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BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Degree Completion Program


Program Overview

Program Overview for Licensed Sonographers

Are you an associate's degree holding medical sonographer working in sonography practice? If so, and you are now looking to solidify your credentials by obtaining a BS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, then the BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Completion program may be the right fit for you. With the convenience of online coursework, students can take courses toward their BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography while continuing to work full time. 

Non-Sonography Licensed Healthcare Professionals

Are you licensed in a different healthcare discipline with an associate's or bachelor's degree and are looking for a new career? If so, the BS degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography can help accelerate your career goals. This program is designed to educate professionals about the skills of advanced imaging, and the uses of sophisticated equipment in order to become masters at the art of scanning. DMS uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional dynamic images of the organs, tissues, abdominal and pelvic structures, and blood flow inside the human body for the diagnosis of various medical conditions.

Innovative Programs

All professional courses are offered entirely online. Using the latest in online technology, some classes will occasionally include live web conferences. A schedule for these sessions will be published at the beginning of the semester so that you can plan accordingly.

Careers

With a degree from MCPHS Online, you will have the comprehensive education to advance beyond a career in clinical practice and be able to find employment and leadership roles in hospitals and community-based diagnostic medical sonography organizations.

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Prerequisites

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated from an accredited associate degree program in healthcare (sonography, radiology, nuclear medicine, medical imaging, nursing, etc.)
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in healthcare courses
  • DMS licensure and current clinical practice (minimum of 1 year) - OR - other healthcare licensed professional
  • Achieved a minimum score of 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

 

Accepted students will be allowed to transfer in 45 professional (healthcare and related areas) credits and licensed sonographers will receive an additional 15 credits for holding DMS licensure and currently working in clinical practice.

Students must also have completed the following prerequisite courses (23 credits)

PREREQUISITE COURSES
Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs)
8
Chemistry I and II (with labs)
8
Mathematics (College Algebra or higher)
3
Physics (with lab)
4

Please note that math and science coursework that is more than ten years old is NOT eligible for transfer credit and will need to be repeated.

Curriculum

Curriculum Map

Year 1 - Semester 1

COURSE TITLE
Number of Credits
PSB 320 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 3
DMS 310 Critical Thinking I
2
DMS XX1 Quantitative Reasoning in Sonography I
2
Semester Total Credits
7

Year 1 - Semester 2

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
HSC 325
Healthcare Management
3
DMS XX2 Advanced Ultrasound Technology
2
DMS XX4 DMS Externship I (Clinical)
3
Semester Total Credits
8

Year 1 - Semester 3

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS XX3 Advanced Sonography* 6
DMS XX7 Introduction to Sonography Scientific Inquiry
2
Semester Total Credits
8
Year 1 Total Credits
23

Year 2 - Semester 1

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
HSC 410 Research Analysis and Methods
3
DMS 410 Critical Thinking II
2
DMS XX5 DMS Externship II (Clinical)
3
Semester Total Credits
8

Year 2 - Semester 2

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS 408 Advanced Doppler
3
DMS XX6 Quantitative Reasoning in Sonography II
2
DMS XX9 Intermodality Correlation
2
Semester Total Credits
7

Year 2 - Semester 3

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS 440 Advanced Problem Solving in Sonography
6
DMS XX8 Introduction to Sonography Literature Review
2
Semester Total Credits
8
Year 2 Total Credits
12
 Total Program Credits
   46

*Will select one according to field of interest: MSK, Echo, Pediatrics, Breast, Vascular

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $650/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $1950. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for spring 2015, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

Admission

Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is June 1 for a fall semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

Additional Links

Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.

Questions?

Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Will I have to travel to MCPHS University during the program?

No. This program can be completed 100% online, but an on-campus orientation is required before the start of this program.

Is the program accredited?

MCPHS University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is authorized to grant undergraduate and graduate degrees in the health sciences and related fields. MCPHS University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Inc. through commission on Institutes of higher Education. This program grants a bachelor's degree upon completion.


Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?

An applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in professional healthcare courses earned in an accredited healthcare program. There is no GPA requirement for other course credits earned.

 

What is expected of the online student?

The student should anticipate spending about three hours per credit hour each week on learning activities. Faculty expect each student to access the course website no less than three times per week. For more information regarding the online education experience, we encourage you to visit our general FAQs section.