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EIC Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Program

Program Outline

Professional sonographers need more than just clinical experience – they need the skills required to effectively communicate procedures and treatment options to patients, uphold high standards of ethics and maintain a compassionate, professional demeanor that helps put patients at ease. At Eastern International College, we help prepare students for their future careers. The EIC Diagnostic Medical Sonography B.S. program offers students an opportunity to gain a diverse education and develop a level of skill that reaches beyond those required in entry-level ultrasound positions.

During your Bachelor Degree journey in our ultrasound program, you’ll be exposed to a broad range of conventional classroom lectures and active, hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom. We deliver a two-pronged approach to education in this field: the theory/didactic/lab component and the clinical externship. Through our diverse curriculum, these two parts work in tandem to help students develop essential skills and enter the workforce in doctors’ offices, medical imaging laboratories or hospitals as well-rounded allied healthcare professionals.

Our curriculum fosters critical-thinking skills and decision-making abilities. Upon completing your DMS-BS degree at EIC, you’ll be able to embark on your future career as a disciplined professional who is well-versed in diagnostic ultrasound and scanning and educated in the latest diagnostic medical sonography.

Committed to student growth and development, our faculty strives to remain up-to-date in current research and theory to ensure you have the academic skills required to succeed in your area of study. You'll experience an encouraging, supportive learning environment that's centered on your personal growth and success as a student, helping you reach your full potential.

Enjoy a rewarding educational experience at Eastern International College. Contact us to gain more information on our medical sonography program, and schedule a visit at either our Jersey City campus or our Belleville campus, today!

General Education Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

ENG 101

English Composition I

3

ENG 102

English Composition II

3

ENG 301

Early American Literature

3

SPC 101

Interpersonal Communication

3

BIO 101

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 102

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

COM 101

Computer Skills

3

MAT 103

College Algebra

3

MAT 204

Fundamentals of Statistics

3

PHY 101

Fundamentals of Physics

4

PHI 101

General Philosophy

3

PSY 101

General Psychology

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 301

Cultural Diversity

3

REL 302

World Religions

3

HIS 101

American History I

3

HIS 201

American History II

3

HIS 302

Global Issues and 20 th Century World History

3

ART 101

Art Appreciation

3

Total General Education

60

Program Major Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

DMS 101

Cross-Sectional Anatomy

3

DMS 102

Pathology

3

DMS 104

Law and Ethics for Health Care Professionals

2

DMS 105

Physics and Instrumentation I

3

DMS 106

Physics and Instrumentation II

3

DMS 200

Abdominal Sonography I

3

DMS 201

Abdominal Sonography II

3

DMS 202

Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography I

3

DMS 203

Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography II

3

DMS 204

Vascular Sonography

4

DMS 312

Advanced Vascular Sonography

2

DMS 313

Cardiology

3

DMS 314

Adult Echocardiography I

3

DMS 315

Adult Echocardiography II

3

DMS 316

Neurosonography

2

DMS 317

Advanced Case Study Critique

3

DMS 318

Advanced Test Registry and Review

3

DMS 319

Capstone

3

DMS 400

Clinical Externship

16

Total: 68

ENG 101 English Composition 3 Semester Credits

This course further introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, group analysis, formal essays, and research projects. Proper paragraph and essay structure is emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099, or passing of placement exams

ENG 102 English Composition II 3 Semester Credits

This course gives students practice in the essentials of writing, with an emphasis on persuasive writing and oral presentations. Extensive reading and writing are combined with oral presentations, class work and activities to encourage students to assess and respond from their own perspective to notable people, debates, and events in society. Students will learn to write powerfully and credibly, and deliver argumentative speeches for a variety of audiences.

Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 301 Early American Literature 3 Semester Credits

This course consists of reading and analyzing selected works of American literature from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. This course focuses on literature utilizing a historical perspective. The objective of the course is to introduce students to various types of American Literature, including, but not limited to Native American Literature, slave narratives, literature of exploration and settlement, women’s literature, and literature by other early American poets and writers.

P rerequisite: ENG 101

SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications 3 Semester Credits

This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.

BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Semester Credits

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system.

P rerequisite: BIO 101

COM 101 Computer Skills 3 Semester Credits

This course will provide an introduction to MS Office applications. Students will learn how to produce, format, and edit documents using MS Word, create a basic spreadsheet using MS Excel, create PowerPoint slides, and develop a basic webpage.

