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Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate (DMS), or general sonography program, encompasses clinical and didactic instruction in abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, neonatal, neurosonography, and other related ultrasound specialties. As highly skilled professionals working under the supervision of a licensed physician, our sonography graduates are valued members of the health care team whose diagnostic skills help guide patients to the proper path of treatment.  One hundred percent of graduates have passed their board examinations over the past four years.

The full-time, 15-month sonography certificate course of study includes Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Applied Sonography. Clinical education is provided in active Radiology and Perinatal Testing departments equipped with the most advanced ultrasound equipment.

There are four degree and certificate options:

  • B.S. in Medical Imaging with partner institutions
  • Second B.S. option for those who hold a B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Imagining
  • Post-certificate B.S. completion program.

For more information, call 908-889-2521 or email SHP-DMS-info@shp.rutgers.edu.

  • New Jersey’s only CAAHEP-accredited bachelor’s degree program
  • Five-year 100 % passing rate on the national board certification exam
  • Most graduates gain certification in Abdominal and Ob/Gyn ultrasound
  • Ranked one of the best DMS programs nationally
  • Consistently exceeds all benchmarks established by accrediting agency
  • Faculty hold specialized certifications in the areas they teach
  • Our affiliation with a diverse population of health care facilities provides students with a comprehensive experience in the practical application of current and emerging technologies.

The Rutgers School of Health Professions is fully accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350

National Board Certification

Graduates of the program meet the educational requirements outlined under Prerequisite 2 of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers ARMDS (www.ardms.org).  The ARDMS conducts a “pre-application review,” for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. This review process is recommended for individuals who have not yet applied or are contemplating enrollment in a sonography program that might have a previous criminal matter.

Applicants who anticipate the need for testing accommodations should contact the appropriate board certification organization to find out the documents required to request such an accommodation. All students in the program are required to sit for the national board certification examinations. The program is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP.org).  This accreditation allows students to sit for national registry examinations up to two months prior to graduation.  Obtaining national registry credentials are essential to employment.

According to the US Department of Labor, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 24 % through 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population will result in an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. Health care providers are increasingly using ultrasound imaging as a safer and more cost-effective alternative to radiological procedures.  Ultrasound imaging is a rapidly evolving field, resulting in many new sonographic procedures enabling sonographers to scan and image areas of the body where ultrasound has not been used traditionally. The median annual wage of diagnostic medical sonographers was $63,630 in May 2015.

http://www.bls.gov (search Diagnostic Medical Sonography)

The program exceeds the required benchmarks for national board examinations and job placement.  One hundred percent of graduates passed their board examinations over the past 4 years.

THE TABLES FROM THE WEBSITE NEED TO BE INCLUDED HERE.  THIS IS AN ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENT

Program Retention Rates
 

Graduating Year

 

Number of Students

 

Program Retention Rate

  Entered Graduated  
Class of 2017 16 13 81%
Class of 2016 *15 11 79%
Class of 2015 16 14 88%
Class of 2014 16 13 81%
Class of 2013 16 15 94%
       

*1 student went on Leave of Absence and was not counted

 

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

 

Graduating Year

 

Number of Students

 

Pass Rate

  * Took Exams ** Passed  
Class of 2017 13 13 100%
Class of 2016 11 11 100%
Class of 2015 14 14 100%
Class of 2014 13 13 100%
Class of 2013 15 15 100%
       
5 Year Average 66 66 100%

*Number of students that took the SPI exam and 1 or 2 specialty examinations

**Number that are registered (most are registered in both Abdomen and OB/Gyn)

Job Placement Rates

Employment status is checked between 8 months and 1 year post graduation

 

Graduating Year

 

Number of Students

Job
Placement 
Rate
  Seeking Employment * Employed  
Class of 2017  12 12  100%
Class of 2016  11 11  100%
Class of 2015  14 13  93%
Class of 2014 13 11 85%
Class of 2013 15 13 85%
       
5 Year Average 65 62 (63) 95% (97%)

*Follow-up employment status: 63 of the 65 graduates were employed in the field. One of the graduates was lost to follow-up.

Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, graduates will be able to:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting 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 and/or other noninvasive diagnostic services
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic vascular techniques, and promote principles of good health
  • Develop and cultivate the confidence and responsibility needed to perform as a competent sonographer
  • Understand and recognize the importance of adaptability
  • Implement and perform diagnostic procedures adhering to acceptable departmental, institutional, governmental and professional standards
  • Encompass strategies that assure professional development at a level of clinical practice consistent with acceptable standards
  • Establish values and attitudes congruent with professional standards and ethics
  • Demonstrate awareness of and operate within the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer’s scope of practice.

For more information, call 908-889-2521 or email SHP-DMS-info@shp.rutgers.edu

Application deadline is Jan. 15 for a Fall start.

