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BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Introduction

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers provide physicians and other healthcare providers with eyes and ears into a patient’s body, helping them to diagnose and treat cancer, blood clots and pregnancy complications.

By The Numbers

100%


Success Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2017 survey of graduates from Quinnipiac)

+17%


Careers in demand

Jobs for Diagnostic Imagining graduates are forecast to increase by 17% between 2016-2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017)

+$1.1M


Doing Good

Since 2013, Quinnipiac's Community Access Imaging team, which includes diagnostic medial sonography students, has provided services valued at more than $1.1 million to more than 1,600 underserved patients in the greater New Haven area.

Program Overview

A professor guides a student through performing an ultrasound on a patient's abdomen.

Putting skills to work

Camber Uhlman, clinic coordinator of the ultrasound program, right, guides Andrea Baldick ’17 as she performs an ultrasound on a patient's abdomen. Baldick is among the many students who volunteer their time and skills in the free diagnostic imaging clinic for underserved populations.

As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you’ll perform and interpret ultrasound scans to help physicians diagnose a range of diseases, assist surgeons with biopsies, and track the health and growth of developing fetuses. Our bachelor’s degree program, the first and only one of its kind in Connecticut, teaches you sophisticated sonographic procedures and technology, as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to work directly with patients in a range of settings, from physician’s offices and OB/GYN clinics, to hospitals and diagnostic laboratories.

The BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Quinnipiac emphasizes both flexibility and career mobility. The program affords you opportunities for clinical training in a variety of sub-specialties, including OB/GYN, breast, vascular, abdominal and musculoskeletal imaging. These options enable you to pursue multiple credentials in the field, increasing the number of jobs for which you qualify. This specialized training also provides the ideal foundation for those interested in pursuing medical school in the future.

During the professional component of the program, you’ll complete more than 1,400 hours of clinical field experience across 5 separate rotations. Your clinical education takes place in any of 20 affiliated locations across the state, including Diagnostic Imaging Associates, Gaylord Hospital, Whitney Medical Imaging and Southern Connecticut Vascular Center. Upon degree completion, students will be adequately prepared to challenge numerous ARDMS certification exams.

Photograph

Diagnostic imaging student and medical student look at an ultrasound screen

Interprofessional collaboration

Diagnostic imaging student Gianna Liuzzi ’18, left, demonstrates how to perform a carotid Doppler ultrasound to a group of medical students during an interprofessional educational activity in the Standardized Patient Assessment Center.

Curriculum and Requirements

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession. Furthermore, Academic Standing and Progression Committee recommendations regarding student progression, discipline or dismissal will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab 1
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 2 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 2 3
DMS 100 Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging 1
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II 1
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 2 3
PHY 101
& 101L
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab (UC Elective) 1,3
4
UC Elective 3
 Credits14
Sophomore
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
DMS 101
& 101L
Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
and Sonography Laboratory Practicum I (UC Elective)
4
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits14
Junior
Fall Semester
DMS 200 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
DMS 210
& 210L
Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography
and Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 250 Sonography Clinical Education I 3
DMS 297
& 297L
Methods of Patient Care
and Methods of Patient Care Lab
3
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
DMS 201 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMS 220
& 220L
Vascular Sonography
and Vascular Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 260 Sonography Clinical Education II 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits13
Summer Semester
DMS 270 Sonography Clinical Education III 5
 Credits5
Senior
Fall Semester
DMS 205 Human Anatomy Lab I 1
DMS 330
& 330L
OB/GYN Sonography
and OB/GYN Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 380 Sonography Clinical Education IV 3
DMS 414 Research Analysis and Critique (RS 414) 3
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
DMS 206 Human Anatomy Lab II 1
DMS 340
& 340L
Breast Sonography
and Breast Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 350
& 350L
Musculoskeletal Sonography
and MSK Sonography Lab Practicum
4
DMS 390 Sonography Clinical Education V 3
DMS 499 Capstone (RS 499) 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits121
1

BIO 101BIO 102 and PHY 101 are required courses for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and may be used to meet the university core sciences requirement.

2

Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent.

3

Associated lab is required for Physics. PHY 110 with lab is acceptable to fulfill the requirement. Students may take in the fall or spring of their first year.

All diagnostic medical sonography course requirements must be completed in the appropriate semester as indicated above. All diagnostic medical sonography courses, beginning with DMS 101 and DMS 101L, are reserved for DMS majors only. 

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Qualifications and Requirements

The BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a rigorous program that places specific demands on its students.  As stated in the mission of the program, graduates of the program will meet the needs of the community as efficient and highly qualified professionals. 

Students in the program will be required to verify their understanding and compliance with the technical standards, or their belief that with reasonable accommodations these standards can be met, through reading, signing and returning the form to the program director.

In addition students are made aware of the program’s progression policy, health requirements to attend clinical internships and fees incurred. More detailed information can be found by downloading the PDF below.