Sonography is an imaging modality, which uses high frequency sound waves to produce images for diagnosis. The diagnostic medical sonography profession includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology and various subspecialties. The profession requires sound judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services. Sonographers are highly skilled professionals, qualified by education, to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed physician, usually a radiologist. The sonographer may provide this service in a variety of medical settings. Sonographers assist the physicians in gathering data necessary to reach correct diagnostic decisions.
Entry level salaries of registered diagnostic medical sonographers vary greatly per geographical location. Beginning salaries in the Jackson area and in the state range between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. Pay scales increase with experience and registries obtained. To further your career in the radiology field, diagnostic medical sonography would be an exciting first step.
General Information and Accreditation
• Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS
The Hinds Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee for Educational Programs for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
CAAHEP Contact Information:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
JCR-DMS Contact Information:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
An entry-level sonographer should be able to:
- Obtain, review and integrate pertinent history and 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 non-invasive and invasive diagnostic services.
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues.
- Act in a professional and ethical manner. Provide patient education related to medical sonography and promote principles of good health.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College.
2. Application for Selection to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC).
4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
5. ACT composite score of 19 (If taken before October 1989 - 16).
6. Graduation from a JCERT Radiologic Technology Program (must include Radiographic Physics and Medical Terminology, as approved by the Program Chairperson).
Prerequisites to the First Clinical Course:
1. Verification of RTR credential by the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography class.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Selection Score
2. Prerequisites to the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography course: College Algebra (MAT 1313), Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs (BIO 2511, BIO 2513, BIO 2521, BIO 2523), English Composition I and II (ENG 1113 , ENG 1123), Public
Speaking I (SPT 1113) or Interpersonal Communication (SPT 2173 ), Humanities/Fine Arts Elective, and a Social/Behavioral Science Elective.
3. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or above by the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography class.
Process for Selection:
1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 1st for Fall admission.
2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT Composite Score, ACT Math and Reading sub-scores; and previous military service/certificates/degrees.
3. Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session.
4. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
Information sessions are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs.