These questions reflect updated curriculum that will begin for the class entering in 2011.
Is the LCCC DMS program accredited?
Yes, the LCCC DMS program is CAAHEP accredited as a general concentration sonography program. CAAHEP accreditation allows students to meet the requirements to apply and take the ARDMS and ARRT national sonography exams.
What is the length of the DMS program?
Once admitted to the program, it is six semesters over 24 months. The first 12 months are on campus didactic and laboratory classes. The final 12 months are primarily clinical internship completed at a hospital or clinic. Before admittance to the program, however, students must complete 28-30 credits of prerequisites, which can be completed in as little as two semesters depending on the student's academic background.
Do you offer online, part-time or evening classes for the DMS program?
No. Classes are mostly traditional format, day courses. Some of the prerequisite courses are offered as online or evening courses. The program is full-time only.
When are courses offered?
DMS courses vary but are generally offered from 8-4. Classes are usually scheduled four days per week. Students can expect to be on campus at least four days per week but may need to visit campus every day to fulfill scanning requirements.
Are there prerequisite classes that I must take before I can apply?
Yes. There are 28-30 credits of
prerequisites that you must have taken or be enrolled in when you apply.
Do I need healthcare experience or a healthcare degree to be admitted to the program?
No. Although helpful, previous healthcare experience is not a requirement of the program. The program has been designed to enable students with no prior healthcare experience to become entry-level sonographers. If you have previous healthcare experience, you likely will not have to take one to three courses depending on your previous course work.
When are applications available?
Applications are available by mid-November either here
or by stopping by our offices.
When are applications due?
Applications are due by March 1. The program starts one class each year in June.
How are students chosen for the program each year?
Students are admitted on a competitive basis. Applications are scored and assigned points by the following criteria: completeness of application, prerequisites GPA, essay questions, observation evaluations, letters of reference, prior healthcare experience (if any), DMS courses already completed and an on-campus interview.
Those students with the most points are accepted that year into the program. The program does not utilize a wait list, which means you must reapply each year to the program.
How many students are accepted into the program each year?
Eight students generally are accepted each year. This number likely will grow in the future as additional clinical sites are added to the program.
Can I take program courses before I am admitted to the program?
All DMS courses that begin with the IMAG prefix are limited to program students only. However, there are three courses in the program that students can take in advance. Taking these courses ahead of time lessens the academic burden once a student is in the program and also leads to bonus points on the student’s application.
- HLTK 2300 Healthcare Ethics
- POLS 1000 or HIST 1211 or HIST 1221 or HIST 1251 or ECON 1200
- CMAP 1610 Windows or CMAP 1685 Computers in health care
How old can my prerequisite courses be?
The anatomy and physiology courses must have been taken within the last five years to be considered. The five-year timeline is based off the program entry date. If you are currently working as one of the following hands-on medical professional, you are exempt from the five-year requirement: registered nurse (RN), radiologic technologist ARRT(R), physical therapist assistant, respiratory therapist or surgical technologist. You must provide documentation of employment.
There is no time limit on the other prerequisite courses.
Can prerequisites be completed at a school other than LCCC?
Yes. General education courses that match those in the program will be considered for transfer. Admissions counselors are available to evaluate transcripts from other schools. View our common course transfer guide
for Colorado schools, or contact an admissions counselor
. Prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution.
Are the LCCC DMS courses transferable to another college or university?
Yes. Because LCCC is regionally accredited, courses should transfer to other institutions. Check with the institution you plan to continue your education with for transferability of courses.
What type of ultrasound exams does the LCCC DMS program train students for?
The DMS program is a general concentration ultrasound program. This means we concentrate on the following areas of diagnostic ultrasound: abdomen, gynecology, obstetrics and small parts. We also offer limited vascular training. We do not offer cardiac training.
How do I apply to the college?
Submit a college admission application
to LCCC if you have not taken courses here before ($20 fee) or a readmission application if you have not taken courses in the past year. It is the student's responsibility to request official high school and all college transcripts be sent to the admissions office. Note: Unofficial student copies of college transcripts must be attached and submitted with the DMS application.
Is there a separate application process for DMS program?
Do I need to complete any health forms?
Yes. Once you are accepted, you and your healthcare provider must complete healthcare forms. The health forms involve documentation of immunizations, TB and hepatitis tests, and verification from your healthcare provider that you are functionally able to complete the program successfully.
Do I need a criminal background check?
Yes. A criminal background check is required prior to beginning the second year of the program. Applicants who have been convicted of a crime should contact www.ardms.org
to determine if their conviction will prevent them from taking the certification boards and or the ability to obtain employment in a healthcare setting. Any student who cannot pass the background check and is not be eligible to attend clinicals will be dismissed from the program.
Can I choose where and when I do my clinical rotation?
No. Faculty will select your clinical site three months before clinicals start. Clinical sites are available throughout Wyoming, western Nebraska and the front range of Colorado. Relocation for the clinicals is a strong possibility as the local hospitals and clinics cannot accommodate all of LCCC's DMS students. If a student currently works at a clinical site, that site may request him/her as its student.
It is the student's responsibility to provide transportation to clinical assignments. Clinicals are a full-time commitment, averaging 32-40 per week.
Students from rural or underserved areas are encouraged to apply. Attempts will be made to place students near or in their rural hometown hospital for internship if possible.
Can I work during the program?
Due to the demands of the full-time program, student employment should be approached with caution. This personal decision should be based on individual performance in the classroom, clinical areas and personal health. It is the desire of the DMS faculty that students be successful in this program and that essential learning not be compromised. Students will not be excused from class or clinical assignments for personal work schedules. Classroom attendance is expected and accountability for knowledge and assignments is the student's responsibility. Alternative sources of funding may be found by contacting the college's Scholarship & Financial Aid Office
. Past successful students have worked no more than eight hours per week on average.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost for the program is based on the regular tuition rate plus a $300 DMS program fee each semester. Learn more.
Are financial aid or scholarships available for the program?
Yes. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 19 percent through 2016 – faster than average for all occupations – as the population ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Learn more.
Nearly 100% of our graduates have gained employment as professional sonographers.
Are graduates required to pass a state or national certification?
Although not required to practice ultrasound, most employers require ARDMS or ARRT(S) certification for employment. Please visit www.ARDMS.org
to see requirements to take these examinations.
In 2009-2012,100 percent of our students passed the ARDMS SPI Examination.
Nearly 100% of our graduates have passed the ARDMS ABD and OB/GYN Boards.
Does the program have modern ultrasound equipment available for students?
Yes. We have a dedicated ultrasound lab. These machines are made available for student practice up to 40 hours per week. Our lab is equipped with the following equipment:
- Two IU 22 ultrasound machines
- Two ATL 5000 ultrasound machines
- Two Acuson Sequoia ultrasound machines
- One VasoGuard vascular machine