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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Certificate

Hamad Ghazle, Program Director
(585) 475-2241, hhgscl@rit.edu

Program overview

The diagnostic medical sonography certificate is an 18-month program that include a clinical internship. The program, which focuses on various abdominal, gynecological, obstetrical, and small parts examinations including certain vascular studies, has been formulated to meet and exceed the objectives of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is designed to produce competent, compassionate, and responsible ultrasound professionals and leaders. This certificate is available to all registered allied health practitioners as well as to those holding an associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. The certificate includes lectures and course work integrated with a clinical internship. Dependent on the previous degree, certain prerequisite courses may be required prior to enrollment in the program. Required prerequisite courses include a year of anatomy and physiology with laboratories and a year of college or general physics with laboratories. A medical terminology course can be very beneficial for your studies. 

Graduates earning the certificate will:

  • gain a thorough working knowledge of ultrasound scanning techniques;
  • be skilled in the operation of ultrasound instrumentation and laboratory equipment;
  • acquire the proper manner in working with patients; and
  • under the guidance from faculty and professional staff, be capable of scheduling and performing the daily workload of ultrasound procedures, of evaluating new procedures where necessary, and of supervising other technical personnel.

Plan of study

During the first academic year, students complete all the prerequisite courses required to enter the clinical internship phase of the program. Students also apply, polish, and test their clinical skills and techniques in the on-campus ultrasound scanning suite, which is equipped with a variety of ultrasound equipment. Following a required two-week pre-clinical internship orientation session, students begin their training at the first of two assigned clinical training sites.

In addition to the diagnostic medical sonography certificate, RIT also offers a bachelor of science degree and a certificate in echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound). Both of these options are designed to meet the growing needs of the national and international medical communities

Clinical internship

The clinical internship is divided into two rotations at various medical facilities. After successfully completing the first year of course work, students are assigned to clinical training sites. At these facilities, students work side by side with sonographers, physicians, radiologists, perinatologists, and other health care professionals to learn, develop, apply, sharpen, and master the skills necessary to perform various ultrasound examinations. Each student’s clinical progress and performance is closely monitored by the program's faculty. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examinations.

Curriculum

Diagnostic medical sonography, certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
DMSO-312 Human Cross Sectional Anatomy 3
DMSO-301 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques I 3
DMSO-309 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
DMSO-310  Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMSO-302 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques II 3
MEDS-415 Pathophysiology of Organ Systems I 3
MEDS-333 Patient Care  2
Second Year
DMSO-452 Obstetrical Sonography I 3
DMSO-453 Gynecological Sonography  3
DMSO-456 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography I  3
DMSO-570 Clinical Sonography I 7
DMSO-414 Sonographic Vascular Evaluation 3
DMSO-454 Obstetrical Sonography II 3
DMSO-457 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography II 3
DMSO-460 Administration and Research in Sonography 3
DMSO-571 Clinical Sonography II 5
Total Semester Credit Hours 53



Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

The certificate in diagnostic medical ultrasound is a one-year course of study that includes lectures integrated with a clinical internship. Certain prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the clinical internship. Contact the program director for further information on prerequisite course work. The certificate is available to all registered allied health practitioners as well as to those holding an associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.

Curriculum

The course work for the certificate program must be completed before students are allowed to begin the program's required clinical internship.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Diagnostic medical sonography certificate program, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
1026-205 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Imaging* 2
1030-412 Cross-Sectional Anatomy* 4
1030-409, 410 Ultrasound Instrumentation I, II* 8
1026-415 Pathophysiology* 4
1030-559 Ultrasound Scanning* 4-6
Clinical internships:
1030-552      Introduction to Obstetrical Ultrasound 3
1030-553      Gynecologic Ultrasound 3
1030-556      Abdominal Ultrasound I 3
1030-570      Clinical Ultrasound I 7
1030-554      Advanced Obstetrical Ultrasound 4
1030-557      Abdominal Ultrasound II 3
1030-560      Ultrasound Seminar 2
1030-571      Clinical Ultrasound II 7
1030-558      Small Parts Ultrasound 3
1030-414      General Vascular Evaluation 4
1030-561      Research Seminar 2
1030-572      Clinical Ultrasound III 7
Total Quarter Credit Hours 70-72

* Course work must be completed before entering clinical internships. Other prerequisite courses may apply.

Diagnostic medical sonography, certificate program, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
DMSO-312 Human Cross Sectional Anatomy 3
DMSO-301 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques I 3
DMSO-309 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
DMSO-310  Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMSO-302 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques II 3
MEDS-315 Medical Pathophysiology 3
MEDS-333 Patient Care  2
Second Year
DMSO-452 Obstetrical Sonography I 3
DMSO-453 Gynecological Sonography  3
DMSO-456 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography I  3
DMSO-570 Clinical Sonography I 7
DMSO-414 Sonographic Vascular Evaluation 3
DMSO-454 Obstetrical Sonography II 3
DMSO-457 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography II 3
DMSO-460 Administration and Research in Sonography 3
DMSO-571 Clinical Sonography II 5
Total Semester Credit Hours 53