The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Ascension St. Vincent’s In Jacksonville, Florida has both academic and clinical practice components. This comprehensive 22-month program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The program provides graduates with the necessary eligibility requirements to qualify for examination by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates receive a certificate upon program completion.
The Sonography Program will be implementing the following changes for the class that begins in June of 2021:
Length will be changed from 18 months to 22 months
Tuition will increase to $5,000
The Profession of Sonography
Diagnostic medical sonography is a multi-specialty profession which is comprised of abdominal sonography, breast sonography, cardiac sonography, musculoskeletal sonography, obstetrics and gynecology sonography, vascular sonography, and other emerging clinical areas. These diverse areas all use ultrasound as a primary technology in their daily work.
The diagnostic medical sonographer is an individual who provides patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The diagnostic medical sonographer must be educationally prepared and clinically competent as a prerequisite to professional practice. Demonstration and maintenance of competency through certification by a nationally recognized sonography credentialing organization is the standard of practice in sonography, and maintenance of certification in all areas of practice is endorsed.
The diagnostic medical sonographer functions as a delegated agent of the physician and does not practice independently.
Diagnostic medical sonographers are committed to enhanced patient care and continuous quality improvement that increases knowledge and technical competence.
Diagnostic medical sonographers use independent, professional and ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonographic procedures. The diagnostic medical sonographer generally performs the following:
Obtains, reviews, and integrates pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results;
Performs appropriate procedures and records anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician;
Records, analyzes, and processes diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician;
Exercises discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or related diagnostic services;
Demonstrates appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues;
Acts in a professional and ethical manner;
Facilitates communication and education to elicit patient cooperation and understanding of expectations and responds to questions regarding the sonographic examination
The above information was obtained from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer,2021. Web address- https://www.caahep.org/CAAHEP/media/CAAHEP-Documents/CAAHEPStandards-DMS-approved9182020.pdf
Program Director's Message
Thank you for your interest in the Ascension St. Vincent's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program! Our program serves to educate and train qualified individuals in the profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Our program is accredited for General and Vascular sonography. This accreditation allows our graduates to attempt the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) national certification examination in the areas of Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vascular Technology, and Sonographic Physical Principles.
Our commitment is to provide students with the highest quality health education available. Our superior education curriculum enables our graduates to have a successful career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
Chemene Wilson, MHS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Program Director - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Ascension St. Vincent's
Accreditation of the Program
The program is an eighteen (18) month program and consists of formal didactic education and supervised clinical education. The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) under the recommendation of Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs (JRC-DMS) in the areas of General and Vascular Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
in the areas of General and Vascular Sonography
25400 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763
Mission StatementAscension St. Vincent’s School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is dedicated to meaningful learning and to the preparation of qualified professionals who will provide quality healthcare services to the community, thereby enabling the students to achieve their expectations and attain their full potential.
Goals of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
The program was established to provide the local and outlying communities with a resource for excellent clinical and didactic education as a means to effectively prepare their potential, future employees in the modality of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The program will enroll qualified students who will benefit from the program of study.
The program will help to fulfill the communities’ need for competent, versatile, registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
The program will prepare students for vocational achievement by offering a curriculum that provides competency development, required by the discipline of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The program will ensure the students develop and apply professional ethics and characteristics as health care practitioners.
The program will develop competent entry-level Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, who can pass the ARDMS certification examinations which included: Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Vascular Technology, Abdomen, and Obstetrics /Gynecology.
The program will prepare the students to demonstrate abilities in communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills necessary for an entry-level Diagnostic Medical Sonography position.
To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
To prepare competent entry-level vascular sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Ascension St. Vincent’s – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Outcomes
Program Outcomes are used as an objective measurable tool to evaluate the program. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will assure program effectiveness by adhering to the outcome thresholds established by the Joint Review Committee on Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Professions (CAAHEP).
The DMS program will maintain a national registry overall take and pass rate of 60% within one year of graduation.
Registry Pass rate Physics # students #passed Percent 2017 2 2 100% 2018 6 6 100% 2019 4 4 100% 2020 4 4 100% 2021 4 4 100% Physics Average 100% Abdomen # students #passed Percent 2017 2 2 100% 2018 6 6 100% 2019 4 4 100% 2020 4 4 100% 2021 4 4 100% Abd ave 100% Vascular # students #passed Percent 2017 2 2 100% 2018 6 6 100% 2019 4 4 100% 2020 4 4 100% 2021 4 4 100% Vasc ave 100% OB/Gyn # students #passed Percent 2017 2 2 100% 2018 5 5 100% 2019 4 3 75% 2020 4 4 100% 2021 4 4 100% OB/Gyn Ave 95% employment rate graduation year graduates # students employed Employment rate 2017 2 2 100% 2018 6 6 100% 2019 4 4 100% 2020 4 4 100% 2021 4 4 100% 100% Retention graduation year # Students entering program completing program retention rate attrition rate 2017 4 2 50% 50% 2018 6 6 100% 0% 2019 5 4 80% 20% 2020 5 4 80% 20% 2021 4 4 100% 0% 82% 18%
In the selection of students, the program does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or marital status. Students must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for admission.
