Academic Catalog

DMS 200: INTRODUCTION TO DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 1.5 lecture, 1.5 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: Previous completion of anatomy and physiology courses (e.g., BIOL 40A, 40B, 40C) and medical terminology course (e.g., AHS 52) strongly recommended to be successful in this course.
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Description

Introduction to the profession of diagnostic medical sonography. Emphasis on terminology, communication skills, legal and ethical aspects of diagnostic medical sonography practice and credentialing requirements. An overview of the scope of diagnostic medical sonography, including ultrasound guided invasive procedures, infection control and correct equipment handling. Intended for students applying to the diagnostic medical sonography program.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Examine the profession of diagnostic medical sonography in all its facets and the various roles of sonographers in the current health care delivery system.
B. Examine the ethical and legal principles underlying the practice of diagnostic medical sonography.
C. Research a topic related to diagnostic medical sonography practice and deliver an oral presentation using evidence based sources.
D. Identify and perform safe work practices, including ergonomically safe and infection control procedures that sonographers should use to ensure protection against work related musculoskeletal injury, exposure to and transmission of infectious diseases.
E. Identify with ultrasound the gross anatomical structures of the epigastric region.
F. Identify normal from abnormal ultrasound tissue texture.

Course Content

A. Profession of diagnostic medical sonography (DMS)
B. Ethical and legal principles underlying the practice of diagnostic medical sonography
1. Legal considerations in diagnostic medical sonography practice
a. Licensure/credentialing for the DMS
b. Board examinations
c. HIPAA
d. Informed consent
2. Ethics in diagnostic medical sonography practice
a. Code of ethics
b. Terminology of ethics
3. Professional diagnostic medical sonography organizations
a. SDMS
b. SVU
c. AIUM
d. ASE
e. IAC
f. ARDMS
g. CCI
4. Roles and career paths of a professional sonographer
a. Clinician
b. Industry
c. Researcher
d. Educator
e. Administrator
f. Entrepreneur
C. Communication and patient education
1. Oral presentation of diagnostic medical sonography issues
a. Current topics in diagnostic medical sonography practice
b. Levels of evidence in healthcare literature
c. Library skills for evidence based literature
d. Techniques for oral presentations
2. Communication with patients
a. Verbal communication
b. Nonverbal communication
C. Ergonomics in diagnostic medical sonography
1. Risk and prevention of occupational work related musculoskeletal injury
2. OSHA
3. Stretching and exercises
4. Standard precautions
D. Identification of gross anatomical structures of the epigastric region
1. Aorta and inferior vena cava and related branches/tributaries
2. Pancreas
3. Gall bladder
4. Common bile duct
E. Identify normal from abnormal ultrasound tissue texture
1. Heterogeneous vs homogeneous
2. Shadowing artifacts
3. Free fluid

Lab Content

A. Infection control procedures
B. Identification of gross anatomy and normal sonographic appearance
C. Examination protocols
D. Basic operation of ultrasound machine

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Gloves, clinical facilities to provide supervised clinical procedures, computer stations for reviewing multimedia material.
B. When taught as a hybrid course, access to computer with email software and hardware; email address. Students must participate in lab sessions located on Foothill campus.
C. Diagnostic ultrasound machine, transducers, ultrasound gel, exam bed and linen.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Assignments
B. Writing assignment
C. Midterm exam
D. Oral presentation
E. Lab final
F. Written final
G. Participation

Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, oral presentations, laboratory.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Penny. Introduction to Sonography and Patient Care. 1st ed. Wolters Kluwer, 2016.

When taught via Canvas NG, supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered via email; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via email; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, listservs, and newsgroups.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Weekly reading assignments

B. Watching multimedia presentations on Canvas and completing self-assessments

C. Jourrnal article analysis

 

Discipline(s)

Diagnostic Medical Technology