Galveston College Allied Health

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Galveston offers five (5) semester program with graduates receiving an Associated of Applied Science. The goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the abdomen-extended and obstetrics & gynecology concentrations.

 

Overview 

Name Jaime Retiz, RDMS, RVT
Title Program Director
Room N-205
Program Area Allied Health
Phone 409-944-1494
Email jretiz@gc.edu 
Admin Support Elizabeth IIes Ext. 490

 

Name TBA
Title Clinical Coordinator 
Room TBA
Program Area Allied Health
Phone TBA
Email TBA
Admin Support Elizabeth IIes Ext. 490

Sonography Program Information

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Sonography Program Application

 

 

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Galveston College is a good fit if you have strong organizational and multitasking skills and want a medical career with high patient contact. 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.

A diagnostic medical sonographer’s responsibilities may include

  • Taking a patient history
  • Preparing and maintaining the diagnostic equipment
  • Generating images through the use of sonographic equipment
  • Determining if the ultrasound procedure has captured all the necessary images and if the quality is adequate for diagnosis
  • Analyzing technical information
  • Communicating with and providing a report to the interpreting physician who makes a diagnosis based on the images

The Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is designed to provide a quality and comprehensive education, through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences that prepare students for entry-level positions and to become multicredentialed sonographers.

Students attend classroom sessions and get practical experience in the ultrasound scanning lab and through clinical rotations in area hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Clinical rotations are work-based learning experiences, where students practice what they have learned in a real-life setting under the supervision of a professional.

 

Prerequisites
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MATH 1314  College Algebra 3
PHYS

1401 OR 1410

College Physics OR Elementary Physics  4
ENG 1301 Composition I 3
    Total: 14
First Year - First Semester (Fall)
DMSO 1210 Introduction to Sonography 2
DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1351 Sonographic Sectional Anatomy 3
DMSO 1355 Sonographic Pathophysiology 3
DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4
    Total: 15
First Year - Second Semester (Spring)
DMSO 1166 Practicum I 1
DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 2353 Sonography Superficial Structures 3
DMSO 2405 Sonography OB/GYN 4
    Total: 11
First Year - Third Semester (Summer I) 
DMSO 1267 Practicum II 2
DMSO 2242 High-Risk Obstetrics 2
DMSO 2351 Doppler Physics 3
    Total: 7
Second Year - First Semester (Fall) 
DMSO 2243 Practicum III 2
DMSO 1367 Advanced Ultrasound Physics 3
DSVT 1300 Principles of Vascular Technology 3
PYCH 2301 General Psychology 3
    Total: 11
Second Year - Second Semester (Spring)
DMSO 2130 Advanced Ultrasound Review* 1
DMSO 2366 Practicum IV 3
Elective    Language, Philosophy and Culture elective OR Creative Arts elective 3
    Total: 7
       
Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 65
 
* Identifies Capstone course

 

 

  Cohort 2020 Cohort 2021
Graduation Rate  6/6 100% 7/8 88%
ARRT (S) Registry 5/5 100%    
ARDMS (AB) 1/2 50% 2/3 67%
ARDMS (OB/GYN) 3/3 100% 2/4 50%
ARDMS (SPI) 5/5 100% 6/6 100%
Credential Success Rate* 5/6 83% 3/7 43%
Job Placement 4/6 67% 4/7 57%

*A graduate is a registered sonographer by passing either ARRT (S) or passing both the SPI and Specialty exam (AB or OB/GYN) registry

** Revised September 16, 2022 

The Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is an American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) recognized educational program. This recognition allows graduates to be ARRT-Sonography registry eligible upon completion of the program.

ARRT, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

1255 Northland Drive

St. Paul, MN 55120-1155


The Galveston College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) in the abdomen-extended and OB/GYN concentrations. 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

www.caahep.org

9355 113th St N, #7709

Seminole, FL 33775

727-210-2350

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  • Abdomen-Extended 
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 

The outlook for employment as a diagnostic medical sonographer is very good, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. It predicts that employment will grow 47% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Entry level sonographer salary approximately $55,000 per year.

 

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