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Diagnostic Sonography

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The Collin College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is five semesters in length, with graduates earning an Associate of Applied Science degree. This general sonography course requires a full-time commitment with classes held at the McKinney campus and practicum hours to be completed at various hospitals and imaging centers in the surrounding areas.


WHAT IS SONOGRAPHY?

Sonography, also known as ultrasound, is a diagnostic medical tool used to evaluate anatomical structures within the human body.  As one modality in the medical imaging department, sonography is an essential contributor to patient care. Sonography is able to give valuable information to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pathological processes that can occur within the human body. 

Sonography is unique in that it does not utilize ionizing radiation but instead uses high-frequency soundwaves to recreate anatomical structures. By assessing systems such as cardiovascular, obstetrics, gynecology, abdominal, musculoskeletal, and small parts, the sonographer is a vital member of the healthcare team in providing valuable patient care.

The goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

1.  Review the Program Information Application Packet and attend a Program Information Session. Attendance is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.  

2.  Complete the following prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better:

               BIOL        2401

               BIOL        2402 

               ENGL       1301

               MATH      1314 *

               PHYS       1405 *

               DMSO      1210

*Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester of the application year    

3.  Schedule and complete the HESI exam. The exam must be completed BEFORE the application deadline. Available examination dates are limited; applicants are encouraged to schedule and test early. (The HESI testing window to open in early summer 2022)

4.  Submit a completed application to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Director at MLChambers@collin.edu or delivered to the Health Science Office H201 at Collin College Central Park Campus 2200 West University Drive, Mckinney, Texas 75071 between September 1st and November 1st, 2022. 

*Or equivalent 

Acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is competitive, with an interview determining acceptance. Applicants are selected for an interview based on their application point total. The application point total is based on points accumulated from the following areas: I- Core Courses, II-HESI Exam, and III-Grade Point Average IV- Bonus Points. Bonus points are available based on completion of specific additional coursework, health-related work experience, and previously earned degrees. 

Attending an informational session or meeting with the program director is encouraged but does not carry points in the admission scoring process.  The following methods are used to award points in the process of evaluating your application. Please note that these criteria are subject to modification and may be changed without prior notice. In the event that it becomes necessary to modify the criteria, all applications will be subject to the modification regardless of when the application was submitted. Changes in admission criteria will be published on the program website.   

Total Points Possible: 39

I.                   AAS Core Courses (Maximum Points: 4)

PSYC      2301       General Psychology *                                    2 Points

GEN ED                 Humanities / Fine Arts course                      2 Points

*Or equivalent  

 

II.       HESI Exam (Maximum Points Available: 15)

The HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Examination includes seven areas: Anatomy and Physiology (A&P), Biology, Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, and Critical Thinking.  The admission scoring based on HESI results are as follows:

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P):

90-100%           2 Points

75-89%             1 Point

Less than 75%   0 Points

 

Biology:

90-100%           2 Points

75-89%             1 Point

Less than 75%   0 Points

 

Grammar:

90-100%           2 Points

75-89%             1 Point

Less than 75%   0 Points

 

Math:

90-100%           2 Points

75-89%             1 Point

Less than 75%   0 Points

 

Reading Comprehension:

90-100%           2 Points

75-89%             1 Point

Less than 75%   0 Points

 

Vocabulary and General Knowledge:

90-100%           2 Points

75-89%             1 Point

Less than 75%   0 Points

 

Critical Thinking (combined):

90-100%           3 Points

75-89%             1 Point

Less than 75%   0 Points

Only scores from the first attempt in a calendar year will be considered. HESI results from an exam completed outside of Collin are accepted, but no points will be given for subjects not tested. Reapplicants are not required to retest; the previous HESI scores can be used. If a reapplicant chooses to retest in the new application year, the scores from the most recent attempt will be used. 

 

III.                Grade Point Average (Maximum Points: 10)

Calculated GPA for completed prerequisite courses only (not including DMSO 1210). Points awarded using the following scale:

3.76 - 4.00          10 Points

3.66 - 3.75           9 Points

3.51 – 3.65          8 Points

3.36 - 3.50           5 Points

3.25 – 3.35          2 Points

3.00 - 3.24           1 Points    

Highest grade recorded from first two attempts of each course.

 

IV.                  Bonus Points (Maximum Points: 10)     

Completion of BIOL 1406 (with a grade of “C” or higher)                          1 Point

Completion of an HPRS (with a grade of “C” or higher)                             1 Point

Completion of HITT 1305 (with a grade of “C” or higher)                          1 Point 

Completion of DMSO 1210 (with a grade of “C” or higher)                       2 Points 

A Bachelor’s degree or higher

(from a regionally accredited US college or university)                             1 Point

Current healthcare certification                                                    

(CNA, CMA, EKG, Phlebotomy, PT, PTA, RN, RT, HIM/Coding, OT, OTA, etc.)

                                                                                                                   2 Points

One or more years of paid direct patient care experience                         2 Points

 

 V. A select number of interviews will be held in November for applicants with the highest application point totals. Invitations to interview will be extended shortly after the application deadline.  

 

VI. Applicants with the highest interview total will be offered acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

The program director will send a letter of acceptance to the selected applicants via regular mail or electronic mail as soon as the decision is made. The selected applicants must then notify the program of their intent to join. Students are notified of additional required documents and deadlines in their acceptance letter.

The HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Examination includes seven areas: Anatomy and Physiology (A&P), Biology, Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, and Critical Thinking. 

Appointment availability varies per Collin testing center and will be updated periodically with additional dates. Applicants must complete HESI attempts by 10/28/2022 for the Fall 2022 application cycle. To schedule, please use the below link:

(Payment ID 24048, Program: Collin Co Comm Coll District-Rad-Tech-MBS will be listed on the payment page)

https://www.collin.edu/studentresources/testing/availabletesting/hesi_assessment.html

This exam does not have a time limit; however, the estimated exam completion time is 3-5 hours. 

Recommended Study Materials:

HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review ISBN: 0323582265

  • The McKinney and Plano campus libraries have copies available 

The following immunizations are required for clinical placement eligibility. These immunizations align with the requirements by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). Clinical partners may require additional vaccinations. Clinical placement is contingent on complying with the immunization requirements of our clinical partners. As of Friday July 30, 2021, Baylor, Scott, and White and Texas Health Resources are requiring the COVID vaccine for employees and other populations, including students.

After acceptance and before entering clinical, students will be required to provide acceptable immunization records. Due to the time needed to complete certain vaccination series, please verify records at time of application. If not completed previously, it is recommended that the Hepatitis B series be started at the time of application. No vaccination record of CPR certification is needed when submitting a program application. 

The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Community Standards require that all students in health programs complete required immunizations. Accepted students are required to provide documentation that they have completed all immunization requirements. Immunizations for students are based on the current Centers for Disease Control recommendations for health professionals.

1. Mumps, Measles, Rubella: 2 vaccinations or titer showing immunity

2. Varicella (chickenpox): Vaccination or titer showing immunity

3. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (within past ten years)

4. Hepatitis B vaccination is required: vaccination consists of a three-dose series over a seven-month period. A titer showing immunity is also acceptable.  *Accelerated dosing schedules are available, but it is the student’s responsibility to seek facilities with this option. 

5. Meningitis Vaccine: Exempt if over the age of 22. If you do not meet the exemptions or exceptions listed below, you will need to provide one of the following at least 10 days prior to the first semester. Please submit to the Admissions and Records Office (hand delivery, fax 972-548-6702, or scan and email to admissions@collin.edu.) Include full name, DOB, and CWID. A physician signed or stamped form which shows the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered (student must have been vaccinated during the five-year period immediately preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class) is required to be on record. 

6. Influenza: one dose annually during flu season. Exceptions are made for medical and religious reasons but must adhere to hospital policies. *To be completed after accepted.

7. Negative Tuberculin (TB) Test: Annual requirement- can be either QFT and/or negative CXR. If history of positive PPD test or having had TB, must provide documentation of negative CXR or completed treatment. Students with expired TB tests will not be allowed to attend clinicals and will receive unexcused absences until results are submitted. (Students must be aware of the attendance policy for clinicals.) *To be completed after accepted.

