Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (DMS) are highly trained, in-demand professionals who use ultrasound to produce high-quality images of the body’s internal structures and organs. As a student in the DMS - General program, you will become proficient in non-cardiac ultrasound and will learn how to examine and evaluate structures and organs in the body other than the heart. Led by expert instructors, our comprehensive curriculum blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on training, covering anatomy, physiology, patient care, ultrasound physics, imaging techniques, pathology, and much more. Gain practical experience through simulation labs, industry-standard equipment, and clinical placements under the guidance of experienced sonographers. Graduates are eligible to challenge the Sonography Canada Core and Generalist certification exams to become registered diagnostic medical sonographers.

Unlock your potential in the fascinating world of medical imaging. Enroll today and be part of the future of healthcare.

Upcoming Intakes

Select your preferred intake to see relevant program information. Program details, including tuition and course information, may vary by intake.

Selection Start Date Delivery Mode Time Campus Length Domestic Status International Status
Sep. 03, 2024 (Fall) Hybrid Weekdays - Daytime Main 2 Years (Full-time) Closed Closed
 
             
 

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Delivery Mode

  • In-person - All your class activity will be delivered in person, on campus.
  • Online - All your class activity will be delivered online.
  • Hybrid - Your classes will be a mixture of in person and online learning. You must be able to come to campus and participate remotely online.
  • Your choice - Your program offers a variety of class delivery options (in person, online, or a mixture of both) and you can select which type of classes to take. If you wish, you can complete your entire program either in-person or online.
  • HyFlex - All your classes are delivered for simultaneous participation in person and online. You can choose daily to attend your classes in person or join remotely online.

Time

  • Your choice - You can select class times and days that fit your schedule. There are a variety of class options for you to choose from including daytime, evening, weekdays or weekends.
  • No set time - No set class days or times, content is access on-demand. You can complete your studies on your own schedule within the scheduled class dates; may have set due dates and deadlines.
  • Evenings & Weekends - Classes are scheduled after 5 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends.
  • Weekdays - Daytime - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, before 5 p.m.
  • Weekdays - Evening - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, after 5 p.m.
  • Weekends - Classes are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.

Campus

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at this campus location.

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Length

  • Full-Time - This is the standard length to complete the program, with a full course load per term.
  • Part-Time - Students follow a structured schedule of classes so they can progress in their studies part-time while balancing everyday life.

Domestic Status

The program availability status for domestic applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications. If you apply and are qualified, you may be offered admission or be waitlisted. Open does not guarantee a seat.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

International Status

The program availability status for international applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications. If you apply and are qualified, you may be offered admission or be waitlisted. Open does not guarantee a seat.
  • Limited - For international applicants, the program intake is now only available if you already have a valid study permit.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

Credit programs that accept international applicants also meet the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, including programs with a Hybrid delivery mode. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Hands-on, Industry Relevant Skills

Students will gain comprehensive knowledge and practical skills related to non-cardiac ultrasound imaging techniques and procedures. This program focuses on the use of ultrasound technology for diagnosing and evaluating various organs and structures in the body, excluding the heart. Key learning outcomes include:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology: Students will acquire a deep understanding of human anatomy and physiology, specifically related to the organs and structures that are examined in non-cardiac ultrasound. This includes detailed knowledge of the abdomen, pelvis, select vasculature systems, thyroid, scrotal, and other relevant areas.
     
  2. Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation: Students will learn the fundamental principles of ultrasound physics and gain proficiency in operating ultrasound equipment and optimizing imaging settings.
     
  3. Scanning Techniques and Protocols: The program will cover a variety of scanning techniques and protocols specific to non-cardiac ultrasound imaging. Students will learn how to position patients, manipulate transducers, and acquire optimal images of different organs and structures. They will also learn to recognize normal anatomy and identify common abnormalities or pathologies.
     
  4. Pathology Recognition: Students will develop skills in recognizing and interpreting ultrasound findings associated with various pathological conditions. They will learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal ultrasound images, identify signs of disease, and understand the clinical significance of different findings.
     
  5. Patient Care and Communication: A crucial aspect of diagnostic medical imaging is patient care and communication. Students will learn effective communication strategies, patient positioning, and techniques for maintaining patient comfort and safety during ultrasound examinations. They will also develop skills in obtaining patient histories and explaining procedures to patients.
     
  6. Professional and Ethical Considerations: The program will emphasize the importance of professionalism, ethics, and legal responsibilities in the field of diagnostic medical imaging. Students will learn about patient confidentiality, informed consent, professional boundaries, and adherence to industry standards and regulations.
     
Instructor and student using diagnostic medical sonography equipment

Work Experience Placements

Scholarships & Awards

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