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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2013-14 
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Associate in Science

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee On Education In Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Bedford Campus - Day, Starts Fall Semester Only

Program Description:

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Science degree program provides the knowledge and techniques required for specialization in the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Students receive training in producing the ultrasound images used by physicians in diagnosis of disease and injuries, and other medical conditions. The curriculum has a general education component, with a concentration in relevant science courses. Students achieve proficiency in sonographic physics and instrumentation, obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal and neurosonography. There is an extensive clinical practicum. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers certifying examination.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Graduates of the program have a consistently high pass rate in the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers examination and, as a result, are certified for employment in ultrasound departments throughout the country.

Helpful Hints:

Most successful applicants will have observed in a sonography department before applying to the program.

Special Requirements

In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are prepared to:

  • Use critical thinking based on specialized knowledge of the profession when functioning in a variety of health care settings;
  • Perform a broad range of clinical skills related to pertinent diagnostic examinations safely and effectively;
  • Use effective oral and written communication skills in interactions with patients and health care team members;
  • Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the profession.

Admission to Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Required Course Prerequisites

  • High school or college Algebra II or completion through Module 12 in MAT 001 or MAT 002 or MAT 003, Preparation for College Math with a grade of B or higher
  • High school or college biology with labs
  • College Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs

Required Grade

B or higher
B or higher
B or higher

(In some cases, students may be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology II with a grade of “B” or higher.)

Required Testing

  • Current scores on the college placement test of ENG 071, MAT 080 or completion of Modules 1-8 in MAT 001 and/or MAT 002 (Preparation for College Math), and a reading score of 74. Testing must be completed before admission and within one year of the application deadline.

Required Documents

  • Admission Application
  • DMS Requirements Certification form
  • Completed Supplemental Admission Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: It is recommended that at least two recommendations be requested from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s performance in a work or classroom setting. At least one recommendation must be from a faculty member.

Admission Notes

  • Observation in a sonography department before applying to the program is strongly recommended.
  • The Admission Committee may consider other factors such as academic history and give preference to Massachusetts residents.
  • Applicants who qualify for admission may also be required to meet with an Admission Committee before an acceptance decision is made.
  • Students applying to Diagnostic Medical Sonography are required to have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.


  • Priority consideration is given to applications, which include all requirements, submitted by December 6, 2013. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.

Requirements After Admission

  • Students must submit the Student Health Record form, provided by Middlesex Community College, to the Center for Health & Wellness. Required documentation of health status includes a completed physical examination, a Mantoux test for tuberculosis, a color deficiency test, and proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus/Diphtheria (within last ten years) and one lifetime dose of Tdap (after 2006), Hepatitis B and Varicella. Students born in the United States before January 1, 1957 will be considered immune to Measles, Mumps and Rubella and exempt from the MMR vaccine requirement. Students born in the United States before January 1, 1980 and enrolled in a health care program will not be considered immune to Varicella (chicken pox) and are not exempt from the Varicella requirement.
  • Earn and submit a current certification in CPR at the Health Care Provider-level (offered monthly at MCC) which is valid for the entire academic year and renewed annually.
  • Standard/Technical Skills Notice:To view a list of standard and/or technical skills required for performing duties in various health career fields, visit the Middlesex Community College Health Division website (www.middlesex.mass.edu) or the Student Information Centers. These skills are not conditions for admission to MCC programs, but do indicate abilities and characteristics necessary for successful completion of college Health programs, and to perform the duties of the career upon graduation.


Total Credits: 70

♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

Special Requirements for Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Students must receive a C or better in all SON courses within the area of specialization to remain in the program. Upon graduation from the college, students are required to continue in the post-graduate clinical affiliation to complete the program and become eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Additional coursework  may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing. Science courses being applied to this program must have been completed within five years of entering the program.

Students enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance in clinical settings in order to remain in the program.


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