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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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 DMS clinicals online using Survey Monkey.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DMSFall2021 -  Fall 2021 application.

Contact Information

Program Director: Julia Imboden, 717-221-1322, jrimbode@hacc.edu
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 85 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 - April 15
      • Eligible candidates will be emailed the details about the USA examination.
        • Cost is $80 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 mid May
  • 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, Julia R. Imboden-jrimbode@hacc.edu
      • 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 attend a mandatory information session Spring 2021. (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  
2020 100% 100% 100% 100% 92%
2019 100% 100% 100% 100% 58%
2018 100% 100% 100% 100% 83%
2017 100% 100% 100% 92%  100%
2016 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
           
5 Year Average
(2016-2020)
100% 100% 100% 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