The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at St. Vincent’s has both academic and clinical practice components. This comprehensive 18-month program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The program provides graduates with the necessary eligibility requirements to qualify for examination by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates receive a certificate upon program completion.
St. Vincent’s School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is dedicated to meaningful learning and to the preparation of qualified professionals who will provide quality healthcare services to the community, thereby enabling the students to achieve their expectations and attain their full potential.
The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology and various subspecialties. The profession requires judgment and the ability to provide appropriate healthcare services. General, adult, cardiac and pediatric cardiac sonographers as well as vascular technologists are all highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy. These professionals may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of appropriate procedures. These sonographers and technologists assist physicians in gathering data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions and are able to perform the following:
• Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
• Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
• Record, analyze and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician
• Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services
• Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
• Act in a professional and ethical manner
• Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques and promote principles of good health.
Applicants must either be certified as a Radiologic Technologist or have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree (preferably in a healthcare related field) and prerequisite college level courses in:
• General physics
• College algebra
• Human Anatomy and Physiology I
• Human Anatomy and Physiology II
• Medical terminology Applicants must complete one of the following:
• English Composition
• Written Communications
All prerequisite courses are to be completed by the application deadline and must be demonstrated on a regionally accredited college or university transcript.
All application materials must be received by May 1 in order to be considered. Necessary application documents include:
• $25 application fee
• completed application form
• resume or letter stating career goals
• copy of HRS or ARRT license (if applicable)
• three completed reference forms
• official college transcripts.
Applicants must either be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to be eligible for acceptance and are considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability. Qualified applicants are contacted to arrange a personal interview after the application deadline. Acceptance is based on an evaluation of prior educational and work experience, personal and professional references and personal interviews. Each applicant is evaluated using a point system.
Classes are limited to six students. The committee also selects two alternates in the event one of the six perspective students declines. Applicants are notified regarding acceptance into the program following completion of the interview process. Notification usually occurs within one month of the conclusion of the interview process.
Each student must complete 40 hours per week to fulfill the mandatory academic and clinical requirements. These requirements include formal classroom instruction as well as supervised clinical practice in all phases of sonography. The 40-hour week is scheduled Monday through Friday on varying schedules. Typical program hours are 8am - 4:30pm but may vary slightly. Holidays, sick days and vacation days are available to all students.
Complete course descriptions are found in the program policy manual. Lectures include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Patient Care
• Medical Ethics
• Professional Development
• Ultrasound/Medical Technology
• Ultrasound Physics
• Abdominal Ultrasound
• OB Ultrasound
• Superficial Parts
• Gynecologic Ultrasound
• Vascular Technology
• Vascular Physics
• Ultrasound Bioeffects
• Quality Assurance
Course Completion / Registry Eligibility
To successfully complete the program, students must maintain an 80 percent average throughout all phases of academic instruction and an 85 percent average throughout all phases of clinical education. Students must exhibit appropriate professional conduct and show a satisfactory aptitude for the care of the sick.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examinations of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the areas of Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sonography Principles and Instrumentation and Vascular Technology. This is a pass/fail examination. Those who pass will receive certification as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT). This credential is the standard of excellence and acceptance for the profession and is required for most employment opportunities.
• $25 application fee (non-refundable) payable to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside.
• Tuition is $3,500 (subject to change) payable to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside.
• A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time students accept their enrollment.
• Books and supplies cost approximately $700, due the first day of class.
• Students are responsible for the purchase of their own books.
• Health insurance is not available. Upon acceptance, potential students must complete a required health evaluation and show proof of personal health insurance. Health evaluations are scheduled through St. Vincent’s Riverside Human Resources.
• All students are required to have a background review by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
• Transportation, living expenses, purchasing and laundering of uniforms are the student’s responsibility.
• Students are responsible for the cost of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examinations