Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly skilled health care professionals who assist physicians in collecting patient data in order to reach diagnostic decisions. Sonographers use specialized equipment to perform sonographic examinations and create images of areas inside the body.

What Will I Learn?

This degree is a six-semester, full-time day program that provides both theoretical and clinical instruction in sonography at the JJC Main Campus, at hospitals and other health care organizations in the surrounding area. Up to ten students are accepted into the program every fall. Most classes are offered face-to-face with the exception of two online courses (DMS 113 and DMS 120).

Anyone interested in the DMS program must attend a mandatory information session before applying. Sessions last approximately 1.5 hours, and there is no need to register.

Information Sessions – Fall 2018

    Main Campus - U1009

    • Tuesday, September 4 at 3:00 PM
    • Thursday, October 11 at 3:00 PM
    • Thursday, November 8 at 3:00 PM

    Romeoville Campus - RMA 2001

    • Tuesday, December 4 at 3:30 PM


    What is Unique About the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program? 

    Joliet Junior College is proud to offer one of only six CAAHEP-accredited DMS programs at a community college in the state of Illinois. This in-demand program can lead to a great career with a median income of $71,410 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). 
     

    What Degree / Certificate Will I Receive?

    • Degree Program Information (AAS) | Overview

      The Associate in Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS) program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the diagnostic medical sonography profession upon graduation. This degree is a six-semester full-time day program that provides both theoretical and clinical instruction in sonography at the Joliet Junior College main campus, at hospitals and other health care organizations in the surrounding area. Up to ten students are accepted into the program every fall. Most classes are offered face-to-face with the exception of two online courses (DMS 113 and DMS 120).

      Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly skilled professionals who provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine. Diagnostic medical sonographers use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body and perform a variety of diagnostic sonographic examinations of the abdomen, pelvis, small parts, pregnancy, superficial structures, vascular studies and other procedures. Diagnostic medical sonographers assist physicians in collecting patient diagnosis data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. This profession requires the sonographer to use critical judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services.

      The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography Program at Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

      For information about the eligibility to sit for the ARDMS examinations please visit: ARDMS and ARDMS Prerequisites.

      NOTE: Diagnostic Medical Sonography students of the AAS program must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses and all of the general education courses before they are eligible for graduation.


      View Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS) Course Requirements

    • Degree Program Information (AAS) | Admissions Process

      The online Diagnostic Medical Sonography application for the AAS degree program is available April 1st - 30th for the opportunity to begin the program the following fall semester. If a student is not admitted to the program or chooses to defer acceptance, the student will need to reapply the following year. No application will be kept on file after the start of classes.

      The Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS degree program has special admission criteria and limited enrollment. Applications for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program will be accepted by the Admissions Office in April for the following fall semester. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the requirements are met and all necessary documentation is on file. Only complete files will be considered.

      Students must be able to complete the following:

      For more information, please go to http://www.sdms.org/resources

      Students who have met the above Admissions Criteria are free to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in the month of April to enter the point ranking system. The application can be found only online in the month of April in MyJJC  under “Campus Events”.

      These additional general education courses are not required to be considered for admission, but they are required for completion of the AAS Degree. Taking these courses will add points to the applicant’s overall score.

      If these courses are not completed at the time of application, they must be completed prior to starting the Sonography courses in the fall. (Note: higher grades will earn more points.)

