Radiology Consultants
  • Diagnostic Imaging Associates
  • Diagnostic Imaging of Southbury
  • Gaylord Hospital
  • Griffin Hospital
  • Hartford Hospital
  • Hospital of Central Connecticut (New Britain General)
  • Jefferson Radiology, PC
  • Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
  • Mid State Radiology Associates, LLC
  • Middlesex Hospital
  • Milford Vascular Institute
  • Pequot Health Center
  • Prospect Diagnostic Imaging
  • St. Mary's Hospital
  • Shoreline Medical Center
  • Southern Connecticut Vascular Center
  • Waterbury Hospital Health Center
  • Whitney Medical Imaging

Technical Standards

The imaging professional integrates scientific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interactions. A main goal of a competent diagnostic medical sonographer is the deliverance of quality patient care, and useful diagnostic information. The section below lists some of the practice standards of the profession in basic terms. However, the student is responsible for reading and reviewing the entire "Clinical Practice Standards" with specific attention to the general and specific criteria listed, located at the SDMS.org website, and agree to compliance with the statement as part of the program. 

Clinical Performance Standards

  1. The practitioner collects pertinent data about the patient and about the procedure.
  2. The practitioner analyzes the information obtained during the assessment phase and develops an action plan for completing the procedure.
  3. The practitioner provides information about the procedure to the patient, significant others and other health care providers.
  4. The practitioner implements the action plan.
  5. The practitioner determines whether the goals of the action plan have been achieved, and implements revised action plans if necessary.
  6. The practitioner reviews and evaluated the outcome of the procedure.
  7. The practitioner documents information about patient care, the procedure, and the final outcome.
  8. The practitioner collects pertinent information regarding equipment, the procedures, and the work environment.
  9. The practitioner analyzes information collected during the assessment phase and determines whether changes need to be made to equipment, procedures, or the work environment.
  10. The practitioner informs patients, the public, and other health providers about procedures, equipment, and facilities.
  11. The practitioner performs quality assurance activities or acquires information on equipment and materials.
  12. The practitioner evaluated quality assurance results and establishes an appropriate action plan.
  13. The practitioner implements the quality assurance action plan.
  14. The practitioner assesses the outcome of the quality assurance plan in accordance with established guidelines.
  15. The practitioner documents quality assurance activities and results.
  16. The practitioner strives to provide optimal care to all patients.
  17. The practitioner evaluates personal performance, knowledge, and skills.
  18. The practitioner acquires and maintains current knowledge in clinical practice.
  19. The practitioner promotes a positive collaborative practice atmosphere with other members of the health care team.
  20. The practitioner adheres to the profession's Code of Ethics.
  21. The practitioner participates in the acquisition, dissemination, and advancement of the professional knowledge base.
Essential Job Functions
In addition to minimal requirements for math and reading skills, it is also recommended that the student must, without assistance, be able to:
  • Comprehend and interpret written material.
  • Follow verbal instructions over an intercom system.
  • Follow written instructions.
  • Communicate in a clear, concise, and professional manner.
  • Reach up to six (6) feet off the floor.
  • Lift thirty (30) pounds of weight up, and over the level of your head.
  • With assistance, move immobilized patients from stretchers and wheelchairs to imaging tables or other equipment.
  • Visually monitor patients in dimly lit environments.
  • Audibly monitor patient conditions.
  • Be aware of various equipment and background sounds during equipment operation.
  • Stand for protracted periods of time without a break.
  • Successfully complete a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification course for Health Care Providers; which should include Adult, Pediatric and AED.
  • Safely work in a healthcare environment in which various Patients', Pathologies and Equipment are present. Students must reveal allergies such as latex, which may impede them from safely working in a healthcare environment.