DMS

BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Completion Program


Vascular Track

Program Overview

Do you have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university? Are you looking to advance your healthcare career or change it? Then the BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree Completion program is a good fit for you.

Vascular sonographers operate a variety of complex diagnostic and monitoring equipment in order to perform arterial and venous diagnostic procedures using high frequency sound waves. Sonographers work closely with physicians to provide accurate detection of disease.

Our program at MCPHS Online was designed to offer clinical sonography education to healthcare providers who are in need of (or have a desire to) switch into sonography. Individuals with an associate’s degree not in the health sciences may also join the program as long as they meet the prerequisite and admission requirements.

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MCPHS Online uses the learning management system Blackboard to facilitate online learning. The system offers a wide-range of tools for learning that support posting presentation files, sharing recorded lectures, participating in discussion forums, blogging, meeting in virtual classrooms, and accessing library resources to name just a few.

All professional courses are offered entirely online with one required visit to campus for orientation.

Clinical Hours

All students are required to find their own clinical sites at a location of their choice pending program director approval. A clinical coordinator is available to answer questions and to provide tips for finding a clinical location. Contact our clinical coordinator at 617.879.5098 about sites in your area.

Careers

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for the national registry examination offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Prerequisite 3.

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Prerequisites

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • An associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum grade of C in each of the prerequisite courses

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.

PREREQUISITE COURSES
SEMESTER HOURS
Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs)
8
Basic Chemistry I and II (with labs)
8
English Composition I and II
6
General Physics
3
College Algebra (or higher)
3
Introduction to Psychology
3
Communication
3
Statistics
3
Total Prerequisite Credit
37

Prospective students may apply to the program with outstanding prerequisites. However, all prerequisites must be completed and an associate’s degree confirmed prior to matriculation.

Curriculum

This outline is for the student who wishes to move through the DMS completion program at a full-time pace. Those wishing to study part-time at MCPHS Online will work with program faculty after matriculation in order to work out a personalized plan; the length of the program will vary by student.

Year 1 - Semester 1

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS 200 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1
DMS 202 Ob/Gyn Sonography I
3
DMS 201 Venous Sonography
4
DMS 208 Sonographic Physics and Instruments I
4
DMS 209 Cardiovascular Principles
4
DMS XXX Vascular Laboratory Procedures I
3
Total
16

Year 1 - Semester 2

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS 211 Vascular Doppler
4
DMS 218 Sonographic Physics and Instruments II
3
DMS XXX Vascular Laboratory Procedures I
3
DMS 221 Peripheral Arterial Sonography I
4
Total
14

Year 1 - Semester 3

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS 304 Problem Solving in Physics and Instruments
4
DMS 305C Vascular Clinical Sonography I
3
LIB 512 Health Care Ethics
3
Distribution Elective
3
Total
13

Year 2 - Semester 1

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS XXX Critical Thinking in Vascular Sonography I
2
DMS 315C Vascular Clinical Sonography II
3
DMS 321 Peripheral Arterial Sonography II
4
Distribution Elective
3
Total
15

Year 2 - Semester 2

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS XXX Advanced Vascular Doppler
3
DMS XXX Critical Thinking in Vascular Sonography II
2
DMS 412 Cerebrovascular Sonography
4
DMS 425C Vascular Clinical Sonography III
3
Distribution Elective
3
Total
15

Year 2 - Semester 3

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DMS 435C Vascular Clinical Sonography IV
3
DMS XXX Advanced Problem Solving in Vascular Sonography
6
DMS 442 Vascular Lab Accreditation
3
Total
12

Total Semester Credit Hours: 85

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in this 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 2014, 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.

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for fall 2014, please complete the FAFSA after January 1, 2014.

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 November 15 for a spring semester start. For fall semester consideration the priority filing date is June 1. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled and are now reviewing applications for a spring 2014 start.

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 University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

Who qualifies for the program?

Applicants must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and an average of C or better in the prerequisite courses. Practicing professionals with a medical license and a degree from an AMA approved school, as well as degree-holding sonographers registered by the ARDMS, are also encouraged to apply.

 

Where can I find the requirements for degree completion?

The complete curriculum for the program is available to review under the Curriculum tab. Students will be expected to complete the required courses, as well as the required clinical hours, in order to complete the program and receive a degree. You can see a broad overview of the program under the Program Overview tab.

 

Will I be able to complete my clinical hours close to my home?

Our goal is to have students complete their clinical hours in their respective communities. Ideally, each student enrolled in the program will have a clinical site close to home. However, there are many factors that influence availability and we cannot guarantee placement in your community until we investigate the clinical site. Factors involved in clinical placement are an agreement between MCPHS University and your site, and include the quantity and variety of exams performed, how many sonographers are employed, and how many registered sonographers are at the facility.

 

What if there is not a clinical site available close to my home?

The number of clinical sites under contract by MCPHS University dictates the number of students accepted into the program. If there is not a site nearby, students may need to travel to a site outside of their geographical area. Students must sign a travel agreement prior to acceptance into the program.

 

May I contact a facility in my area to complete my clinical rotations?

No; the experienced professionals at MCPHS University will contact the facility to initiate the affiliation process. If you have a particular clinical site in mind, such as a site in which you work, please alert your clinical coordinator so they can communicate with the site directly. Clinical site acquisition is a complicated process with which the clinical coordinator is familiar, and limiting the conversation to the site and coordinator will help prevent any confusion.

 

Will I be able to work while enrolled in the program?

MCPHS Online programs are designed for practicing professionals, because advancing your career shouldn’t disrupt your schedule. However, there are clinical hours that are required to complete the program. Flexibility will be necessary to complete the clinical hours in a timely fashion.

 

Will I be eligible to take the ARDMS national licensure exam upon graduating?

Yes; the MCPHS Online program prepares students to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Prerequisite 3 exam

 

What sonography modalities are offered in the MCPHS Online DMS program?

The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offers three tracks: Vascular, Echocardiography (Echo) and General Sonography. For more information about these modalities, see our individual program overviews.

 

Can international students enroll?

No; international students cannot enroll in the MCPHS Online program. International students can earn their BS in DMS in the same modalities at the MCPHS University physical campuses. For more information, click here.

 

How do I apply?

You can complete our free application and begin the process here [link to application]. If you have any questions about the program or its requirements, call the MCPHS Online Admission office at 617.879.5022 or email admissions.online@mcphs.edu.