Programs And Courses

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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Abdomen Sonography-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography

The diagnostic medical sonographer provides patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. Watch a 3 1/2-minute video about the profession (created by a recent HACC graduate) - https://youtu.be/PunqA_CdBzs.

Apply for Fall 2023 DMS clinicals online using this link (in Survey Monkey) - CHECK BACK during Spring 2023.   Students must have attended an information session during spring 2023.

Attend an Information Session

  • Anyone interested in learning more about DMS is invited to attend.
  • Students planning to apply for clinicals in 2023 must attend an information session during spring 2023*
  • Located on Harrisburg Campus - Select Medical building (not Zoom)
  • Register - email RSVPDMS@hacc.edu - include your name, ID, phone and email and the information session date
    • *Jan. 26, 2023, 2-4 p.m., in Select Medical 115
    • *Feb. 8, 2023, 8- 10 a.m. in SM 105
    • *Feb. 23, 2023, 3- 5 p.m. in SM 115
  • *Spring 2023 information sessions are the mandatory sessions
  • View campus location (Google Maps).
  • Download map of Harrisburg Campus (pdf)


Contact Information
Program Director: Kristy Angstadt: klangsta@hacc.edu, 717-221-1322
Admissions Counselor: 800-222-4222 - start@hacc.edu
Financial Aid: 800-222-4222
General Advising Appointments: 717-780-2498 advising@hacc.edu
Program Specific Advising Appointments: 717-221-1392

About the Program

Applied Science Degree, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • 69 credit A.A.S that combines clinical, lab and didactic coursework
  • ARDMS credentialing exams (3)
    • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation
    • Abdomen
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • You can earn the title of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) after successful completion of the exams and graduation.
  • Program Estimated Expenses (pdf)



Program Goals for Students
To prepare competent entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the Abdomen Sonography-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography concentrations.



Required Courses

  • Download  Required Courses (pdf)
  • HACC assigns clinical rotations within 80 miles of the Harrisburg campus
  • Typical clinical rotation is 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • DMS classes and lab are held at the Harrisburg Campus
  • Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and online



Program Application

  • Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program.
  • Every Spring Semester - apply for DMS clinicals online using Survey Monkey
    • Applications available from March 1-May 1
      • Eligible candidates will be emailed the details about the USA examination.
        • Cost is $85 paid to the vendor
        • Scheduled remotely by the vendor
      • Points will be calculated in mid-May after spring grades are posted
      • Students will receive an Admit or Non-Admit letter June 15
  • Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf)
  • To be eligible to apply for clinicals
    • English 101, Math 103 and either BIOL 111 or BIOL 121 & Biol 122 need to be completed or in progress for completion in May
    • Must have met with a DMS advisor
      • If you don't have a DMS advisor, please contact the Program Director, Kristy Angstadt: klangsta@hacc.edu, 717-221-1322
      • Please watch this DMS video before you meet with a DMS advisor. 
      • List any questions you may have for your meeting with the DMS advisor.
    • Must have attended a mandatory information session (flier) held during spring 2023. (Even if you attended a past session you must attend a session the spring semester of your application.) 


Is the program accredited?

The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

CAAHEP
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.CAAHEP.org

JRC-DMS
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
443-973-3251
Fax: 866-738-3444
www.jrcdms.org


 

What is the most current (2020) program effectiveness data?

 

 

 

Graduation Year

 

 

 

ARDMS Exam Pass Rate
(Within program --prior to graduation)

 

Job Placement Rate
(When seeking employment within 12 months of graduation)

 

 

Program Completion Rate
(# graduates in cohort / # students initially in cohort)

  SPI (Physics & Instrumentation) Abdomen OB/GYN  
2022 100% 100% 100% 100% 50%
2021 100% 100% 92% 100% 100%
2020 100% 100% 100% 100% 92%
2019 100% 100% 100% 100% 58%
2018 100% 100% 100% 100% 83%
           
5 Year Average
(2017-2020)
100% 100% 98% 98% 87%




Where can I get more information?

 

DMS Program Office:

HACC Harrisburg Campus
Blocker Hall 101
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-221-1392

 

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