Will I be prepared to take the ARDMS certification exams for sonography when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver (DMSPD), our graduates are eligible to sit for the ARDMS certification examinations in OB/Gyn, abdomen/superficial structure imaging and ultrasound physics. Passing the certification examinations will result in awarding of the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential.
Is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver accredited?
Yes, The DMSPD has been fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in general sonography.
What physical and mental abilities must I possess?
Applicants must present evidence of good health and be able to meet the requirements of the program including:
· Lifting and positioning patients
· Ability to push and pull all ultrasound equipment
· Ability to hear spectral Doppler
· Ability to distinguish variations in color utilized in color Doppler
· Ability to work standing greater than 75% of the time
· Multi-tasking, spatial reasoning, and critical thinking skills as well as an ability to acquire full program curriculum at an accelerated pace
Are there observation opportunities available at University of Colorado Hospital?
No. Because UCH is a teaching facility, we are not able to accommodate any additional individuals in our department. Applicants should contact area hospitals or outpatient clinics (such as OB/Gyn or Vascular) to inquire about “job shadowing” opportunities.
What grade point average is required to apply for the program?
A GPA of 3.0 in all required coursework, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
Is there a time requirement for when a degree was obtained or required courses were taken?
No. However, due to the accelerated nature of our program it is imperative that applicants have a comprehensive understanding of the required coursework.
Is there a waiting list to get into your sonography program?
We do not have a waiting list for our sonography program. We usually receive 60-80 applications per year, and accept 5 students into the program. Applicants who are not selected may reapply for the following year.
Do re-applicants need to submit all new application materials?
Yes. All application materials (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) must be resubmitted for reapplication.
Do you accept transfer students from outside Sonography programs?
What is the approximate cost of the program?
Tuition for the program is $5,000 per year. This does not include text books, other school fees, and living or transportation expenses. There is an application fee of $30 dollars.
What is the deadline for applications?
Applications, required coursework, and supporting documentations MUST be completed and postmarked by March 1st. Applications are accepted after September 1st the prior year.
When does the program start?
The program is 12 months in length, beginning the first Thursday in September and ending the end of the following August.
What is the entry level salary range for sonographers?
Sonographers may earn an average of $50,000-$80,000 per year.
What must I do if I have studied outside of the United States?
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluation center such as the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services. Students whose first language is not English must also submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the Test of Written English (TWE) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Information about these tests can be found at www.toefl.org. Minimally accepted scores are:
· 80 Internet based
· 550 Paper based
· Minimum final score of 5.0 on the TWE
· DI code for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver is #2606
Is financial aid available or are there student loans available?
Financial aid is not available through the DMSP because it is a post graduate hospital based program, not affiliated with the University of Colorado at Denver. However, government based programs such as the Colorado’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and private institution loans may provide assistance.
Do you offer weekend or night classes for sonography?
No, we do not. This program is full-time. Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classroom sessions are held on Wednesdays.
Do you offer online courses for sonography?
No, we do not. Our courses are offered with hands-on learning within the classroom and clinical settings not easily replicated through online learning.
Can I work full-time or part-time while taking this program?
We do not recommend that you attempt to work full-time during this program to assure optimal success.
What is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver looking for in potential applicants and how can I be a competitive applicant?
· Individuals who are excited and motivated to excel in both didactic and clinical settings
· Strong professional references from the applicant's prior work supervisors, instructors, or health care professionals
· Transcripts which reflect academic excellence and include the required coursework
· Strong leadership and communication skills, and a desire for providing quality work
· Grade point average above 3.0 (4.0 grade scale)
· Previous direct patient care experience
· Documented observation hours within ultrasound
· Knowledgeable about the field of Sonography
· Professional communication skills