This program prepares students as entry-level sonographers in the areas of abdomen and obstetrics/gynecology. Program graduates will receive a certificate in diagnostic medical sonography and will be eligible to take the national licensing examination in the disciplines of Abd. and OB/GYN.
Diagnostic medical sonography utilizes sound waves to produce high definition images of the body to aid in the diagnosis of the patient. The specialties of sonography that are used in the diagnostic field include areas of the abdomen, pelvis, heart, and vascular system.
A sonographer must have a thorough understanding and excellent knowledge of the organs and vasculature within the body. Competency and skill are required in order to attain the necessary images needed for each procedure being performed. The duties of a sonographer include working closely with patients and radiologists, obtaining high quality sonographic images, documenting all pathologic processes for interpretation by a radiologist, educating the patient on sonographic procedures and protocols being performed, communicating properly with patients and health care workers, and maintaining a professional and ethical manner.
[This program has been added back to the catalog 10/27/2016.]
Requirements for Admission
Admission to the Certificate Program of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is on a selective basis. Selection recommendations are made by the Division of Nursing & Allied Health Selection Committee to the Division Head. The number of students selected each year will depend upon a number of factors, including the accreditation standards mandated by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), as well as financial, personnel, and other resources available to the DMS program. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered eligible for selection into the DMS program:
- Be fully admitted as a student to LSU Eunice.
- Submit to the Division of Health Sciences and Business Technology a completed DMS Selection Application Form accompanied
by all required documents and a $10 non-refundable application fee. These materials must be received no later than March 1st of the year for which selection is being sought.
- Have completed preferably, a minimum of 9 hours of required prerequisite science/math courses at LSU Eunice.
- Complete each pre-requisite and DMS course with a grade of C or better and all pre-requisite and DMS course with a grade point average 2.5 or higher.
- Have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or higher.
- May require an entrance examination
- Be able to perform the physical and mental requirements of the discipline of DMS as identified on the Health and Physical Examination form and the ADA requirements in the Student Orientation Manual.
- Complete all of the prerequisite courses.
Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission into the DMS Program. Eligible applicants will be considered on a competitive basis. Selection decisions for the summer class are made at the conclusion of the prior spring semester.
The Division of Health Sciences and Business Technology will admit classes into the DMS program in the summer semester of each year. Selection decisions for the summer class are made at the end of the prior spring semester. Courses taken during the spring semester will be considered during the selection process. Selection decisions will normally be made and communicated to students by the first week in June. Though students not selected may reapply for admission to a subsequent class, such students must complete the entire application process and will remain subject to the eligibility requirements specified above.
Required prerequisite courses taken during the spring semester are included in the selection process.
The following criteria are used in calculating the applicant’s ranking for selection:
- Completion of 23 hours of required courses with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher.
- Possible Entrance Examination Score.
- Overall academic record and cumulative GPA.
- Licensure/certification in a health-care profession or a previously earned degree.
- Number of hours taken at LSU Eunice.
- The GPA in core courses.
- Number of core courses repeated.
Upon selection into the DMS Program the student is required to fulfill the following:
- Complete forms and submit fees for background investigations required by healthcare facilities.
- Receive a negative drug screen report.
- Students admitted to the DMS program must submit a completed DMS Program Health Form within 10 working days prior to the beginning of the semester of entry. These forms will be e-mailed to applicants with notification of acceptance for enrollment in DMS courses.
- Submit all documents requested by the LSU Eunice DMS program by published deadlines. Failure to submit requested documents by due dates will prohibit continuance in the program.
- Once selected and notified, the Program Director for DMS must be notified of the applicant’s commitment to accept or reject selection into the program.
- Upon acceptance by the applicant to enter the LSU Eunice DMS program, the student accepts and agrees to abide by all published University, Division, and program policies regarding student conduct and academic standing.
Health information, background checks, initial drug screens and random drug screens will be managed by the student through a secure on-line information management service for a fee which will be paid by the student. All health related information, immunization records, TB testing report, and lab data must be recorded on official medical provider/company stationary. Data submitted in any other format will be rejected.
