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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Learn how Joliet Junior College can help you become a diagnostic medical sonographer.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


What Are My Career Opportunities?

Employment opportunities for DMS graduates are generally found in hospitals, outpatient medical centers, imaging centers and doctors’ offices. Additionally, some Diagnostic Medical Sonographers obtain higher degrees and become managers, educators or administrators.

Joliet Junior College has both AAS degree and Certificate options for you to choose from. Please go to the sections below for more information.

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  • Sonography Information Sessions

    Learn about the application process and the Sonography programs at JJC (CAC and AAS). Students interested in the DMS programs must attend a mandatory information session.

    Spring 2018 

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Main Campus, U1005
    • Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Main Campus, U1005
    • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Main Campus, U1024
    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Romeoville Campus, RMA2002

     

    • Learn about the application process and the Sonography programs at JJC
    • Sessions last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
    • No registration required

  • Student and Volunteer Resources

    1. Excellent support services are available to JJC students. These include:
      • Preliminary and ongoing student counseling through the Counseling Center (Campus Center A-1155), call (815) 280-2673.
      • Assistance with reading, writing, studying, note-taking and test-taking skills in the Academic Skills Center (Campus Center A-1138), (815) 280-2284 TEAS Preparation Session. The study guide is available for purchase at www.atitesting.com. Students may also study from the current study guides available in the JJC library.
    2. Investigate financial aid and scholarships at the paying for college page.
    3. Go to the ID / user name / password help page and obtain your JJC username and password.
    4. When placement tests are completed and students with previous college credits have received their JJC Transfer Credit Evaluation, call (815) 729-9020.
    5. Register for courses.
    6. Make full payment or apply for deferred payment online through the FACTS plan at eResources.
    7. Purchase your textbooks at the JJC Bookstore.
    8. Students with documented disabilities should contact Student Accommodations and Resources (STAR) to arrange accommodations.
    9. Visit the next steps page for more information concerning the registration process, counseling and advising, student housing, and more.
    10. For tuition information, please refer to the JJC Tuition website under variable tuition.

     

    ULTRASOUND LAB VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    The Sonography Program at JJC is looking for lab volunteers so students can practice their skills in abdominal and obstetric sonography. The sessions are not diagnostic and are performed by the sonography students under the direct or indirect supervision of the program coordinator. These training sessions provide a great opportunity for students to learn as well as for expectant mothers to bond with their babies. As a token of appreciation, pregnant volunteers will receive free pictures of their babies and have a chance to observe their babies under ultrasound. We really appreciate your willingness to help our students improve their scanning skills. Thank you so much for your consideration!

    All Volunteers Criteria:

    • You must be at least 18 years old
    • Commit approximately one hour of your time
    • Sign a consent and release of liability form before the session

    Additional Pregnant Volunteer Criteria:

    Obtain a written physician consent prior to the session.

    Consent Forms for Lab Volunteers:

    1. General Exam Consent Form

    2. OB Exam Consent Form

    Contact Elena Miller, the Program Coordinator to schedule your session!

Degree Program Information

  • 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.

  • Admissions Process (AAS)

    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 at www.jjc.edu under “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 to the college found at www.jjc.edu/getting-started/admissions.
      • 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 82 or above on the TEAS composite will be guaranteed admittance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, contigent 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 $71 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.

Certificate Program Information

  • 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.

  • 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 at www.jjc.edu under “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 to the college found at www.jjc.edu/getting-started/admissions
      • 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 82 or above on the TEAS composite will be guaranteed admittance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, contigent 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 $71 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.

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