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Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Associate of Applied Science | Argosy University, Twin Cities Receive your diagnostic medical sonography training at Argosy University, Twin Cities in Eagan, Minnesota. We offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program designed to prepare graduates to work as healthcare professionals, to interact with other healthcare professionals and patients in a professional and ethical manner, to develop the best possible technical skills in sonography, and to demonstrate at all times the utmost respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities/health-sciences-1/associate-of-applied-science-in-diagnostic-medical-sonography-ultrasound?section=admissions-requirements

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Receive your diagnostic medical sonography training at Argosy University, Twin Cities in Eagan, Minnesota. We offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program designed to prepare graduates to work as healthcare professionals, to interact with other healthcare professionals and patients in a professional and ethical manner, to develop the best possible technical skills in sonography, and to demonstrate at all times the utmost respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve.

Course Format
The program includes 70 credit hours of study. In addition to the program-specific courses, students are required to complete 21 credit hours in General Education to fulfill the requirements of an AAS degree. There is a six-month clinical training component.

Full-time students who matriculate during the fall semester and follow the recommended curriculum outline can complete the program in 24 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete this program based upon full-time status and fall matriculation is 36 months. Full-time students who matriculate during the spring semester and follow the recommended curriculum outline can complete the program in 26 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete this program based upon full-time status and spring matriculation is 39 months.

Concentrations
In the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Argosy University, Twin Cities, you must select a concentration in one of the following areas:
• Echocardiography
• General Sonography
• Vascular Technology

Career Outcome
Graduates will be prepared to provide healthcare services as sonographers. The diagnostic medical sonographer works under the direction of a physician, using ultrasound imaging techniques for purposes of diagnosis.

Program Outcomes
2014 Graduates
— Attrition:
• Echocardiography Concentration: 22%
• General Concentration: 38%

— Job Placement
• Echocardiography Concentration: 78%
• General Concentration: 77%

— Credential Success Rate
• Abdomen: 86%
• Adult Echocardiography: 94%
• Obstetrics & Gynecology: 94%
• Sonography Principles & Instrumentation: 96%

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Launch your career by enrolling in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

Admissions Requirements

Because the field of diagnostic medical sonography is highly competitive, Argosy University, Twin Cities has established a set of objective criteria to indentify applicants for admissions acceptance. Applications will be evaluated by the Argosy University, Twin Cities Admissions Committee. Final decisions regarding an applicant's status, eligibility to make new application, and acceptance into the program are made by the Argosy University Admissions Committee.

 Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is competitive and based on a student's academic performance in their prerequisite courses. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Eligibility for admission varies by concentration.

Applicants who are accepted into the General Sonography concentration and Echocardiography concentrations are required to remit a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 by the date stipulated on the written notification to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied towards the tuition of the student's first semester. An applicant, if rejected, can reapply by following the reapplication policy.

General Sonography Concentration


  • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:
  • Applicant must meet one of the following:
    • ACT composite score of 18 or above, or
    • Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
    • Passing score on Argosy University entrance exam, or
    • Minimum cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Applicant must have completed, at minimum, the 14 required prerequisite credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The prerequisite courses, in addition to any required developmental coursework, include:
    • Human Anatomy
    • Ultrasound Concepts
    • College Algebra
    • Medical Terminology
    • English Composition
    • Physics

Students wishing to complete their prerequisite coursework at Argosy University, Twin Cities will be enrolled into the Liberal Arts program during the completion of the coursework. Upon admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, or other Health Sciences program of instruction, students will be transferred to the College of Health Sciences. 

  • A minimum score on a Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

Echocardiography Concentration


  • Applicant must meet one of the following:
    • ACT composite score of 18 or above, or
    • Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
    • Passing score on Argosy University entrance exam, or
    • Minimum cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Applicant must have completed, at minimum, the 14 required prerequisite credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The prerequisite courses, in addition to any required developmental coursework, include:
    • Human Anatomy
    • Ultrasound Concepts
    • College Algebra
    • Medical Terminology
    • English Composition
    • Physics

Students wishing to complete their prerequisite coursework at Argosy University, Twin Cities will be enrolled into the Liberal Arts program during the completion of the coursework. Upon admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, or other Health Sciences program of instruction, students will be transferred to the College of Health Sciences. 

