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Course Descriptions

DMSO 2310—Basic Patient Care
Discussion of common patient care theories, procedures, and techniques emphasizing the physical and psychological wellness of the patient during diagnostic imaging procedures.  Ethical and legal principles are included.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 3211—Sectional Anatomy
A study of sectional anatomy of the transverse, longitudinal, and coronal planes are included with an emphasis on the organs of sonographic interest. Correlation with other imaging procedures will be emphasized.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

DMSO 3221—Gynecologic Sonography
Gynecological anatomy and physiology are the foci of this course.  Laboratory tests, signs and symptoms of gynecologic disease will be discussed. Scanning techniques and protocols will be included.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

DMSO 3222—Advanced Physics
Lectures and related demonstrations covering advanced areas of ultrasonic propagation principles, transducer parameters, interactive properties of ultrasound with human tissues, possible biologic effects, advanced equipment types, instrumentation, and quality control procedures. An introduction to Doppler physics is included.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

DMSO 3312—Introductory Physics
Lectures and related laboratory exercises covering the areas of ultrasonic propagation principles, transducer parameters, interactive properties of ultrasound with human tissues, possible biologic effects, basic equipment types, instrumentation, and quality control procedures.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

DMSO 3313—Abdominal Sonography
Clinical applications in the abdomen include a review of gross abdominal anatomy, physiology, and pathology of every organ imaged in the abdomen.  Pertinent laboratory tests as well as signs and symptoms related to disease processes of each organ will be discussed.  Basic scanning techniques and protocols will be included.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

DMSO 3321–Sonographic Applications:  Obstetrics
Normal maternal changes and fetal development throughout gestation are reviewed.  Embryonic and fetal measurements, anatomy, and anomalies of the first, second and third trimesters are studied.  Scanning techniques and protocols are included.   (3 Credits, Lecture)

DMSO 3514—Clinical Practicum I
Supervised clinical experience emphasizing sonographic procedures of the abdomen.  (5 Credits, Clinic)

DMSO 3541—Clinical Practicum III
Continuation of clinical course work at the intermediate skill level.  Prerequisite: DMSO 3824.  (5 Credits, Clinic)

DMSO 3824—Clinical Practicum II
Supervised clinical experience at an intermediate level emphasizing sonographic procedures of the gynecologic system. Prerequisite: DMSO 3514.  (8 Credits, Clinic)

DMSO 4241—Advanced Obstetrics, Genetics, and Pathology
Advanced topics in obstetrical sonography and fetal disease, including an introduction to genetics and the range of pathologies related to genetics and teratogenesis.  (2 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4242—Sonographic Conference
Specialists in the field will present special lectures focusing on specific organs or disease entities.  Historical and new developments in techniques or applications of ultrasound and safety are discussed.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

DMSO 4251—Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
An advanced study of the structure, function, and pathologies of vascular and cardiac anatomy of sonographic interest.  (2 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4261—Current Issues in Health Care
A discussion of the moral, ethical, economical, and legal issues that confront sonographers as they practice in the dynamic health care environment. (2 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4300—Introduction to Health Care Management
This course is an introduction to the functions of management in health care organizations.  The concepts of management, supervision, and leadership are included.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4301—Health Care Systems in America
This course is an introduction to the health care services provided within the United States of America.  The evolution, structure, financing, and regulation of the nation’s health care institutions will be covered.  In addition, ethics and legal issues in medicine will be discussed.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4303—Neurosonography
This course is a study of fetal/pediatric brain and spinal cord anatomy.  Anomalies of the fetal/pediatric brain and spinal cord are discussed.   Scanning techniques and protocols used to diagnose pathology in these structures are also included.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4342—Introductory Cardiac and Vascular Sonography
This course is an introductory study of color Doppler imaging and spectral Doppler waveform analysis related to blood flow within the cardiac and vascular system and the abdominal, pelvic, fetal, and superficial organs.  Interpretation of ECG recordings is also included.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4352—Doppler Sonography & Advanced Hemodynamics
A discussion of Doppler sonography that includes basic ultrasound physics and instrumentation, continuous-wave Doppler, pulsed Doppler, and duplex-triplex scanning with emphasis on the analysis of Doppler spectral waveforms and interpreting color Doppler images.  An in-depth analysis of normal cardiac and vascular hemodynamics and the effects of pathology on the flow of blood within the heart and throughout the vascular circulation are presented.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4353—Intermediate Vascular Sonography
This intermediate-level vascular course includes arterial and venous anatomy, vascular imaging protocols, basic scanning techniques, and transducer manipulation.  B-Mode imaging, color flow image interpretation, and spectral Doppler waveform analysis will be discussed.  Vascular disease and its effect on blood flow will be covered.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4354–Intermediate Cardiac Sonography
Cardiac anatomy, physiology, and hemodynamics will be the focus of this course.  Laboratory tests, and signs and symptoms of cardiac disease will be discussed.  Scanning techniques and protocols for pediatric and adult procedures will be included.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4363—Advanced Vascular Sonography
Advanced study of vascular anatomy and physiology are the foci of this course.  Symptoms of venous and arterial diseases are discussed.  Scanning techniques and protocols used to diagnose vascular pathology are also included.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4364—Advanced Cardiac Sonography
Hemodynamics, cardiovascular principles, cardiac Doppler and the related physics, physiology and pathophysiology will be the focus of this course.  (3 Credits, Online)

DMSO 4843—Clinical Practicum IV
Supervised clinical experience at the intermediate level emphasizing adult cardiac and vascular examination procedures. Prerequisite: DMSO 3541.  (8 Credits, Clinic)

DMSO 4854—Clinical Practicum V
Advanced practice supervised clinical experience emphasizing vascular or cardiac sonographic procedures. Prerequisite: DMSO 4843.  (8 Credits, Clinic)