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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Diploma)

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

18 Month Program Diploma Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

1980 Hours / 78 Weeks / 78.5 Semester Credit Hours

Ultrasound Technicians will work side by side with physicians, nurses and radiology department staff developing images by sound waves used for diagnostic and prognostic evaluations. Ultrasound Technician is a dynamic and challenging profession that includes a methodical understanding of the following: human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, sectional anatomy, diagnostic imaging, ultrasound physics, and ultrasound techniques in image production. The core curriculum is structured to include an on-campus lecture component, an on-campus imaging laboratory component, and an off-campus integrated clinical component. The program provides the didactic and the clinical skills necessary in order to enable the student to perform the Sonographic requirements published or supported by nationally recognized professional organizations.

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Sample of Grading System

The school’s grading system in all of its programs is as follows:

A (Excellent) B (Above Average) C (Average) F (Not Passing)
90% – 100% 80% – 89% 70% – 79% <70%

Credit/Clock Hour Conversions

For all programs of study, the conversion from clock hours to credit hours is as follows:

  • 15 Lecture Clock Hours = 1 Semester Credit Hour
  • 30 Laboratory Clock Hours = 1 Semester Credit Hour
  • 45 Externship Clock Hours = 1 Semester Credit Hour

Examination Schedule

Students take a module exam after completion of all the courses in each module. The students also take a final exam at the conclusion of all didactic modules.

Successful Completion

A score of 70% or better is required for each module exam in order to receive credit for that particular module. Students must satisfactorily perform the practical portion of their training in an approved facility and receive a satisfactory evaluation. With the completion of this diploma program, which includes the externship, students may choose an option of sitting for a certification test with the RDMS(Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers), RDCS(Registered of Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers) or RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist), provided through ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers). For prerequisite information please visit the ardsm.org website, Examination Prerequisite, Chart page 12.


Educational Objective

The objective is to provide the didactic and clinical skills needed to enable the student to perform the Abdominal, Gynecological, Vascular, and Echocardiographic requirements published or supported by nationally recognized professional organizations.

Professional Duties

Graduates will function as an integral part of the diagnostic medical imaging team, providing patient services efficiently and in a professional, sensitive manner. Duties may include performing ultrasound scans of abdominal, Gynecological, Echovascular parts.

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must successfully complete all courses of the program with a minimum grade of 70% and all other curriculum requirements for their course of study. Students must perform the clinical portion of their training in an approved medical facility and receive a satisfactory evaluation. Graduation is acknowledged by awarding a diploma, which further allows them to take the ARDMS test.

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AMSC has been serving the Glendale and Greater Los Angeles areas for over 20 years. AMSC College offers diploma and degree programs to train graduates for immediate and rewarding careers in the medical field.