Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
10-526-200 058126 Intro to DMS
Outline of Instruction

Course Information
Description10-526-200 INTRO TO DMS ...introduces learners to the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Explores the duties and functions of the diagnostic medical sonographer as well as the historical background. Learners examine the other imaging modalities as they relate to sonography. Includes principles of patient care and legal and ethical issues related to sonography. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program)
Total Credits3
Prior Learning Assessments
Course Competencies
  1. Summarize the history and development of ultrasound
  2. Examine the role of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  3. Differentiate the roles and functions of the other members of the healthcare team
  4. Use medical ultrasound terminology
  5. Summarize the importance of accreditation, certification, and professional organizations related to sonography
  6. Recommend ways to prevent musculo-skeletal injury in Sonography
  7. Explore the use of different medical imaging modalities
  8. Identify knobology of sonography equipment
  9. Recognize image orientation per transducer placement
  10. Perform patient assessment and assistance
  11. Practice universal precautions and safety technique related to healthcare
  12. Examine the Sonographer's role in death and dying
  13. Differentiate among the classifications and uses of various drugs used in medical imaging
  14. Respond to critical and emergency situations
  15. Investigate moral and ethical issues related to healthcare
  16. Investigate legal issues related to healthcare
  17. Adapt communication strategies to a diverse patient population
  18. Maintain ancillary medical equipment (IV, O2)
  19. Practice sterile technique