Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (3426)
Are you a problem solver with strong interpersonal skills? Do you have an interest in producing ultrasound images of the human body to help diagnose diseases? Are you looking for a career that combines these skills and allows you to make a difference in the lives of others? If this sounds like you, a career in diagnostic medical sonography may be the YOUR choice.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
After graduation, you may work as an entry-level diagnostic medical sonographer in ultrasound departments in hospitals and independent medical imaging centers.
You may be suited for this program and career if you:
- Are a compassionate person with strong interpersonal skills
- Have good hand-eye coordination and solid technical skills
- Are detail-oriented with a passion for ongoing learning
- Have the ability to function in a fast-paced healthcare environment
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What is HACC’s program like?
By enrolling in our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, you will learn acquire the knowledge and technical expertise required to produce ultrasound images of the human body that are then used by physicians to make a medical diagnoses.
Locally YOURS, our program is offered in cooperation with affiliated hospitals and medical imaging centers in the area. This allows you to gain hands-on experience. through both classroom and lab instruction, while hospitals and medical imaging centers provide the clinical instruction.
Our program is selective, which means you must meet specific requirements beyond admission to the College. For example, you need to complete and pay for the following before starting the clinical portion:
- Background checks
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
- Curriculum requisites (must be met prior to starting the core curriculum)
- Drug and alcohol screens
- Physical examination and immunizations
As a graduate of our program, you will know how to:
- Perform as an entry-level general sonographer in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains
- Utilize oral and written communication to interactive effectively with physicians, healthcare professionals and patients
- Demonstrate quality patient care, sonographic exam process and professionalism
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anatomy, cross-sectional anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology of the abdomen, superficial structures, non-cardiac chest and the gravid and nongravid pelvis
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of acoustic physics, Doppler ultrasound and ultrasound instrumentation and the probability of biological effects
- Perform sonographic examinations of the abdomen, superficial structures, non-cardiac chest and the gravid and nongravid pelvis according to protocol guidelines utilizing real time equipment with both trans abdominal and endocavity transducers
- Recognize and identify the sonographic appearance of normal and abnormal processes of the abdomen, superficial structures, non-cardiac chest and the gravid and nongravid pelvis
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. They are located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, and their phone number is 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org.upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). They are located at 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043, and their phone number is 443-973-3251, www.jrcdms.org.
What classes will I take?
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Although our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, transfer opportunities are available f you wish to continue your education. Affordably YOURS, our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. Therefore, we encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.
Where can I complete this program?
You can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg Campus. Clinical rotations are assigned within 85 miles of the Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn how you can apply.
When can I apply?
We offer courses in the spring, summer and fall, and you can apply anytime. When enrolling into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, you must apply to the non-clinical component of the program first. Therefore, please use the program code 342P to make sure your application is for the correct program.
How can I learn more?