Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) at Northern Virginia Community College


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DMS 100 - Orientation to the Sonography Profession
Presents brief history of sonography profession, code of ethics, scope of practice, and technical standards. Prerequisite: Admission to DMS program.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
DMS 150 - Echocardiography I
Presents the fundamentals of adult echocardiography including basic ultrasound scanning techniques of the heart. Focuses on anatomy, pathophysiology, and echocardiography pattern recognition with real-time 2-D, 3D & 4-D imaging, Doppler, and M-mode echocardiography. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous sonography courses with a grade of "C" or better.
Lecture 3 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
DMS 160 - Vascular Sonography I
Presents the fundamentals of vascular technology including basic ultrasound scanning techniques of the peripheral vascular and abdominal vascular systems. Focuses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, and vascular recognition with real-time 2-D and Doppler imaging. Prerequisite: Complete all previous sonography courses with a "C" or higher.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
DMS 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DMS 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DMS 206 - Introduction to Sonography
Introduces the diagnostic foundations of diagnostic medical sonography, including terminology, scan plane orientations, anatomical relationships, departmental administrative operations, hospital organization and basic patient care principles.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
DMS 207 - Sectional Anatomy
Teaches normal sectional anatomy in the transverse, longitudinal and coronal planes, with correlated sonographic images. Emphasis will be placed on abdominopelvic organs and vasculature.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
DMS 208 - Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I
Discusses and solves mathematical problems associated with human tissue, basic instrumentation and scanning technology.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
DMS 209 - Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II
Focuses on the areas of ultrasonic, instrumentation, image artifacts, biologic effects, quality control as well as Doppler principles and applications and basic types of equipment through lecture and laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: DMS 208.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
DMS 211 - Abdominal Sonography
Examines the clinical applications within the specialty of abdominal sonography including interpretation of normal and abnormal sonographic patters, pathology, related clinical signs and symptoms, normal variants and clinical laboratory tests. Includes laboratory sessions on basic scanning techniques and protocols.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
3-4 credits
DMS 212 - Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography
Presents the clinical applications within the sonographic specialties of obstetrics and gynecology. Includes topics of discussion on normal and abnormal sonographic patters, related clinical symptoms and associated laboratory tests. Includes laboratory sessions on basic scanning techniques. Co-requisite: DMS 211.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
3-4 credits
DMS 217 - Sectional Anatomy Laboratory
Provides experience with sectional anatomy.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
DMS 218 - Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation Laboratory I
Presents practice with basic instrumentation, mathematical calculations, basic properties of acoustical physics. Co-requisite: DMS 208.
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
1 credits
DMS 219 - Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation Laboratory II
Presents advanced practice with instrumentation, hemodynamics, Doppler instrumentation and pulse echo technology. Prerequisite: DMS 208. Co-requisite: DMS 209.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
DMS 222 - Sonography Registry Review
Reviews material covered throughout the sonography program to prepare the student for the ultrasound registry examination.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
DMS 231 - Clinical Education I
Develops the students' ultrasonic skills in a diagnostic environment; may include on campus labs, private office settings, as well as hospital rotations. May include experiences in abdominal, pelvic, obstetrical, and small parts scanning, as well as echocardiography and vascular sonography.
Laboratory 8-15 hours per week.
2-3 credits
DMS 232 - Clinical Education II
Develops the students' ultrasonic skills in a diagnostic environment; may include on campus labs, private office settings, as well as hospital rotations. May include experiences in abdominal, pelvic, obstetrical, and small parts scanning, as well as echocardiography and vascular sonography. Prerequisite: DMS 231.
Laboratory 20 hours per week.
4 credits
DMS 241 - Advanced Abdominal Sonography
Presents advanced study of abdominal sonography with concentration on case study reviews of normal anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, including abnormal etiology and diagnostic techniques. Prerequisite: DMS 211.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
DMS 242 - Advanced Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography
Presents advanced study of obstetrics/gynecology with concentration on case study reviews of normal anatomy, physiology, and fetal development, including abnormal etiology and diagnostic techniques. Prerequisite: DMS 212.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
DMS 243 - Breast Sonography
Presents the fundamentals of breast sonography, including case study review of normal anatomy, physiology, and pathological conditions of breast tissue and its visualization with real-time 2-D & 3-D imaging, and Doppler. Prerequisites: Completes all previous sonography courses with a grade of "C" or better.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
DMS 245 - Vascular Ultrasound Sectional Anatomy
Presents ultrasound sectional anatomy of the peripheral vascular, cerebrovascular and abdominal vascular systems. Presents anatomy in transverse, sagittal and coronal planes. Prerequisite: All previous sonography classes must be completed with a "C" or better.
Lecture 2 hours. Lab 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
DMS 250 - Echocardiography II
Presents advanced study of echocardiography with concentration on case study reviews of normal anatomy, physiology, and pathologic conditions of the adult heart. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all previous sonography courses with a grade of "C" or better.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
DMS 255 - Echocardiography Registry Review
Presents students with registry examination preparation, test-taking strategies and skills that will facilitate the graduates' entry into the career of sonography. Prerequisite: Completion of all prior Sonography courses with a "C" or better.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
DMS 256 - Echocardiography Case Study Review
Presents weekly echocardiography case studies by faculty and students for interpretation and pattern recognition. Prerequisite: Completion of all prior sonography courses with a "C" or better.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
DMS 260 - Vascular Sonography II
Presents the fundamentals of vascular technology including basic ultrasound scanning techniques of the cerebrovascular system. Focuses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, and vascular recognition with real-time 2-D and Doppler imaging. Prerequisite: Completion of all previous sonography courses with a "C" or better,
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
DMS 265 - Vascular Case Study Review
Presents weekly vascular case studies by faculty and students for interpretation and pattern recognition. Prerequisite: Completion of all previous sonography courses with a "C" or better.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
DMS 266 - Vascular Ultrasound Registry Review
Presents students with registry examination preparation, test-taking strategies and skills that will facilitate the graduates' entry into the career of sonography. Prerequisite: Completion of all previous Sonography courses with a "C" or better.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
DMS 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DMS 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits