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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 Admission to Montgomery College

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

 

 

Welcome to the admissions section of our Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography website.  We’re so glad you’re here, because that means you’re interested in applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and hopefully becoming a part of our community of students, faculty and clinical sonographers!  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 1992.  The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). We hope to make the application process easy for you, as well as answer your questions as a perspective student.

 

If you would like to speak to a counselor for academic advising and planning please contact Maureen Mirowskyi, 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 Question About Admissions to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Question 1: How do I apply to the Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?
Question 2:  Is there anything else I need to submit along with my Health Science Application?
Question 3: When is the deadline to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?
Question 4: Are there any specific prerequisites that need to be completed prior to applying to the program?
Question 5: What is the deadline for courses to be completed in order for them to be considered for admission?
Question 6: How can I be a competitive applicant to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?
Question 7: How many students are accepted into the program each year?
Question 8: Can I study more than one ultrasound specialty during my two years in the program?
Question 9: Will I be able to sit for the National Board Examinations after completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Montgomery College?
Question 10:   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? 
Question 11: How can I find out more about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?
Question 12: 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 you can print out a Montgomery College Application (PDF file) and mail it to the college 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 (PDF file) located under the admission applications.  The Health Science application must be printed, filled out and returned to the College. To become an eligible candidate to apply to the DMS program you should review the Prerequisite courses required to apply.  Please note that there are Minimum requirements to apply and Priority requirements that can be completed.  Applicants who have completed all of the minimum and priority requirements will be given first consideration over those students who have not.  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 there.

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 Nursing Office for paper copies of the instructions and Application Form. Also complete the Applicant Checklist. TEAS testing is required. Go toTEAS 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 one of the Information Sessions.
 
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. 


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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.

 


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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.

 


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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 BI 204 and BI 205 or an equivalent of anatomy and physiology within the past 5 years of applying.

 

The Montgomery College physics course PH 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.

 


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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.

 


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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 List of courses you can complete prior to applying, which will make you more competitive as an applicant.  A list of the priority admission courses can be found on the Health Science Application.  By completing the courses on the priority list before you apply, you increase your chances of being accepted as well as lighten your course load if accepted.

 


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How many students are accepted into the program each year?

 

Approximately 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 specialty” by selecting one of three boxes on the application.  “Specialty” refers to the three different tracks the program offers to you as a sonography student.  You may be interested in the general track if you have a preference for adnominal, obstetrics, gynecological and breast sonography.  If your primary interest is the heart, you should consider echocardiography which includes both adult and pediatric cardiac sonography.  And the third track is for those with an interest in vascular technology.

 

Make sure you have a good idea of which of the three tracks you want to apply for, since there are only a certain number of spots available in the program for each of the tracks.  Please use this website and the additional links on this website to research what type of sonography you would like to study so that you can make the best decision for you.  Then choose your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences when you apply.

 


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

 

You’re not able to study more than one specialty track at a time.  But after completing your degree in your first specialty track, you can always stay with the Montgomery College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program for an additional year and complete an additional specialty. For example: If you graduate from the general track, you may take two additional vascular courses and be eligible to sit for the national board examination for vascular technology.  Adding specialties makes any sonographer more marketable and more versatile, so it’s good to consider at the start of the program, which track you want to begin with and plan additional tracks you might want to add. 


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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 JRCDMS accredited.  With the successful completion of a degree or certificate in this program, you will be eligible to sit for your national board examinations.   With the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program being accredited you can be assured that this program meets nationally accepted standards for a Diagnostic Medical Sonography education.

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

# The Diagnostic Medical Sonography scan 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 scan on.

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


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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 that are required of you in order to begin your clinical work within the program.  These requirements include:

 

1.    Completing an annual criminal background check

       Completing an annual drug testing,

2.    Obtaining a CPR certification:  CPR is a necessary skill for any individual who works in a health care setting, and Montgomery College offers courses on campus throughout the year, making it easy to become certified.

 

3.    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 both as a student and as a participant at your assigned clinical site.


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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 faculty by sending an e-mail via the Contact Us link, or actually talk with a faculty member during an Online Live Chat Information Session or during a face to face Information Session on Campus.  You can even call or just stop by and set up an appointment to meet with a counselor in the Student Services Building on Campus (240-567-1480).


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Two Years DMS Course Sequencing:

 

Each of the DMS courses builds upon courses offered in the previous semester. The first year curriculum is given in Summer 1 (5 week session), Fall 1, and Spring 1.  Second year curriculum is offered in Summer 2 (10 week session), Fall 2, Winter 2 (3 week session) and Spring 2. Some credit hours consist of both lecture and lab hours.

 

Course descriptive abbreviated letters are defined as follows:

 

SONO – Medical Sonography

G – General Sonography

V – Vascular Sonography

E – Echocardiography

 

 

Summer 1: One day a week/8 weeks (Summer Session)

  

Course 

Credit Hours

Online Course work & Face to Face Labs

SONO 101 (G,V,E)

3

8 lab sessions

 

Fall 1: Two days a week/15 weeks

  

Course

Credit Hours

Online Course Work & Face to Face Labs

SONO 102 (G, V, E)

2

7 lab sessions

SONO 225 (G, V, E)

1

8 clinical hours a week (one day)

SONO 201 (G, V, E)

3

7 lab sessions

 

Spring 1: Two days a week/15 week

  

 Course

 Credit Hours

Online Course work & Face to Face Labs

SONO 202 (G, V, E)

2

7 lab sessions

SONO 220 (G, V, E)

1

8 clinical hours a week (one day)

SONO 112 (G)

3

7 lab sessions

SONO 113 (G)

3

7 lab sessions

SONO 215 (E)

3

7 lab sessions

SONO 216 (V)

3

7 lab sessions

 

Summer 2: Three days a week/10 weeks

  

Course

 Credit Hours

 Online Course work & Face to Face Labs

SONO 221 (G, V, E) 

 2

24 clinical hours a week (three days)

  

Fall 2: Five days a week/15 weeks

 

Course

Credit Hours

Online Course work & Face to Face Labs

SONO 212 (G)

3

7 lab sessions

SONO 213 (G)

3

7 lab sessions

SONO 222 (G, V, E)

4

32 clinical hours a week (four days)

SONO 218 (E)

3

7 lab sessions

SONO 219 (V)

3

7 lab sessions

       

 

Winter 2: Five days a week/3 weeks (Winter Session)

  

Course

 Credit Hours

Online Course work & Face to Face Labs 

 SONO 226 (G, V, E)

40 clinical hours a week (five days)

 

Spring 2: Five days a week/15 weeks

  

Course

Credit Hours 

Online Course work & Face to Face Labs 

SONO 210 (G)

1

5 lab sessions

SONO 211 (E)

3

7 lab sessions

SONO 223 (G, V, E)

4

32 clinical hours a week (four days)

SONO 224 (G, V, E)

1

online only (5 week course)

 Thanks again for stopping by, we hope to hear from you soon!

 

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