Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography-General Vascular Concentration

General Vascular Concentration

As a diagnostic medical sonographer you will learn how to produce images of organs, tissues and blood vessels. The images will be interpreted by a radiologist, a physician who has specialized in interpreting and diagnosing radiographic images, or another specialized provider.

The general vascular concentration will teach students sonographic exams involving the abdomen and small parts, obstetrics and gynecology, and veins and arteries of the body.  Clinical and didactic work will reflect each specific concentration. 

With a small class, students will gain clinical, academic, and laboratory training.  Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography after three consecutive years and be eligible to take ARDMS certification examinations in:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Abdomen
  • Vascular Technology
  • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Goals Outcomes
1.   To prepare competent entry-level abdominal – extended sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Cognitive:
1.1    Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient data and history to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
1.2    Demonstrate critical thinking skills during the review of abdominal cases identify, describe, and predict diseases. 
Psychomotor:
1.3    Perform sonographic abdominal extended procedures appropriately, timely, and accurately recording all anatomic and physiologic information for interpretation by a physician.
1.4    Document and present complete and accurate sonographic findings. 
Affective:
1.5  Functions effectively as part of the healthcare team.
2.   To prepare competent entry-level obstetric and gynecology sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains Cognitive:
2.1    Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient data and history to facilitate optimum diagnostic results. 
Psychomotor:
2.2    Obtain appropriate obstetric and gynecological images to identify disease processes.
2.3    The student is able to perform a broad range of ob/gyn exams.
Affective:
2.4    Communicate effectively with patients, coworkers, and reading providers.
2.5    Demonstrate the ability to practice sonography with ergonomic principles in mind.
3.   To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Cognitive:
3.1   Obtain, review and integrate pertinent patient data and history to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
3.2   Demonstrate critical thinking skills during the performance of sonographic procedures to provide optimum diagnostic services and identify, describe, and predict diseases.
Psychomotor:
3.3   Perform sonographic procedures appropriately, timely, and accurately recording all anatomic and physiologic information for interpretation by a physician.
3.4   The student is prepared to perform a broad range of vascular sonography examinations.
Affective:
3.5   Provide compassionate patient care and education to promote overall well-being.
3.6   Act in a professional manner within recognized ethical and legal standards.
4.    Graduates will demonstrate entry-level competency in abdominal – extended, obstetric/gynecology and vascular sonography procedures. 4.1 Effectively performs a broad range of clinical skills.
4.2  Is able to perform current sonography procedures and modalities.
4.3 Is able to perform and interpret diagnostic procedures.
4.4  Prepared to enter the profession as a registered sonographer in vascular, abdominal, and obstetric/gynecology.
4.5  Graduates feel the program was of high quality and they were well prepared as entry level sonographers
5.    Graduates will portray leadership skills. 5.1 Successful completion of leadership course
5.2 Served as a volunteer for a college/community event
Program Outcomes and Effectiveness

The performance of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Bellin College is reflected through program effectiveness data defined by our accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP). Program effectiveness data includes:

  • Student Retention rate– the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually complete the program.
  • Credentialing examination success rate– the number of students who pass the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification examination in abdominal, obstetric and gynecological, vascular technology, and sonographic principles and instrumentation within one year of graduation from the program.
  • Job placement rate– the number of students that gain employment in the sonography field, are continuing their education, or in the military in one of the program’s accredited specialties within six months of graduation from the program.

Information regarding college enrollment, persistence, credentialing, diversity, and job placement (employment) rates for the college as a whole are available on the Statistics page. Information concerning the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is maintained on the website as a requirement of its accrediting body CAAHEP.  For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the CAAHEP website at www.caahep.org.

Accreditation

Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) which provides programmatic accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Graduates of the program are eligible for certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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Our program will provide you with excellent opportunities, resources, and state of the art facilities to excel your academic and clinical experience. In addition, our unique program will offer you:

  • Didactic work in abdomen, ob/gyn, and vascular
  • Clinical rotations in abdomen, ob/gyn, and vascular clinics or hospitals
  • Assigned clinical sites around the Green Bay area— you don’t have to find your own!
  • An emphasis on leadership and management
  • A bachelor degree in THREE years (with an opportunity minor in adult echocardiography)
  • A full-time three-semester academic year
  • Small student to faculty ratio for individual learning
  • Direct entry into the program; once you are accepted into Bellin College you are also accepted into your program. We do not maintain a wait list.
  • Ergonomics course for safe sonography practices taught by a licensed athletic trainer
  • Sonography lab with multiple ultrasound machines.
  • Multiple imaging phantoms (objects simulating anatomical structures of the body and designed to mimic human tissue) to enhance learning.

BSDMS with a general vascular concentration

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BSDMS Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Minor

Students in the General Vascular concentration may also choose to minor with adult echocardiography.  Clinical and didactic course work will be added onto the Senior year and specific general education courses must also be fulfilled. 

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Questions?

Please contact Bellin College Admissions at Admissions@bellincollege.edu,
(920) 433-6650, or use our online contact form.

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