Diagnostic Medical Sonography Training Details
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) certificate program at AIMS Education is designed to prepare students to become skilled Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. This program is accredited by CAAHEP for the General Concentration (Abdomen and OB/GYN Sonography). Students in this CAAHEP accredited and ARRT approved program will learn to use ultrasound equipment to create images of internal body structures that doctors use to make diagnoses.
During the course of the program, students will learn about the basic principles for DMS scanning technology and gain hands-on experience with the various types of instrumentation employed in Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Vascular Sonography.
This comprehensive training program includes classroom instruction, in-school clinical hours, and a clinical internship. Through this combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience, our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as qualified Ultrasound Technologists.
Upon completion of the program, all graduates meeting the necessary requirements will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS and ARRT examinations. For more details regarding certification requirements, please contact the respective organizations directly.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires students to complete 900 clinical hours prior to graduation. Students will be placed at a clinical site by the AIMS Internship Department. The internship is designed to provide practical training in a real work environment; students will have a mentor who trains and guides them. 80 clinical hours will be completed during the DMS 256 course, and the remaining 820 hours will be completed during the clinical internship. Students are not permitted to begin the internship until all required classroom and lab hours are completed.
AIMS Education has clinical affiliations with numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Students will be placed at one or more of these affiliated sites and must complete their clinical hours based on the schedule provided by the school. Internship schedules are based on the availability of clinical sites. All students (Day and Evening) must be prepared to complete their internship during normal business hours (Monday through Friday). The majority of clinical sites do not allow students to complete clinical hours in the evening or on the weekend.
The primary goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Employment of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, also known as an Ultrasound Technician or Technologist, is in high demand and will continue to grow well into the future. An Ultrasound Technologist generally works 40 hours per week.
Part-time Ultrasound Techs may have to work nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotation basis depending on the facility in which they are employed. Upon completion of our certification program, employment may be secured at physicians' clinics, out-patient facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals.
Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility
AIMS students are eligible to take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination after successfully completing the following course - DMS 220: Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation.
Up to 60 days prior to graduation, DMS students will be eligible to take the Abdomen (AB) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) specialty examinations offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Graduates who have passed the SPI exam and a specialty exam (AB or OB/GYN) will earn the RDMS credential from ARDMS.
Eligibility requirements for the RDMS credential are solely determined by ARDMS, and are subject to change at any time. ARDMS is an independent organization. AIMS does not guarantee registry exam eligibility.