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2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Vascular Sonography Major, AAS (Owens Code: VSTM)


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Degree Offered:

Associate of Applied Science

Campus Offered:

Toledo

Credits Required: 78

Program Information:

Students in this new major will take 78 credit hours and will receive a strong background in oral and written communication skills, patient care, human gross anatomy and sectional anatomy, knowledge and understanding of physiology, pathology and pathophysiology, acoustic principles, ultrasound instrumentation, biological effects, ergonomics, medical and legal issues.  

Students will receive hands-on instruction in a controlled laboratory setting, combined with lecture information for the first year of the program.  During the second year of the program, students will attend clinical education for 32 hours per week in combination with courses held on campus. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.

  • Discuss and perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and /or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician.

  • The ability to record, analyze and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for the presentation to the interpreting physician.

  • Demonstrate the ability to exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic procedures.

  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patient and colleagues.

  • Abide by the Scope of Practice Standards for professional and ethical conduct as defined by the SDMS; the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

  • Relate information to the patient and the community about the biological effects of the prudent use of medical sonography.

Career Interests:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in Vascular Sonography are expected to grow at 24%, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Due to advances in medicine and greater public awareness, signs of vascular disease can be detected earlier, thus creating the high demand for the profession. In 2009, median annual wages were $50,590. Because of the specialized nature of this profession, job opportunities are strong. 

Vascular sonographers are important members of the diagnostic medical imaging or surgical team.  They complete patients’ medical history, evaluate pulses and assess blood flow in arteries and veins by listening to the vascular flow sounds for abnormalities, and assure the appropriate vascular test have been ordered.  They perform a noninvasive procedure using ultrasound instruments to record vascular information such as blood flow, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, cerebral circulation, peripheral circulation, and abdominal circulation.

Vascular sonogrpahers provide a summary of their findings to physicians to aid in patient diagnosis and management.  They also work closely with radiologists, cardiologists and vascular or general surgeons, as well as other allied professionals.

Graduates may work in their own independent laboratories and provide services to physicians and hospitals.  Others may seek careers among ultrasound manufacturers or in sales and applications, or find work in research or education or can be found working in the traditional hospital setting.

All majors in Diagnostic Medical Sonography combine didactic instruction with practical application of knowledge and skills at affiliating institutions.

Certification:

Graduates of the program will be eligible to become certified through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).  Graduates are required to pass a physics registry examination plus one specialty examination in order to earn ARDMS (RVT) credentials.  Currently, the cost of the individual exam is $200.

Transfer Information:

Graduates may pursue a bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University and Lourdes College. Meet with an Advisor or the Department Chair for more information.

Enrollment:

The Vascular Sonography major accepts 10 program students and 8 alternate students.

Required Courses


9 credits


19 credits


14 credits


1st Semester 2nd Year


10 credits


2nd Semester 2nd Year


14 credits


3rd Semester 2nd Year


12 credits


Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Elective Information


 Contact your Advisor for Elective recommendations. Prerequisites and co-requisites may apply.

Petition for Degree Completion


Students are eligible to become a candidate for an Associate Degree when the student has completed all necessary requirements. Students who are registering for their final semester of course work and plan to graduate must submit a petition for degree completion by accessing their Ozone account.

Visit the Owens website for petition deadline dates and fee information.  For more information regarding degree requirements and graduation refer tohttps://www.owens.edu/records/graduation.html the Graduation Requirements Policy and Procedures.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology Program Information


Admission Requirements

Program admission is selective and requires high school graduation or its equivalent, and submission of an ACT score. Students who have not taken the ACT should contact their high school counselor or the Owens Community College Academic Advising Office to obtain test registration materials and additional prerequisite information. Interested students must have completed high school with algebra, chemistry and one additional science course with a “C” grade or better. Other recommended high school subjects include physics, algebra II, geometry, biology and physiology. Students who have completed 12 or more college credit hours with four hours in math or science that pertain to their sonography major of choice will be evaluated on their college coursework.

  • Completed applications are evaluated bimonthly. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology program accepts 13 students who will begin the program in the summer semester.  The Vascular Sonography major accepts 10 students who will begin the program in the summer semester.  Enrollment is limited by clinical availability.

  • Applicants who do not meet admission requirements or who have applied after the program selection is completed are encouraged to complete additional Arts and Sciences coursework as specified by the program committee or begin coursework to earn a Baccalaureate Degree. Students must request reevaluation for admission to the programs after completion of the requirements.

  • All students in the program must achieve a “C” or better in each program course. Students failing to maintain this average or who obtain a “D” or “F” in a DMS course may be readmitted only one time on a space available basis. All DMS courses must be completed within five years.

  • Applicants who have been dismissed through disciplinary violations from any other health program at Owens Community College are not eligible to apply.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing based on previous college and work experience is available to Registered Sonographers and Radiologic Technologists. Advanced standing may apply to the Associate Degree of Technical Studies that has been developed to offer an associate degree to individuals who have completed a medical imaging certificate program.

Readmission

If a student does not successfully complete DMS 102 (Diagnostic Medical) and DMS 101 (Vascular) requests readmission to their DMS program of study, the student may file a Request for Re-evaluation through Ozone and will be reviewed by the program admissions committee with all new students. If a student successfully completes DMS 102 (Diagnostic Medical) and DMS 101 (Vascular) and requests readmission for any succeeding semester, the student may file a request for readmission with the Department Chair.

Non-Academic Readmission

After successful completion of a DMS course, a student who leaves a program for reasons other than academic reasons may request readmission.  The Department Chair will review the request for readmission and the student will be readmitted if there is an opening in the program.

a.  The clinical assignment will be made based on an opening in a clinical institution and their agreement to accept the student.

b.  The program officials will determine the amount of previously earned clinical competency that will be approved based on the clinical clearances already obtained.

c.  Prior to being assigned to a clinical education center, the student will be required to pass a written lab test, image I.D. and lab proficiency examination to demonstrate previously acquired clinical skills.  In some instances, the student may be enrolled in an independent study course to maintain clinical skill. 

A student may be readmitted only once under this non-academic readmission procedure.

Academic Readmission

A student requesting readmission after dismissal for academic reasons must complete the following before being reconsidered:

  1. Meet with the Department Chair and develop an approved academic plan which must include:

a.  A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all courses that apply to the student’s chosen major.

b.  The GPA must be 2.0 or above.

2.  After completion of the above, the Department Chair will review the request for admission and the student may be readmitted if there is an opening in the program.

a.  The clinical assignment will be made based on an opening in a clinical institution and their agreement to accept the student.

b.  The program officials will determine the amount of previously earned clinical competency that will be approved based on the clinical clearances already obtained.

c.   Prior to being assigned to a clinical education center, the student will be required to pass a written lab test, image I.D. and lab proficiency examination to demonstrate previously acquired clinical skills.  In some instances, the student may be enrolled in an independent study course to maintain clinical skill. 

 A student may be readmitted only once under this academic readmission procedure.

Licensure/Clinical Agency Requirements

All students entering any Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology program are required to have completed a background check through the Department of Public Safety at Owens Community College. Students may be required to have additional background checks. Students will be notified when to complete this requirement.

Students shall be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize earning the RDMS or RVT national credentials. Likewise, host clinical sites require a criminal background check and may require finger printing and/or drug screening. The clinical site reserves the right to accept or refuse the student depending on the results of such checks and screens. Depending on the infraction, clinical placement may not be possible, even if the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers clears the student for credentialing purposes.

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