      1. Students must meet the following prerequisites prior to application. Please read carefully to ensure all steps have been completed.
        • Current application on file.
        • Must meet residency requirements as defined by Joliet Junior College. In-district students have first right of admission. Out of district students will be admitted if spaces are available.
        • High School transcript or high school equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC) on file with the Admissions Office verifying completion.
        • All college transcripts (other than JJC) must be evaluated and placed on record prior to submission of your application for the program. This process can take up to four weeks. Transcripts must by submitted by February 1. Official college transcripts should be mailed to Joliet Junior College, Academic Credentials Office, 1215 Houbolt Road Joliet, IL 60431-8938. Students must complete a Transcript Evaluation Form in order to have their transcripts evaluated.
        • Completion of PHYS 100 (or PHYS 110), BIO 250 and MATH 131 (or MATH 128) with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring semester.
        • Minimum CUM GPA of 2.0 or above.
        • Completed Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS – current version)
        • All students are required to attend a mandatory information session prior to applying to the program. These sessions are held monthly throughout the year.
        • Compliance with the technical standards of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) as outlined below:
        • Lift more than 50 pounds, push, pull, bend and stoop routinely
        • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
        • Distinguish audible sounds
        • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
        • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
        • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
        • Assist patients on and off examining tables
        • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
        • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence.
      2. Students who score 86 or above on the TEAS composite will be guaranteed admittance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, contingent on the results of their background check and drug screening when an application to the program is completed and the above requirements (see #1) are met. In the event there are more students in the Guaranteed Admittance category than available seats, a ranking system will be used (see #3).
      3. Admissions to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS Program will be determined by a point ranking system. Each eligible applicant will be given a number for anonymity by the admissions office. Applications will be sent to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions Committee to be scored and ranked by the following criteria:
        • GPA (calculated on courses required for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program (weighted 25%).
        • Number of required general education classes completed (weighted 25%).
        • TEAS composite (weighted 30%) and science (weighted 20%) scores. Qualified applicants will be required to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills Test (TEAS). The fee for this test will be approximately $75 plus tax to be paid by the applicant. The TEAS test needs to be completed by April 30th. We encourage applicants to only take the exam one time per semester. If the TEAS test is taken multiple times in a semester, the committee will ONLY consider the score from the initial time it was taken during that semester. Please refer to the Academic Skills Center web page under ATI-TEAS testing for more information.
        • BIO 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 credit hours
        • ENG 101 (or ENG 102) Rhetoric, 3 credit hours
        • PSYC 101 General Psychology, 3 credit hours
      4. Upon admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS program, all students are required to have on file in the Department of Health and Public Services:
        • A current physical examination which includes specified immunization and required laboratory work.
        • A current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider CPR card.
        • Current criminal background check and drug screen.

      If granted admission, the applicant will be informed as to when these requirements must be completed. The applicant does not need to complete these requirements until notified.

      Important note: Mandatory information sessions are held throughout the semester. Please call the Counseling Department at 815-280-2673 to make an appointment to assist you with your individual educational planning. For questions about the admissions process please call Kathleen Cartwright at 815-280-2429. If you’ve completed placement testing or your college transcripts are already evaluated, please call the Health and Public Services Department at 815-280-2356 to schedule a 30-minute advising session with Elena Miller, the Sonography Coordinator/Advisor.

      Admitting criteria is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the criteria on a regular basis.

      Log into the myJJC portal for the Recommended Course Guide to see semester by semester schedule. 

    • Certificate of Achievement | Overview

      The certificate program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography prepares entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers. This certificate is a 4-semester full-time day program that provides both theoretical and clinical instruction in sonography at the Joliet Junior College main campus, at hospitals and other health care organization in the surrounding area. The certificate program is open only to allied health professionals including, but not limited to, diagnostic medical sonographers, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and registered nurses who graduated from a two-year health education program with a required clinical internship/externship. Up to ten students are accepted into the program every fall. Most classes are offered face to-face with the exception of two online courses (DMS 113 and DMS 120).

      Diagnostic medical sonographers are highly skilled professionals who provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine. They use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body and perform a variety of diagnostic sonographic examinations of the abdomen, pelvis, small parts, pregnancy, superficial structures, vascular studies and other procedures. Diagnostic medical sonographers assist physicians in collecting patient diagnosis data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. This profession requires the sonographer to use critical judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services.

      The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography Program at Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

      Upon successful completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology and Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

      NOTE: Diagnostic Medical Sonography students of the Certificate program must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses to be eligible for graduation.

      Visit the JJC catalog for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Requirements.

    • Certificate of Achievement | Admissions Process

      The online Diagnostic Medical Sonography application for the certificate program is available April 1st - 30th for the opportunity to begin the program the following fall semester. If a student is not admitted to the program or chooses to defer acceptance, the student will need to reapply the following year. No application will be kept on file after the start of classes.

      The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate program has special admission criteria and limited enrollment. Applications for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate program will be accepted by the Admissions Office in April for the following fall semester. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the requirements are met and all necessary documentation is on file. Only complete files will be considered.

      Students must be able to complete the following:

      For more information, please go to http://www.sdms.org/resources

      Students who have met the above Admissions Criteria are free to apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in the month of April to enter the point ranking system. The application can be found only online in the month of April on the myJJC under “Campus Events”.

      These additional general education courses are not required to be considered for admission, but they are required for completion of the certificate. Taking these courses will add points to the applicant’s overall score.

