Diagnostic Medical Sonography Training Details
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) certificate program is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the General Concentration (Abdomen and OB/GYN Sonography). The DMS program is designed to prepare students to become skilled Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Students in this CAAHEP accredited 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, hands-on training, 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 examinations. For more details regarding certification requirements, please contact ARDMS 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 experience 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 Ultrasound Technicians or Technologists, is in high demand and is expected to continue to grow well into the future. Ultrasound technologists generally work 40 hours per week, but some may be hired part-time as well. It is also possible to work nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotation basis depending on the facility in which they are employed. Upon completion of this certificate program, graduates often find employment in hospitals and imaging centers.
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.
Minimum Admission Requirements
High school diploma or equivalent
Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (administered at AIMS)
A college-level communications or English course (or equivalent)
A college-level algebra, statistics, or higher level math course
A college-level general physics or radiographic physics course
A college-level human anatomy and physiology course (or courses) that covers all body systems
*Applicants can complete Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, College Algebra, and English Composition I through the Portage Learning online platform.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has a selective application process. Meeting the minimum requirements or recommendations does not guarantee you will be accepted into the program. From the pool of applicants, those who are considered most qualified for the study and practice of sonography will be admitted. Candidates with the following backgrounds will be given first priority on available classroom and clinical slots:
Completion of at least 30 college credits or equivalent
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6 months of patient care experience or healthcare education
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Graduate of the Medical Assistant program at AIMS with a 3.0 GPA or higher
A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from all college coursework (Recommended GPA varies based on pool of applicants)
A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher from coursework completed at post-secondary technical/vocational schools. (Recommended GPA varies based on pool of applicants)