Acceptance into the LSU Eunice DMS program entitles the student to progress through the DMS curriculum along with the class to which he or she is admitted. In order for a student to be retained and progress in the curriculum, a student must:
- Maintain an LSU and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Maintain a GPS of 2.0 or higher in all required DMS courses
- Complete all DMS courses with a grade of “C” or better. The grading scale for all DMS courses is: A - 93-100; B - 85-92; C - 77-84; D - 65-76; F - below 65.
- Maintain current CPR certification (CPR for Heath Care Providers) and annual TB testing.
- Maintain health/immunization requirements.
Failure to successfully complete any DMS course (excluding DMS 1000), for either academic or other reasons, will require that the student apply for readmission to the DMS program if the student wishes to continue in the program. A student repeating a DMS course must concurrently re-enroll in the co-requisite DMS courses. Re-enrolling in a co-requisite course in which the student had previously received a passing grade will not be counted as repeated DMS course hours for the dismissal policy. The most recent grade earned will be the grade for the course. The purpose for requiring re-enrollment in co-requisite courses is to assure that DMS students receive the most current health care information.
Requirements for Readmission
A student whose enrollment is interrupted, either voluntarily or by compulsion, or who fails to earn a grade of “C” in a required Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) course may be considered for readmission to the DMS program provided that the student is in good academic standing as defined in the “University Regulations” section of the LSU Eunice catalog. However, in no circumstances will a student be considered for readmission when the student has earned more than one “D”, “F”, or “W” in required DMS courses. A student may only be readmitted to the DMS course in which they received the failing grade.
Persons wishing to re-enter the LSU Eunice Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must submit a written application to the Division of Health Sciences and Business Technology by July 15 for re-entry in the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer semester. A student will be considered for readmission only when there is clear evidence of his or her potential to complete the requirements of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum. In reviewing such applications, special scrutiny will be given to (1) overall GPA, (2) previous performance in didactic and clinical DMS courses, and (3) grades earned in the behavioral, biological, and physical sciences. Students with previous credit in required DMS courses who are readmitted into the LSU Eunice Certificate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must have sonography skill performance validation prior to entering the semester of readmission. The overall financial and personal resources available to the sonography program will also be a consideration in readmission decisions. Submitting an application for readmission does not guarantee acceptance into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
A student applying for reentry into a DMS course must apply the next time the course is offered. If not accepted, the student may reapply once more when the course is offered again (2 years from the first time the student enrolled in the course). After 2 attempts of reentry, the student will not be considered again for reentry into the DMS course in which the student was unsuccessful or if the student does not reapply with in a 2 year period after last enrollment. If the student wishes to pursue DMS curriculum at LSU Eunice, including after the two year period, an application to the DMS program must be completed along with all current requirements for selection. The application will be placed with the pool of students applying for initial entry into the DMS program. If selected, the reentry student would begin the first semester of DMS courses. All reentry students must have skill revalidation at the beginning of the semester. Science and Math courses taken 7 years earlier must be repeated prior to reapplication.
Transfer DMS Students
Students who wish to transfer with DMS credits are subject to the “Requirements for Readmission”, “and “Retention/Progression Guidelines” specified above. DMS will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Students requesting transfer into the DMS Program must:
- Arrange a personal interview with the DMS Program Director.
- Provide a transcript of all previous college work at the time of the interview.
- Submit a course description and course content from completed DMS courses at the time of the interview.
- Submit a Letter of Good Standing from prior DMS program(s). This letter from the administrative head of the prior program(s) should be mailed directly to the DMS Program Director, to be received by the time of the interview.
- Have earned a minimum grade of “C” in required DMS courses and have enrolled in DMS course(s) only once.
- Have completed preferably, a minimum of 9 hours of required prerequisite science/math courses at LSU Eunice.
- Submit transcripts from all previously attended universities or colleges to the Office of Admissions for evaluation and the applicant must be classified as fully admitted prior to selection to the DMS program or the application is considered invalid.
Special Provisions and Requirements
In addition to meeting all other specified curricular requirements, DMS students must (1) meet immunization and physical examination requirements, (2) maintain CPR Certification (CPR for Health Care Providers) for the duration of the program, and (3) assume responsibility for providing their own transportation to and from clinical agencies.
Curriculum in Diagnostic Medical Sonography