MAT 103 College Algebra 3 Semester Credits

This course covers concepts of algebra. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, and graphing techniques; exponential and polynomial functions and applications; factoring and applications; rational expressions and applications; roots and radicals; and quadratic equations.

P rerequisite: MAT 099 or Placement Exam

MAT 204 Fundamentals of Statistics 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to basic statistical concepts. It focuses on frequency distributions of empirical data, calculations of descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi square, regression, and correlation.

P rerequisite: MAT 099 or Placement Exam

PHY 101 Fundamentals of Physics 4 Semester Credits

The course centers on the fundamental laws of physics. Students become familiar with the basic concepts involving the physics of mechanics, matter, waves, sound, and light.

P rerequisite: MAT 099 or passing the placement exam

PHI 101 General Philosophy 3 Semester Credits

This course explores central ideas in philosophy with emphasis on those pertaining to reality, law, ethics, values, justice and human motivation and understanding. Notable philosophers of past and present are studied with focus on philosophies relevant to today’s society. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to share differing perspectives with a goal for expanding one another’s worldviews and developing personal philosophical perspectives.

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well- being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Semester Credits

This course focuses on sociology as a way of understanding the world. Sociology is a field of study that considers social, political, and economic phenomena within the context of social structures, social forces, and group relations. Students will be introduced to the field of sociology by way of engaging with several important sociological topics, including socialization, culture, the social construction of knowledge, inequality, race and ethnic relations, poverty, and political sociology.

SOC 301 Cultural Diversity 3 Semester Credits

This course centers on the role of culture in the development of attitudes, values, perceptions, behaviors, and interpersonal relations. Theories of cultural identity development and cross-cultural exchange as they pertain to living and working in a multicultural society are explored. Students also examine cultural constructs in relationship to social inequities and practice developing the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to serve as culturally competent professionals.

Prerequisite:ENG101

REL 302 World Religions 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the world’s major religions. Study focuses on the historical development of the world’s major religions, as well as on the central beliefs, customs and traditions associated with each religion studied. It is anticipated that throughout this course students will come to respect and learn from the diversity of religion that exists in today’s world, whether or not they chose to practice a religion.

Prerequisite: ENG101

H IS 101 American History I 3 Semester Credits

This course focuses on major events, significant people, and important trends in American history beginning with pre- Columbus period and ending with Reconstruction. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and interpreting both primary and secondary sources, as well as mastering a broad range of factual information.

H IS 201 American History II 3 Semester Credits

This survey course focuses on major events, significant people, and important trends in American History from 1870 through present day. Course topics will include: Western Settlement, Industrial Growth, the Progressive Era, World Wars I and II, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam and the War on Terror, among others. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and interpreting both primary and secondary sources, as well as mastering a broad range of factual information.

P rerequisite: HIS 101

P rerequisite/Co-requisite:ENG101

H IS 302 Global Issues and 20th Century World History 3 Semester Credits

The course centers on the study of United States foreign relations from the end of World War II to the present day. Topics discussed include the rise of the United States as a world power, United States intervention abroad, terrorism, and current events impacting foreign relations today. Connections between past and present and the importance of global awareness are discussed throughout the course.

P rerequisites: HIS 201 and ENG101

ART 101 Art Appreciation 3 Semester Credits

This is a course that introduces students to the world of visual arts. It serves to enhance understanding and appreciation for a broad range of imagery, media, artists, movements, and periods in history. It also illustrates the place of art in social and cultural life.

DMS 101 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3 Semester Credits

This course teaches students how to conceptualize the major organs and vessels in the thoracic and abdominopelvic cavities of the tomographic sections, with exploration of the transverse (axial) sagittal, coronal, and oblique sections. Sections of the neck and brain are also studied. Emphasis is placed on the anatomic relationships between organs commonly scanned by sonography.

P rerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102

DMS 102 Pathology 3 Semester Credits

This course centers on study of abdominal, breast, genitourinary, and cardiovascular pathologies and sonographic patterns. Discussion of pediatric, obstetrical and gynecological pathologies takes place. Comparisons are made between normal patterns and pathology appearances through the study of pathophysiology, differential diagnoses, correlation of lab tests, and etiology of congenital abnormalities.

P rerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102

DMS 104 Law and Ethics for Health Care Professionals 2 Semester Credits

The students will examine law and ethics applicable to the healthcare industry. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and properly employing the patient- healthcare provider relationship, maintaining patients’ right to privacy considerations and understand the parameters of liability and malpractice.

