In Mississippi, two colleges offer certificate and associate's degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). Admission to any of the programs is contingent upon the successful completion of a radiology program and current registration as a technologist. Following entrance into a program, students will complete classroom training, general education courses, as well as clinical practicums.
The following are more detailed profiles about the pair of schools in Mississippi that offer programs in diagnostic medical sonography. Find also a comparative table for schools' settings and tuition costs.
Hinds Community College
The associate's degree DMS programs at Hinds Community College in Raymond is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In order to enroll in this program, students must have completed a radiologic technology program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). They must also qualify for registration with ARRT. Prerequisite courses that must be competed include human anatomy, physiology and algebra.
The degree program takes 72 credit hours to complete. Coursework covers sectional anatomy, obstetrics and gynecological sonography, physics and instrumentation, abdominal sonography and advanced sonographic procedures. The associate's degree program also requires general education courses and a class in medical terminology. DMS students receive professional training by participating in clinical work. Students who complete this program qualify to take the ARRT's sonography certification exam, as well as ARDMS' national registry exams.
Jones County Junior College
Located in Ellisville, Jones County Junior College offers certificate and associate's degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must qualify for ARRT registration or be in good standing with the ARRT as a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Before students start a DMS program, they need to pass prerequisite courses in anatomy, physiology, medical office terminology, imaging equipment physics, algebra and physics.
The 3-semester certificate program covers topics in obstetric and gynecological sonography, ultrasound instrumentation and physics, abdominal sonography, advanced sonographic procedures and sectional anatomy. In addition to these same courses, the 5-semester associate's degree program requires 24 credit hours of general education and elective coursework. All DMS students also complete clinical experience for hands-on training. Graduates can sit for the ARDMS certification exams that lead to the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer credential.
Although sonographers aren't required to become certified or licensed, certification can increase their odds of being hired. DMS certification can be obtained through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Ultrasound Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Hinds Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Applied Science - Diagnostic Medical Sonography||$2,600 in-state, $5,200 out-of-state*|
|Jones County Junior College||2-year, public; distant town|| Technical Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
|$2,722 in-state, $4,722 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator