Academic Catalogs

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a technique using high-frequency sound waves to create images of specific areas of the body from which pathology may be diagnosed. A competent Sonographer must have a thorough knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy and pathology, as well as the skills to manipulate a wide variety of sophisticated instruments. This is a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).

Department Contact Information

Cynthia Reber-Bonhall, Program Director
creberbonhall@occ.cccd.edu

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department Website

Credit Courses 

DMS A1101.5 Units (18 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
Introduction to Sonography  
Prerequisite(s): BIOL A221 and ALH A010 and ALH A111.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course is a required prerequisite for all students entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program. Basic sonographic theory is taught with an emphasis on instrumentation, patient exam presets and scan planes. Basic cross-sectional and sonographic anatomy, as well as scan protocols are taught.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A110

    DMS A1234 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
    Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging  
    Prerequisite(s): BIOL A221; or BIOL A220 and BIOL A225.

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    This is a study of specific areas of the human body in serial sections. Designed for diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic imaging technology. Emphasis is on structures observable on diagnostic medical sonography, computerized tomography and related imaging studies.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A123

      DMS A1264 Units (72 lecture hours)  
      OB/GYN Sonography  
      Prerequisite(s): DMS A123 and DMS A150.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      A cross-sectional anatomical and sonographic study of the female reproductive system including the nongravid pelvis as well as the gravid pelvis; includes specific study of embryology, fetal biometric data, normal and abnormal fetal anatomy, placenta, amniotic fluid, umbilical cord, menstrual cycle and pathology of the female nongravid pelvis. Topics of discussion will include appropriate laboratory tests, ultrasound scan protocols of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and other imaging modalities utilized in OB/GYN.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A126

        DMS A1503.5 Units (54 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
        Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation for DMS  
        Prerequisite(s): RADT A100.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        This is the study of physical principles and instrumentation of diagnostic medical sonography. It includes equipment design, instrumentation and application.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A150

          DMS A1552.5 Units (36 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
          Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound  
          Prerequisite(s): DMS A150.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          This course is an introduction to vascular ultrasound including Doppler physical principles and instrumentation. The venous system of the upper and lower extremities is emphasized this semester.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A155

            DMS A1613 Units (54 lecture hours)  
            Pathophysiology  
            Prerequisite(s): DMS A123.
            Co-requisite(s): DMS A165.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            Specific study of pathophysiological mechanisms related to diagnostic medical sonography.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A161

              DMS A1653 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
              Introduction to Scanning Practice  
              Prerequisite(s): DMS A123 and DMS A150.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Introduction to sonographic scanning protocol as applied to clinical practice. Course includes environment of ultrasound department, emphasis on professionalism, student behavior, medico-legal aspects, and humanistic approach to patients.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A165

                DMS A1662 Units (128 lab hours)  
                DMS Clinical Experience 1  
                Prerequisite(s): ALH A115.
                Co-requisite(s): DMS A165.

                Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                Introduction to the clinical environment and exposure to departmental organization, patient flow, PACS procedures, observation of techniques, policies and procedures of clinical cases. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A166

                  DMS A1675 Units (320 lab hours)  
                  DMS Clinical Experience 2  
                  Prerequisite(s): DMS A166.

                  Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  Continuation of clinical experience. Exposure to departmental organization, patient flow, PACs, observation of techniques employed, policies and procedures of clinical cases, beginning hands on experience, and equipment set up. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A167

                    DMS A2552.5 Units (36 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                    Advanced Vascular Ultrasound  
                    Prerequisite(s): DMS A155.

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    This is an advanced vascular course with laboratory exercises. It includes physiological arterial testing of the lower and upper extremities with pathological correlation.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A255

                      DMS A2717 Units (512 lab hours)  
                      DMS Clinical Experience 3  
                      Prerequisite(s): DMS A167.

                      Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      Clinical experience in ultrasound. Equipment handling and patient management. Departmental operation and scope. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A271

                        DMS A2743 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                        Abdominal Sonography  
                        Prerequisite(s): DMS A165.
                        Co-requisite(s): DMS A271.

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        Interpretation of normal and abnormal sonographic anatomy, comparing disease processes and identification of structures in sonographic images of the abdomen and superficial structures.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A274

                          DMS A2753 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                          Sonographic Review  
                          Prerequisite(s): DMS A274.

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                          Review of advanced scanning techniques and other ultrasound topics including physics and instrumentation. Interpretation of normal and abnormal sonography.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A275

                            DMS A2762 Units (160 lab hours)  
                            DMS Clinical Experience 4  
                            Co-requisite(s): DMS A271.

                            Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            Intermediate clinical experience. Studies in the abdominal, obstetrical, pelvic, scrotal, thyroid and vascular anatomical areas. Variety of real-time equipment, anatomical pathology recognition.Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A276

                              DMS A2819 Units (16 lecture hours; 560 lab hours)  
                              DMS Clinical Experience 5  
                              Prerequisite(s): DMS A276.

                              Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              Advanced clinical experience in the ultrasound department practicing in a variety of Sonographic studies with emphasis on the abdomen and pelvis. Advanced recognition of pathology and scan interpretation. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DMS A281