Graduation Requirements (A Minimum of 87 Credits)

This program is designed to prepare the student for performing ultrasound procedures. The student will be trained to develop his (her) skills on the knowledge of interpretation of sonographic images. The student will be able to conduct ultrasound procedures in abdomen, pelvis and small parts. Training will cover organs of abdomen and pelvis, and obstetrical and fetal evaluations. The program prepares the students to pass the national certification exam.

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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (23 CREDITS)

COMMUNICATIONS (6 CREDITS)
Credit Hours
  • ENC 1101
    English Composition I **
    3
  • SPC 1017
    Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    3
HUMANITIES (3 CREDITS)
Credit Hours
  •  
    3
MATHEMATICS (3 CREDITS)
Credit Hours
  • MAC 1105
    College Algebra I **
    3
NATURAL SCIENCE (7 CREDITS)
Credit Hours
  • PHY 1100C
    General Physics
    3
  • BSC 1020C
    Human Biology
    4
COMPUTERS (4 CREDITS)
Credit Hours
  • CGS 1030
    Introduction to Information Technology
    4
  • SLS 1501
    College Study Skills
     

CORE REQUIREMENTS (64 CREDITS)

Courses
Credit Hours
  • HSC1000C
    Introduction to Health Care
    3
  • HSC1531C
    Medical Terminology
    3
  • BSC 1085C
    Anatomy & Physiology I
    4
  • BSC 1086C
    Anatomy & Physiology II
    4
  • HSC 1230L
    Patient Care Procedures
    2
  • SON 2140C
    Axial Anatomy I
    3
  • SON 2146C
    Axial Anatomy II
    3
  • SON 2614C
    Physics in Ultrasound
    2
  • SON 2807L
    Pre-Clinical Sonographic Practice
    2
  • SON 2616C
    Sonography Equipment Operation
    3
  • SON 2110C
    Introduction to Cardiovascular System
    3
  • SON 2111C
    Abdominal Ultrasound
    3
  • SON 2116C
    Abdominal Pathology
    3
  • SON 2117C
    Artifacts in Ultrasound
    1
  • SON 2121C
    Obstetric/Gynecology Ultrasound I
    3
  • SON 2122C
    Obstetric/Gynecology Ultrasound II
    3
  • SON 2125C
    Gynecology Pathology
    2
  • SON 2126C
    Obstetric Pathology
    3
  • SON 2141C
    Small Parts Ultrasound
    3
  • SON 2804C
    Clinical Practicum in Ultrasound I
    3
  • SON 2814C
    Clinical Practicum in Ultrasound II
    3
  • SON 2955L
    Journal in Ultrasound Practice
    5
  • SON 2935
    Special Topics in Sonography
     

Medical students are required to wear medical attire at all times. Students must furnish their own uniforms. All students must have liability insurance in order to participate in the clinical rotations. All students must provide BLS, OSHA, HIV, and HIPPA seminar completion forms in order to participate in the clinical rotations. Students must complete 800 hours of clinical practice.

*General Education Component (see page 219)
**This course has prerequisites; check course descriptions.

This program is not designed for transfer to a senior institution.

Entrance Requirements
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department will admit students through a selective admissions process. The candidates must be able to meet academic and clinical requirements. The program is designed to be completed by a full-time student in 26 months. These are the steps to admission and pre-selection to the program. All requirements must be completed for application consideration.
• Complete Florida National University Admission Application and return to Admissions Representative.
• All applicants must request official academic transcripts from high school and/or university and forward transcript(s) to the Campus Registrar.
• Direct admission offered only to academically qualified incoming freshmen. This means High School Diploma, SAT scores of 850 and above, ACT scores of 16 and above or TABE scores above 10th level in all components. Students must pass the TEAS exam with at least a 60 to qualify. Complete the pre-required courses in the first 4 semesters.

Candidates to DMS programs Must:
• Pass the TEAS test with a score of 60 % or better.
• Complete a program application that includes an essay, two reference letters (one academic and one professional), and have a satisfactory interview with the DMS Program Director and staff.
• Additionally, applicants must present immunization records, a clear Level II FDLE/FBI and AHCA background check, and a negative drug test.
• Students must meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on all General Education courses in order to proceed to the DMS core courses.

• All students must attend a programmatic orientation with the DMST Program Director and the Clinical Coordinator.

Students must complete a minimum of 39 credits in General Education courses that include: English Composition I, Speech/Oral Communication, Biomedical Ethics (as recommended for Humanities), College Algebra I, Introduction to Computer Technology, Medical Terminology, General Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Cross Sectional Anatomy, Ultrasound Physic and Instrumentation, and Patient Care Procedures. The remaining 48 credits are core requirement credits. Additionally, the students need to complete 800 clinical hours.

If a student fails to earn a “C” in a SON core course, the student will be dropped from the program with the option of returning to retake that course when offered again. However, the student will have to audit the core courses offered to the next cohort prior to reinsertion in that cohort, at no extra cost. Students will be allowed to repeat only one core course. After repeating one core course, a letter grade below a “C” in any of the subsequent courses will result in complete withdrawal from the program, with no option to return at a later time. Due to the rigorous nature and the time demands of the program, it is strongly recommended that applicants plan ahead financially for their 18 months in the program.

The student is responsible for all transportation necessary for travel to and from the hospitals/clinics/facilities for clinical experiences. As well as, of all other expenses, that will be generated to be in compliance with the program requirements. Participation at all scheduled classes, laboratories, and clinical practicums is mandatory; each one of those meetings is an essential component to the student’s successful progress in the program.