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Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Accepted Student Information

For more information about requirements for students accepted into the program, click the topics below.

For Accepted Students Only

AIDS 500 Certificate

All accepted students are required to have a certificate for AIDS 500 prior to entrance into the clinical portion of the program. This certificate can be obtained from the Health Sciences Institute at 321-433-7755. 

CPR Certification

All accepted students are required to have a current American Heart Association course "BLS for Health Care Providers" CPR certification prior to entrance into the clinical portion of the program which must be maintained throughout the entire program.

FDLE Level 2 Background Check

A criminal History Information Request through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement must be processed on each accepted student. Students will be given information about having the background check performed once accepted. For more information about the requirements, see the Florida State Statutes on the Florida Legislature web page as well as on the State of Florida employment screenings statutes web page.

Immunization Requirements

Eastern Florida State College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program requires the same immunizations that the State of Florida requires for high school students:

Hepatitis B series
Flu shot

Visit the State of Florida's website for specific immunization information.

Attend Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Seminar

If you are granted admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you will be required to attend an Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation (UPI) preparatory 4-hour seminar in mid-July (Date yet to be determined).

The purpose of this seminar is to introduce and familiarize you with the course content of the four core Ultrasound and Instrumentation courses of the DMS program.

The UPI Prep seminar will be held on the Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 120, with the day and time provided as part of the accepted student communication process.

Clinical Requirements for Program Completion

  • Documentation of all clinical hours
  • Documentation of all Skills Laboratory hours
  • Documentation of all programmatic clinical competencies
  • Documentation of all programmatic Skills Laboratory competencies

Clinical Resources

Our maximum student enrollment is in proportion with the volume and variety of sonographic procedures, equipment, and personnel available for educational purposes. The number of students assigned to a clinical affiliate/clinical education center will be determined by the following:

  • Student/clinical staff ratio not greater than one-to-one
  • Student/work station ratio of not greater than one-to-one

Eastern Florida State College will provide students with a variety of care settings in which sonographic and or other diagnostic procedures are performed on in-patients and outpatients. These settings will include the following:

  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Emergency/trauma
  • Intensive/critical/coronary care
  • Surgery
  • Angiography/cardiac catheterization

Each General Learning concentration affiliate or clinical education center shall perform approximately 1500 completed patient examinations, including production of permanent records and reports, per year, per student equivalent.

The overall volume of procedures in which students participate in throughout the program will include a minimum of 30% OB/Gyn procedures and a minimum of 30% abdominal procedures.

ADA Technical Standards for the Profession

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that careful consideration be given to all applicants seeking education or employment. The Act also requires that accommodations be provided to the disabled person when proven to be reasonable. It also supports the identification of essential job functions that may be used with other selection criteria in the screening of potential applicants for a professional curriculum or employment.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is a caregiver that plays a fundamental role in the diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition. The sonographer does this by providing a collection of diagnostic medical sonograms and assisting in interventional procedures.
Implied in this caregiving role are essential job functions that require the sonographer to
demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills. The performance of these job functions must be consistent with the expectation that Diagnostic Medical Sonographer must not place his or herself, a fellow worker, or the patient in jeopardy of physical or mental harm.

The purpose of the following is to identify the physical, mental, and emotional requirements appropriate to the profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Examples of a sonographer’s essential job functions
A. Physical Requirements
The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer must be able to:
  1. Work standing on his/her feet 80% of the time
  2. Use both hands, wrists, and shoulders to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning and perform fine motor skills.
  3. Lift more than 50 pounds routinely.
  4. Transport, move, and or lift patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to the examination table or patient bed, and physically assist patients into proper positions for examination.
  5. Push, pull, bend and stoop routinely to move and adjust sonographic equipment and perform studies.
  6. Use senses (vision, hearing, and touch) to adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions; distinguish audible sounds; perform eye/hand coordination skills required in sonographic examinations; and recognize changes in patient’s condition and needs.
  7. Work in a semidarkened room for prolonged periods of time.
  8. Be physically capable of carrying out all assigned duties.
B. Mental and Intellectual Requirements
The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer must be able to:
  1. Communicate effectively, verbally and nonverbally, with patients and other healthcare professionals to explain procedures, give instructions, and give and obtain information.
  2. Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence according to established standards.
  3. Understand and reach quickly to verbal instructions and patient needs.
  4. Follow directions effectively and work closely with members of the healthcare community.
  5. View and evaluate recorded images for the purpose of identifying proper protocol, procedural sequencing, technical qualities and identification of pathophysiology.
  6.  Apply problem solving skills to help optimize patient care and produce the best diagnostic information possible.
C. Emotional Requirements
The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer must be able to:
  1. Provide physical and emotional support to the patient during sonographic procedures.
  2. Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick and or the injured.
  3. Handle stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.
  4. Adapt to changing environments and be able to prioritize tasks.
  5. Project an image of professionalism.
  6. Demonstrate a high level of compassion for others, a motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values.
  7. Interact positively with people from all levels of society and all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Student Service Employment

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Students shall not be employed as a sonographer with any of the contracted clinical affiliates of the program prior to successful completion of the program.

 Failure to comply with this policy stated here will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Accident & Liability Insurance

All accepted students are required to purchase and are covered by the Allied Health Liability Insurance and also the Education/Training Student Accident Insurance through EFSC. The cost of this insurance coverage is included in course fees and it is charged once every twelve months.