Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

About the Program

The four-semester Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program begins each fall semester. This is a full-time day time program.

AWARD TYPES: Advanced Technical Certificate

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes

STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

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Provide basic patient care and practices in general diagnostic medical sonography, including employ professional judgment, ethics and communication skill.

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Recognize sonographic appearance and/or Doppler patterns of normal structures, disease processes, and pathologies.

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Apply acoustic physics and Doppler ultrasound principles to operate the ultrasound machine.

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Perform sonographic examinations according to protocols.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Information Session

Learn more about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program by completing an online information session.
The online information session is a mandatory requirement of the admission process.

Once you have completed the information session, you will receive an email containing the admissions application.

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Program Information

A Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer receives specialized training to work with high-frequency sound waves that produce images of soft-tissue structures within the body. The individual provides patient service in a variety of medical settings in which a physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of sonographic procedures.

By assisting physicians in gathering sonographic data, the sonographer is able to obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate diagnostic results.

A sonographer also performs appropriate procedures to record anatomical, pathological and physiologic data.

A graduate of the program is prepared to work in the area of general (defined as abdomen, obstetric, gynecologic, superficial parts, and other appropriate areas) diagnostic medical sonography. Employment may be found in hospitals, clinics, and private offices.  In 2008, the average starting salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer was $43,600 according to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). With experience a sonographer may advance into the areas of education, management, research and/or marketing.

 

ARDMS rules

ARDMS rules indicate that ARDMS may take action against an applicant, candidate or registrant in the case of conviction, plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere to any crime. If you are presently charged with, or been convicted or found guilty of or plead nolo contendere to any crime (felony and/or misdemeanor), other than a speeding or parking violation, you may have questions concerning this rule and may wish to obtain clarification as to how it pertains to your circumstances. ARDMS conducts a "pre-application review," for a $125 non-refundable fee, for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. The pre-application review process is recommended for individuals who have not yet applied for examination and are contemplating employment in the field of sonography and/or enrollment in a sonography program. Go online at www.ardms.org for details on the pre-application review process.

 

Accreditation

Accreditation:

"The Abdomen-Extended and Obstetrics & Gynecology DMS Program at Houston Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)."

 

Name           AddressPhone
CAAHEP  9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775    
 727-210-2350          
JRC-DMS 6021 University Blvd., Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
 443-973-3251

 

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2020 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/ Aligned Award

Agency Standard

HCC Standard

2017

Pass Rate

(# Passed)

2018

Pass Rate

(# Passed)

2019

Pass Rate

(# Passed)

2020

Pass Rate

(# Passed)

2020 Results

Diagnostic Medical Sonography ATC

Abdomen Certification

n/a

75%

94% (15)

95% (18)

95% (19)

90% (18)

Exceeds Expectation

OB/GYN Certification

n/a

75%

93% (13)

94% (17)

88% (22)

89% (8)

Exceeds Expectation

 

 

Class of 2020
Graduated in December
Report ran on 11-4-21
Accepted 24 students Graduated 20 students 83% Completion Rate
17% Attrition Rate
20 students graduated 18 students earned the ARDMS certification awards (The students must pass the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation and a specialty examination to be considered ARDMS) 90% Credential Success Rate
Exam Report (# Passed exam/#Attempted)
74% Abdominal (17/23)
89% Obstetrics & Gynecology (8/9)
100% Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (20/20)
Global Pass Rate
75%
73%
70%
Employment Report
20 students graduated
12 are employed 60% Employment Rate

 

 

Employment

 
 

There are 1,121 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 23.4% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 90 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $33.00 hourly, $69,000 annuall

 

Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource

Certification NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound  Technician - Abdomen

https://tea.texas.gov
/sites/default/files/Registered%
20Diagnostic%20Medical%
20Sonographer%
20obgyn%20final.pdf

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographershttp://www.ardms.org/
Pages/default.aspx
 

 

Certification NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound  Technician - OB/GYN

https://tea.texas.gov
/sites/default/files/Registered%
20Diagnostic%20Medical%
20Sonographer%
20obgyn%20final.pdf

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographershttp://www.ardms.org/
Pages/default.aspx
 

 

 

Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.T.C.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Resources

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Elizabeth Ho

Diagnostic Medical Sonography