Overview

A Professional Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Our program is designed for students that have completed an allied health associate degree or a bachelor of science degree. During our program you will obtain the knowledge and clinical skills to function in the medical community as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. When you graduate, you will be able to provide exceptional patient care while using sophisticated ultrasound instrumentation to perform medical imaging procedures. The images you create assist physicians in diagnosing various medical conditions throughout the body.

Our year-round intensive program requires four semesters of full-time study of ultrasound specialties such as abdomen, small parts, obstetrics and gynecology. We also offer an introduction to vascular sonography. Our small class and lab sizes provide you with extensive, supervised, hands-on practice. Our experienced and dedicated faculty will assign you to a variety of clinical sites, providing you with a well-rounded clinical experience.

At the completion of the program, you will be prepared to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and find employment in hospitals and private clinics.

Median salary for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is $79,005 per year.

This program is financial aid eligible. 

Accreditation Status: Accredited

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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
25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
https://www.caahep.org/

Students who graduate from programs accredited through CAAHEP are qualified to take national certification examinations with no additional work experience required.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Certificate

FIRST YEAR

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
#DGMS 201CPrinciples of Sonography324
#DGMS 265CSonographic Anatomy and Pathology I303
#DGMS 275CSonographic Principles of OB/GYN I303
#DGMS 291CDMS Clinical Procedures I0124
 14
Spring Semester
#DGMS 221CSonographic Physics303
#DGMS 266CSonographic Anatomy and Pathology II303
#DGMS 277CSonographic Principles of OB/GYN II303
#DGMS 296CDMS Clinic II* **0246
 15
SUMMER SEMESTER (10 weeks)
#DGMS 241CPrinciples of Vascular Ultrasound324
#DGMS 297CDMS Clinic III*0215
 9

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
#DGMS 233CSeminars in Sonography404
#DGMS 298CDMS Clinic IV*0328
 12
TOTAL CREDITS50
# Indicates major field courses.
* All 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.
**All students enrolled in the following course will be charged a $150 clinical documentation fee per class.  The following courses carry this charge: DGMS 296C.

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

FIRST YEAR: Fall Semester
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

9:00-11:50 DGMS 265C

Sonographic Anatomy & Pathology I

M104

 

9:00-11:50

DGMS 275C

Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN I

M 108

 

9:00-3:20         

DGMS 291C

Clinical

Procedures I-Lab

9:00-3:20         

DGMS 291C

Clinical

Procedures I-Lab

12:30-3:20

DGMS 201C

Principles of Sonography

M104

12:30-2:20 DGMS 201C 1A

Principles of Sonography-Lab

M 108

Spring Semester

9:00-11:50 DGMS 266C

Sonographic Anatomy & Pathology II

M 108

9:00-11:50

DGMS 277C

Sonographic Principles of OB/GYN II

M 101

8:00-4:30   

 DGMS 296CDMS Clinic II

8:00-4:30         

DGMS 296C

DMS Clinic II

8:00-4:30

  DGMS 296C

DMS Clinic II

12:30-3:20

DGMS 221C

Sonographic Physics

M 108

 

Summer Semester   (10 Weeks)

 

9:00-11:50 DGMS 241C

Principles of Vascular Ultrasound

M108

8:00-4:30             

 DGMS 297C

DMS Clinic III

8:00-4:30   

 DGMS 297C

DMS Clinic III

8:00-4:30         

DGMS 297C

DMS Clinic III

8:00-4:30

DGMS 297 C

DMS Clinic III

12:30-3:20

 DS 241C A Principles of Vascular Ultrasound-Lab

M108

SECOND YEAR:  Fall Semester

8:00-4:30               DGMS 298C

DMS Clinic IV

8:00-4:30              

DGMS 298C

DMS Clinic IV

8:00-4:30               DGMS 298C       DMS Clinic IV8:00-4:30               DGMS 298C          DMS Clinic IV

9:00-12:50       

DGMS 233C

Seminars in Sonography

M 108

Mission

In conjunction with Institute’s Mission Statement, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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 health care. Through a process of continuous improvement, we will strive to exceed expectations in educating our students.

Program Goals

  • 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 (ARDMS).

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the DMS program will be able to demonstrate, at a minimum, the following:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
  • Perform appropriate sonographic procedures and record anatomic, pathologic and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a 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.
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.

The program will assure continued excellence through accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Diagnostic Medical Sonography-Program Effectiveness Data

YearPass rate on credentialing examProgram completion rateJob Placement Rate
2014

SPI 100%

6/6

ABD 100%

6/6

OB/GYN 100%   2/2

75%

6/8

100%

6/6

2015SPI 100% 8/8

ABD 100%

8/8

OB/GYN 86%

6/7

89%

8/9

100%

8/8

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%

13/131 graduate lost to follow up

3 year average

97%

32/33%

100%

31/31

83%

10/12

94%

33/35

100%
5year average

98%

46/47

100%

45/45

86%

18/21

90%

47/52

100%

For 2020 Admission

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than January 3, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission (with the exception of the interview).

