Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS program is designed for individuals who already have training and experience in a profession that provides direct care or treatment to people. This program prepares competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Examples of examinations performed by sonographers include abdominal, gynecological, fetal, breast, vascular, small part and superficial structures. Graduates are prepared to sit for a national certification exam in diagnostic medical sonography.
Diagnostic medical sonographers provide patient services in a variety of medical settings assisting physicians with assessing and diagnosing medical conditions as well as monitoring fetal development. Diagnostic medical sonographers use specialized equipment that produces high-frequency soundwaves to create images of organs, tissues and blood vessels within the body. Examples of examinations that can be performed by sonographers include abdominal, gynecological, fetal, breast, vascular, small parts and superficial structures.
Licensure and/or Certification
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography prepares students for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, and Obstetrics and Gynecology examinations from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and the Sonography examination from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice. The state of Alaska does not license sonographers.
- Complete the Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.
- Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C:
- Submit a diagnostic medical sonography program application according to instructions and deadlines on the program website.
- Provide documentation of:
The following immunizations: Hepatitis B titer showing immunity, Hepatitis A, MMR, TDap, Varicella, Influenza vaccine within the previous twelve months, and two step PPD text or Quantiferon Gold
Current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification
Completion of a minimum of 12 hours of sonographer observation spanning three days at two different imaging facilities/locations, documented on the program observation form.
All students will initially be admitted to pre-major status. Admission to pre-major status does not guarantee subsequent admission to the major. As a pre-major, students work with an advisor to assist them in completing pre-major requirements and preparing to apply to the full major. The program website provides details on the admission requirements, process, and deadlines.
- Once admitted to the full major, students will be required to submit results of a national-level criminal background check.
- Students will be required to physically attend at the main Anchorage campus the first year of full major status.
- Students may be required to complete clinical training at sites around the state during the second year to satisfy training and graduation requirements. The travel, lodging, and other associated costs with assignment outside the Anchorage area is at the student's expense.
- Students may be required to show proof of health insurance prior to the start of clinical training.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the following major requirements with a minimum grade of C:
|BIOL A111||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL A112||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|DMS A101||Introduction to Sonography||2|
|DMS A103||Patient Care in Sonography||2|
|DMS A105||Principles and Instrumentation I||3|
|DMS A107||Abdominal Sonography I||2|
|DMS A109||OB and Gyn Sonography I||3|
|DMS A205||Principles and Instrumentation II||3|
|DMS A207||Abdominal Sonography II||2|
|DMS A209||OB and Gyn Sonography II||2|
|DMS A211||Small Parts Sonography||1|
|DMS A213||Vascular Technology||2|
|DMS A215||Breast Sonography||1|
|DMS A217||Fundamentals of Sonography Lab||1|
|DMS A219||Practical Sonography Lab||3|
|DMS A221||Pediatric Sonography||1|
|DMS A295A||Clinical Practicum I||9|
|DMS A295B||Clinical Practicum II||9|
|DMS A392||Pathophysiology Seminar||3|
|DMS A395||Clinical Practicum III||3|
|MA A101||Medical Terminology||3|
|MA A104||Essentials of Human Disease||3|
|MATH A105||Intermediate Algebra (or any course for which MATH A105 is a prerequisite)||3|
|PHYS A123||College Physics I||2-3|
|or RADT A151||Radiographic Physics|
|RADT A231||Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging||3|
|WRTG A212||Writing and the Professions||3|
|or WRTG A213||Writing and the Sciences|
A minimum of 83 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the diagnostic medical sonography program, students are able to:
- Apply entry-level knowledge of physics, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to sonography.
- Perform general sonography with continuing competency.
- Demonstrate proficiency in patient assessment and care activities related to sonography.
- Utilize effective oral and written communication with patients, physicians and other medical personnel.
- Employ professional and ethical judgment in the performance of sonographic duties.