Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS-BS)

Program Outline: The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Baccalaureate Degree program prepares students to be competent sonography professionals beyond the level of an entry-level sonographer in doctors’ offices, medical imaging laboratories and hospitals, and grants successful graduates a four-year college degree. In addition to developing strong skills in diagnostic ultrasound and scanning, students will be educated in research in diagnostic medical sonography.

The Bachelors Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography in both Jersey City and Belleville, NJ are not programmatically accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Therefore, students are eligible to take part one of the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARDMS) exam offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) after passing their physics courses, and graduates of the DMS-BS program are eligible to take the second part of the ARDMS exam and earn the ARDMS credential after graduation as currently defined by ARDMS. However, since the requirements for taking and passing the ARDMS examination are not controlled by the College and are subject to change without notice, Eastern International College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take the ARDMS certification exam, or any other certification exam, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

The program has two major components: the theory/didactic/lab component and the clinical externship component. The general education portion of the program includes coursework in written and oral communication, quantitative principles, natural and physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts, that are designed to develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning. The program has a total of 122semester credits, with 54 credits in general education and 68 credits in technical and major course work.

Committed to student growth and development, our faculty strives to remain up-to-date in current research and theory to ensure you have the academic skills required to succeed in your area of study. You’ll experience an encouraging, supportive learning environment that’s centered on your personal growth and success as a student, helping you reach your full potential.

Enjoy a rewarding educational experience at Eastern International College. Contact us to gain more information on our diagnostic medical sonography(ultrasound) program, and schedule a visit at either our Jersey City campus or our Belleville campus, today!

General Education

ENG 101

English Composition I

3

ENG 102

English Composition II

3

ENG 301

Early American Literature

3

SPC 101

Interpersonal Communication

3

BIO 101

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 102

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

COM 101

Computer Skills

3

MAT 103

College Algebra

3

MAT 204

Fundamentals of Statistics

3

PHY 101

Fundamentals of Physics

4

PSY 101

General Psychology

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 301

Cultural Diversity

3

REL 302

World Religions

3

HIS 101

American History I

3

HIS 201

American History II

3

ART 101

Art Appreciation

3

Total

54

Program Major Courses

DMS 101

Cross-Sectional Anatomy

3

DMS 102

Pathology

3

DMS 103

Patient Care and Assessment

2

DMS 104

Medical Law and Ethics

2

DMS 105

Physics and Instrumentation I

3

DMS 106

Physics and Instrumentation II

3

DMS 200

Abdominal Sonography I

3

DMS 201

Abdominal Sonography II

3

DMS 202

Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography I

3

DMS 203

Obstetric and Gynecological

3

DMS 204

Vascular Sonography

4

DMS 311

Abdominal Sonography III

3

DMS 312

Advanced Vascular Sonography

2

DMS 314

Adult Echocardiography I

3

DMS 315

Adult Echocardiography II

3

DMS 317

Advanced Case Study Critique

3

DMS 318

Advanced Test Registry and Review

3

DMS 319

Capstone Research

3

DMS 400

Clinical Externship

16

Total Semester Credits:

68

Total Program Credits: 122

Course Descriptions

Abbreviations:

BIO–Biological Science CHE–Chemistry

ENG–English PSY–Psychology MAT-Math

SOC–Sociology HIS-History

DMS-Diagnostic Medical Sonography

ENG 101 English Composition 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, formal essays and research assignments. Proper sentence, paragraph and essay structure, as well as information and technology literacy, are emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099, or passing the placement exam

ENG 102 English Composition II 3 Semester Credits

This course gives students practice in the essentials of writing, with an emphasis on persuasive writing and oral presentations. Extensive reading and writing are combined with oral presentations, class work and activities to encourage students to assess and respond from their own perspective to notable people, debates, and events in society. Students will learn to write powerfully and credibly, and deliver argumentative speeches for a variety of audiences. Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 301 Early American Literature 3 Semester Credits

This course consists of reading and analyzing selected works of American literature from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. This course focuses on literature utilizing a historical perspective. The objective of the course is to introduce students to various types of American Literature, including, but not limited to Native American Literature, slave narratives, literature of exploration and settlement, women’s literature, and literature by other early American poets and writers. Prerequisite: ENG 101

SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications 3 Semester Credits

This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.

BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Semester Credits

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with a focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system. Prerequisite: BIO 101

COM 101 Computer Skills 3 Semester Credits

This course will provide an introduction to MS Office applications. Students will learn how to produce, format, and edit documents using MS Word, create a basic spreadsheet using MS Excel, create PowerPoint slides, and develop a basic webpage.

MAT 103 College Algebra 3 Semester Credits

This course covers concepts of algebra. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, and graphing techniques; exponential and polynomial functions and applications; factoring and applications; rational expressions and applications; roots and radicals; and quadratic equations. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or passing the placement exam

MAT 204 Fundamentals of Statistics 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to basic statistical concepts. It focuses on frequency distributions of empirical data, calculations of descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi square, regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or passing the placement exam

PHY 101 Fundamentals of Physics 4 Semester Credits

The course centers on the fundamental laws of physics. Students become familiar with the basic concepts involving the physics of mechanics, matter, waves, sound, and light. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or passing the placement exam

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well-being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Semester Credits

This course focuses on sociology as a way of understanding the world. Sociology is a field of study that considers social, political, and economic phenomena within the context of social structures, social forces, and group relations. Students will be introduced to the field of sociology by way of engaging with several important sociological topics, including socialization, culture, the social construction of knowledge, inequality, race and ethnic relations, poverty, and political sociology.

SOC 301 Cultural Diversity 3 Semester Credits

This course centers on the role of culture in the development of attitudes, values, perceptions, behaviors, and interpersonal relations. Theories of cultural identity development and cross-cultural exchange as they pertain to living and working in a multicultural society are explored. Students also examine cultural constructs in relationship to social inequities and practice developing the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to serve as culturally competent professionals. Prerequisite: ENG 101

REL 302 World Religions 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the world’s major religions. Study focuses on the historical development of the world’s major religions, as well as on the central beliefs, customs and traditions associated with each religion studied. It is anticipated that throughout this course students will come to respect and learn from the diversity of religion that exists in today’s world, whether or not they chose to practice a religion. Prerequisite: ENG 101

HIS 101 American History I 3 Semester Credits

This course focuses on major events, significant people, and important trends in American history beginning with the pre-Columbus period and ending with Reconstruction. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and interpreting both primary and secondary sources, as well as mastering a broad range of factual information.

HIS 201 American History II 3 Semester Credits

This survey course focuses on major events, significant people, and important trends in American History from 1870 through present day. Course topics will include: Western Settlement, Industrial Growth, the Progressive Era, World Wars I and II, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam and the War on Terror, among others. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and interpreting both primary and secondary sources, as well as mastering a broad range of factual information. Prerequisite: HIS 101, Prerequisite/Co-requisite: ENG 101

ART 101 Art Appreciation 3 Semester Credits

This is a course that introduces students to the world of visual arts. It serves to enhance understanding and appreciation for a broad range of imagery, media, artists, movements, and periods in history. It also illustrates the place of art in social and cultural life.

DMS 101 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3 Semester Credits

This course teaches students how to conceptualize the major organs and vessels in the thoracic and abdominopelvic cavities of the tomographic sections, with exploration of the transverse (axial) sagittal, coronal, and oblique sections. Sections of the neck and brain are also studied. Emphasis is placed on the anatomic relationships between organs commonly scanned by sonography. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102

DMS 102 Pathology 3 Semester Credits

This course centers on the study of abdominal, breast, genitourinary, and cardiovascular pathologies and sonographic patterns. Discussion of pediatric, obstetrical and gynecological pathologies takes place. Comparisons are made between normal patterns and pathology appearances through the study of pathophysiology, differential diagnoses, correlation of lab tests, and etiology of congenital abnormalities. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102

DMS 104 Law and Ethics for Health Care Professionals 2 Semester Credits

The students will examine law and ethics applicable to the healthcare industry. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and properly employing the patient-healthcare provider relationship, maintaining patients’ right to privacy considerations and understanding the parameters of liability and malpractice.

DMS 103- Patient Assessment and Basic Patient Care 2 Semester Credits

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of patient assessment and patient care. The student will demonstrate proficiency in proper body mechanics, transfer techniques, medical asepsis, measuring vital signs, medical emergencies, and taking a complete patient medical history. Principle of barrier protection for blood and body fluid exposures and isolation precautions will also be included. Discussions on OSHA and HIPAA are also included.

