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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

DMS Admissions



 

As you are considering the application process, keep in mind that the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College has been successfully graduating sonographers since 1993.  The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs caahep.org. We hope to make the application process easy for you, as well as answer any questions you have as a perspective student. Attending a DMS Information Session would better inform and prepare you for the application process and understanding the eligibility requirements.

At Montgomery College we strive to provide a comprehensive and thorough education to ready our sonographers of the future for this progressive medical imaging modality. The DMS Program is not a traditional program, it encompasses blended learning, the deliberate connection of educational technology with face-to-face instruction/scanning to enhance and personalize a deep and meaningful curriculum.

If you would like to speak to a counselor for academic advising and planning please contact Maureen Mirowski, Counselor at 240-567-5810 or the Counseling Department at 240-567-1480, located in the Student Services Building on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

How do I apply to the Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

Is there anything else I need to submit along with my Health Science Application?

When is the deadline to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

Are there any specific prerequisites that need to be completed prior to applying to the program?

What is the deadline for courses to be completed in order for them to be considered for admission?

How can I be a competitive applicant to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

Can I study more than one ultrasound specialty during my two years in the program?

Will I be able to sit for the National Board Examinations after completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College?

Other than prerequisite courses that I need to complete to become an eligible candidate, are there any other requirements I will need in order to begin the program?

How can I find out more about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?

What is the sequence of courses over the two years of study and how often will I be expected to come to campus or go to clinicals per week?


How do I apply to the Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

If you are not already a Montgomery College student, you will first need to apply to Montgomery College.  Everyone is welcome to attend Montgomery College, as it has an open admission policy.  You can fill out and submit the Montgomery College Application online OR if you stop by any Montgomery College campus Admissions and Records Office they can provide you with a paper copy to fill out and turn in right away.  Along with the Montgomery College Application, you will need to pay a one-time $25.00 application fee.

Once you have received notification of your acceptance as a Montgomery College student, or if you are already a Montgomery College student, you can fill out the Health Science Application located under Health Sciences Admissions Information.  The Health Science application must be printed, filled out and returned to the College. To become an eligible candidate for the DMS program you should review the Prerequisite courses required to apply listed on the Health Science Application.  Please note that there are Minimum eligibility requirements required to apply. In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements there is also a Priority course requirement that can be completed.  Applicants who have completed both the minimum and priority requirements will be given first consideration over those students who have only completed the minimum eligibility requirements.  You will need to print this application out and mail it into the address given on the application, OR you can pick up a Health Science Application at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office.

Go to: Instructions for using online Application Form and Application form You will need the free Adobe Reader to use the form. Otherwise call the DMS Office for paper copies of the instructions and Application Form. Also complete the Applicant Checklist. TEAS testing is required. Go to TEAS INFORMATION. Here is a TEAS sample. Here is the link: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department2.aspx?id=20563.

While not required, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that all potential DMS applicants attend a DMS Information Session.
 
Transcripts from other countries must be evaluated by an approved evaluation institution. Contact the Admissions Office for the information packet: 240-567-1501.
Must meet minimum grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 scale for consideration.

The admissions GPA calculation will be based on grades earned in the semesters in which your most recent 24 college level credits were attempted. If an applicant has attempted fewer than 24 college level credits secondary school records will be included in this calculation. Official transcripts are required in all cases.  Courses taken in the fall semester will NOT be counted toward eligibility for the following spring admission and courses taken in the summer will NOT be counted toward eligibility for the following fall admission.

Completion of all program admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the program. Attach official copies of transcripts from all other colleges you have attended to the Health Science Program Application whether or not you have previously submitted transcripts to the College.



Is there anything else I need to submit along with my Health Science Application?

Along with the Health Science Application you will need to turn in transcripts from any prior college education you have received.  Admissions will be able to tell you what past courses will transfer towards prerequisites and required courses in the program, and what classes you still may need to complete prior to applying.



When is the deadline to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

The deadline to submit your Health Science Application to the Admissions and Records Office is March 1st.  Once accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, courses will begin during the first summer session following admission, which is usually after the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.



Are there any specific prerequisites that need to be completed prior to applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

Prerequisite courses are subject to change from year to year, but they can be found within the Health Science Application, so if you do not apply this year, make sure to check back to see if there have been any changes to the prerequisites.


There are two prerequisite courses, however, that will not change, and those are basic physics and biology.  If you become a sonography student, you will quickly see why it is so crucial to have a background in these areas of study.  Effective sonography counts on the sonographer’s extensive knowledge of the body’s anatomical structures in combination with the manipulation of the ultrasound machine’s controls based on an understanding of the physics of sound.


You will also have an advantage in the program, if you are familiar with anatomy at the start of the program, and so it is beneficial to have also completed BIOL 212 and BIOL 213 or an equivalent of anatomy and physiology within the past 5 years of applying.


The Montgomery College physics course PHYS 010 or any basic college physics class will qualify as your physics prerequisite requirement.  With these two main subjects, biology and physics, along with the English and math requirements listed on the application, you are eligible for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.