The Department of Medical Imaging Sciences – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program offers a joint Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging Sciences in collaboration with the following institutions:

  • Bloomfield College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician College
  • Georgian Court College
  • New Jersey City University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • College of Saint Elizabeth

The degree offers a unique combination of a liberal arts education and entry into the postgraduate health career of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

  • The first six semesters of liberal study are taken at the partner institution (approximately 90 semester hours). General education courses lead toward a concentration in biology with requirements in math, physics, chemistry and biology. The clinical track is selected in the late sophomore or early junior year through an application to Rutgers-SHP.
  • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.85 and have met or be scheduled to complete all prerequisite requirements prior to the planned date for enrolling in the fourth-year specialization coursework. A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Physics or the equivalent courses.
  • Students admitted to the 4th year professional phase are selected by an Admissions Committee from among those applicants meeting these minimum standards.
  • Medical Terminology is an essential foundation for the courses in the program. It is suggested that students accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program take a college level course or online certificate course prior to the start of the program in September.

TRANSPORTATION

Clinical affiliations are located throughout New Jersey. Students rotate to various clinical facilities. Although a student’s home address is considered, placement at clinical facilities is based on a number of factors. Students should be prepared to travel.

Application deadline is April 1 for a Fall start.

Prospective students must have a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) from an accredited United States University or College. Foreign graduates must also meet additional requirements.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology* I (3-4 credits, no lab required)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology* II (3-4 credits, no lab required)
  • Medical Terminology * (does not have to have college credits)
  • College level Algebra or Statistics (3 credits)
  • DXMS4160 – **Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging Professional (SHP online certificate course) or any college level Physics course (2-4 credits)
  • English (6 credits)
  • A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II or the equivalent courses
  • All students with a GPA of 2.85 and above are encouraged to apply. However, final consideration of GPA scores will depend on the pool of applicants.
  • Suggested coursework: Introduction to Computers, knowledge of PowerPoint.

**Please click here for more information on this course or call 908-889-2521. To access the online registration form, click here

*It is recommended that these courses be completed within 5 years of application to program.

Foreign Educated Applicants

If you were educated outside of the United States, you must provide the following additional documents:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the foreign school. The school will also accept an official transcript if sent by the applicant in a sealed school envelope.
  • Official evaluation of your foreign transcript (grade by grade). You may obtain an evaluation by contacting World Education Services, Inc. at www.wes.org or by e-mail at info@wes.org.
  • Official results of test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam with minimum individual element scores of: reading 20, listening 20, speaking 26, and writing 24. the computer-based exam minimum score is 233 (equivalents of internet-based scores).

Application deadline is April 1 for a Fall start.

This option is designed for applicants with a minimum of 60 college credits, or a graduate of an accredited 2-year allied health program.  Applicants for this option must have completed either prerequisite 1 or 2 and the specific courses listed below.

Prerequisite requirements:

*Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3-4 credits, no lab required)

*Medical Terminology (does not have to have college credits)

Algebra or Statistics (3 credits)

**DXMS4160 – Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging Professional (SHP online certificate course) or Any college level Physics course

(2-4 credits)

English (6 credits)

*It is recommended that these courses be completed within 5 years of application to program.

A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II or the equivalent courses.

All students with a GPA of 2.85 and above are encouraged to apply.  However, final consideration of GPA scores will depend on the pool of applicants.

 

Foreign Educated Applicants:

If you were educated outside of the United States, you must provide the following additional documents:

Official transcripts mailed directly from the foreign school. The school will also accept an official transcript if it is sent by the applicant but is in a sealed school envelope.

Official evaluation of your foreign transcript (grade by grade). You may obtain an evaluation by contacting World Education Services, Inc., at www.wes.org or by e-mail at info@wes.org.

Official results of test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam with minimum individual element scores as follows: Reading 20, Listening 20, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. The Computer-Based exam minimum score is 233 (equivalents of Internet-Based Scores).

 

TRANSPORTATION

Students must have the ability to travel to and from clinical sites and the Scotch Plains Campus within a limited time frame.

Students must also meet the General Standards for Allied Health Education of Rutgers-SHP.  These standards concern observational abilities, communication, intellectual/conceptual abilities, motor coordination, and behavioral and social skills.

Students accepted into the program must complete a CPR course for Allied Health Professionals prior to entering the program.

Application deadline is April 1 for a Fall start.

This option is designed for applicants with a minimum of 60 college credits, or a graduate of an accredited 2-year allied health program.  Applicants for this option must have completed either prerequisite 1 or 2 and the specific courses listed below.

Application deadline for Fall admission is April 1

Prerequisite requirements:

*Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3-4 credits, no lab required)

*Medical Terminology (does not have to have college credits)

Algebra or Statistics (3 credits)

**DXMS4160 – Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging Professional (SHP online certificate course) or Any college level Physics course

(2-4 credits)

English (6 credits)

*It is recommended that these courses be completed within 5 years of application to program.

A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II or the equivalent courses.

All students with a GPA of 2.85 and above are encouraged to apply.  However, final consideration of GPA scores will depend on the pool of applicants.

