BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Program Description

Diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) is a multi-specialty profession comprised of abdominal sonography, breast sonography, cardiac sonography, obstetrics/gynecology sonography, pediatric sonography, phlebology sonography, vascular technology/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, ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonographic procedures.

* descriptions from SDMS


Program Outcomes

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates will have a thorough understanding of sonography including physics and instrumentation, bio-effects, patient care, and standard examination protocol. Graduates will have demonstrated academic and clinical competencies to be eligible for the national certification exams.

  • Demonstrate mastery of the didactic knowledge and clinical competencies in general sonography necessary to provide safe and effective medical care for patients.
  • Employ critical thinking skills enabling the integration of pertinent patient data to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology.
  • Perform sonographic procedures and accurately document anatomic and pathologic information according to scanning protocol.
  • Abide by and promote the values and ethical standards inherent to the allied health and diagnostic medical imaging professions.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients, families, and members of the healthcare community.
  • Provide compassionate patient care and advocate for patient safety and well-being.
  • Develop skills for life-long learning and professional contribution through practice based research.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a BS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Regis and are then eligible to sit for the national certification exams.

Regis has a rich history and excellent reputation as a provider of education for healthcare professionals. The DMS program is part of the college environment that provides students with a broad base of learning in the humanities and sciences.



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