Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Division: Health Science
Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker (Interim)
Program Mission Statement
The Cypress College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program provides a high quality education to prepare a diverse population of students with entry level skills needed to become competent and confident sonographers.
Program Goals and Objectives
- Students will have the knowledge and skills to competently and safely perform sonography procedures.
- Students will develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively.
- Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Students will evaluate the importance of professional development and growth.
- The program will provide the community with entry level sonographers for employment in the healthcare setting.
Program Effectiveness expected outcomes are:
- Students will pass the national certification exam on the 1st attempt.
- Students seeking employment will be gainfully employed within 6 months of graduation.
- Students will complete the program.
- Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
- Employers will be satisfied with the performance of newly hired technologists.
After completing the clinical internship and receiving the completion certificate, the student will be eligible to apply for the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Hwy 19 North
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Minimum Standards to Apply
- Eligibility for admission to Cypress College.
- High school diploma or GED test, or the high school proficiency examination.
- Minimum age of 17 years. Must be 18 years old at the start of clinical training.
- Present evidence of good physical and mental health, as determined by medical examination upon admission to program and prior to enrollment.
- Overall GPA of 2.0 in all college classes taken.
- Must have own transportation to all affiliated hospitals.
- Eligibility for ENGL 100 C.
- See “Prerequisites and Requirements” for specific course prerequisites needed to apply.
Prerequisites and Requirements
The following prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term with a grade of C or better in each course. Any course with a grade lower than a C may only be repeated twice.
|RADT 142 C||Radiologic Electronics||4|
|RADT 153 C||Radiography Patient Care||3|
|HS 145 C||Survey of Medical Terminology||3|
|HS 147 C||Survey of Disease||3|
|BIOL 210 C||Anatomy and Physiology||5|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|MATH 040 C||Intermediate Algebra||4|
|CIS 111 C||Computer Information Systems||3|
|DMS 160 C||Introduction to Sonography 1||2|
DMS 160 C must be completed in the Summer Term prior to enrollment into the Fall Term of the Sonography Program. This course is offered only to the accepted and alternate students who will start the program in the next fall semester.
Application and Selection Procedure
- A separate application, in addition to the college application, is required for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
- Applications must be completed online during the month of February. Please see the Health Science Application link on the Diagnostic Medical Sonography home page.
- Applicants must submit official transcripts (except Cypress and Fullerton Colleges), documents in person to the Health Science Applications office, by March 15. Please bring photo identification:
Health Science Applications Office
Health Science Building
9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, California 90630-5897
- An appointment with Health Science counselor or attendance at a program information meeting is recommended to discuss selection criteria and deadlines for application process. Selection criteria will award points for grade point average in program prerequisites. Selection criteria is subject to change, and how many times an applicant has applied to the program.
- Class enrollment is based on the number of approved clinical education centers available. Student capacity is also determined by the Joint Review Commission in Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
DMS 160 C Introduction to Sonography 2 Units
Term hours 27 lecture and 27 laboratory. This course is designed for the student who has been accepted to the diagnostic medical sonography program. Basic sonography theory is taught with emphasis on sonographic terminology and equipment manipulation. Anatomy identification, scanning planes, transducer orientation, ergonomics, and scanning protocols are included. $14 materials fee payable at registration. (CSU)
DMS 170 C Sonography Physics 3.5 Units
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
Term hours: 63 lecture. This course will provide lecture and demonstrations covering the areas of acoustical physics, propagation principles, transducers, machine instrumentation, hemodynamics, harmonics, doppler principles, biological effects, artifacts, and quality control. (CSU)
DMS 172 C Sonography Externship 4 Units
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and DMS 160 C with a grade of C or better.
