The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at 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) and 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.
  • Mission Statement
    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.

  • 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

    P: 443-973-3251

    Email: jrcdms.org

    Upon recommendation of:

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in the areas of

    General and Vascular Sonography

    25400 US Highway 19 North
    Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763

    P:727-210-2350
    Email: mail@caahep.org

  • Profession

    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.

  • Admission Requirements

    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
    College Algebra
    Medical Terminology
    Communication Skills (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. Application and reference form are available at www.jaxhealth.com

    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, personal and professional references, and personal interviews. Each applicant is evaluated using a point system.

    Classes are generally limited to six (6) students. At the conclusion of the admission process, the six applicants with the highest scores 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.

  • Curriculum

    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

    • Neurosonography

    • Ultrasound Bioeffects

    • Anatomy

    • Quality Assurance

    • Ergonomics

  • 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.

  • Program Expenses

    Application fee ($25.00) is paid to St. Vincent’s HealthCare at time application is submitted. This fee in non-refundable.

    Tuition ($3500.00 - total program tuition) is paid to St. Vincent’s HealthCare. 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. The first half of tuition is due the first day of semester one. The second half of the tuition is due at the one-year mark. St. Vincent’s HealthCare 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. 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. The student may also choose to take any additional examinations they feel prepared for and can demonstrate appropriate clinical exposure, such as 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.