The Professional Studies portion of the program consists of 5 semesters; it includes a 12-week summer session.
It is a full-time, day program. Classes can start as early as 8:00 a.m. and can end as late as 8:00 p.m. Clinical hours are either 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. There are no classes or clinical rotations on the weekends.
It is a multi-modality program. It consists of 3 specialties (students must take all specialties:) abdominal sonography, OB/GYN sonography and adult echocardiography. A non-invasive vascular course is included in the curriculum.
Students are eligible to take their national boards given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) prior to graduation in Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI), Abdominal Sonography, Obstetrics & Gynecology Sonography, and Adult Echocardiography.
The clinical and didactic portions are designed to be taken simultaneously. Students cannot continue to the next semester without successfully completing all of the sonography courses in the previous semester.
If a student receives a C- or below in two professional study courses, they will not be able to continue in the DMS program.
It is recommended that students do not work while in the professional phase of the program.
Students are placed in at least 8 different clinical sites. The majority of the clinical sites are hospitals.
All students must be certified in basic life support (BLS) or professional cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before being permitted to attend clinical.
All students must submit completed health forms, pass a criminal background check and drug screening before being permitted to attend clinical.
Students are not permitted to get paid by the clinical site during their clinical rotation.
Students must be able to apply didactic education to the laboratory and clinical setting.
Students are required to demonstrate a variety of computer skills throughout the program.
Students are required to have access to the internet and be able to perform internet searches, use e-mail and be able to send and receive attachments, and use LIU’s on-line teaching platform – Blackboard.
ARDMS can conduct a “pre-application review” for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to sit for an ARDMS examination. For more information, visit www.ARDMS.org. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are eligible to take the ARDMS credentialing examinations.