|Associate Degree Program (354P) - Harrisburg
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Graduates of HACC's program are eligible for credentialing by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
About the career
Clinical application for Fall 2014 is completed ON-LINE using Survey Monkey (deadline April 15). Eligible candidates will be called to schedule an interview. Check back Spring 2014!
Information sessions Open to anyone interested in learning more about the program - Thur, Mar 20, 2-4 pm (pdf) rev 11/11/13 Letter to students regarding mandatory information sessions (emailed Nov 11, 2013) (pdf)
PowerPoint from the Fall 2013 information session (pdf) - Great, interesting info!
Course requirements/suggested schedule (rev 2/14)-new for Fall 2014
Sample Schedule and other important information (includes current clinical sites)(rev 6/27/13)
Estimated Expenses (pdf) rev 11/13
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf)
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer ACINET Video (This video is required viewing for DMS students.)
SDMS Career Video (This video is required viewing for DMS students.)
Admission Criteria, Essential Qualifications 2014 (pdf)
NEW - Point system change for Fall 2014 (letter to students) (pdf) 3/21/13
Policies Affecting Program Admission
Program Effectiveness Data
Three year program completion rate - 85%
Program performance on national board exam - SPI - 100%; OB/GYN - 100%; ABD: 91%
Job placement (3 years) - 100%
This is a highly competitive and selective admission program. You will be admitted as a pre-DMS student and work with your advisor to apply to the clinical/core (DMS) component of the program. Due to accreditation standards and clinical limitations, only 10-12 students are selected into clinicals each year. Each year the DMS program has 20-35 applicants. See Admitted Students Profile for detailed information.
Length of Program and College Degree Conferred
campus. Students are required to sit for the ARDMS credentialing exam (Sonography Principles and Instrumentation) before graduation. Graduates are eligible to sit for the ARDMS credentialing exams (abdomen and obstetrics and gynecology) and they earn the title Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer(RDMS).
Associate degree program: The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is 81 credits with the awarding of an Associate in Science Degree upon successful completion. Clinical rotations are arranged within a 85 mile radius of the
DMS Program Contacts
If you have questions, contact Health Careers:
(717) 780-1988 or (800) 222-4222 ext. 211988
DMS Program Office:
HACC Harrisburg Campus
Blocker Hall 106
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
The College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission granted initial accreditation in April, 1967, and reaffirmed most recently June 2007. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has authorized the College to award the Associate's degree.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education, www.msche.org, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Phone: (267) 284–5000, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Spanish: españolinfo@msche.org
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), www.caahep.org, accredits programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, Phone: 727-210-2350 Fax: 727-210-2354
Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, www.jrcdms.org, 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043, Phone: 443.973.3251 Fax : 866.738.3444
The Commission granted initial accreditation to the HACC DMS Program in May 2005 and reaffirmed most recently May 2008.
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