 

Foreign Educated Applicants:

If you were educated outside of the United States, you must provide the following additional documents:

Official transcripts mailed directly from the foreign school. The school will also accept an official transcript if it is sent by the applicant but is in a sealed school envelope.

Official evaluation of your foreign transcript (grade by grade). You may obtain an evaluation by contacting World Education Services, Inc., at www.wes.org or by e-mail at info@wes.org.

Official results of test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam with minimum individual element scores as follows: Reading 20, Listening 20, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. The Computer-Based exam minimum score is 233 (equivalents of Internet-Based Scores).

 

TRANSPORTATION

Students must have the ability to travel to and from clinical sites and the Scotch Plains Campus within a limited time frame.

Students must also meet the General Standards for Allied Health Education of Rutgers-SHP.  These standards concern observational abilities, communication, intellectual/conceptual abilities, motor coordination, and behavioral and social skills.

Students accepted into the program must complete a CPR course for Allied Health Professionals prior to entering the program.

Rolling admissions.

The BSMIS is a joint degree with Thomas Edison State College. Graduates of our
Cardiac Sonography certificate program who have successfully passed their national board examinations can continue their education to complete a BS degree.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of the Rutgers-SHP Cardiac Sonography Program “Certificate Option”
  • Registered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing Internations (CCI) and be an active member. 

Curriculum Requirements are different than our other Cardiac Sonography Program, as students have completed the professional component of the degree.
Curriculum requirements for this program.

For more information, call 908-889-2521 or email SHP-DMS-info@shp.rutgers.edu.

The academic curriculum and clinical training facilities provide a program that is educational, comprehensive, and teaches students the principles, ethics, and practices of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The curriculum is the same for degree and certificate programs. The program is for full-time students.

The curriculum offers a unique combination of a liberal arts education and entry into the postgraduate health career of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The first six semesters of liberal study are taken at a partner institution (minimum of 90 semester hours):

  • Bloomfield College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician College
  • Georgian Court College
  • New Jersey City University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • College of Saint Elizabeth

General education courses lead toward a concentration in biology with requirements in math, physics, chemistry and biology. The clinical track is selected in the late sophomore or early junior year through an application to Rutgers School of Health Professions.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Professional Curriculum

B.S. DMS

Second B.S.degree – DMS

Certificate

Post-Certificate Degree Completion Program

For more information, call 908-889-2521 or email SHP-DMS-info@shp.rutgers.edu.

 

Clinical Affiliations

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program provides clinical experiences with varied populations in a wide variety of health care settings by utilizing a large number of health care facilities throughout NJ and NY. Students complete clinical rotations in a variety of facilities. These facilities include:

Atlantic Maternal Fetal Medicine, Overlook, NJ

Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, NJ

Centra State Health Care System – Freehold, NJ

Doctor’s Office Center – Newark, NJ

Hackensack University Medical Center – Hackensack, NJ

Holy Name Hospital – Teaneck, NJ

Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ

Jersey Shore University Medical Center – Neptune, NJ

Medical Center at Princeton – Princeton, NJ

Morristown Memorial Hospital – Morristown, NJ

Mountainside Hospital – Montclair / Glen Ridge, NJ

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – Newark, NJ

Ocean Medical Center – Brick, NJ

Overlook Hospital – Summit, NJ

Robert Wood Johnson UH – New Brunswick, NJ

Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center – Livingston, NJ

Saint Barnabas Medical Center – Livingston, NJ

Saint Clare’s Hospital – Denville, NJ

Saint Clare’s Hospital – Dover, NJ

Saint Peter’s University Hospital – New Brunswick, NJ

Somerset Medical Center – Somerville, NJ

University Hospital – Newark, NJ

Please note: the above list is subject to change.

TRANSPORTATION

Clinical affiliations are located throughout New Jersey. Students rotate to various clinical facilities. Although a student’s home address is considered, placement at clinical facilities is based on a number of factors. Students should be prepared to travel.

The program teaches students how to perform and interpret diagnostic images utilizing ultrasound or sound waves.
It prepares students to perform and interpret multiple sonographic examinations in the area of general sonography (abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology, breast, thyroid and other sub-specialty areas). Graduates with a B.S. degree and experience can more readily advance to supervisory positions.

The program offers two types of bachelor’s degree options in medical imaging sciences (BSMIS) and certificates. One option is a completion program which consists of 3 years of undergraduate biology courses at partnering institutions. These students apply to Rutgers to complete the professional course work in the DMSP. The other BSMIS option is for individuals that already hold a BS or BA degree. The certificate is for applicants with 600 college credits or an associate’s degree in an allied health professions program. The post-certificate B.S. is for students who want to pursue their B.S. Degree.

Please refer to program-specific admissions criteria for specific required prerequisite courses.

You can find an application here.

The program does not offer courses on a non-matriculated basis.
Yes. The best source for financial aid information is at the Rutgers Student Financial Aid Office. Call 973-972-4376 or click here.
The School of Health Professions offers limited scholarship opportunities.
The program is located on the Rutgers School of Health Professions Scotch Plains campus.
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