The costs of these tests and immunizations are the student’s responsibility. Select clinical sites may request additional immunization requirements.

Information on immunizations can be accessed at the following website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5515a1.htm

Students are required to carry personal health insurance while in the clinical portion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Proof of insurance needs to be made available to the director prior to clinical rotations.

Students should be aware that eligibility for health insurance on their parent or guardian’s health insurance may require them to be a full-time enrolled student. The number of semester credit hours in which a student must be registered to be considered full-time is defined by Collin College. Students should check with the college registrar’s office to see if they qualify as a full-time student.

 

A criminal background check will be required of all students before entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Please be aware that acceptance to the program and placement at a practicum site does not guarantee the applicant will be allowed to become a registered sonographer. For more information, please contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Director or ARRT or ARDMS.

 

Applications are accepted from September 1st to November 1st.

Program Application

Program Information Packet

 

 

Email MLChambers@collin.edu to RSVP for online sessions

       When Time      Room #
Tuesday, January 25th  11 am Online via Zoom
Thursday, February 24th  3 pm  Online via Zoom
Wednesday, March 16th  10 am  Online via Zoom
Friday, April 22nd  1 pm   Online via Zoom
Tuesday, June 7th  4 pm  Online via Zoom
Wednesday, August 17th  2 pm  Online via Zoom
Thursday, September 29th  12 pm  Online via Zoom
Friday, October 21st   10 am  Online via Zoom
Wednesday, November 16th  5 pm  Online via Zoom

Topics to be discussed:

  • Admission Criteria
  • Career Options and Salary
  • Course Sequence and Prerequisites
  • Expectations of Program

For more information and to RSVP, please email MLChambers@collin.edu

Estimated Costs:*

Prerequisites

Tuition & Fees (20 hours)**                $1128

Books                                                 $924.30

HESI Exam                                           $70

Total                                                   $2097.30

Spring Semester 1

Tuition & Fees (16 hours)                    $864                                     

Books                                                   $582

Uniforms                                              $90

Castle Branch Immunization Record    $30

Total                                                     $1566

Summer Semester 2 

Tuition & Fees (7 Hours)                      $402

Books                                                   $146

Drug Screen                                         $30

Criminal Background Check                 $50.95

ARDMS SPI Registry Exam                   $200

Total                                                     $828.95

Fall Semester 3

Tuition & Fees (8 hours)                      $493

Total                                                     $493

Spring Semester 4

Tuition & Fees (7 hours)                       $378

Total                                                     $378

Summer Semester 5     

Tuition & Fees (5 hours)                      $270

ARDMS AB/OB or ARRT(S) Exam          $200-250

Total                                                     $520

Total program cost (including prerequisite courses and books) $5882.25

*All are approximate costs and are subject to change.

**Tuition is based on credit hours and 2019 in-district residency classification.

FAQs

Q: Can this program be completed online?
A.      No.  All DMS program courses and labs are held on the McKinney campus. Depending on the semester, students also will complete 8-40 clinical hours a week at surrounding hospitals and imaging centers. 
 
Q: I already have a radiological/medical license. Do I need to take the prerequisites and HESI exam before applying?
A.      This program currently does not offer a certificate option. The degree plan and program standards require that all accepted students complete all of the prerequisite courses and entrance exam.  
 
Q: I do not have all of the required prerequisites completed. Am I still able to apply?
A.      All of the prerequisite courses must be completed before the Spring semester begins. You are able to submit your application while enrolled in fall courses. 

The Collin College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Accreditation for Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th St N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Website: www.caahep.org

Joint Review Committee on Accreditation for Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (443) 973-3251
Website: www.jrcdms.org

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Graduates of

Program Retention Rate

Job Placement Rate

ARDMS Sonography Physics & Instrumentation Examination  Pass Rate

ARDMS  Abdomen Examination  Pass Rate

ARDMS  Obstetrics & Gynecology Examination  Pass Rate

ARDMS  Vascular Technology Examination  Pass Rate

2020 83%

90%

100% (10/10)                      100% (8/8) 100% (5/5) 100% (8/8)
2021 88% 93% 100% (14/14)                   100% (12/12) 100% (9/9)                        100% (11/11)
2022     100% (14/14)      

 

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