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Program information

We offer

The Mercyhealth Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program offers:

  • Small class size (six students)
  • 15-month certificate curriculum accredited in abdominal-extended and obstetrical and gynecological sonography
  • 12 unique rotations of integrated didactic and clinical courses
  • Introductory coursework for vascular, breast and MSK sonography
  • Exposure to other sonographic specialties (echocardiography, vascular, neurology, pediatrics, maternal-fetal medicine, special procedures and mammography)
  • Interaction with medical staff in the clinical and classroom settings
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to competently perform professional responsibilities in the field of sonography

Program goals

Upon completion of the Mercyhealth School of Sonography program, a new graduate will be able to accomplish the following:

Cognitive

  • Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills during the performance of sonographic procedures to provide optimum diagnostic services

Psychomotor

  • Perform sonographic procedures appropriately and accurately recording all anatomic and physiologic information for interpretation by a physician
  • Document and present complete and accurate sonographic findings to the interpreting physician in order to facilitate patient diagnosis
  • Maintain optimal function of the sonographic equipment
  • Assist physician during invasive ultrasound guided procedures

Affective

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and all members of the health care team
  • Provide compassionate patient care and education to promote overall well-being
  • Act in a professional manner within recognized ethical and legal standards
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning

Program curriculum

Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital DMS program reserves the right to revise its curriculum, policies, fees or schedules in response to changing conditions.

Quarter l

DMS100a

Foundations of Sonography

DMS101a

Sonography and Patient Care

DMS102a

Sonography Principals and Instrumentation I

DMS103a

Abdominal Sonography I

DMS105a

Practicum I

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DMS100b

Clinical Lab I

DMS102b

Sonography Principals and Instrumentation II

DMS103c

Abdominal Sonography II

DMS104b

OB/GYN Sonography I

DMS105b

Practicum II

Quarter lll

DMS100c

Clinical Lab II

DMS104d

OB/GYN Sonography II

DMS105c

Practicum III

DMS106c

Introduction to Vascular Sonography I

Quarter lV

DMS100d

Clinical Lab III

DMS103d

Abdomen/OBGYN Registry Review

DMS105d

Practicum IV

DMS106d

Vascular Sonography II

Quarter V

DMS100e

Clinical Lab IV

Certification

Upon successful completion of the diagnostic medical sonography program, graduates are awarded a certificate from the Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates are then eligible to apply for the national certification examinations by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

Program outcomes

Class of 2022

Cohort Size: 4

Retention

100%

Credentialing – Abdomen

75%

Credentialing – OB/GYN

100%

Job Placement Rate

100%

Class of 2021

Cohort Size: 4

Retention

100%

Credentialing – Abdomen

75%

Credentialing – OB/GYN

100%

Job Placement Rate

100%

Class of 2018

Cohort Size: 3

Retention

67%

Credentialing – Abdomen

50%

Credentialing – OB/GYN

50%

Job Placement Rate

100%