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  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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    Department Chair
    Roger Cox
    Health Sciences Annex

  • Did You Know?

    Since sonography does not use ionizing radiation to form images, it is finding a growing place in the field of health care and providing sonographers with an increasing role as members of the health care community.

  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 15

    Program Length: 4 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Online classes, Lab one evening per week, Clinical hours

    Program Location: Pueblo

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  • What Will I Learn 
    The AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) prepares you to work as a critical member of today’s health care team. We teach you important critical thinking/problem solving techniques as well as interpersonal and communication skills that allow you to interact effectively with other health care team members, patients, and families from a variety of professional, social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. We provide you the skills you need to work with highly complex medical imaging equipment, analyze acquired images for quality, assess patient condition and apply appropriate techniques of patient care and education, and achieve the highest degree of clinical competency. The program focuses on developing your intellectual abilities as well as the judgement you need to demonstrate a professional attitude and demeanor, display the highest moral and ethical standards, and foster the safety of yourself and your patients.

    Career Information 
    The DMS program prepares you for a career in medical sonography (ultrasound). As a graduate of the program, you are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in sonography or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) national certification examination in sonography. You will specialize in ultrasound procedures that demonstrate anatomy and pathologies on computer screens and other electronic imaging devices. These images and your preliminary report are, in turn, interpreted by radiologists and other physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury. The average salary for diagnostic medical sonographers is $69,650 per year according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

    Our Experienced Faculty
    The PCC Medical Imaging faculty has over 70 years combined experience in medical imaging and sonography. Faculty members are trained teachers with expertise in all aspects of Medical Imaging. All faculty and instructors are registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (or both). Some faculty have additional experience in Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT).

    Our Cutting-Edge Facilities
    The lab on the Pueblo campus has a variety of sonography machines and simulators and utilizes much of the same current technology as the technology that is being used in the field. Students are trained on systems which will prepare them for their clinical internships and career in sonography.

    THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.