This 16-month program is designed for students who have completed an AMA Allied Health associate degree or a bachelor’s program with a science or health major. Students obtain the knowledge and clinical skills to function as a diagnostic medical sonographer. Graduates provide exceptional patient care while using sophisticated ultrasound instrumentation to perform medical imaging procedures. The images assist physicians in diagnosing medical conditions. NHTI’s intensive program requires four semesters of full-time study of ultrasound specialties such as abdomen, small parts, obstetrics, and gynecology, plus an introduction to vascular sonography. Our small class and lab sizes provide extensive, supervised, hands-on practice. Our faculty assigns clinical sites, providing a well-rounded clinical experience. This program is financial aid-eligible.
- CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
- LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
- CR – Number of credit hours for the course
|DGMS 201C||Principles of Sonography1||3||2||4|
|DGMS 265C||Sonographic Anatomy and Pathology I1||3||0||3|
|DGMS 275C||Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN I1||3||0||3|
|DGMS 291C||DMS Clinical Procedures I1||0||12||4|
|DGMS 221C||Sonographic Physics1||3||0||3|
|DGMS 266C||Sonographic Anatomy and Pathology II1||3||0||3|
|DGMS 277C||Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN II1||3||0||3|
|DGMS 296C||DMS Clinic II1,2,3||0||24||6|
|DGMS 241C||Principles of Vascular Ultrasound1||3||2||4|
|DGMS 297C||DMS Clinic III1,2||0||21||5|
|DGMS 233C||Seminars in Sonography1||4||0||4|
|DGMS 298C||DMS Clinic IV1,2||0||32||8|
1Indicates major field courses.
2All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: DGMS 291C, DGMS 296C, DGMS 297C, and DGMS 298C.
3All students enrolled in the following course will be charged a $150 clinical documentation fee per class. DGMS 296C carries this charge.
The deadline for Fall 2021 admission is Jan. 8, 2021. The deadline for Fall 2022 admission is Jan 7, 2022. Preference will be given to those whose applications are complete and received by the Admissions Office by the deadline.
- Applicants must have completed a two-year AMA or AMA-equivalent Allied Health training program that is patient-care related such as Radiologic Technology or Nursing; Medical Assisting is not considered an AMA Allied Health program. In lieu of the AMA Allied Health program, a bachelor’s degree with a major in a science field would also qualify for admission.
- The following college-level courses are required with a C or higher: Algebra, Statistics or higher-level math course; Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs; Communications (may be met by courses including English, speech, or composition); general college-level Physics and/or Radiographic Physics
- A course in medical terminology is strongly recommended.
- A personal interview is required; qualified candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview.
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted to the Admissions Office
- A course in CPR and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer, completed before program registration
This program provides the highest standards of theoretical and clinical educational experiences for its students, thereby empowering them to improve the public’s health by ensuring access to quality sonographic healthcare. Through a process of continuous improvement, we will strive to exceed expectations in educating our students.
- To prepare competent entry-level abdominal, obstetric, and gynecologic sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
- To prepare students to function in a diverse health care environment
- To promote safe practices, independent life-long learning, and professional contribution
- To provide students with the skills and attributes necessary to obtain employment and professional registration through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Graduates from this program are able to:
- Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and clinical data to facilitate diagnostic results.
- Perform appropriate sonographic procedures and record, analyze, and process diagnostic data for presentation to the interpreting physician.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of acoustic physics and instrumentation including Doppler principles and emerging technologies.
- Employ ergonomically correct scanning techniques and the principles of ALARA.
- Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services.
- Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues.
- Provide basic patient care and comfort while acting in a professional and ethical manner.
Graduates are prepared to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and find employment in hospitals and private clinics.
The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review of Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Graduates are qualified to take national certification examinations with no additional work experience required.
|Year||Pass rate on credentialing exam||Program|
|Job placement rate|
|2016||SPI 100% (9/9)||ABD 100% (8/8)||OB/GYN 100% (3/3)||82% (9/11)||100% (9/9)|
|2017||SPI 90% (9/10)||ABD 100% (9/9)||OB/GYN 80% (4/5)||100% (10/10)||100% (10/10)|
|2018||SPI 100% (14/14)||ABD 100 (14/14)||OB/GYN 75% (3/4)||100% (14/14)||100% (14/14)|
|2019||SPI 100% (13/13)||ABD 100 (13/13)||OB/GYN 100% (10/10)||93% (13/14)||100% (13/13)|
|2015||SPI 100% (12/12)||ABD 92% (11/12)||OB/GYN 92% (11/12)||100% (12/12)||100% (12/12)|
|3-year||100% (39/39)||97.4% (38/39)||85.7% (25/27)||97.5% (39/40)||100% (39/39)|
|5-year||98% (57/58)||98% (55/56)||91% (32/35)||95% (58/61)||100% (58/58)|
The student must have sufficient strength and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities:
- Standing for sustained periods of time and walking most of the work day
- Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling equipment
- Frequently transporting, moving, lifting, and transferring patients from a wheelchair/stretcher to and from an exam table
In addition, the student must have:
- Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and evaluate image quality
- Visual acuity sufficient to work with analyzing data, figures, and computer terminals involving small defects, small parts, and operation of equipment
- Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs
- Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively
- Ability to express or exchange ideas to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees accurately, loudly, and/or quickly
- Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations
- Ability to work with wide variations in workload and stress levels
Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the essential functions should contact program officials to discuss individual cases. Program officials will consider all academically qualified candidates providing that the essential functions can be met with reasonable accommodations.
As a pre-clinical requirement, students are required to undergo and successfully meet the Diagnostic Medical Sonography department’s criteria for a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. No student is exempt. Students are provided with procedural and cost information subsequent to admission to the DMS program and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures. Drug and alcohol screening is required prior to clinical and randomly throughout the program.
The program affiliates with clinical sites throughout N.H., Maine and Vt. Students rotate through sites throughout the program. Below is a sample of possible sites.
- Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.
- Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, Maine
- Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, Vt.
- Concord Hospital, Concord, N.H.
- Cottage Hospital, Woodsville, N.H.
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,
- Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, Manchester, N.H.
- Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine
- Elliot Health System, Manchester, N.H.
- Lakes Regional General Healthcare, Laconia, N.H.
- Littleton Regional Healthcare, Littleton, N.H.
- Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
- New London Hospital, New London, N.H.
- Parkland Medical Center, Derry, N.H.
- Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport, Maine
- Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, N.H.
- St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, N.H.
- Southern Maine Healthcare, Sanford, Maine
- Springfield Hospital, Springfield, Vt.
- VA Medical Center-Togus, Augusta, Maine
- VA Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.
- Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, N.H.
- York Hospital, York, Maine