DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

(DMS)

Start Date

October 26, 2020

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Length
The program length for day and evening classes may vary based on the number of scheduled hours per week. Holidays, school closings, and internship schedules may cause the program completion dates to vary as well.

36 Months

Schedule
The standard classroom schedule is provided here. The clinical internship schedule will vary based on the clinical site. Students must follow their assigned internship schedule, not the AIMS Education class schedule, academic calendar, or the observed holidays and breaks.

Monday - Friday
5:30pm to 9:30pm

FSA
Federal student aid is available for those who qualify. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility. Please contact our financial aid department to learn more.

YES

Other Financial Assistance
Other financial aid options may be available for this program (scholarships, training grants, VA benefits, etc.). Please contact our financial aid department to learn more.

YES

Start Date

October 26, 2020

More Start Dates
Length
The program length for day and evening classes may vary based on the number of scheduled hours per week. Holidays, school closings, and internship schedules may cause the program completion dates to vary as well.

36 Months

Schedule
The standard classroom schedule is provided here. The clinical internship schedule will vary based on the clinical site. Students must follow their assigned internship schedule, not the AIMS Education class schedule, academic calendar, or the observed holidays and breaks.

Monday - Friday
5:30pm to 9:30pm

FSA
Federal student aid is available for those who qualify. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility. Please contact our financial aid department to learn more.

YES

Other Financial Assistance
Other financial aid options may be available for this program (scholarships, training grants, VA benefits, etc.). Please contact our financial aid department to learn more.

YES

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Training

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) certificate program is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the General Concentration (Abdomen and OB/GYN Sonography). The DMS program is designed to prepare students to become skilled Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Students in this CAAHEP accredited program will learn to use ultrasound equipment to create images of internal body structures that doctors use to make diagnoses.

During the course of the program, students will learn about the basic principles for DMS scanning technology and gain hands-on experience with the various types of instrumentation employed in Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Vascular Sonography.

This comprehensive training program includes classroom instruction, hands-on training, and a clinical internship. Through this combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience, our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as qualified Ultrasound Technologists.

Upon completion of the program, all graduates meeting the necessary requirements will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS examinations. For more details regarding certification requirements, please contact ARDMS directly.

Clinical Internship

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires students to complete 900 clinical hours prior to graduation. Students will be placed at a clinical site by the AIMS Internship Department. The internship is designed to provide practical experience in a real work environment; students will have a mentor who trains and guides them. 80 clinical hours will be completed during the DMS 256 course, and the remaining 820 hours will be completed during the clinical internship. Students are not permitted to begin the internship until all required classroom and lab hours are completed.

AIMS Education has clinical affiliations with numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Students will be placed at one or more of these affiliated sites and must complete their clinical hours based on the schedule provided by the school. Internship schedules are based on the availability of clinical sites. All students (Day and Evening) must be prepared to complete their internship during normal business hours (Monday through Friday). The majority of clinical sites do not allow students to complete clinical hours in the evening or on the weekend.

Program Goals

The primary goal of this program is to prepare competent, entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Employment Opportunities

Employment of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, also known as Ultrasound Technicians or Technologists, is in high demand and is expected to continue to grow well into the future. Ultrasound technologists generally work 40 hours per week, but some may be hired part-time as well. It is also possible to work nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotation basis depending on the facility in which they are employed. Upon completion of this certificate program, graduates often find employment in hospitals and imaging centers.

Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility

AIMS students are eligible to take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination after successfully completing the following course - DMS 220: Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation.

Up to 60 days prior to graduation, DMS students will be eligible to take the Abdomen (AB) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) specialty examinations offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonograhy (ARDMS).

Graduates who have passed the SPI exam and a specialty exam (AB or OB/GYN) will earn the RDMS credential from ARDMS.

Eligibility requirements for the RDMS credential are solely determined by ARDMS, and are subject to change at any time. ARDMS is an independent organization. AIMS does not guarantee registry exam eligibility.

Program Length

  • 2660 clock hours
  • Classroom instruction and lab - 1760 hours
  • Clinical hours - 900 hours
  • The day program can be completed in approximately 29 months.
  • The evening program can be completed in approximately 36 months.

Comprehensive Education and Training

  • Medical Terminology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Patient Care & Safety
  • Abdomen & Small Parts
  • Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam

Prerequisites

  • A college-level communications or English course (or equivalent)
  • A college-level algebra, statistics, or higher level math course
  • A college-level general physics or radiographic physics course
  • A college-level human anatomy and physiology course (or courses) that covers all body systems

*Applicants can complete Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, College Algebra, and English Composition I through the Portage Learning online platform.

Selective Enrollment

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has a selective application process. Meeting the minimum requirements or recommendations does not guarantee you will be accepted into the program. From the pool of applicants, those who are considered most qualified for the study and practice of sonography will be admitted. Below is a list of qualifications that will help strengthen your application:

  • Completion of at least 30 college credits or equivalent
  • 6 months of patient care experience or healthcare education
  • Graduate of the Medical Assistant program at AIMS with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from all college coursework (Recommended GPA varies based on pool of applicants)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher from coursework completed at post-secondary technical/vocational schools. (Recommended GPA varies based on pool of applicants)

Additional Program Requirements

All sonography students are required to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 upon completion of the pre-diagnostic modules at AIMS.

Upcoming Start Dates

Start Dates
Schedule
Program Length
Day Classes
February 1, 2021
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
29 months
Evening Classes
October 26, 2020
Monday - Friday
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
36 months

Additional information regarding the class schedule, program length, internship schedule, and school holidays, is available on the academic calendar page.

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Accreditations

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

AIMS Education is institutionally accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 

Graduate Spotlight

Taylor Rivera

Taylor Rivera

Taylor Rivera is a graduate of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Shortly after graduation, she became a registered diagnostic medical sonographer and was hired full-time at NYU Langone Health Regional Radiology.

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