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Diagnostic Sonography

WELCOME

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 fulltime commitment with classes held at the Central Park campus and practicum hours to be completed at various hospitals and imaging centers in the surrounding areas.

Collin College's first sonography cohort began classes in the spring of 2019. 

***See PSB section for updated PSB testing information  

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 important contributor in 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 an important 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.  Apply to Collin College.

3.  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 

**If applying in Fall of 2020, DMSO 1210 does not have to be completed prior to application submission/acceptance. Accepted students that have not completed DMSO 1210 will complete the course during their first semester of the program.   

4.  Schedule and complete the PSB examination for Allied Health Occupations. PSB must be completed BEFORE application deadline. Available examination dates are limited. Applicants are encouraged to schedule and test early.  

5.  Submit a completed application and official transcripts electronically 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 by November 1st.

*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-PSB 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 web site.   

Total Points Possible: 35

I.                   AAS Core Courses (Maximum Points: 4)

PSYC      2301       General Psychology *                                    2 Points

GEN ED                 Humanities / Fine Arts course                      2 Points

*Or equivalent  

 

II.                 PSB Exam (Maximum Points Available: 11)

The PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination is offered through the Psychological Services Bureau.  This test includes five areas: Academic Aptitude, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Natural Science, and Vocational Adjustment.  The admission scoring based on PSB results are as follows:

Academic Aptitude, Spelling, Vocational Adjustment:

75%-100%           1 Point (for each section)

Less than 75 %    0 Points

 

Reading Comprehension:

92% -100%          5 Points

83% - 91%           3 Points

75% - 82%           1 Points

Less than 75%     0 Points

 

Natural Sciences:

92% - 100%         3 Points

75% - 91%           1 Point

Less than 75%      0 Points

 

III.                Grade Point Average (Maximum Points: 10)

Calculated GPA for completed pre-requisite courses only (not including BIOL 1406). Points awarded using the following scale:

 Highest grade recorded from first two attempts of each course

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 - 3.25           1 Points    

 

IV.                  Bonus Points (Maximum Points: 10)     

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

Completion of HPRS 1204 (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 Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Test for Health Occupations is an aptitude test to assess student preparedness to enter a health occupation field of study. It is comprised of five subject areas: academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, natural sciences, and vocational adjustment. 

Due to limited testing options currently available on campus, online PSB testing is now available. The cost for the online option is $85. There will be no on campus PSB testing available this summer and we do not yet know what on campus testing options we will have available in the fall. 

If you would like to schedule the online PSB test, please email your name, CWID, and phone number to Srueles@collin.edu or Tbutterfield@collin.edu.

If you have already paid for a PSB date that was cancelled, please contact the cashier's office for a refund. 

PSB Dates Spring 2020

** You may pay over the phone with a credit card to the Bursars office, 972-548-6616, or pay in person. To schedule a test please come to the Central Park Campus in McKinney, office H201, with your receipt. You may either schedule in person or via email SRueles@collin.edu provided you attach your receipt.

If for some reason you are unable to test on the scheduled date, and need to reschedule or otherwise make a change to your date and/or time. Twenty-four hours’ notice will need to be given or you will forfeit your original testing fee and will be charged an additional $45.00 in order to make another appointment – if space is available. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

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PSB Health Occupations Exam

After acceptance and before entering clinical, students will be required to provide acceptable immunization records. Due to the time required 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 time of application.  No other vaccination or proof 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 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 (chicken pox): 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 that have this as an option. 

5. Meningitis Vaccine: Exempt if over the age of 22. If you do not meet the exemptions or exceptions listed below then you will need to provide one of the following at least 10 days prior to the first day of 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)
  • an official record received from school officials

6. Influenza: one dose annually during flu season. Exceptions 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 the student be a full time enrolled student. The number of semester credit hours in which a student must be enrolled 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 full time students.

 

A criminal background check will be required of all students prior to 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 and/or ARDMS.

 

 

Email MLChambers@collin.edu to RSVP for online sessions

When Where Time Room #
Thursday, October 8th Online via Zoom 10 am-1130 am  
Tuesday, November 17th Online via Zoom 1-230 pm  
Thursday, December 10th Online via Zoom 3 pm-430 pm  

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

PSB Exam                                           $45 ($85 when proctored remotely)

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 Registry Exam              $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. Classes are held on the Central Park campus and 16-40 clinical hours a week will be completed at surrounding hospitals and imaging centers. 
 
Q: I already have a radiological/medical license. Do I need to take the prerequisites and PSB 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: Do I have to take the PSB exam at Collin College? Is the HESI accepted?
A.      No, you are able to take the PSB exam at any college that will agree to proctor the exam. Please contact us for arrangements. The HESI is not accepted. All applicants are required to complete the PSB Allied Health 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 2021 semester begins. You are able to submit your application while enrolled in fall courses. 

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