      If these courses are not completed at the time of application, they must be completed prior to starting the Sonography courses in the fall. (Note: higher grades will earn more points.)

      If granted admission, the applicant will be informed as to when these requirements must be completed. The applicant does not need to complete these requirements until notified.

      Important note: Mandatory information sessions are held throughout the semester. Please call the Counseling Department at 815-280-2673 to make an appointment to assist you with your individual educational planning. For questions about the admissions process please call Kathleen Cartwright at 815-280-2429. If you’ve completed placement testing or your college transcripts are already evaluated, please call the Health and Public Services Department at 815-280-2356 to schedule a 30-minute advising session with Elena Miller, the Sonography Coordinator/Advisor.

      Admitting criteria is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the criteria on a regular basis.

      1. Students must meet the following pre-requisites prior to application. Please read carefully to ensure all steps have been completed.
        • Current application on file.
        • Must meet residency requirements as defined by Joliet Junior College. In-district students have first right of admission. Out of district students will be admitted if spaces are available.
        • High School transcript or GED on file with the Admissions Office verifying completion.
        • All college transcripts (other than JJC) must be evaluated and placed on record prior to submission of your application for the program. This process can take up to four weeks. Transcripts must by submitted by February 1. Official college transcripts should be mailed to Joliet Junior College, Academic Credentials Office, 1215 Houbolt Road Joliet, IL 60431-8938. Students must complete a Transcript Evaluation Form in order to have their transcripts evaluated.
        • An official transcript of a completed two-year (24 months full-time consecutive calendar months) allied health education program that is patient-care related with cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Allied health occupations include but not limited to diagnostic medical sonographers, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and registered nurse with required clinical internship/externship to complete the program. Official transcript must state specific number of credits and indicate semester or quarter based system (60 semester credits or 84 quarter credits). If submitting a foreign degree, an original course by course foreign transcript evaluation must accompany the application.
        • Completion of PHYS 100 (or PHYS 110), BIO 250 and MATH 131 (or MATH 128) with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring semester.
        • Minimum CUM GPA of 2.0 or above.
        • Completed Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS – current version)
        • Copy of current health care professional license.
        • All students are required to attend a mandatory information session prior to applying to the program. These sessions are held monthly throughout the year. 
        • Compliance with the technical standards of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) as outlined below:
        • Lift more than 50 pounds, push, pull, bend and stoop routinely
        • Have full use of both hands, wrists and shoulders
        • Distinguish audible sounds
        • Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
        • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
        • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
        • Assist patients on and off examining tables
        • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
        • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence.
      2. Students who score 86 or above on the TEAS composite will be guaranteed admittance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, contingent on the results of their background check and drug screening when an application to the program is completed and the above requirements (see #1) are met. In the event there are more students in the Guaranteed Admittance category than available seats, a ranking system will be used (see #3).
      3. Admissions to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program will be determined by a point ranking system. Each eligible applicant will be given a number for anonymity by the admissions office. Applications will be sent to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions Committee to be scored and ranked by the following criteria:
        • GPA (calculated on courses required for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program only) – weighted 25%
        • Number of required general education classes completed – weighted 25%
        • TEAS composite (weighted 30%) and science (weighted 20%) scores. Qualified applicants will be required to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills Test (TEAS). The fee for this test will be approximately $75 plus tax to be paid by the applicant. The TEAS test needs to be completed by April 30th. We encourage applicants to only take the exam one time per semester. If the TEAS test is taken multiple times in a semester, the committee will ONLY consider the score from the initial time it was taken during that semester. Please refer to the Academic Skills Center web page under ATI-TEAS testing for more information.
        • BIO 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 credit hours
        • ENG 101 (or ENG 102) Rhetoric, 3 credit hours
        • PSYC 101 General Psychology, 3 credit hours
      4. Upon admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate program, all students are required to have on file in the Department of Health and Public Services:
        • A current physical examination which includes specified immunization and required laboratory work.
        • A current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider CPR card.
        • Current criminal background check and drug screen.

      Log into MyJJC for the Recommended Course Guide to see semester by semester schedule. 

    About Our Program

    • Accreditation

      The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography Program at Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

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      Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
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      Website: https://www.caahep.org

      Upon successful completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology and Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

    • Program Outcomes

      2017 CREDENTIAL SUCCESS RATES ATTRITION JOB PLACEMENT
      SPI – 100% 14% 100%
      ABDOMEN – 100%
      OB/GYN – 100%