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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Aug 19, 2017
 
2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Requirements for a Major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General Prerequisites


Admission to the program requires a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course.

Contains some required general education courses.

Remaining General Education Courses


  •   
  • General Education (Art) Credits: 3
  • General Education (Philosophy) Credits: 3
  • General Education (History) Credits: 3
  • General Education (World Perspectives) Credits: 3
  • Issues Credits: 6

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General (Abdomen and Obstetrics-Gynecology): Courses (68 credits)


The Diagnostic Medical Sonography General emphasis prepares students for clinical practice in abdominal and obstetrics-gynecology. Vascular sonography is additional course work that is taken concurrently.

General (Abdominal and Obstetrics-Gynecology) sonographers work collaboratively with radiologists or other specialized physicians to diagnose a diverse range of conditions using invasive and non-invasive procedures using complex computerized high frequency sound wave and Doppler signal equipment. The sonographer must acquire excellent knowledge of sectional anatomy, clinical medicine, pathology, and the use of sonographic instrumentation.

  • Issues - (fulfills 1 of 2 Issue courses)

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General


Sophomore Winter Semester


One of the following:

AND

  • General Education (Arts) Credits: 3
  • General Education (Philosophy) Credits: 3
  • General Education (World Perspectives) Credits: 3

Junior Spring/Summer Semester


Summary of coursework:


  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General prerequisites: 42 credits
  • Remaining General Education courses:  22 credits
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General: 62 credits
  • Total: 126 credits

Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Emphasis


Adult Echocardiography and either Pediatric Echocardiography or Vascular Sonography concentrations

The adult echocardiography and pediatric echocardiography/vascular sonography concentrations in the diagnostic and medical sonography degree prepares students for clinical practice in adult echocardiography and either pediatric echocardiography or vascular sonography.

Adult and pediatric echocardiographers practice a form of medical imaging that uses complex computerized high frequency sound waves and doppler signal equipment to visualize cardiovascular anatomy and function. They are responsible for delineating subtle differences between healthy and pathological cardiac and vascular structure and function, evaluate cardiac blood flow information, and document pathologic and other conditions. The echocardiographer must acquire excellent knowledge of cardiac and vascular anatomy, clinical medicine, pathology, and the use of sonographic instrumentation.

Echocardiographers work collaboratively with cardiologists in medical center, hospital, or private practices to produce differential diagnoses. Vascular sonographers perform patient examinations, assessments, acquire and analyze data using ultrasound and related technologies, provide a summary of findings to aid in patient diagnosis and management, and use independent judgment and systematic problem solving to produce high quality diagnostic information and optimize the complete patient study. Vascular sonographers often work collaboratively with vascular surgeons but also work in radiology and cardiology departments in hospitals and private practices to discuss differential diagnoses.

Program Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Emphasis is accredited under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) and programmatically through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). For more information please visit http://www.jrccvt.org.

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Emphasis


Selection Factors:        

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography- Echocardiography and Vascular (DMS echo/vasc) Sonography Emphasis is a competitive process that requires a secondary application. Prospective students can access the application at http://www.gvsu.edu/cvs. The DMS echo/vasc Program is administered through the College of Health Professions: www.gvsu.edu/chp. Students who complete the prerequisite and general education courses by August of the year they start the program are eligible to apply February 1st of the same year. The prerequisite and general education courses are typically completed by the end of the sophomore year. Applicants are selected to enroll based on the following criteria:

(40%) Academic grade point average from completed prerequisite courses:

Degree Requirements for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Emphasis


Prerequisite Courses (35 credits)

General Education Requirements - Foundations and Cultures (12 credits, with the 6 Issue credits counted in the Major)


Remaining general education courses not covered in the major prerequisites or major coursework:

  • General Education (Art) Credits: 3
  • General Education (Philosophy) Credits: 3
  • General Education (History) Credits: 3
  • General Education (World Perspectives) Credits: 3
  • Issues Credits: 6 (two courses which can be taken when student has 55+ credits) 

Suggested Order of Coursework for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Emphasis


Freshman Fall Semester (14 credits)


  • General Education (Art) Credits: 3 

Freshman Winter Semester (13 credits)


Sophomore Fall Semester (13 credits)


  • General Education (Philosophy & Literature) Credits: 3 

Sophomore Winter Semester (14 credits)


  • General Education (Historical Perspectives) Credits: 3 
  • General Education (World Perspectives) Credits: 3

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