LCC offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science (Curriculum Code 0790).
Students are admitted in summer with a limited number of openings each year. As part of the educational training students receive hands-on experience from available clinical sites (hospitals).
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of The Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
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Selective Admission Information
Selective Admission Process - April 1st Application Deadline
Ultrasound: Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) is a selective admission program, which means admission is competitive and does have program-specific entrance requirements. The deadline to apply each year is April 1st.
The best information regarding the DMS program is in the Advising guide (Ultrasound is at the bottom of the page); guides are released each year and include detailed information on the program layout, application process, admission requirements, cost, and more. Prerequisites need to be completed by December 31, to be eligible for the following April 1st selection period.
With only a limited number of seats available each year, admission into the program is based on a point system. Applicants earn points based on course grades, GPA, direct-patient-care work experience, and more. The candidates with the highest scores are admitted. The complete point system is found in the Advising Guide.
If admitted, the DMS program begins during our Summer semester (June) and is 15 months long running during our Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.
To get started, follow the application process found on page 2 of the Advising Guide. Health Career Academic Advisors are available at LCC's Center for Academic & Career Pathways in the Gannon building Star Zone. To make an appointment call 517-483-1957 option 4.
Sonography Program Physical Guidelines
- STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects/persons more than 100 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds. Emphasis on upper body strength.
- MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform simple motor skills such as standing, walking, handshaking; manipulative skills such as writing and typing, use of fine motor skills with both hands simultaneously; calibrating ultrasound equipment, adjusting film processors, and loading/unloading film magazines.
- COORDINATION: Perform gross body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment; eye-hand coordination such as computer/keyboard skills and arm-hand steadiness such as taking blood pressures, catheterizing, calibration of tools and equipment, etc.
- MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, bending; pushing portable equipment throughout hospital; prolonged standing while completing procedures.
- VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away and to discriminate colors, and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, etc; viewing control panels and operate equipment under low overhead lighting.
- HEARING: Hear normal sounds with some background noise from ultrasound control panels, computers,, etc., and to distinguish sounds.
- CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions such as patient requests, doctor and staff requests, etc.
- ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and to attend to task/functions for periods exceeding 60 minutes in length.
- CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and discussed simultaneously.
- MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time.
- CRITICAL THINKING: Ability to make clinical judgment when working independently to obtain diagnostic images.
- INTERPERSONAL: Interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional,
cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
Must be able to establish rapport with patients, colleagues, faculty, and professional staff.
- COMMUNICATION: Abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Student does not use a Schedule I, II or IV* drug; student does not use an amphetamine,
narcotic, or any other habit-forming drug unless prescribed by a licensed medical
practitioner. Students should declare-- (physician statement) if he/she takes Schedule
Examples of Schedule IV drugs include Valium, Xanax, Phenobarbital, and Rohypnol--commonly known as the "date rape" drug. *Students who test positive for Schedule I, II or Rohypnol will be subject to expulsion from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
- STRESS: Requires working with patients who may be very young or old, critically ill or injured, or mentally or physically deficient/impaired; working with a constantly changing staff, resident physicians, and medical students.
The charter of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by approximately 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.
As a sonography student you will be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment and hospital sites. You can expect exposure to blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, loud or unpleasant noises and high stress emergency situations.
Upon acceptance into the Sonography Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions training session.
Criminal Background Check
In order for the Sonography Program to be in compliance with Michigan Public Health Code Section 20173, criminal background checks will be completed on all students applying for admission (or readmission) to the program. Admission to the Sonography Program will be denied for the following:
Any felony conviction within 15 years prior to application
Any misdemeanor within 10 years prior to application that involved or is similar to the following
- Abuse, neglect, assault, battery
- Criminal sexual conduct
- Fraud or theft against a vulnerable adult (as defined by the Michigan penal code)
The following links will provide detailed information:
- Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs: Bureau of Community and Health Systems
- Michigan Workforce Background Check Program: Legal Guide (PDF)
Once admitted to the program, students subsequently convicted of the crimes listed above will be dismissed from the Sonography Program.
