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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture, .5 laboratory per week (30 total per quarter)
Laboratory meets every other week (1 hour per laboratory meeting).
Prerequisite: DMS 54B.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Recite and apply the AIUM standards to obstetrical sonography.
  • Identify normal fetal anatomy and methods of fetal dating.


Normal fetal growth and sonographic measurements with correlation to accepted standards. Development of the placenta, amniotic fluid and cord. Abnormalities, pathology and maternal complications. One-half hour per week will be spent in completing online exams and working on patient case studies. Intended for students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. identify normal fetal anatomy and methods of fetal dating.
B. recite and apply the AIUM standards to obstetrical sonography.
C. describe development of amniotic fluid, cord, placenta and causes for abnormalities.
D. describe technical, psychosocial and legal topics in obstetric sonography.

Course Content

A. Normal obstetrical anatomy
1. Fetal head
2. Fetal chest
3. Fetal abdomen
4. Fetal skeletal system
5. Fetal urinary system
B. Fetal dating parameters and methods
1. Fetal head measurements
2. Fetal chest measurements
3. Fetal abdomen measurements
4. Fetal skeletal system measurements
5. Fetal urinary system measurements
C. Fetal assessment
1. Assessment for fetal morphology
D. AIUM standards for obstetrical evaluation as published by the AIUM
E. Amniotic fluid
1. Physiology of
2. Volume
3. Abnormalities of
F. Fetal lie
G. Fetal well being
1. Biophysical profile
2. Apgar score
H. Placenta
1. Physiology of
2. Locations
3. Abnormalities
I. Umbilical cord
1. Normal
2. Abnormal
3. Pathology of
J. Membranes
K. Invasive procedures and intervention
1. CVS
2. AF
3. Bx
4. Aspiration
5. Laboratory tests and outcomes
L. Fetal circulation
1. Heart anatomy
2. Contrast to post delivery
3. Normal
4. Pathology of
1. Normal
2. Measurements
3. Abnormalities
N. Trophoblastic neoplasia
O. Technical, psychosocial, legal topics in obstetric sonography
1. The abnormal fetus
2. Technical quality of the study
3. Legal issues for obstetrics and sonography
4. Maternal bonding

Lab Content

A. The students will participate in online assessments, testing and case analysis.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. DVD/TV, computer, monitor, viewboxes.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Demonstration of mastery of lecture material
B. Written quizzes
C. Patient case studies
D. Midterm
E. Comprehensive final exam

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture presentations
B. Classroom discussions
C. Canvas internet delivery

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Stephenson, S., and J. Dmitrieva. Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Obstetrics and Gynecology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer, MD, 2018.

Hall-Terracciano, B., and S. Stephenson. Workbook for Diagnostic Medical Sonography: A Guide to Clinical Practice, Obstetrics and Gynecology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer, MD, 2018.


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

A. Weekly reading of texts - estimated at 30 pages.

B. Complete written sections in syllabus and tests.



Diagnostic Medical Technology