  • A minimum score on a Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

Vascular Technology Concentration


  • Applicants must provide proof of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • Applicants must have completed, at minimum, the 14 required prerequisite credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The prerequisite courses, in addition to any required developmental coursework, include:
    • Human Anatomy
    • Ultrasound Concepts
    • Medical Terminology
    • English Composition
    • Physics

Students wishing to complete their prerequisite coursework at Argosy University, Twin Cities will be enrolled into the Liberal Arts program during the completion of their coursework. Upon admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, or other Health Sciences program of instruction, students will be transferred to the College of Health Sciences.

  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

Students accepted into any concentration must successfully complete the prerequisite courses which include college algebra, biological sciences, communications, and physics, and ultrasound concepts before beginning program-specific coursework.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program admits two classes of students per year, beginning in the Spring A and Summer A sessions. Applications for admission to the program must be completed no later than the end of the term proceeding the desired session, i.e. end of Fall for Spring admission. Students interested in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will be required to attend a Health Sciences Selection Day event prior to application to the program. 

An admissions representative will help interested students to complete the following documentation:

  • Student Information Form
  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Proof of cumulative GPA and completion of required prerequisite programs
  • ACT or SAT or Argosy University Entrance Exam score and pre-approved English language proficiency exam score (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Clinical Training Agreement
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Health forms

Course List

General Sonography Concentration

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with the General Sonography concentration are required to successfully complete 70 credit hours distributed as follows:general education requirements, 21 credit hours; core course requirements, 40 credit hours; and clinical training requirements, 9 credit hours.

General Education Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with General Sonography concentration are required to successfully complete seven general education courses (21 credit hours) distributed as follows: communications requirements, 6 credit hours; humanities requirements, 3 credit hours; mathematics requirements, 3 credit hours; natural sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; social sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; and general education elective requirements, 3 credit hours.

Communications Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

ENG101 - Composition I
(3)

(3)

Communications Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Humanities Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PHI101 - Ethics in Contemporary Society
(3)

(3)

Humanities Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Mathematics Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT107 - College Algebra
(3)

(3)

Mathematics Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Natural Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BIO110 - Understanding Human Anatomy
(3)

(3)

Natural Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Social Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY101 - General Psychology
(3)

(3)

Social Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

General Education Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
  • General Education Elective (3)
General Education Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Core Course Requirements (40 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with the General Sonography concentration are required to successfully complete sixteen core courses (40 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM110 - Medical Terminology
(1)

(1)

DMS105 - Ultrasound Concepts
(1)

(1)

DMS110 - Ultrasound Physics I
(2)

(2)

DMS115 - Abdominal I
(3)

(3)

DMS120 - Ob/Gyn I
(3)

(3)

DMS155 - Vascular I
(3)

(3)

DMS210 - Ultrasound Physics II
(2)

(2)

DMS220 - Ob/Gyn II
(3)

(3)

DMS225 - Abdominal II
(3)

(3)

DMS236 - Abdominal III
(3)

(3)

DMS250 - Special Procedures and Patient Care
(1)

(1)

DMS255 - Vascular II
(3)

(3)

DMS280 - Comprehensive Review, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
(3)

(3)

DMS330 - Ob/Gyn III
(3)

(3)

PHY105 - General Physics
(3)

(3)

RTH210 - Medical Law and Ethics
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—40 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with General Sonography concentration are required to successfully complete one clinical training course (9 credit hours).  Clinical Training is a 960-hour internship. Students are in-residence in a clinic or hospital during this phase of training. A sample list of clinical training sites is available upon request.

Clinical Training Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

DMS290 - Clinical Training I
(3)

(3)

DMS300 - Clinical Training II
(6)

(6)

Clinical Training Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 

Echocardiography Concentration

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Echocardiography concentration are required to successfully complete 70 credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 21 credit hours; core course requirements, 40 credit hours; and clinical training requirements, 9 credit hours.

General Education Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Echocardiography concentration are required to successfully complete seven general education courses (21 credit hours) distributed as follows: communications requirements, 6 credit hours; humanities requirements, 3 credit hours; mathematics requirements, 3 credit hours; natural sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; social sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; and general education elective requirements, 3 credit hours.

