DMS Brochure and Application

Tulsa Community College

Allied Health Sciences Program in

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Introduction

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 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.

 

Job Description

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 in 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.

Work environment

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 and use mobile diagnostic imaging equipment to provide service in areas that otherwise do not have the 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.

Employment Outlook

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 Ultrasound Technologist jobs 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 Sonographers with less than one year experience as $35,000 to $50,000

Selection Criteria

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 .

The selection criteria are based upon the following:

1.  College GPA of 2.5 or better.

2.  ACT score of 18 or better

3.  DMS Lab Observation (to be set up by faculty at time of interview)

4.  Group Interviews

*** Check with DMS Faculty for any changes in admission criteria.

Program Estimated Cost

The following is an itemized estimate of cost for the two (2) year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. TUITION AND FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

TCC Application Fee                                               $20

Tuition and Student Fees ($110.00/hr x72)             $7920

Laboratory Fees                                                      $120   

Uniforms (@ 5 sets)                                               $250

Books                                                                      $1500

Malpractice Insurance ($13.50/year)                      $ 27

Background Check and Drug Screen                    $100

Uniforms:                                                                $150

Clinical report system                                             $150

 

Curriculum Pattern

 

Prerequisites: (Prerequisites must be completed with a “C” or better before the start of the program in August)

College Algebra, Human Anatomy and Physiology with a lab, English Composition I, and Applied Medical Physics

** check with DMS faculty in January for any changes in prerequisites

First Year - First Fall Hours Second Year - Second Fall Hours
DMS 1103 Acoustical Physics and Instrumentation I 3 DMS 2123 Abdominal Sonography II 3
DMS 1002 Intro to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2 DMS 2133 OB/Gyn Sonography II 3
ALDH 1323 Medical Terminology 3 DMS 2101 Medical Communication 1
PSYC 2323 Conflict Resolution or PSYC 1113 Intro to Psychology 3 DMS 2148 Clinical Practice 5
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 11
       
First Year - First Spring   Second Year - Spring  
DMS 1223 Abdominal Sonography I 3 DMS 2131 Ultrasound Seminar 3
DMS 1233 OB/Gyn Sonography I 3 POLS 1113 American Federal Government 1
DMS 1213 Acoustical Physics & Instrumentation II 2 DMS 2148 Sonography Clinical Practice IV 8
Total Credits 6 Total Credits 12
       
First Year - Summer      
DMS 1224 Sonographic Neuro and Small Parts 4    
DMS 1252 Sonography Clinical Practice II 2    
Total Credits 6    

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.

SendOfficial Collegetranscript(s) to the registrar’s office from each college attended.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

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 and CPT (College Placement Test)

Send the completed Allied Health program application for admission to the Allied Health Services Division (Metro Campus MP 458) 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, including sex offender registry, or provide documentation of a security clearance from another state or country (international students).

Students will also need proof of all immunizations and TB screening.

It is the APPLICANT’S RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that the Registrar’s Office and the Allied Health Division receive the appropriate information. If you have any questions about the program or your application, please contact the Allied Health Division at 918-595-7002

Contact Information: Aimee M Francois BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

                                       Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

                                       10800 North 140th East Ave Owasso, OK 74055

                                       918-595-2059

                                       Aimee.francois@tulsacc.edu                                                                                                           01/01/14

 

 

TULSACOMMUNITY COLLEGE

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM

DEPARTMENT OF ALLIED HEALTH

APPLICATON FOR ADMISSION

Application Materials Must Be Received by

April 1st

 

 

Please fill out form completely. Please TYPE or PRINT.                    College Wide ID # _________________

NAME_____________________________________________________________________________________

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LIST ALL COLLEGES PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED IN ORDER OF LAST TO FIRST

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Are you currently enrolled at Tulsa Community College?                      YES                                      NO

I certify that the information given is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.  I understand that submission of false information is grounds for denial of admission or immediate suspension if enrolled. If accepted as a DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY student at TCC, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the program and college regarding conduct and other obligations.

I also understand that I must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all DMS course work to remain in the program.

 

 

Signature:___________________________________      Date:__________________

 

 

 

 

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