Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, commonly called ultrasound, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce medical images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.

The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various subspecialties. The profession requires critical thinking and good judgment to provide appropriate health care services. Sonographers/vascular technologists are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a physician. Although most sonographers work in hospital based medical imaging departments performing abdominal, pelvic and vascular examinations or cardiology departments performing cardiac and vascular examinations, sonographers are also employed in dedicated vascular departments or obstetric departments, where specialized ultrasound examinations are performed, and many sonographers work outpatient clinics and mobile imaging services.

 Prospective Students

Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Vascular Technology Program is a two-step process:

1. Apply for admission to the college

2. Petition for entry into the DMS Core Clinical Courses.  You must first be admitted to the college before you can petition.  After admission to the college, students interested in beginning the core courses in the DMS program must petition during specified petition dates.  
 

Program Mission

The mission of the Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Vascular Technology Program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers and entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.  The didactic and clinical education, as well as the critical thinking framework presented to the students will prepare them to apply for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examinations in Abdomen, Obstetrical/Gynecological and Vascular Technology, as well as their SPI examination.

Program Goal

The Goal of the Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Vascular Technology Program is to fulfill the program mission through the achievement of the Program Outcomes which are defined and method of assessment in the DMS program handbook.

Accreditation Information

Blackhawk Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, 312-263-0456.

The Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Vascular Technology Program is accredited in both general ultrasound and vascular technology by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL  33756, 727-210-2350) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS, 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500 Ellicott City, MD  21043, 443-973-3251).

All graduates of the Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Vascular Technology Program are eligible apply for the national credentialing examinations for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, in Abdomen, OB/Gyn, Vascular Technology and SPI, prepared by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).