Applicants must be certified as a registered Radiologic Technologist OR have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree with the successful completion of the following prerequisite college level courses:
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Plus one of the following: ENC 1101, Speech, English Composition, or Communications
The prospective student must submit the application, 3 professional references using designated form, all college transcripts, resume or personal statement letter, and non-refundable $25 application fee.
Applications are accepted beginning January 1st of each year and must be received no later than April 1st. Qualified applicants are contacted to arrange a peer conducted interview. Accepted students will be informed of their placement in May and the program will begin in June. Acceptance is based on evaluation of prior educational and work experience, professional references, and personal interview. At the conclusion of the admission process, six applicants are chosen for the new class.
Classes are generally limited to six (6) students. The committee also selects two alternates if one of the six prospective students declines.
Each student must complete 40 hours per week to fulfill the mandatory academic and clinical requirements. These requirements include formal classroom instruction as well as supervised clinical practice in all phases of sonography. The 40-hour week is scheduled Monday through Friday on varying schedules. Typical program hours are 8am - 4:30pm but may vary slightly. Holidays, sick days and vacation days are available to all students.
JUNIOR YEAR ORIENTATION
Course length: 10 weeks
Introduction to Sonography
Orientation Scan Laboratory
Introduction to Clinical Concepts
Clinical Practicum - Orientation
JUNIOR YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER
Course length: 16 weeks
Abdominal Sonography Extended I
Vascular Technology I
Clinical Practicum I
JUNIOR YEAR - SECOND SEMESTER
Course length: 16 weeks
Abdominal Sonography Extended II
Vascular Technology II
Clinical Practicum II
SENIOR YEAR - THIRD SEMESTER
Course length: 16 weeks
Abdominal Sonography Extended III
Vascular Technology III
Clinical Practicum III
SENIOR YEAR - FOURTH SEMESTER
Course length: 16 weeks
Abdominal Sonography Extended IV
Research for Case Presentations
Vascular Technology IV
Clinical Practicum IV
SENIOR YEAR - FIFTH SEMESTER
Course length: 16 weeks
Clinical Practicum V
Course Completion and Registry Eligibilty
To successfully complete the program, students must maintain an 80 percent average throughout all phases of academic instruction and an 85 percent average throughout all phases of clinical education. Students must exhibit appropriate professional conduct and show a satisfactory aptitude for the care of the sick.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examinations of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the areas of Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sonography Principles and Instrumentation and Vascular Technology. This is a pass/fail examination. Those who pass will receive certification as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT). This credential is the standard of excellence and acceptance for the profession and is required for most employment opportunities.
Application fee ($25.00) is paid to Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside at time of application is submitted. This fee is non-refundable.
Total Tuition ($5,000.00) is paid to Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside. Students accepted into the program must submit a $125 deposit payment which is applied to the tuition fee. Students may pay by cash, check, money order or credit card paid to the cashier office. Tuition payments are due mid semester and are outlined below.
Tuition Payment Details
My clinical exchange (for the 22 months)
Semester One Tuition
Semester Two Tuition
Semester Three Tuition
Semester Four Tuition
Semester Five Tuition
Textbooks will be purchased by the student.
Purchasing and laundering of uniforms are the student's responsibility.
Transportation and living expenses are the student's responsibility.
The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers exam cost is $225.00 for the SPI exam and $250.00 for specialty exams exam. The student will be solely responsible for the cost of registry examinations. The program will prepare you to take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Vascular Technology, Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology examinations. To fulfill graduation requirements, the sonography student is required to successfully pass the Sonography Physical Principles Examination after successful completion of the Physics course and one specialty examination prior to graduation.
Physics conference in Orlando
- VA approved educational program
- Ascension St. Vincent’s does not participate with financial aid programs.
Application and Reference Information and Forms
Applications are accepted from January 1st until April 1st of each year. When applying to the program, please include the following:
Completed application (see link below)
An application fee of $25.00 by check or money order payable to Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside
A resume including work experience. If you do not have work related experience, please include a letter stating your career goals, interests, etc.
Three completed professional reference forms (sent to the school directly by evaluator) (see link below)
Official College transcripts (sent directly to the school)
If Applicable: A copy of your ARRT and HRS Radiologic Technologist License
Be a United States citizen or permanent legal "green card" resident.
Submit a copy of a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers through The American Heart Association