As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), also known as an Ultrasound Technologist, you can work with providers, specialists, and surgeons in all phases of procedures. Sonographers specialize in creating images, sonograms or ultrasounds, of structures inside the body. Doctors use these images to help them diagnose and treat many patient medical conditions.
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The Diagnostic Medical Sonography associate degree program teaches students the technical skills needed to be successful in their jobs, like performing diagnostic procedures and obtaining images, identifying abnormal pathology within the body, oral or written summary of exams to doctors for diagnosis. Performing an ultrasound is a non-invasive way to visualize internal organs often used first to detect for disease. Therefore, it is the perfect career for those interested in going into the healthcare field. Diagnostic medical sonographers have an important role in conducting and interpreting initial imaging tests to help narrow down a patient’s diagnosis and quickly get them the care they need. The DMS program is offered at our Jacksonville and Tampa, FL and Kansas City, MO campus.
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Have you been thinking of a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or are you searching for the right DMS program near you? Concorde can help you realize your career aspirations through an associate degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as you prepare for this exciting, fast-growing field of diagnostic healthcare. With trained facilities and educators who have years of practical experience working in healthcare, reach out and learn about our classes and requirements today!
*Program length can vary by Location, see specific Campus Catalog for program length
Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient's body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum integrates didactic and clinical instruction with increasing expectations at each level. Clinical sites utilized by the program are geographically dispersed. Students may have to travel outside of the local area for clinical placements.
To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Graduates of this program will develop skills to:
- Be clinically competent to perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data;
- Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to exercise discretion and judgment in performance of diagnostic sonography;
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills; and
- Demonstrate professionalism and growth in the profession.
The program will continually monitor program effectiveness through assessment and evaluation to ensure that the needs of the community are met.
Employment of Diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 12 percent* from 2019 to 2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Find out more about what a career as a Sonographer looks like.
As our population grows, the need to diagnose medical conditions - such as blood clots and heart disease - will likely increase. In the health care settings where there is a need for an alternative for imaging techniques besides radiation, diagnostic medical sonographers, will prove to be valuable because imaging technology is a tool used to help make diagnoses.
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