Mission StatementSt. 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.
Program Directors 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 sonography.
The 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.
We make a positive difference in the lives of the patients we serve. It is our mission to provide the best Diagnostic Medical Sonographers to the profession. Our commitment is to provide students with the highest quality health education available and the appropriate pathway to professional certification.
Chemene Wilson, MHS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)
Program Director - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Ascension St. Vincent's
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.
Job Placement Rate
The DMS program will maintain at least 75% of graduates employed as sonographers within six months of graduation.
Students beginning and completing the 18 month program will be 80% or higher.
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:
The Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Upon recommendation of:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in the areas of
General and Vascular Sonography
25400 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763
The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology and various subspecialties. The profession requires judgment and the ability to provide appropriate healthcare services. General, adult, cardiac and pediatric cardiac sonographers as well as vascular technologists are all highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy. These professionals may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of appropriate procedures. These sonographers and technologists assist physicians in gathering data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions and are able to perform the following:
• Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
• Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
• Record, analyze and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician
• Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services
• Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
• Act in a professional and ethical manner
• Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques and promote principles of good health.
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:
General Physics I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Plus one of the following: ENC 1101, Speech, English Composition, or Communications
For those applicants not currently employed in a healthcare related field, prerequisite courses must be successfully completed within five years prior to the time of application.
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 must be received no later than May 1 of each year to be considered for the course that begins in July. Qualified applicants are contacted to arrange a personal interview. Acceptance is based on evaluation of prior educational and work experience, professional references, and personal interviews.
Classes are generally limited to six (6) students. At the conclusion of the admission process, six applicants are chosen for the new class. The committee also selects two alternates if one of the six prospective students declines. Applicants are notified regarding acceptance into the program following the completion of the interview process, but no later than forty-five days prior to scheduled start date.
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.
Complete course descriptions are found in the program policy manual. Lectures include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Patient Care
• Medical Ethics
• Professional Development
• Ultrasound/Medical Technology
• Ultrasound Physics
• Abdominal Ultrasound
• OB Ultrasound
• Superficial Parts
• Gynecologic Ultrasound
• Vascular Technology
• Vascular Physics
• Ultrasound Bioeffects
• Quality Assurance
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 at time application is submitted. This fee in non-refundable.
Tuition ($3500.00 - total program tuition) is paid to Ascension St. Vincent's. The non-refundable $250 deposit paid by the student to verify their place in the program is applied to the tuition balance on the first day of school. Tuition is due each semester: $650 per semester and there are 5 semesters.
Ascension St. Vincent’s does not participate with financial aid programs.
Textbooks will be purchased by the student. Students are required to bring specified textbooks to class.
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 $250.00 per exam. This fee is not included in the students tuition -the student will be solely responsible for the cost of registry examinations. The program will prepare you for the following national registry examinations: Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Vascular Technology, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology. The student may also choose to take any additional examinations in which they feel prepared and can demonstrate appropriate clinical exposure; ex: Pediatrics or Breast. 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.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Ascension St. Vincent’s has both academic and clinical practice components. This comprehensive 18-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.