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Vascular Sonography Course Descriptions

DMS 1010 Vascular Sonography I

4 credits
This course will familiarize the student with normal sectional vascular anatomy, hemodynamics and the application of Grayscale, Doppler imaging, segmental pressures and plethysmography. Topics include cerebrovascular, peripheral arterial and peripheral venous studies and their associated normal variants. Clinical applications as they related to patient history, physical assessment and disease process will be covered. Introduction to alternate diagnostic tests, medical and surgical therapies will be described. The lab component is the application of the course topics. Students will become familiar with working with the ultrasound and arterial systems. Students will practice vascular exams following the protocols established by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Certificate in Vascular Sonography Program
Requisites: DMS 1020, DMS 1030


DMS 1020: Sonographic Principles & Instrumentation I

4 credits
This is the first part of a two-part course. This course covers the concepts of ultrasound physics. Topics include the interaction of sound and tissues, metric system, units, acoustic variable, description of sound waves, description of pulsed waves, intensity, range equation, transducers, piezoelectric effect, sound beams, display modes and two dimensional imaging.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Certificate in Vascular Sonography Program
Requisites: DMS 1010, DMS 1030


DMS 1030: Sonography Topics

2 credits
This course covers topics as they relate to vascular sonography. Topics include an introduction to sonography from its origin to evolution, the role of the sonographer and student sonographer, communication and critical thinking skills, ergonomics and safety issues, medical techniques and patient care, clinical assessments and sonographic procedures, legal and ethic aspects of sonography. Students will learn appropriate behavioral skills for interaction with patients, staff sonographers and physicians

Recognized healthcare agencies and professional organizations will be covered. Medical terminology is covered as an independent study in this course. Students will learn sonographic terminology, directional terms, anatomical terms, scanning techniques, ultrasound system operation and knobology.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Certificate in Vascular Sonography Program
Requisites: DMS 1010, DMS 1020


DMS 1040 Vascular Sonography II

5 credits
This course covers the interpretation of vascular sonographic findings. Topics include cerebrovascular, peripheral arterial and peripheral venous studies. Normal and abnormal Doppler patterns will be described. Pathophysiology, patient clinical presentation, associated procedures will be covered. Students will further practice vascular exams following the protocols established by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in the laboratory setting. Clinical education includes hands-on training in vascular sonography. Under supervision, students will preform vascular sonography exams.
Prerequisites: DMS 1010, DMS 1020, DMS 1030
Requisites: DMS 1050


DMS 1050: Sonographic Principles & Instrumentation II

4 credits
This is the second part of a two-part course. This course covers the concepts of ultrasound physics. Topics include real-time imaging, pulsed-echo instrumentation, displays, image storage, dynamic range, harmonics, contrast agents, hemodynamics, Doppler, artifacts, quality assurance and bioeffects. Students are to complete the associated registry review practice exams and sign up for the ARDMS SPI exam prior to June.
Prerequisites: DMS 1010, DMS 1020, DMS 1030
Requisites: DMS 1040


DMS 2010 Vascular Sonography III

4 credits
This course is a continuation of Vascular Sonography II covering the interpretation of vascular sonographic findings. Topics include cerebrovascular, peripheral arterial and peripheral venous studies. In addition, Transcranial & Mesenteric sonography will be covered. Normal and abnormal Doppler patterns will be described. Pathophysiology, patient clinical presentation, associated procedures will be covered. Students will practice Transcranial & Mesenteric scanning in the laboratory. Students will start to prepare for their review of literature research assignment. Clinical education includes hands-on training in vascular sonography. Under supervision, students will preform vascular sonography exams.
Prerequisites: DMS 1010, DMS 1020, DMS 1030, DMS 1040, DMS 1050


DMS 2020 Vascular Sonography IV

6 credits
This course covers the normal and abnormal sonographic patterns as they relates to the abdominal/pelvic organs. Normal and abnormal Doppler patterns will be described. Pathophysiology, patient clinical presentation, associated procedures will be covered. Students will practice organ vascular scanning in the laboratory. Clinical education includes hands-on training in vascular sonography. Under supervision, students will preform vascular sonography exams.

In addition, this course covers various topics related to healthcare system and the field of vascular sonography. The topics include medical coding and reimbursement, health information technology, leadership and management in healthcare, vascular laboratory accreditation procedures and the future of vascular sonography. The capstone component to this course includes registry review and a review of literature paper that will be submitted to the SDMS. Students are required to sign up for the ARDMS Vascular Technology Registry Exam upon completion of this course.
Prerequisites: DMS 1010, DMS 1020, DMS 1030, DMS 1040, DMS 1050, DMS 2010

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