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DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY
- Graduates of the DMS Program who have passed the ARRT Certification Exam in Sonography are immediately eligible to sit for the ARDMS Certification Exams.
- Graduates of the DMS Program who hold a Bachelor’s Degree (BS or BA) or higher will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS certifying examination immediately upon completion of the program.
- Graduates of the DMS Program who have prior education in a two year allied health care field (single subject) that is patient care related will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS certifying examination immediately upon completion of the program. A two year allied health education program is defined as (1) 24 consecutive calendar months OR (2) 60 semester credits OR (3) 84 quarter credits. Examples of such allied health occupations include, but are not limited to radiologic technologists (RT), registered nurse (RN), respiratory therapist, or occupational therapist.
- Graduates of the DMS Program who hold an active certification with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), or Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS certifying examination immediately upon completion of the program
- Graduates of the DMS PRogram who do not have any of the above prior education prerequisites must work for one year (1680 hours) as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer before they are eligible to sit for the ARDMS examination.
Ultrasound diagnostic imaging is one of the fastest emerging fields in the healthcare industry. There is a very high demand for their unique skills. Ultrasound is becoming the diagnostic method of choice in many areas of medicine, with health care professionals often preferring ultrasound to other diagnostic scanning techniques (such as radiographic technology, or x-rays) due to the safety of this non-invasive technology and its ability to capture such detailed images. Ultrasound is perhaps most often associated with pregnancies, but now diagnostic medical sonography is used to scan everything from the nervous system to the digestive system, blood vessels, tumors, the eyes and more.
Sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan. Ultrasound Technicians use an instrument called a transducer to transmit high frequency sound waves through the body of the patient. As the sound waves bounce off the targeted body part or organ, their echoes are captured by specialized equipment that converts them into visual images. The internal images are then examined by a trained and credentialed diagnostic physician via digital imaging.
Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.
- Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
- Push and pull routinely
- Bend and stoop routinely
- Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
- Distinguish audible sounds
- Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
- Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
- Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
- Assist patients on and off examining tables
- Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
- Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence
Our 23 month program offers an Associate of Science Degree specialized in Sonography and meets both ARRT requirements for graduates to pursue primary pathway certification and registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and ARDMS Requirements for Certification in SPI Physics, Abdominal and Small Parts, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our class size will never exceed 15-20 students providing students ample time in laboratory and more one on one time with the instructor. Casa Loma College’s program is built upon sequential learning and therefore we do not enroll students continuously throughout the year. New classes enroll twice per year.
The first semester of the program includes general prerequisites of anatomy and physiology, math, physics, and communication. Once these preliminaries are out of the way, students will focus on core classes such as Abdomen and Small Parts, OB/GYN, Introduction to Vascular and Physics. Upon completion of core courses students have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to attend two semesters of externship in clinics, diagnostic imaging centers or hospitals. During these two semesters, students will gain experience, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, learn about the field, and assess their interest and abilities.
Upon completion of the program you will receive a an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and join the growing ranks of Casa Loma College distinguished alumni, in addition to the prominent community of Sonographers.