DMS 105 Physics and Instrumentation I 3 Semester Credits

This course presents the basic concepts and principles of ultrasound physics as a foundation for understanding image interpretation. Students learn by way of lecture, solving sample problems, and scanning in the student lab. Students review material and take practice exams in preparation for the ARDMS registry examination.

P rerequisites: MAT 099 Elementary Algebra or passing of placement exam.

DMS 106 Physics and Instrumentation II 3 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Physics for Ultrasound I. It reinforces concepts learned and presents more advanced concepts in ultrasound theory and instrumentation, fluid hemodynamics, color-flow Doppler spectral analysis, and 3 and 4-D ultrasound. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to pass the ARDMS registry examination.

P rerequisites: DMS 105

D MS 200 Abdominal Sonography I 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces the student to sonographic imaging of the abdomen, with focus on relational anatomy of the abdominal organs. Emphasis is placed on the normal sonographic appearance of the abdominal organs and vasculature, along with normal clinical and laboratory findings specific to the system. The course includes examination of the liver, gall bladder and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, aorta, inferior vena cava and kidneys. Lecture time is complemented with hands-on work in the lab. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning, initially observing, then progressively assisting and performing scans under direct supervision of a clinical instructor. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester.

P rerequisites: DMS 101 and DMS 102

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 101, DMS 102, ENG101.

DMS 201 Abdominal Sonography II 3 Semester Credits

This course is the continuation of Abdominal Sonography I, with emphasis on recognizing pathologic changes on ultrasound scans of organs in the upper abdomen. Also presented is sonographic imaging of small parts, including but not limited to thyroid, breast, scrotum, prostate, musculoskeletal, and pediatric ultrasound. Lecture time is complemented with hands-on work in the lab. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning, initially observing, then progressively assisting and performing under direct supervision of a clinical instructor. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester.

P rerequisites: DMS 200

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 200 and ENG101.

DMS 202 Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography I 3 Semester Credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the normal physiology of the female reproductive system. Study content includes both normal anatomy and congenital anomalies of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Scanning of first trimester pregnancy is covered using transabdominal (TAS) and transvaginal (TVS) scanning techniques. Evaluation of the viability of the fetus and measuring techniques for gestational dating are emphasized. Students actively practice scanning normal gynecology in the student lab and obstetric scanning in the clinical course. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester.

P rerequisites: DMS 101, DMS 102

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 101, DMS102, ENG101.

DMS 203 Obstetric and Gynecological Sonography II 3 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of OB/GYN Sonography I. It covers more advanced topics, focusing on pathologic conditions as determined by gynecologic/obstetric ultrasound scanning, how to recognize abnormal and pathologic sonographic patterns of the uterus and adnexa and how to correlate these with patient history and lab values, normal and abnormal 2nd and 3rd trimester pregnancy including fetal number, position, grade, and location of the placenta. Students learn the components of a complete anatomy scan, including the ultrasound appearance of the head, neck, spine, heart, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities. Accurate assessment of gestational age through fetal biometry techniques is covered. Complications of pregnancy are also addressed, including IUGR, congenital syndromes, fetal disorders, multiple gestations, and placental abnormalities. Lectures are complemented with scanning normal gynecology anatomy in the student lab.

P rerequisites: DMS 202

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 202 and ENG101.

DMS 204 Vascular Sonography 4 Semester Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the use of duplex ultrasound to investigate the extra-cranial circulation of the brain and arterial and venous circulation of the upper and lower extremities. Normal and pathological conditions are discussed in correlation with physical and clinical findings. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning in the student lab. Lab sessions include experience and competency testing in vascular sonography. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester.

P re-Requisites: DMS 101, DMS 102, DMS 105

Note: For students starting the DMS program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: DMS 101, DMS 102, DMS 105, ENG101.

DMS 312 Advanced Vascular Sonography 2 Semester Credits

Content in this course includes vascular scanning and diseases of the cerebrovascular system, assessment of carotid artery stenosis, vascular steal, and occlusion. Students will learn the role vascular scanning plays in the management of extremity arterial disease, and venous thrombosis and insufficiency. Vascular diseases in the upper abdomen will be studied including assessment for portal hypertension, monitoring of the TIPS procedure, and evaluation of native kidney and renal transplants. Duplex Doppler of male and female genitalia will also be covered. Students actively participate in laboratory scanning under direct supervision of a clinical instructor.