It is the student's responsibility to report changes in the status of their criminal background to the Program Director.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What makes Lansing Community College's DMS program different from other colleges? Lansing Community College's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs) accredited.
- What does CAAHEP mean to a DMS graduate? A student (other than an RT(R) or Bachelor Degree graduate) who graduates from a non-accredited DMS program must work for an additional 12 months before they are eligible to take the national registry boards (ARDMS.) For more qualification information for national board eligibility, log onto the ARDMS website. The board results, since its inception in 1975, range between 50-79% for physics, abdomen and obstetrics/gynecology. Waiting an additional 12 months may not help with increasing the registry results, especially in physics. Some hospitals will only hire a sonography graduate from a CAAHEP-accredited program.
- When does the DMS program start? How often are candidates selected? The DMS program admits students once a year. It is a 15-month program that starts each summer.
- Is the program a full-time commitment? Yes, students enter into the program in the summer and do not finish the program until the end of summer the following year.
- Where are the clinical sites located? Clinical sites vary each year due to hospital/clinic availability. The majority of clinical sites are within one (1) hour from LCC's main campus. Although some clinical sites are further and may require students to relocate. All sites are within a 200 mile radius of LCC.
- How often do students attend their clinical site? The students are at their clinical site three (3) days per week from September to December, four (4) days per week January to May, and five (5) days per week from the end of May to early September.
- What are the prerequisite requirements to get into the sonography program? For a list of admission requirements, check out the Ultrasound Advising Guide available on the HHS Advising Guide site.
- What if I completed BIOL 201 and BIOL 202 instead of BIOL 145? Either BIOL 201/202 or BIOL 145 with a grade of 2.50 or higher is accepted for the DMS program. The DMS program grants additional points toward the selective admission program for a grade 3.5 or higher in BIOL 201/202 or BIOL 145. Completion of BIOL 201 and 202 is recommended for maximum transferability to other health programs and Colleges.
- How many students per year does the ultrasound program accept? We have clinical seats for approximately 20-24 students per year.
- What if I have two (2) classes that meet an area of CORE? The class with the highest grade will be used to calculate your GPA.
- What if I already have a degree; does it waive LCC CORE requirements? Yes, having an Associates degree or higher will waive college CORE classes. Grades associated with those classes will be used to figure GPA in Phase II Ranking. Students must still take MATH 120 or higher or STAT 170 or STAT 215 with a minimum grade of 2.5, BIOL 145 or BIOL 201 and 202 and college physics.
- How do I know if courses will transfer to LCC as prerequisites? To have your transcripts evaluated for transfer credit, previous Colleges must send official transcripts directly to LCC's Registrars Office. The DMS transcript deadline is March 1st, but applicants are encouraged to send official transcripts as soon as possible. Transfer equivalency lists are also available online.
- When should I apply for the sonography program? Our deadline for application is: April 1st annually. Spring grades are not included when calculating admission points for this program. All courses must be completed by the end of Fall Semester.
- I am a current LCC student. How do I apply? To apply to the program, students must submit an electronic Selective Admissions application and pay the non-refundable $50 application fee. Instructions are on page 2 of the Ultrasound Advising Guide.
- I am not yet an LCC student. How should I apply? If you are not currently and have never been an LCC student, apply to the college online. Applying is FREE!
- How much does the program cost? For a detailed cost sheet visit the DMS section on HHS's Advising Guides site.
- Can I apply to more than one program within Lansing Community College? Yes, students may apply and have their prerequisites monitored for multiple Selective Admission Programs.
- What can I do to gain additional points toward the selective admissions process? Check out the point system in the Ultrasound Advising Guide for ways to gain more points.
- Why do you give additional points in the selective admissions process for previous medical experience or hospital volunteer experience? It makes sense that those students who have had previous medical experience (including volunteering) may have an advantage in the program over those who have no experience. This also gives the candidate an opportunity to see if the medical field is a good fit for them, and if this is something they really want to devote their time and education toward. Sometimes, when a student volunteers, for example, they realize that they are not interested in this field, or they find out that they don't enjoy being around patients who are ill.
