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Department of Radiologic Sciences

Department of Radiologic Sciences

Bachelor of Science - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Concentration

Structure of the Professional Program

Classes are held during the day. Clinical experience is scheduled in cooperation with the clinical site and are also during normal daytime hours.

Design of the Professional Curriculum

Lectures, lab, and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the program.

Opportunity for Students to Work

Students may find full-time employment during the professional year difficult.

Description of Facilities

The classroom and offices of the Radiologic Sciences—DMS Concentration Program are located in the Dunes Medical/ Professional Building at IU Northwest. Clinical experience is provided at local hospitals.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Concentration

Description of the Profession

Within the radiologic sciences profession, there is a need for qualified diagnostic medical sonographers. These professionals require unique skills specific to the field of ultrasonography. Under the direction of a radiologist, the diagnostic medical sonographer is concerned with the proper operation of the ultrasound equipment and preparation of patients for various types of diagnostic procedures.

Upon request of a physician, the diagnostic medical sonographer examines various parts of the body by using sound waves. This imaging technique may reveal evidence of disease, injury, or other significant medical information.

Graduates of the Program

Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are eligible to take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen /Small Parts, and OB/Gyn exams offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Length of the Program

A new class begins the professional course work in summer session II for non-health care students and in the fall semester for the health care student. This program will complete their professional portion at the end of the following fall semester.

Curriculum

Prerequisites  
Required Courses
Credit hours
*Two written communication courses (G)
6
*Oral communication (G) 
3
College level mathematics (G)
3-4

*Human anatomy and physiology I & II with lab (G)

8
*General or radiologic physics (G) 3
Introductory psychology (G)
Computer science elective 
Arts and Humanities elective (G)
3
Cultural and Historical Studies elective (G) 3
Additional Arts & Humanities or Cultural & Historical elective (G)
3
Social/behavioral science elective (G) 
 3 
Statistics course (G)
3
Medical Terminology (G)
1
Health Professions course work or electives
40-48
Total Minimum Number of Credit Hours
70
Professional Courses  
Summer Session II  Non-Health Care Professional
RADS  R100  Orientation to Radiologic Technology  2
RADS  R185  Medical Terminology  1
TOTAL  3
Fall Semester 
RADS  R404  Sectional Imaging Anatomy  3
RADS  R408  Topics in Radiologic Sciences  3
RADS  R490  Fundamentals of Ultrasound  4
TOTAL 10
Spring Semester
RADS  R491  DMS Imaging - Abd/Sm Pts  5
RADS  R492  DMS Imaging - OB/Gyn  5
RADS  R494  Clinical Practicum I  6
TOTAL 16
Summer Semester
RADS R495 Clinical Practicum II 6
Fall Semester
RADS R409 Senior Project in Medical Imaging Technology 3
RADS R493 Ultrasound Physics 4
RADS R496 Clinical Practicum III 8
TOTAL 15
PROFESSIONAL YEAR TOTAL 50
To graduate, the student must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours to include 70 credit hours of prerequisite and general education courses and 50 credit hours of professional 300-400 level courses. Courses identifed with an asterisk* and all professional courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher before enrolling in subsequent core courses and before graduation. All course work must be completed in compliance with academic and professional policies of the program and school.

Program Admission Process

Applicants for admission to the program will be expected to:

  1. Apply and be admitted to Indiana University Northwest
  2. Submit an application. (Deadline Date January 15)
  3. Provide evidence of registration eligibility with American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), if applicable.
  4. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all radiography courses, if applicable.
  5. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale for all course work.
  6. Participate in a personal interview.
  7. Students must meet the list of Essential Abilities (Technical Standards) for admission to the program.  The list of Essential Abilities is mailed to all program applicants. 

Preference is given to healthcare Professions (AS degree or higher in a healthcare patient care related field) and preference is also given to Radiographers.  Admission to the professional year is competitive. Students are selected based on their previous academic background, a personal interview, and evidence of registration if applying under the health care professional background. 
 

Phone: (219) 980-6589