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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS-BS) program prepares students for entry-level jobs in the sonography field. Students learn sonographic procedures in a variety of sub- specialties; these include abdominal, vascular, OBGYN, and echocardiography. In addition, students enhance their interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural competencies. This will allow them to function effectively in a diverse workplace. Graduates of the DMS-BS program can work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, medical imaging centers, and other areas appropriate to this field of study.

The DMS-BS program is not programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), but students are eligible to sit for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) once they have passed the required Physics and Instrumentation courses. The SPI exam is the first of two required examinations that students must pass to earn their American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) credentials. Additionally, DMS-BS graduates are eligible to sit for the specialty area exams (abdominal, OBGYN, vascular and adult echocardiography) as defined in the ARDMS General Prerequisite Guidelines Prerequisite 3B. Changes in the current ARDMS prerequisite guidelines are not controlled by EIC, and the ARDMS may change it without notice.

The program contains a total of 122 credits; 68 of these credits are granted on completion of the required technical/major courses. The remaining 54 credits are granted upon completion of the required General Education courses, which cover the following areas: oral and written communications, mathematics, life and natural sciences, social sciences and art. These courses help students to develop the soft skills necessary for gaining employment and maintaining an atmosphere of lifelong learning. The program also requires the completion of an externship component; this aspect of the program is completed outside of Eastern International College’s campus.

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!

program learning outcomes

The DMS-BS graduate will demonstrate competencies in procedural and clinical functions in non-invasive diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, cross-sectional anatomy and pathology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical standards in the practice of the diagnostic medical sonography profession
  • Perform effectively procedures covered in non-invasive diagnostic medical sonography
  • Demonstrate proficiency in patient care including vital signs and patient safety
  • Demonstrate competency in obtaining, recording and printing scanned images
  • Demonstrate professional conduct in the workplace and/or externship site
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and cultural sensitivity when dealing with patients and the healthcare team
  • Apply ethical and legal standards in dealing with patient information and in communicating this information with the healthcare team

General Education Coursework

Course Number Course Title Semester Credits
ART 101 Art Appreciation 3
BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COM 101 Computer Skills 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
ENG 301 Early American Literature 3
HIS 101 American History I 3
HIS 201 American History II 3
MAT 103 College Algebra 3
MAT 204 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
PHY 101 Fundamentals of Physics 4
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
REL 302 World Religions 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 301 Cultural Diversity 3
SPC 101 Interpersonal Communication 3
Total 54

program major courses

Course NumberCourse TitleSemester Credits
DMS 101Cross-Sectional Anatomy3
DMS 102Pathology3
DMS 103Patient Care and Assessment2
DMS 104Medical Law and Ethics2
DMS 105Physics and Instrumentation I3
DMS 106Physics and Instrumentation II3
DMS 200Abdominal Sonography I3
DMS 201Abdominal Sonography II3
DMS 202Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography I3
DMS 203Obstetric and Gynecological3
DMS 204Vascular Sonography4
DMS 311Abdominal Sonography III3
DMS 312Advanced Vascular Sonography2
DMS 314Adult Echocardiography I3
DMS 315Adult Echocardiography II3
DMS 317Advanced Case Study Critique3
DMS 318Advanced Test Registry and Review3
DMS 319Capstone Research3
DMS 400Clinical Externship16
Total 68

Total Program Credits = 122 Semester Credits
Program Length: 48 Months

Course Descriptions


PSY Psychology
CVT Cardiovascular Technology
ENG English
MAT Math
BIO Biological Science
SPC Speech

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 of placement exams
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 web page.
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 of placement exams.
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 of placement exams
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 101Prerequisite/Co-requisite: ENG 101
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 the necessary evaluation forms.


Applicants to this program must follow program-specific criteria listed below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged to proceed with the appropriate application process.

  • Minimum HS Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Complete Admissions Process

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