Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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DMS Program Mission and Goals

The Mission

The Rowan College at Burlington County Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is dedicated to providing quality education for its students in order to promote excellence in the art and science of sonography. Guided by the RCBC mission and CAAHEP standards, the DMS program strives to provide academic and clinical experiences that produce competent and compassionate entry-level sonographers with a commitment to performance of quality imaging while providing excellent patient care and dedication to the pursuit of lifelong learning.


The Goals

The RCBC DMS Program’s goal is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates of the RCBC DMS Program will be able to perform, at a minimum, the following objectives:

Goal 1: Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will identify the importance of obtaining patient history.
  • Students will interpret patient history.
  • Students will demonstrate application of didactic information necessary for specific DMS study results.
  • Students will correlate pertinent data from a variety of medical sources.

Goal 2: Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will use appropriate knobology when scanning to produce optimal images.
  • Students will reproduce scanning protocols for general sonography.
  • Students will utilize critical thinking skills to modify protocols for non-standard patients.
  • Students will perform sonographic procedures appropriately and accurately recording all anatomic and physiologic information for interpretation by a physician.

Goal 3: Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will critique images.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and process diagnostic data.
  • Students will document and present complete and accurate sonographic findings to the interpreting physician and/or clinical instructors in order to facilitate patient diagnosis.

Goal 4: Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate sonographer-to- patient relationship skills.
  • Students will modify exam positioning and protocols due to patient condition.
  • Students will recognize unique needs in a culturally diverse population.

Goal 5: Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills necessary to communicate with patients and health care professionals.
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills necessary to communicate with patients and health care professionals.

Goal 6: Act in a professional and ethical manner.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the HIPAA law.
  • Students will exemplify professional manners within recognized ethical and legal standards at all times.
  • Students will consistently manifest a professional attitude and honor the SDMS Code of Ethics.
  • Students will demonstrate a respect for diversity and the ability to work with others and special patient populations.
  • Students will demonstrate workplace behavior conducive to professional advancement.
  • Students will differentiate between the ARDMS and ARRT exam(s), and additional certification opportunities.
  • Students will recognize professional organizations pertaining to the field of ultrasound.
  • Students will illustrate professionalism with acceptable grooming and appearance standards.

Goal 7: Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and promote principles of good health:

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will summarize the value of life-long learning.
  • Students will participate in personal and professional growth opportunities.
  • Students will verbalize principles of good health.

Goal 8: Employ safety practices

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate practices for optimal function of the sonographic equipment.
  • Students will employ a safe work environment.
  • Students will practice ALARA standards.
  • Students will illustrate time management skills while performing abdominal ultrasounds.
  • Students will administer standard infection control standards.