Concorde Blog - Dec 19, 2019
At Concorde, our goal is to continually provide meaningful health care education to our past, current and future students. That is why we are so excited to announce our new Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at our Jacksonville, Tampa and Kansas City locations.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) associate degree program focuses on preparing students for the Abdomen (AB), and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Concentrations.
Students will gain in-depth knowledge of general sonography. They will be able to perform sonography in a variety of settings such as hospitals, emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, imaging centers and more.
Diagnostic medical sonographers, also known as ultrasound technologists, are highly-skilled professionals who use specialized equipment to create images (sonograms) of structures inside the human body. They create images and/or conduct tests that are then passed on to radiologists and/or physicians to help assess and diagnose medical conditions. Often sonograms are the first images a physician asks for when a disease is suspected.
Being a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer can be a rewarding career. It offers the opportunity to help and serve patients in a unique way by getting to see images that cannot be duplicated by any other diagnostic test. Sonographers often are referred to as the "eyes" of radiologists and physicians through sonography.
Ultrasound techs take on many responsibilities on a daily basis, with accurately identifying pathology in the body, reporting findings and collaborating with providers to ensure the best care for patients. It is a career that fosters professional growth and opportunity.
Many DMS positions require professional certification in at least one area of specialty. Employers typically prefer graduates of programs to be registered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). In order to receive professional certification, candidates must pass two exams. The first exam is the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI), which is a prerequisite for any of the other specialty exam and does not count as the ARDMS certification. The second exam is in one specialty area, such as Abdomen (AB), OB/Gyn or Vascular (VT). It is common for DMS workers to have more than one specialty certification.
Upon completion of Concorde's DMS program, students are encouraged to explore various certification options through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which are both nationally recognized Certifications.
The DMS program curriculum will include in-depth didactic courses and clinical education of sonography in the field. Students will learn about imaging of organs, organ systems, small parts, soft tissues, and obstetric and prenatal scanning. Courses will be a mix of in-class work and in-lab live scanning on a weekly basis. Students will then venture into live clinic settings where they will put their skills to the test on real patients with the supervision of their preceptor.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
Are you looking for a new and exciting health care career? Now is the right time and our new DMS program is the right place. Further your education and take your health care career in a new direction.