DMS 104 Medical Law and Ethics 2 Semester Credits

The students will examine law and ethics applicable to the healthcare industry. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and properly employing the patient-healthcare provider relationship, maintaining patients’ right to privacy considerations and understanding the parameters of liability and malpractice.

DMS 105 Physics and Instrumentation I 3 Semester Credits

This course presents the basic concepts and principles of ultrasound physics as a foundation for understanding image interpretation. Students learn by way of lecture, solving sample problems, and scanning in the student lab. Students review material and take practice exams in preparation for the ARDMS registry examination. Prerequisites: MAT 099 Elementary Algebra or passing the placement exam.

DMS 106 Physics and Instrumentation II 3 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Physics for Ultrasound I. It reinforces concepts learned and presents more advanced concepts in ultrasound theory and instrumentation, fluid hemodynamics, color-flow Doppler spectral analysis, and 3-and 4-D ultrasound. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to pass the ARDMS registry examination. Prerequisites: DMS 105

DMS 200 Abdominal Sonography I 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces the student to sonographic imaging of the abdomen, with focus on relational anatomy of the abdominal organs. Emphasis is placed on the normal sonographic appearance of the abdominal organs and vasculature, along with normal clinical and laboratory findings specific to the system. The course includes examination of the liver, gall bladder and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, aorta, inferior vena cava and kidneys. Lecture time is complemented with hands-on work in the lab. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning, initially observing, then progressively assisting and performing scans under direct supervision of a clinical instructor. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester. Prerequisites: DMS 101 and DMS 102

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 101, DMS 102, ENG101.

DMS 201 Abdominal Sonography II 3 Semester Credits

This course is the continuation of Abdominal Sonography I, with emphasis on recognizing pathologic changes on ultrasound scans of organs in the upper abdomen. Also presented is sonographic imaging of small parts, including but not limited to thyroid, breast, scrotum, prostate, musculoskeletal, and pediatric ultrasound. Lecture time is complemented with hands-on work in the lab. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning, initially observing, then progressively assisting and performing under direct supervision of a clinical instructor. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester. Prerequisites: DMS 200

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 200 and ENG101.

DMS 202 Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography I 3 Semester Credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the normal physiology of the female reproductive system. Study content includes both normal anatomy and congenital anomalies of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Scanning of first trimester pregnancy is covered using transabdominal (TAS) and transvaginal (TVS) scanning techniques. Evaluation of the viability of the fetus and measuring techniques for gestational dating are emphasized. Students actively practice scanning normal gynecology in the student lab and obstetric scanning in the clinical course. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester. Prerequisites: DMS 101, DMS 102

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 101, DMS102, ENG101.

DMS 203 Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography II 3 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of OB/GYN Sonography I. It covers more advanced topics, focusing on pathologic conditions as determined by gynecologic/obstetric ultrasound scanning, how to recognize abnormal and pathologic sonographic patterns of the uterus and adnexa and how to correlate these with patient history and lab values, normal and abnormal 2nd and 3rd trimester pregnancy including fetal number, position, grade, and location of the placenta. Students learn the components of a complete anatomy scan, including the ultrasound appearance of the head, neck, spine, heart, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities. Accurate assessment of gestational age through fetal biometry techniques is covered. Complications of pregnancy are also addressed, including IUGR, congenital syndromes, fetal disorders, multiple gestations, and placental abnormalities. Lectures are complemented with scanning normal gynecology anatomy in the student lab. Prerequisites: DMS 202

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 202 and ENG 101.

DMS 204 Vascular Sonography 4 Semester Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the use of duplex ultrasound to investigate the extra-cranial circulation of the brain and arterial and venous circulation of the upper and lower extremities. Normal and pathological conditions are discussed in correlation with physical and clinical findings. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning in the student lab. Lab sessions include experience and competency testing in vascular sonography. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester. Prerequisites: DMS 101, DMS 102, DMS 105

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 101, DMS 102, DMS 105, ENG 101.

DMS 311- Abdominal Sonography III

Abdominal Sonography III covers abdominal structures with emphasis on the male genital organs, gastrointestinal tract, breast and musculoskeletal. Knowledge of the diagnosis, history and physical findings as they pertain to the pathophysiology of abdominal organs and systems is presented. Normal and abnormal tissue patterns are included within the discussions. Students are required to demonstrate correct scanning protocols and procedures throughout the course.

