Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)


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Program Application Deadline June 1.

The application process has moved to an online format if you have not received your canvas application course invite please contact Deb Myers at myersd@mtc.edu

Play an important part in health care by taking ultrasounds to provide crucial information for diagnosing and treating patients. This well-paying field is growing by double digits.

Program Description

The Program – Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Technology

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use special equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Sonographers operate the equipment, which collects reflected echoes and forms an image that may be videotaped, transmitted, or photographed for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician. Viewing the screen during the scan, sonographers look for subtle visual cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones. They decide whether the images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and select which ones to store and show to the physician. Sonographers take measurements, calculate values, and analyze the results in preliminary findings for the physicians.

Sonography Mission Statement

To provide an environment for student sonographers to become qualified and competent technologists in a healthcare setting.  We partner with the healthcare community to provide higher education for sonographers. Marion Technical College encourages the process of life-long learning.

Important Information for Program

A program application is required Please contact Deb Myers at 740-386-4106 or at myersd@mtc.edu to schedule an appointment to start the application process.

Please note: students are required to complete 32 observation hours at three different clinical sites.

If you are currently working in Health Technologies these requirements may not apply. Please contact Deb Myers at 740-386-4106 myersd@mtc.edu

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Observation Verification form is located on the admission limited enrollment pdf.

Your Degree – Associate of Applied Science

Two-year (six semesters) full-time degree schedule; a mixture of core technical and science courses along with basic communications classes.

Program Goals

  • To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the following concentration (s) it offers: Abdominal sonography-Extended and Obstetrics and gynecology sonography.
  • To provide the community with competent diagnostic medical sonographers.
  • To facilitate the development of effective communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • To facilitate the development of professional attitudes, behaviors, and ethics within the framework of the diagnostic medical sonography profession.

What you’ll learn

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in abdominal sonography.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in OB/GYN sonography.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in small parts/ superficial structures /high-resolution sonography.
  • Modify standard procedures to accommodate for patient conditions and other variables to obtain quality images.
  • Evaluate the cross-sectional anatomy pathology.
  • Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate first aid and basic life support procedures.
  • Evaluate images for appropriate image quality and pathology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to quality assurance.
  • State the safe limits of equipment operation and report malfunctions to the proper authority.
  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion when performing imaging procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of your role in the healthcare environment.
  • Practice effective communication with patients and other health professionals.
  • Provide basic patient care, comfort, anticipate patient needs, and patient education.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ultrasound production.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human structure, function, and pathology.
  • Support the profession’s code of ethics and comply with the profession’s standard of practice.

Application Process

Limited Enrollment
To qualify for MTC’s Sonography Program, applicants must have:

  1. Fulfilled all MTC General and Program admission requirements, and schedule an appointment to submit both the Sonography Program Application and the non-academic standards form. Application deadline June 1st.
  2. Successfully completed high school or certification of equivalent education by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Acceptance into the Sonography program is contingent upon receipt of the official final high school transcript with posted graduation date or passing GED results.
  3. Earned an accumulated grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (4.0 scale) in high school or GED examination equivalent, or completed a minimum of 12 semester hours (or equivalent) of college credit with an accumulative GPA of 2.5.
  4. Taken high school algebra, biology, and chemistry, or successfully completed equivalent college coursework (MTC’s Principles of Biology and Chemistry – SCI 1050 and/or Pre-Algebra – MTH 0910).
  5. Successful completion of the ACT or Basic Skills Assessment (ACCUPLACER) in reading, writing, mathematics (algebra), and technology skills.
  6. Reached 18 years of age by the end of the calendar year in which you are seeking admission into Sonography technical courses.
  7. Observed in an ultrasound department a minimum of 32 hours at three different clinical sites and a submitted ‘‘Observation Validation’’ form. (Form is available on web site under Sonography Program)
  8. Transfer students to MTC must qualify in accordance with current Sonography program admission criteria.
  9. Strongly suggest completion of all (7) core classes listed on the admission score sheet.
  10. Completion of USASSESSMENT test prior to DMS application submission.

Program Accreditation

DMS Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) January 16, 2019, thru 2024.

The Marion Technical College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Technologies Education Programs (CAAHEP).

This accreditation is granted only after recommendation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) based on a programmatic review and site visit. Recognition by CAAHEP qualifies the Program’s graduates for eligibility to apply for and take the following certification examinations for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS):

Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Abdominal Sonography Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Health Technologies Education Programs
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775,
727-210-2354 (fax)

JRC-DMS: Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043, phone: 443-973-3251 http://www.jrcdms.org/

Advisory Committee:

Rosemary Appelfeller Health Technologies Marion Harding High School
Alice Bailey Career Dev. Specialist (RET.) Tri-Rivers Career Center
Tamara Bennett R.D.M.S. Sonographer Knox Community Hospital
Dylan Black R.T. Imaging Manager Marion Medical Campus
Tanya Campbell R.D.M.S. Lead Sonographer Doctor’s Hospital
Nancy Crowell R.N. Public Member
Logan Derry R.D.M.S. Graduate
Tristan Haberman Imaging Manager OhioHealth
Tress Krock R.T. (R), R.D.M.S. , R.D.C.S. Cardiovascular Sonographer Ohio State University Medical Center
Leslie Marsh B.S.R.T, R.T.(R), R.D.M.S. Staff Sonographer Marion General Hospital
Kim Miller Public Member
Brandy Page Academic Advisor Marion Technical College
Dr. Alan Reier, MD Radiologist Marion General Hospital
Nicole Sayers R.D.M.S. Team Leader, Ultrasound Marion General Hospital
Kathy Schelb R.T.(R), R.D.M.S., R.D.C.S., R.V.T. Team Leader, Ultrasound Marion General Hospital
Gretchen Severns R.T., R.D.M.S. MTC Lab Instructor MTC
Christy Stinehelfer R.T Program Director University of Findlay
Ashley Streby R.D.M.S. Ultrasound Team Lead Riverside
Jessica Sansotta R.T., R.D.M.S. Graduate, Clinical Coordinator Marion General Hospital
Will Vornholt B.S., R.T.(R), R.D.M.S., ABD+OB/GYN Staff Sonographer Grady Memorial Hospital
Erin Tope R.D.M.S. Graduate Grady Memorial Hospital
Megan Stockmaster R.D.M.S. Graduate Marion General Hospital
2 Student Members First-Year Students
2 Student Members Second Year Students

For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu

Or you may contact:

Debra Myers by sending an e-mail to myersd@mtc.edu


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