Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, General Track (Fast Track)

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

As a sonographer, the images you capture have the power to change lives. This program helps you fast track your career as a registered general sonographer by building on your previous associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or accumulated prerequisite courses. You’ll gain a strong foundation in abdominal and ob/gyn medical imaging so that you can assist physicians in the accurate detection and diagnosis of medical conditions.

During the accelerated time frame of 16 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious New England area medical facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for national board exams through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). And you’ll be fully prepared to become a leader in healthcare.

Priority Application deadline (for Fall 2017 entry): May 1, 2017

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process, so it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship with their application. We have a rolling admission process, and the sooner you submit your application, the more favorably you will be considered both for admission and scholarship.

Admission Requirements

Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the fast track program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

Required courses for students with a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & with lab (4 credits)
  • Physics I (Algebra-based) with lab (4 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Precalculus and Calculus)
  • Expository Writing I (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (2 credits)

Additional courses required for students without a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Basic Chemistry II with lab (4 credits)
  • Expository Writing II (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Behavioral Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology course)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • General Electives (6 credits)

Prerequisite courses may be transferred in or completed at MCPHS prior to entering professional DMS courses. Up to six (6) credit hours of electives may be taken concurrently with professional DMS courses.

Official exam results from CLEP examinations can be used for up to 18 credits of prerequisite requirements.

For admission to the program an applicant must submit:

  • MCPHS application
  • All official college transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

For International Students:

  • Submission of a TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP exam score
  • All International Transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES)

Documents can be sent directly to the Worcester Admissions office at:

Worcester Admission Office
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
admissions.worcester@mcphs.edu
508.373.5607 or 800.225.5506

We are now offering ‘On-The-Spot Admission’ appointments for entry to the Fall 2017 semester. Your visit will include:

  • Tour of classrooms and clinical space
  • Observe students practicing in campus clinic
  • On-the-spot admission discussion with Admissions (please bring copies of all college transcripts)
  • Free dental cleaning coupon

Taking advantage of this opportunity will give you the chance to make a strong, positive impression while we review your file and make an admissions decision on the spot!  

To schedule, please email Patrick Cameron at Patrick.Cameron@mcphs.edu or call 508.373.5727 to schedule a date and time.

Year 1 Fall
COURSE
TITLE
S.H.
DMS 200 Intro to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2
DMS 202 Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography I 3
DMS 206 Abdominal Sonography I 3
DMS 208 Sonographic Physics and Instruments I
3
DMS 213 Scanning Techniques 4

Elective*
Total semester hours 15
   
Year 1 Spring
DMS 212 Obstetrics and Gynecology Sonography II 3
DMS 216 Abdominal Sonography II 3
DMS 218 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMS 233 Advanced Scanning Techniques 3
DMS 250 Selected Topics 3

Elective*
Total semester hours 15
   
Year 1 Summer
DMS 340 Sonography Internship I 8
DMS 304 Problem Solving in Physics and Instruments 3
PSB 320O Intro to Healthcare Delivery 3
  Elective*  
Total semester hours 14
   
Year 2 Fall
DMS 430 Sonography Internship II 10
DMS XXX Seminar in Sonography (Hybrid) 2
DMS XXX Sonographic Analysis II (Online) 3

Elective*
Total semester hours
15



Total credits to complete degree program 59


*Additional 6 elective credits if needed brings total to 65 credits. If elective courses are needed, students may choose from the following courses:




HSC 3100 Healthcare Informatics 3
HSC 320 Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
HSC 325 Healthcare Management 3
DHY 425 Educational Theories and Methods 3
HSC 4100 Research Analysis and Methods 3
HSC 427O Teaching in Clinical Setting 3
 

Our DMS Program, In Action

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lab

This program helps you fast track your career as a registered general sonographer.

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