DMS 312 Advanced Vascular Sonography 2 Semester Credits

Content in this course includes vascular scanning and diseases of the cerebrovascular system, assessment of carotid artery stenosis, vascular steal, and occlusion. Students will learn the role vascular scanning plays in the management of extremity arterial disease, and venous thrombosis and insufficiency. Vascular diseases in the upper abdomen will be studied including assessment for portal hypertension, monitoring of the TIPS procedure, and evaluation of native kidney and renal transplants. Duplex Doppler of male and female genitalia will also be covered. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning under direct supervision of a clinical instructor. Prerequisite: DMS 204

DMS 314 Adult Echocardiography 3 Semester Credits

This course provides a foundation for clinical echocardiography of the adult heart. A review of normal anatomy and physiology of the heart is presented. Students learn the elements of a normal echocardiogram, including standard echocardiographic views of heart chambers, valves, and muscles and the surrounding great vessels. They will learn adult cardiac scanning protocols. Students become familiar with various modes of cardiac scanning, including M-Mode, 2D, and Color B-mode Scanning, Color flow Doppler Imaging, Doppler Tissue Imaging and Contrast Echocardiography. Prerequisite: DMS 204

DMS 315 Adult Echocardiography II 3 Semester Credits

This course focuses on pathologic states of adult cardiac disease. Included is an evaluation of systolic and diastolic left ventricular function, the hemodynamics of blood flow through the heart, and valvular diseases, such as aortic and mitral stenosis . Study of cardiomyopathy includes echo evaluation of coronary artery disease, stress echocardiograms, endocarditis, LV hypertrophy, left and right ventricular outflow tracks and prosthetic valves. Case studies and critique are provided throughout the course. Prerequisite: DMS 314

DMS 317 Advanced Case Study Critique 3 Semester Credits

This course is a comprehensive critical analysis of anatomical variants and normal and pathological sonographic findings and correlating them with clinical histories. Pathology associated with abdominal organs, gynecologic structures, superficial structures, vascular, and pathology seen in obstetrical and echocardiographic examinations will be discussed. Students will review sonographic images to enhance their recognition of variations in normal human anatomy and of pathologic processes seen within the human body during sonographic examinations. Prerequisites: DMS 201, DMS 203, DMS 204, DMS 312, DMS 313, DMS 314, DMS 315, DMS 316

DMS 318 Advanced Test Registry and Review 3 Semester Credits

This course provides an intensive and comprehensive review of materials taught throughout the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program to prepare students to take the American Registry Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations. Topics focus on physical principles of sound and sonographic instrumentation, principles of propagation of ultrasound through tissues, transducers, pulse-echo instruments, image storage and display, Doppler ultrasound, image artifacts and quality management. It also covers a comprehensive review of Diagnostic Medical Sonography applications in the specialties of abdominal/superficial structures and obstetrics/gynecology, and vascular ultrasound and echocardiography in accordance with the published outlines of the ARDMS. Co-requisite: DMS externship

DMS 319 Capstone 3 Semester Credits

This course provides students the opportunity to demonstrate integrated knowledge and practical competencies through case study research and presentation and demonstration of scanning skills comparable to entry- level sonographers. The course also exposes students to effective job preparation and job searching skills, including effective resume writing and job interviewing skills, formulation of an e-portfolio, certifications, membership in professional organizations, and continuing education after certification. Students in this course are expected to submit a completed research paper on an approved topic following the American Psychological Association (APA) format, an e-portfolio, comprehensive resume, and an oral presentation of the researched topic.

Note: DMS319 is taken during the Senior year. ENG 101 is a prerequisite for this course.

DMS 400 Clinical Externship 16 Semester Credits

This course provides the student with exposure to abdominal scanning, obstetrics and gynecologic scanning, vascular scanning, and Echocardiography scanning in a clinical setting. The clinical site may be a laboratory in a hospital and/or private office setting. At the start of the semester, the course will meet for a one day classroom orientation session. During the orientation day, students will be instructed on professional behavior expected in a lab, including attendance, and dress code. They will also receive instruction on how to keep an hours log, a case log, case journals and