P rerequisite: DMS 204

DMS 313 Cardiology 3 Semester Credits

This course presents the normal anatomy and physiology of the heart. It describes EKG tracings, echocardiograms and angiograms explaining how these modalities assist in diagnosis. Included in this course are the signs, symptoms, and blood tests of heart disease; pathology of coronary artery disease, heart failure, disorders of rate, rhythm and contraction, myocarditis; pericardial diseases, disorders of the cardiac valves, congenital heart disease, and diseases of the aorta and pulmonary artery. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the semester.

P rerequisite: DMS 101, DMS 102

DMS 314 Adult Echocardiography I 3 Semester Credits

This course provides a foundation for clinical echocardiography of the adult heart. A review of normal anatomy and physiology of the heart is presented. Students learn the elements of a normal echocardiogram, including standard echocardiographic views of heart chambers, valves, and muscles and the surrounding great vessels. They will learn adult cardiac scanning protocols. Students become familiar with various modes of cardiac scanning, including M-Mode, 2D, and Color B-mode Scanning, Color flow Doppler Imaging, Doppler Tissue Imaging and Contrast Echocardiography.

P rerequisite: DMS 204

DMS 315 Adult Echocardiography II 3 Semester Credits

This course focuses on pathologic states of adult cardiac disease. Included is an evaluation of systolic and diastolic left ventricular function, the hemodynamics of blood flow through the heart, and valvular diseases, such as aortic and mitral stenosis . Study of cardiomyopathy includes echo evaluation of coronary artery disease, stress echocardiograms, endocarditis, LV hypertrophy, left and right ventricular outflow tracks and prosthetic valves. Case studies and critique are provided throughout the course.

P rerequisite: DMS 314

DMS 316 Neurosonography 2 Semester Credits

This course presents students with ultrasound scanning of the brain. Using the sonic windows of the anterior and posterior fontanelles, students learn the normal sonographic appearance of the brain in sagittal, axial, coronal, and oblique planes. Students also learn about various pathologies that can occur, such as congenital anomalies, hemorrhages, hydrocephalus, and the results of viral infections.

P rerequisite: DMS 106, DMS 203

DMS 317 Advanced Case Study Critique 3 Semester Credits

This course is a comprehensive critical analysis of anatomical variants and normal and pathological sonographic findings and correlating them with clinical histories. Pathology associated with abdominal organs, gynecologic structures, superficial structures, vascular, and pathology seen in obstetrical and echocardiographic examinations will be discussed. Students will review sonographic images to enhance their recognition of variations in normal human anatomy and of pathologic processes seen within the human body during sonographic examinations.

P rerequisites: DMS 201, DMS 203, DMS 204, DMS 312, DMS 313, DMS 314, DMS 315, DMS 316

DMS 318 Advanced Test Registry and Review 4 Semester Credits

This course provides an intensive and comprehensive review of materials taught throughout the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program to prepare students to take the American Registry Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations. Topics focus on physical principles of sound and sonographic instrumentation, principles of propagation of ultrasound through tissues, transducers, pulse-echo instruments, image storage and display, Doppler ultrasound. Image artifacts and quality management. It also covers a comprehensive review of Diagnostic Medical Sonography applications in the specialties of abdominal/ superficial structures and obstetrics/ gynecology, and vascular ultrasound and echocardiography in accordance with the published outlines of the ARDMS.

Co-requisite: DMS externship

DMS 319 Capstone 3Semester Credits

This course provides students the opportunity to demonstrate integrated knowledge and practical competencies through case study research and presentation and demonstration of scanning skills comparable to entry- level sonographers. The course also exposes students to effective job preparation and job searching skills, including effective resume writing and job interviewing skills, formulation of an e-portfolio, certifications, membership in professional organizations, and continuing education after certification. Students in this course are expected to submit a completed research paper on an approved topic following the American Psychological Association (APA) format, an e-portfolio, comprehensive resume, and an oral presentation of the researched topic.

Note: DMS319 is taken during the Senior year. ENG101 is a prerequisite for this course.

DMS 400 Clinical Externship 16 Semester Credits

This course provides the student with exposure to abdominal scanning, obstetrics and gynecologic scanning, vascular scanning, and Echocardiography scanning in a clinical setting. The clinical site may be a laboratory in a hospital and /or private office setting. At the start of the semester, the course will meet for a one day classroom orientation session. During the orientation day, students will be instructed on professional behavior expected in a lab, including attendance, and dress code. They will also receive instruction on how to keep an hours log, a case log, case journals and the necessary evaluation forms.