DMS Brochure and Application
Tulsa Community College
Allied Health Sciences Program in
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Tulsa Community College (TCC) is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills and behaviors that are required for successful entry- level general sonographers. If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where your technical and scientific responsibilities will be matched by a real need for human relation skills, then the TCC Diagnostic Medical Sonography may be what you are looking for. The Sonography program consists of five (5) semesters and is considered a full-time program of specialized courses offered in a specific sequence. The program is being offered at TCC’s Owasso Campus with clinical education at various sites in the Tulsa metro and surrounding area. Distant travel may be necessary as well as some evening clinic and class work. The graduates of this program receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Tulsa Community College is accredited by: The Commission on Accreditation of Alllied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the reccomendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
1362 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 33756
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Sonographers use non-ionizing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body for diagnostic purposes. Ultrasound exams require the sonographer to use critical thinking, scanning and technical skills while following exam protocols. The sonographer is expected to go beyond the minimum protocol to provide a diagnostic ultrasound exam. Proficiency and competency in performing sonographic examinations is a continuous and cumulative process based on the consistent demonstration of accurate scanning skills. Sonography is used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdominal organs, heart, superficial structures, reproductive systems, and blood vessels throughout the body. Graduates find work in hospitals, physician offices, outpatient clinics and mobile services.
Sonographers typically work in health care facilities. They usually work with diagnostic imaging machines in darkened rooms, but may also perform procedures at patients’ bedsides. Sonographers may be on their feet for long periods of time and may have to lift or turn disabled patients. In addition, the nature of their work can put sonographers at an increased risk for musculoskeletal disorders such as carpel
tunnel syndrome, neck and back strain, and eye strain. However, greater use of ergonomic equipment and an increasing awareness will continue to minimize such risks. Sonographers have extensive direct patient contact including patients with communicable diseases. Some sonographers work as contract employees and may travel to several health care facilities in an area. Similarly, some sonographers work with mobile imaging service providers and travel to patients using mobile diagnostic imaging equipment to provide service in areas that otherwise do not have access to such services. Sonographers work independently without a physician present in the exam room and must work with the rest of the health care team to provide high quality patient care. Most full-time sonographers work about 40 hours a week. Hospital-based sonographers may have evening and weekend hours and times when they are on call and must be ready to report to work on short notice.
The job outlook for Sonographers is mixed. Healthcare reform is tightening the job market while our aging population is increasing the need for quality medical professionals. In the Tulsa area, jobs for Sonographers are in a competitive position with jobs going to technologists with multiple registries and more experience. A 2010 National Survey lists the starting salaries of Diagnostic Medical with less than one year experience as $35,000 to $50,000
A selection committee reviews all the applications. Qualified applicants will be granted an interview with Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program faculty. Qualified applicants are then ranked from the highest to the lowest score according to an established point system. The top 12 applicants will be selected for the next fall semester class and are notified of their selection by early summer.
The selection criteria are based upon the following:
- College GPA of 2.5 or better.
- ACT score of 18 or better
- Group Interviews
- Applicants who have been accepted into or graduated from a Nursing or Allied Health Program at TCC must provide a letter of recommendation from the program director affiliated with the program you were accepted into. The letter of recommendation must be attached to the application at the time it is turned in.
Prerequisites: Applicants must complete, or be enrolled in all program prerequisites by the spring semester in which they are applying. Taking the prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Once accepted into the program, the student must follow the prescribed curriculum on a full-time basis.
The DMS courses are not offered out of sequence. The general Sonography courses are only offered during the day. All required classes must be completed with a passing grade of “C” or better.
Perquisites: 13 credit hours
BIO 1314 Human Anatomy & Physiology
Math 1513 College Algebra
ENG 1113 Freshman Composition I
ALDH 1013, or PHYS 1003 or PHYS 1114
First Year - Fall 5 DMS credit hours/14 total
DMS 1103 Acoustical Physics and
DMS 1002 Intro to Diagnostic Medical
ALDH 1323Medical Terminology
COMM 1113 Public Speaking
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
First Year –Spring 11DMS credit hours/14 total
DMS 1223 Abdominal Sonography I
DMS 1233 Ob/Gyn Sonography I
DMS 1213 Acoustical Physics and
DMS 1242 Sonography Clinical Practice I
HIST 1483 or1493 American History
First Year -Summer 6 DMS credit hours/6 total
DMS 1224 Neurosonography and Small Parts
DMS 1252 Sonographic Clinical Practice II
Prerequisite for Fall Course work includes sitting
for the ARDMS SPI Exam
Second Year –Fall 12 DMS credit hours/12 total
DMS 2123 Abdominal Sonography II
DMS 2133Ob/Gyn Sonography II
DMS 2101 Medical Communication
DMS 2035 Sonography Clinical Practice III
Second Year Spring 9 DMS credit hours/12 total
DMS 2131 Ultrasound Seminar
POLS 1113 American Federal Government
DMS 2148 Sonography Clinical Practice IV
Total Credits: 71
Program Estimated Cost
|TCC Application Fee||$20|
|Tuition and fees ($110/hr x 71)||$7810|
|Laboratory Fees ($20/lab x 6)||$120|
|Background check and drug screen||$100|
|Electronic Clinical Notebook||$150|
|ARDMS SPI Exam||$300|
The itemized estimate of cost for the 5 semester
Associate of Applied Science Degree is subject to change
Applicant must go online and submit an application to Tulsa Community College at the college’s website: www.tulsacc.edu. If you are or have been enrolled at Tulsa Community College, no TCC application is needed. Please notify the Registrar’s Office if you have a name change, address and/or telephone change since turning in your application. Send Official College transcript(s) to the registrar’s office from each college attended.
Send official ACT/SAT scores to the Registrar’s Office. (Each applicant must have either ACT/SAT scores to be considered for the program REGARDLESS of age or educational background.)
First-time college students must meet with Counselors regarding new student orientation, CPT (College Placement Test)
Send the completed Diagnostic Medical Sonography application for admission to the Allied Health Services Division by April 1st.
In order to enroll in courses that include a clinical component and are part of the program degree plan, students must receive clearance on a criminal background check. Students will also need proof of all immunizations.
Aimee M Francois BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Allied Health Services Division
10800 N. 140th East Ave
Owasso, OK 74055