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.
Students may be admitted to UAA Diagnostic Medical Sonography program as a pre-major.
Prior to being admitted as a full major, the student must meet special admission and application requirements and be selected for entry into the program. Student must:
- Meet one of the following:
- Possess an associate degree or higher in a health care, treatment or therapy/rehabilitation centered profession.
- Possess a bachelor's degree (any major) and a national certification or licensure in a health care, treatment, or therapy/rehabilitation profession providing direct patient care.
- Provide proof of having worked in a health care, treatment or therapy/rehabilitation profession providing direct patient care within the last five years.
- Show, from official transcripts, successful completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C:
Course List Code Title Credits BIOL A111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 BIOL A112 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts 3 MA A101 Medical Terminology 3 MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra 3 One of the following, or their equivalents: PHYS A123 Basic Physics I 2-3 or RADT A151 Radiographic Physics
- Submit a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program application.
Applicants must contact the department for the application requirements, selection criteria and application procedure for the year they wish to apply since it is subject to change periodically. Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee selection into the program.
Students will be required to physically attend classes at the Anchorage campus for the first year and may be assigned to clinical sites in other Alaska communities at their expense during the second year. Due to the risks associated with working in a health care setting, students may be required to provide proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical training.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the Program Requirements below with a minimum grade of C or P.
|DMS A102||Foundations of Sonography||2|
|DMS A105||Principles and Instrumentation I||3|
|DMS A107||Abdominal Sonography I||2|
|DMS A109||OB and Gyn Sonography I||2|
|DMS A205||Principles and Instrumentation II||2|
|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||2|
|DMS A395||Clinical Practicum III||8|
|RADT A231||Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging||3|
A total of 70 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.