- Can I work while completing the sonography program? We do have students who work on a part-time basis. The DMS program is an intense program, so we do not recommend a student to work even part time, especially during the fall semester. We have had students who do work, but they have excellent study habits and a great support system at home that enables them to do so successfully.
- Where can I find specific information regarding policies and procedures for students enrolled in the DMS program? DMS students are given a current DMS Student Handbook (including the Clinical Handbook) during mandatory orientation. As part of clinical orientation, DMS students are required to participate in group reading and discussion of the entire DMS Student & Clinical Handbooks.
- How does my GPA figure into the selective admission DMS process? We look at the student's GPA for all LCC courses (Core and optional), and we give additional points to a grade 3.5 or higher in anatomy and physiology and physics. Those students who do well—especially in anatomy and physiology typically do well in the field of diagnostic medical sonography and on the national registry boards—www.ardms.org.
- Is there a waiting list to get into the sonography program at LCC? We do not keep a waiting list from year to year. If a student applies to the program and is not accepted, they must contact the Selective Admissions Office to carry over their application for consideration, or to re-apply for the next year by April 1.
- Should I job shadow in the field of general sonography before applying to the program? This is an excellent idea and we do recommend it. By doing this, the student is exposed to what the real life situation in the ultrasound department is, and what sonography really entails. This is a great way to help a student decide if this is really the field and the fit for them career-wise.
- What are the qualities that a student should have to be a good sonographer? The sonographer performs clinical assessment and diagnostic sonography exams. The sonographer uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures as appropriate to anatomical, pathological, diagnostic information and images. He/she uses independent judgment during the sonographic exam to accurately differentiate between normal and pathologic findings, and analyses sonograms, synthesizes sonographic information and medical history, and communicates findings to the appropriate physician. The sonographer also assumes responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of patients while they are in the sonographer's care.
- What is a sonographer? A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a Diagnostic Ultrasound Professional that is qualified by professional credentialing and academic and clinical experience to provide diagnostic patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures.
- What are some of the skills necessary to be a sonographer? The following is a list from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (www.sdms.org):
- Ability to integrate diagnostic sonograms, laboratory results, patient history and medical records, and adapt sonographic examination as necessary.
- Ability to use independent judgment to acquire the optimum diagnostic sonographic information in each examination performed.
- Ability to evaluate, synthesize, and communicate diagnostic information to the attending physician.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the patient and the health care team, recognizing the special nature of sonographic examinations and patient's needs.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and health care team.
- Ability to follow established departmental procedures.
- Ability to work efficiently and cope with emergency situations.
- Ability to evaluate sonograms in order to acquire appropriate diagnostic information.
- If I have other questions, whom should I contact? You may contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at: 517-483-1410. For more information on this, you may visit the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography website.
- What are the job prospects for the field of sonography? There is currently a national shortage for sonographers as there are in most health care professions and this shortage is expected for the next several years. Locally, there is not a shortage of sonographers currently. There are several accredited DMS programs within a 100 mile radius of Lansing so these area employers have greatly benefited from this pool of DMS graduates.
|Lansing Community College's DMS Class of 2019 reported December 2020|
|Number of students admitted||22|
|Number of students graduating||20|
|ABD credential information|
|Number of students in ABD credential||9|
|Number of earning ABD credential from ARDMS||8|
|Number of earning ABD credential from ARRT|
|Total number earning ABD credential||8|
|ABD credential success rate||89%|
|OB-GYN credential information|
|Number of students taking OB-GYN credential||18|
|Number earning OB-GYN credential from ARDMS||18|
|Number earning OB-GYN credential from ARRT|
|Total number earning OB-GYN credential||18|
|OB-GYN credential success rate||100%|
|SPI credential information|
|Number of students taking SPI exam||20|
|Number earning SPI credential from ARDMS||19|
|Total number earning SPI credential||19|
|SPI credential success rate||95%|
- American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
United States Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics