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 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.
2660 clock hours
Classroom instruction and lab - 1760 hours
Clinical internship - 900 hours
The day program can be completed in approximately 29 months.
The evening program can be completed in approximately 36 months.
Comprehensive education and training:
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Patient Care & Safety
Abdomen & Small Parts
Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation
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
Recommended (not required)
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
- OR -
6 months of patient care experience or healthcare education
- OR -
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)
Additional Program Requirements:
All sonography students are required to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 upon completion of the pre-diagnostic modules at AIMS.
Feb 27, 2017 (Day)
Monday - Friday
9:00am to 2:00pm
Other Financial Assistance
* Evening programs take longer to complete than day programs.
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