Will I be prepared to take the ARDMS board 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 registry examinations in OB-Gyn, abdomen/superficial structure imaging and ultrasound physics. Passing the national board examinations will result in the receipt 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 Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in general sonography.
What physical and mental abilities must I posses?
Applicants must present evidence of good health and be able to meet the physical 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
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 waiting list to get into your sonography program?
We do not have a waiting list for our sonography program; however, the program is competitive. We usually receive 60-80 applications per year, and accept 4-5 into the program.
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, 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 31st.
When does the program start?
The program is 12 months in length, beginning the first Thursday in September and ending the following August.
What is the entry level salary range for sonographers?
In 2012, sonographers earned 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:
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 Thursdays.
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