Communications Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

ENG101 - Composition I
(3)

(3)

Communications Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Humanities Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PHI101 - Ethics in Contemporary Society
(3)

(3)

Humanities Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Mathematics Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT107 - College Algebra
(3)

(3)

Mathematics Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Natural Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BIO110 - Understanding Human Anatomy
(3)

(3)

Natural Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Social Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY101 - General Psychology
(3)

(3)

Social Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

General Education Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
  • General Education Elective (3)
General Education Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Core Course Requirements (40 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Echocardiography concentration are required to successfully complete sixteen core courses (40 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM110 - Medical Terminology
(1)

(1)

DMS105 - Ultrasound Concepts
(1)

(1)

DMS110 - Ultrasound Physics I
(2)

(2)

DMS210 - Ultrasound Physics II
(2)

(2)

ECH100 - Scanning Lab
(2)

(2)

ECH110 - Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
(3)

(3)

ECH115 - Cardiovascular Principles I
(3)

(3)

ECH120 - Patient Care
(1)

(1)

ECH155 - Cardiac I
(4)

(4)

ECH215 - Cardiovascular Principles II
(3)

(3)

ECH225 - Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Echo
(2)

(2)

ECH250 - Topics and Special Procedures
(3)

(3)

ECH255 - Cardiac II
(4)

(4)

ECH280 - Comprehensive Review
(15 weeks) (3)

(15 weeks) (3)

PHY105 - General Physics
(3)

(3)

RTH210 - Medical Law and Ethics
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—40 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Echocardiography concentration are required to successfully complete two clinical training courses (9 credit hours).  Clinical Training is a 960-hour internship. Students are in-residence in a clinic or hospital during this phase of training. A sample list of clinical training sites is available upon request.

 

Clinical Training Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

ECH290 - Clinical Training I
(3)

(3)

ECH300 - Clinical Training II
(6)

(6)

Clinical Training Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 

Vascular Technology Concentration

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Vascular Technology concentration are required to successfully complete 70 credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 21 credit hours; core course requirements, 40 credit hours; and clinical training requirements, 9 credit hours.

General Education Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Vascular Technology concentration are required to successfully complete seven general education courses (21 credit hours) distributed as follows: communications requirements, 6 credit hours; humanities requirements, 3 credit hours; mathematics requirements, 3 credit hours; natural sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; social sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; and general education elective requirements, 3 credit hours.

Communications Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

ENG101 - Composition I
(3)

(3)

Communications Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Humanities Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PHI101 - Ethics in Contemporary Society
(3)

(3)

Humanities Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Mathematics Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT107 - College Algebra
(3)

(3)

Mathematics Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Natural Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BIO110 - Understanding Human Anatomy
(3)

(3)

Natural Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Social Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY101 - General Psychology
(3)

(3)

Social Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

General Education Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PHY105 - General Physics
(3)

(3)

General Education Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Core Course Requirements (40 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Vascular Technology concentration are required to successfully complete seventeen core courses (40 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM110 - Medical Terminology
(1)

(1)

DMS105 - Ultrasound Concepts
(1)

(1)

DMS110 - Ultrasound Physics I
(2)

(2)

DMS115 - Abdominal I
(3)

(3)

DMS155 - Vascular I
(3)

(3)

DMS210 - Ultrasound Physics II
(2)

(2)

DMS225 - Abdominal II
(3)

(3)

DMS236 - Abdominal III
(3)

(3)

ECH120 - Patient Care
(1)

(1)

RTH210 - Medical Law and Ethics
(3)

(3)

VAS110 - Vascular Anatomy and Physiology
(3)

(3)

VAS215 - Cerebrovascular Procedures
(3)

(3)

VAS250 - Vascular Management and Patient Care
(3)

(3)

VAS260 - Arterial and Venous Procedures
(3)

(3)

VAS265 - Cardiovascular Assessment
(3)

(3)

VAS280 - Comprehensive Review
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—40 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program with Vascular Technology concentration are required to successfully complete two clinical training courses (9 credit hours). Clinical Training is a 960-hour internship. Students are in-residence in a clinic or hospital during this phase of training. A sample list of clinical training sites is available upon request.

Clinical Training Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

VAS290 - Clinical Training I
(3)

(3)

VAS300 - Clinical Training II
(6)

(6)

Clinical Training Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 

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