Term hours: 256 laboratory TBA. This course is designed to acclimate the sonography student to the hospital setting, sonography department, and the sonography profession. The student is expected to complete a minimum of 256 hours of clinical training at an affiliated hospital. Topics include hospital orientation, HIPAA regulations, SDMS code of ethics, sonography ergonomics, and basic scanning techniques and protocols. (CSU)
DMS 175 C Abdomen Sonography 4 Units
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
Term hours: 63 lecture and 27 hours laboratory. This course will provide a study of the clinical applications of abdomen sonography. It will include abdominal vasculature; liver; gallbladder and biliary system; pancreas; spleen; and kidneys. Interpretation of clinical laboratory tests, related clinical signs and symptoms, and normal and abnormal sonographic patterns will be discussed. This course includes a lab section on basic scanning techniques and protocol. (CSU)
DMS 176 C Pathology and Small Parts 3 Units
Corequisite: DMS 186 C and DMS 207 C. Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will discuss the manifestations of abdominal pathology and disease conditions and their relevance to sonographic procedures including hemodynamic changes. The student will describe abdomen scanning techniques and procedures appropriate for the disease process. Normal anatomy, scanning technique, and pathology of small parts is included as well as neonatal imaging. The course will support the student in the clinical phase of sonographic training. Sonographic technique and actual pathologic cases will be discussed. (CSU)
DMS 186 C Obstetric and Gynecology Sonography 4 Units
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in DMS 176 C and DMS 207 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 72 lecture. This obstetric/gynecology sonography course is a study of the pregnant and non-pregnant female reproductive system. This includes an assessment of fetal gestational age, fetal anatomy and pathology, as well as, associated maternal conditions. Gynecological sonography includes normal female anatomy along with pathological processes. Topics of discussion include related clinical symptoms, sonographic appearances, scanning techniques and protocols, and laboratory tests. This course includes a demonstration section on basic scanning techniques and protocol. (CSU)
DMS 188 C Doppler Techniques 1.5 Units
Corequisite: DMS 217 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 27 lecture. This course includes vascular scanning techniques related to carotid, venous, and arterial sonographic exams. (CSU)
DMS 195 C Carotid and Arterial Sonography 4 Units
Corequisite: DMS 227 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 54 lecture and 27 laboratory. This course includes Doppler criteria related to carotid and arterial sonographic exams. (CSU)
DMS 207 C Clinical Education I 8 Units
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of the first (Fall) semester of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and DMS 172 C with a grade of C or better.
Term hours: 480 laboratory TBA. This course offers a minimum of 480 hours of clinical experience at an affiliated hospital. This course will provide basic instruction and scanning experiences in abdomen sonography. The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform sonographic examinations of the abdomen according to the protocols established by the program and clinical education center utilizing sonography equipment. (CSU)
DMS 210 C Review Seminar 2.5 Units
Corequisite: DMS 237 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 45 lecture. This course will prepare the student to enter the workforce by combining all skills acquired during didactic and clinical training. This course correlates and analyzes information pertaining to sonography case studies. The student will achieve an in-depth comprehension and an increased level of understanding of clinical symptoms, sonographic patterns, alternative imaging procedures, and technical pitfalls associated with a diagnostic sonography exam. Review of abdomen, small parts, physics, vasculatr, obstetric and gynecology will be included to help prepare the student for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography test. (CSU)
DMS 217 C Clinical Education II 7 Units
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the second semester (Spring) of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and DMS 207 C with a grade of C or better.
Term hours: 320 laboratory. This course requires a minimum of 384 hours of clinical experience at an affiliated hospital/medical center. This course will provide basic instruction and scanning experiences in breast, thyroid, scrotum, and doppler sonography. The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform sonographic examinations of small parts according to the protocols established by the program and clinical education center utilizing sonography equipment. (CSU)
DMS 227 C Clinical Training III 11 Units
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the Summer session of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and DMS 217 C with a grade of C or better.
Term hours: 612 laboratory. This course requires a minimum of 544 hours of clinical training at an affiliated hospital/medical center. This course will provide the basic instruction and scanning experiences in obstetrics and gynecology sonography. The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform sonographic examinations of the gravid and non gravid pelvis according to the protocols established by the program and clinical education center utilizing sonography equipment with both transabdominal and endocavity transducers. (CSU)
DMS 237 C Clinical Education IV 11 Units
Corequisite: DMS 210 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 612 laboratory. This course requires a minimum of 612 hours of clinical training at an affiliated hospital/medical center. This course will provide basic instruction and scanning experiences in vascular sonography. (CSU)
The courses taught by this department contribute to the following ISLO/PSLOs: A-Breadth of Knowledge, Competencies, and Skills, B-Communication Skills, C-Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Information Competency Skills, and D-Personal, Academic, and Professional Development; specifically, the following ISLO/PSLO subcategories: A1-Health Sciences, B1-Reading, B2-Writing, B3-Communicating, B4-Presenting, C1-Analysis, C2-Computation, C3-Research, C4-Problem Solving, C5-Technology, D1-Personal Responsibility, and D2-Global Citizenship.