Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Director/Program Coordinator
Name Jaime Retiz, RDMS, RVT
Title Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Room N-205
Program Area
Allied Health
Phone 409-944-1494
Email jretiz@gc.edu
Admin Support Elizabeth IIes Ext. 490
Student Success Coach/Advisor
Name

Jayne Withers

Ext 220

 Program Overview

Would you like to be a part of the fastest growing healthcare careers in Texas? 

Your Pathway

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Degree Plan

The four-semester Diagnostic Medical Sonography program begins each fall semester and leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Course Description
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.

Associate of Applied Science

Prerequisites

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MATH 1314  College Algebra 3
PHYS 1401 College Physics 4
ENG 1301 Composition I 3
14

 

First Year - First Semester (Fall)
DMSO 1210 Intro to Sonography 2
DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography 4
DMSO 1351 Sonographic Sectional Anatomy 3
DMSO 1355 Sonographic Pathophysiology 3
15
First Year - Second Semester (Spring)
DMSO 2405 Sonography OB/GYN 1
DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 2353 Sonography Superficial Structures 3
DMSO 1166 Practicum I 3
11
First Year - Third Semester (Summer I)
DMSO 2242 Sonography Pathology 2
DMSO 2351 Doppler Physics  3
DMSO 1267 Practicum II 2
7
Second Year - First Semester (Fall)

 DMSO

 

1300 Principles of Vascular Tech 2
DMSO 2243 Advanced Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1367 Practicum III 3
DSVT 2301 General Psychology 3
11
Second Year - Second Semester (Spring)
DMSO 2130 Advanced Ultrasound Review * 1
DMSO 2366 Practicum IV 3

Language, Philosophy 

and Culture Elective OR Creative Arts Elective 3
7
Total Semester Credit Hours in Program
Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 65                       

  • Identifies Capstone course

Popular Specializations

W

Abdomen and Small Parts

W

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Additional Specializations

W

Musculoskeletal Sonography

W

Breast sonography

Employment Outlook

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.