Sep 17, 2021  
PVCC 2021-2022 College Catalog 
PVCC 2021-2022 College Catalog

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS)

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Purpose: The two-year associate degree in sonography is designed to provide a quality entry-level education in the cognitice (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains through a competency-based clinical and didactic instructional curriculum in diagnostic sonography. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonogrpahy exam or the American Registry of Radiolgoic Technologists (ARRT) sonography exam.

Occupational objectives: Hospitals remain the primary employer of sonographers, but there are increasing numbers of jobs available in physician offices, outpatient surgery centers, and free-standing diagnostic imaging centers. The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography (defined as abdomen, obstetric, gynecologic, superficial parts, and other appropriate areas), cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various other subspecialties. Entry-level sonographers usually work in general and obstetric/gynecologic sonography. With further experience and training, they can move into the other specialties.

Admission requirements: In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admission requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis, and students can find the most up-to-date information in a booklet on the program’s web page or in the Admission and Advising Center, and in the Health and Life Sciences Division office.

Graduation requirement: Students entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program are required to take one writing intensive course in order to graduate. The writing intensive course for this program is DMS 222  which has a prerequisite of ENG 111  and ENG 112 .

Students who are awarded transfer credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the writing intensive course (WIC) requirement for this degree program by completing another writing intensive course (WIC).

General Education Courses

Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. All general education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the second semester.

Total minimum credits: 72

1 Students may substitute a higher level math course to include MTH 161 , MTH 162 , MTH 167 , MTH 180 , MTH 245 , MTH 261 , MTH 263 , MTH 264 , MTH 265 , MTH 266 , MTH 267 , MTH 286.

2 DMS 222  is a writing intensive course.

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