  1. Applicants must have completed a two year AMA or AMA equivalent allied health training program that is patient care related. e.g. radiologic technology, nursing, physical therapy, etc. (Note: Medical Assisting is not generally considered an AMA Allied Health Program.)
  2. In lieu of #1, a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Science field qualifies for admission;
  3. The following college level courses are required with grades of “C” or higher:
    • Algebra, statistics or higher level mathematics course;
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, with laboratories (Please note: Courses with virtual/online labs are not accepted);
    • Communication Skills (may be met by a variety of courses including English, speech or composition);
    • General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics.
  4. Medical Terminology is strongly recommended;
  5. A personal interview is required; qualified candidates will be contacted after the deadlines to arrange an interview;
  6. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted to the admissions department;
  7. The applicant must complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer before program registration.

Please Note: Students who wish to enter the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form.

Technical standards

Technical standards have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession.

Essential Functions

Essential functions have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession.  Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the essential functions listed below should contact the program officials to discuss individual cases.  The program officials will seriously consider all academically qualified candidates providing that the essential functions can be met with reasonable accommodations.

The student must have sufficient strength and motor coordination required to perform the following physical activities:

  • Standing for sustained periods of time and walking most of the work day to accomplish tasks.
  • Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling accessory equipment for sonographic purposes including typing on computer terminals and manipulation of transducers.
  • Frequently transporting, moving, lifting and transferring patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to and from an examination 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 and figures, working with computer terminals, extensive reading, visual inspection 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 by means of the spoken word. Primary function includes activities in which the student must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees, accurately, loudly 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.

Clinical Clearance

Background checks

As a pre-clinical requirement, students will be required to undergo and successfully meet the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Department’s criteria for a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. No student will be exempt from this process. Students are provided with procedural and cost information subsequent to admission to the Diagnostic Medical Imaging 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.

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

For a complete listing of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements download the health requirements for Allied Health students.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Clinical Affiliates

The program affiliates throughout NH, Maine and Vermont. Students will rotate through various sites throughout the program.Image of ME,NH,VT

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Lebanon, NH
Androscoggin Valley Hospital Berlin, NH
Caring for Woman Laconia, NH
Catholic Medical Center Manchester, NH
Central Maine Medical Center Lewiston, ME
Central Vermont Medical Center Berlin, VT
Concord Hospital Concord, NH
Concord Imaging Center Concord, NH
Cottage Hospital Woodsville, NH
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic Manchester, NH
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic Nashua, NH
Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME
Elliot Health System Manchester, NH
Exeter Hospital Exeter, NH
Franklin Regional Hospital Franklin, NH
Frisbie Memorial Hospital Rochester, NH
Inland Hospital Waterville, ME
Lakes Regional General Healthcare Laconia, NH
LincolnHealth Damariscotta, ME
Littleton Regional Healthcare Littleton, NH
Maine Medical Center Portland, ME
Maine Medical Partners Women’s Health Portland, ME
Mayo Regional Hospital Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Mid Coast Hospital Brunswick, ME
Mercy Hospital Portland, ME
Monadnock Community Hospital Peterborough, NH
New London Hospital New London, NH
Parkland Medical Center Derry, NH
Pen Bay Medical Center-Rockport, ME
Portsmouth Regional Hospital Portsmouth, NH
St. Joseph Hospital Nashua, NH
Southern Maine Healthcare Biddeford, ME
Southern Maine Healthcare Sanford, ME
Speare Memorial Hospital Plymouth, NH
Springfield Hospital Springfield, VT
Stephens Memorial Hospital Norway, ME
Valley Regional Hospital Claremont, NH
VA Medical Center-Togus Augusta, ME
VA Medical Center Manchester, NH
Valley Regional Hospital Claremont, NH
Waldo County Hospital-Belfast, ME
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Dover, NH
York Hospital York, ME

Student Testimonials

The ultrasound program at NHTI helped me to become a proficient sonographer, prepared for a career in diagnostic ultrasound.

With a diverse clinical rotation, I was able to experience various fields within medical sonography, and find my niche in high risk obstetrics.

The instructors, clinical coordinator, and program director were informative, and supportive throughout my entire duration at NHTI.

I have been in the field for over ten years, and now educate and collaborate with current NHTI students, (who still impress me with their knowledge and competency).

I would recommend this highly respected program to any dedicated individual, ready to have a career within this field, with job opportunity upon graduation.

– Candace Laliberte, RDMS (Fetal echocardiogram and OBGYN); 2018 NHTI graduate, employed by Maine Medical Partners Women’s Health (Division of MFM)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What will my daily schedule look like while in the program? 

A: Accordion to schedule of courses

Q: Can I take courses in advance or when it is convenient for me?

A: No, all courses must be taken as prescribed

Q: Can I take courses online? 

A: No, all courses are on campus or at clinic and must be taken as prescribed

Q: Can I work during while attending? 

A: The program requires a large amount of study outside of class as well as full-time day attendance at clinic with possible long commutes to clinical sites. 

Q: Do I have to find my own clinical site?

A: No, the program clinical coordinator will assign all students to clinical sites. 

Q: Can I choose my clinical sites? 

A: The program clinical coordinator will assign all students to clinical sites. 

Q: Can I apply with no prior college education?

A: No, Applicants must have completed a two-year AMA or AMA equivalent allied health training program that is patient care related. e.g. radiologic technology, nursing, physical therapy, etc. or a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Science field.

50 Credits Required

100%

pass rates on national certification exams