What is the deadline for courses to be completed in order for them to be considered for admission?

All prerequisite courses must be completed by the semester before the March 1st deadline.  If you are applying to the Sonography program for the March 1st deadline, all your prerequisite courses must be completed by the prior fall semester.



How can I be a competitive applicant to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?

The minimum GPA required to be considered for admission into any of the Health Science programs is 2.5.  Since the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is a competitive program to get into, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is a better goal to strive for if you are still completing prerequisite courses.  There is also a Priority course you can complete prior to applying, which will make you more competitive as an applicant.  The priority admission course can be found on the Health Science Application.  By completing the priority course before you apply, will increase your chances of being accepted as well as lighten your course load if accepted.



How many students are accepted into the program each year?

Thirty (30) students are accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program each year.  As you fill out your application, you will see that you are asked to indicate your “preferred ultrasound concentration specialty” by selecting one of three boxes on the application.  “Specialty” refers to the three different concentrations the program offers.  You may be interested in the general concentration if you have a preference for abdominal, obstetrics, and gynecological.  If your primary interest is the heart, you should consider echocardiography which includes the study of the adult heart.  The third concentration is for those students who have an interest in the vascular system.


Make sure you have a good idea of which of the three specialty concentrations you have in interest in applying for. There are only a certain number of seats available in the program for each of the specialty concentrations.  Please use this website and the additional links on this website to research sonography specialty concentration you would like to study so that you can make an informed decision.  Make sure to rank your 1st, 2nd and 3rd specialty concentration preference on the application.



Can I study more than one ultrasound specialty during my two years in the program?

You are unable to study more than one specialty concentration at a time.  After completing your degree in your selected specialty concentration, you can always return to Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program to complete an additional specialty concentration. 



Will I be able to sit for the National Board Examinations after completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College?

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  With the successful completion of a degree in this program, you will be eligible to sit for your national board examinations.   The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program strives to meet and exceed nationally excepted educational standards.

1. Courses are taught by experienced and credentialed faculty who are available to advise and assist in your learning.

2. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lab is located on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College and is equipped with state of the art equipment for students to learn how to scan on.

3. The on-campus scan lab is an ergonomically designed ultrasound scan lab which simulates a clinical environment, making the time spent practicing on campus as real as possible.



Other than prerequisite courses that I need to complete to become an eligible candidate, are there any other requirements I will need in order to begin the program?


When you have been accepted into the program, you will need to begin to fulfill additional requirements in order to begin your clinical work within the program.  These requirements include:


1.    Completing an annual criminal background check

2.    Completing annual drug testing

3.    Obtaining CPR certification: American Heart Association CPR certification is required for any individual who works in a health care setting. Montgomery College offers courses CPR on campus throughout the year making it               easy to become certified.

Note: CPR certification may not be completed online.

4.    Annual physical examination with updated vaccinations.  It’s also important to be up to date on all your immunizations and to make sure you’re healthy and able to perform the DMS technical standards requirements.



How can I find out more about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?

If you have more questions about the program before applying or about the application process, there are a few ways you can get more information.  Use this website to navigate through other sections where you can get answers to your questions or watch video clips on the different topics.  You can also get in touch with the program by sending an e-mail via the Contact Us link, or talk with a faculty member during an Information Session on the Takoma Park Campus.  You can even call or stop by and set up an appointment to meet with a counselor in the Student Services Building on Campus (240-567-1480) or speak to a representative in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (240-567-5563).



Two Years DMS Course Sequencing:


Each of the DMS courses builds upon courses offered in the previous semester.

First year curriculum sequence: Summer I (8 week session), Fall I, and Spring I.

Second year curriculum sequence: Summer II (8 week session), Fall II, Winter II, and Spring II.


Course descriptive abbreviated letters are defined as follows:

SONO – Medical Sonography

G – General Sonography (Abdomen and OB/GYN)

V – Vascular Sonography

E – Echocardiography



Summer I

 

Course

Credit Hours

 

SONO 101 (G,V,E)

3

Fall I

 

Course

Credit Hours

 

SONO 105 (G, V, E)

2

 

SONO 261 (G, V, E)

1

 

SONO 204 (G, V, E)

3

Spring I

 

Course

Credit Hours

 

SONO 205 (G, V, E)

2

 

SONO 262 (G, V, E)

1

 

SONO 112 (G)

3

 

SONO 123 (G)

3

 

SONO 245 (E)

3

 

SONO 246 (V)

3

Summer II

 

Course

Credit Hours

 

SONO 263 (G, V, E)

2

Fall II

 

Course

Credit Hours

 

SONO 212 (G)

3

 

SONO 243 (G)

3

 

SONO 264 (G, V, E)

4

 

SONO 248 (E)

3

 

SONO 256 (V)

3

  SONO 229 (E)

3

Winter II

 

Course

Credit Hours

 

SONO 265 (G, V, E)

1

  SONO 224 (G,V, E)

1

Spring II

 

Course

Credit Hours

 

SONO 210 (G)

1

 

SONO 266 (G, V, E)

4


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