Frame 3 About the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Temple College The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Temple College is designed to prepare the student for an entry level position as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. The DMS program consists of experiences, both didactic and practical, that develop the individual’s potential to provide diagnostic quality sonograms. The foundation for this is derived from understanding sonographic physics and application of these principles, and understanding the relationship of anatomical structures to produce diagnostic sonograms. The faculty facilitates learning opportunities that provide the student exposure to knowledge, skills, technology, and belief systems necessary for the practice of Sonography. These learning opportunities draw from and build on each other to provide progression in the development of sonographic skills. Course work specific to Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the general core curriculum, as outlined by the college, comprises the formal education plan for the Advanced Technical Certificate and Associates of Applied Science degree. It is the goal of the DMS team in conjunction with the support services at Temple College to: 1. Prepare graduates to successfully challenge the ARDMS boards through didactic education and clinical experience. 2. Prepare students to be successful in meeting the challenges of being a Sonographer. 3. Provide a high quality education experience for all students. 4. Provide tutoring and online tutoring to all students to help ensure their success in the program. 5. Provide students with an awareness for the significance of continuing education and instill in them the desire to continue their education after graduation. 6. Graduate Sonographers to practice Sonography within an ethical and legal framework consistent with ARDMS and SDMS standards. 7. Graduate Sonographers to use critical thinking to analyze clinical data and current literature as a basis for decision making in Sonography. Uniforms and other supplies Students enrolled in the DMS Program at Temple College must purchase uniforms. The cost of uniforms is not included in any Temple College fees. Additional expenses incurred as part of the program are the responsibility of the student. Student Travel Policy A significant portion of the rotations must take place at clinical sites. These clinical sites may not be all located in Temple. Temple College and the DMS department assume no responsibility for expenses incurred as a result of travel or transportation that must be arranged to satisfy course requirements. Liability Insurance All students accepted into the DMS program will be required to purchase professional liability insurance at the time of registration. The cost of professional liability insurance is not included in any Temple College fees. Additional expenses incurred as part of the program are the responsibility of the student. Frame 3 Criminal Background check* A satisfactory criminal background history check will be required after conditional acceptance into the DMS program. Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require an additional criminal background check. Permission to perform the criminal background history check must be given by the student. Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program. It will be necessary to dismiss a student from the DMS program if they are barred from practicing at any healthcare facility. Future employment and licensing may be affected by the results of a criminal background history check. * If the background check reveals a previous history of criminal activity the student should check with the ARDMS to verify they are eligible to sit for the ARDMS boards. In the event the ARDMS would deny that student from sitting for the boards the student will be disqualified from being seated in the DMS program at Temple College. In the event the ARDMS will not deny that student from sitting for the boards the student is required to obtain a written statement from the ARDMS and include that statement with their application. Drug Screening Drug screenings can be requested at any time by Temple College or a clinical site during enrollment in the DMS program. Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program.