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DMS 100 - Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Credits: 3
Lecture Contact Hours: 3
Description: This course introduces the student to the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound). Students learn the history of medical ultrasound, scope of practice, terminology, legal and ethical issues, patient care and sonography compared to other imaging modalities. Communication, professionalism, ergonomics, vitals, certification, infection control and accreditation are addressed.

Prerequisites: COLLS 053  with a minimum grade of 2.0 or minimum score of 18 ACT-Reading, 25 SAT-Reading, 70 CPT-Reading Comprehension or 250 NGA-Reading. ENG 055  with a minimum grade of 2.0 or minimum score of 18 ACT-English, 25 SAT-Writing and Language, 71 CPT-Sentence Skills or 250 NGA-Writing.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended: None.

Course Category: Occupational
This Course is Typically Offered: Winter Only
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Students who already have this knowledge may qualify for prior learning credit. https://www.schoolcraft.edu/student-records/prior-learning-credits
Course Competencies
  1. Explain obligations of a sonographer to patients, the organization and self.
  2. Evaluate patient condition and appropriate reaction to medical emergencies.
  3. Explain ultrasound terminology to include anatomy, diagnostic and symptomatic terms and descriptions.
  4. Examine the legal process and types of law as it relates to sonography.
  5. Adhere to regulatory compliance while providing patient privacy and confidentiality.
  6. Examine scope of practice and ethical standards of behavior as a sonographer.
  7. Assess sonography ergonomics, safety considerations associated with patient care and correct patient-transfer methods.
  8. Explain necessary credentials and accreditations related to sonography.
  9. Differentiate between Diagnostic Medical Sonography and other imaging modalities.
  10. Outline the physical exam related documentation and significance of complete patient history.

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