Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Accredited

September 27, 2013

WATERLOO, Iowa--Allen College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program has achieved initial accreditation, effective September 20, 2013, from 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). The program’s initial accreditation will extend through September 30, 2018.  The accreditation standards are established by CAAHEP, JRC-DMS, American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), American College of Radiology (ACR), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE),  the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU). CAAHEP  then uses those standards to conduct peer-review evaluations of programs seeking accreditation to ensure compliance with the standards.  Programs that meet or exceed the standards are granted an accreditation status by CAAHEP, providing public recognition and demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement of the professional program. Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.  The median annual wage of diagnostic medical sonographers was $64,380 in May 2010.

Allen College’s DMS program, in its fourth year of operation, offers both a certificate and a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree option.  Students complete the 63 credit hour program on the Allen College campus and at recognized clinical sites affiliated with the program. Program Director, Evalene Martin, stated “I am so thankful for the participation and support in this accreditation process by the School of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Fortsch, administrators, students, and clinical faculty, in order for us to achieve this goal.”    

More information about the DMS program is available by calling 319-226-2014 or by visiting the College’s Web site at http://www.allencollege.edu/

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