Harris Health System's School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging offers a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited hospital-based Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS) under recommendation of the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). CAAHEP promotes excellence in education and enhances quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs. The goal of the Harris Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) domains.
Students are trained in abdominal, obstetrics and gynecologic sonography. Students take detailed classes in anatomy and physiology, pathology, physics and instrumentation and scanning techniques. Students are required to apply sonography skills learned in classes and labs to the clinic setting.
During the program, students are assigned to clinical rotations at Ben Taub Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Smith Clinic. Ben Taub — one of two level I trauma centers in Houston — offers students the unique opportunity to experience the dynamics of trauma care. LBJ is a Level III trauma center.
Program MissionThe mission of the School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging is to educate the next generation of competent entry-level imaging professionals.
AccreditationHarris Health System is accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc.400 Techne Center Dr., Suite 100Milrod, Ohio 45150513-747-8334http://dnvglhealthcare.com/
The Harris Health DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) under recommendation of the Joint Review Commission on Education In Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). CAAHEP promotes excellence in education and enhances quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs. The Harris Health DMS program is the only CAAHEP accredited hospital-based DMS program in the state of Texas.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158Clearwater, FL 33763Phone: 727-210-2350Fax: 727-210-2354http://www.caahep.org
Joint Review Commission on Education In Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)6021 University Blvd., Ste. 500Ellicott City, MD 21043
PhilosophySonographers are upheld to the ARRT/ARDMS Standards of Ethics to be competent, compassionate and knowledgeable. At Harris Health System, we recognize the importance of integrating training in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains as a means to this end. We are compelled to practice, promote and reward excellence and professionalism to prepare graduates to be competitive in the local and national health care arenas.
Program GoalsThe goal of the Harris Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) domains.
Credential Success RateAbdominalObstetrics and Gynecology
Professional CredentialingGraduates of the Harris Health DMS program may apply to take the following sonography specialty credentialing exams administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS):
Graduates of the Harris Health DMS program, who also possess the minimum of an Associate’s Degree, may apply to take the primary sonography credentialing exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).
Admissions Criteria and Selection Process
Nondiscriminatory StatementIt is the policy of the Harris Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging to provide equal educational opportunities for all applicants regardless of an individual’s sex, race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, disability, or other legally protected characteristic.
Technical performance standardsStudents accepted into the program must be physically capable of successfully performing the following standards accurately and expeditiously. These standards are related to occupational safety.
Transfer of Credit Students whose academic goal is to obtain an undergraduate degree should check with the institution before enrolling in this program.1. Students transferring to a college or university
Prerequisites for Sonography
For applicants who do not satisfy the degree requirement, the program can assist them in obtaining a degree through an articulation agreement with St Joseph’s College of Maine (SJCME).
6. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
a. Must provide transcripts from all colleges attended. Send official transcripts directly.b. All credits and grades from all colleges are included to calculate a cumulative GPA using a Transcript Calculator.c. Applicants with foreign transcripts must have academic credentials evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an education consulting service (i.e. SpanTran) and submit an official copy directly to the program. The evaluation must include all credits, grades, and overall GPA.
7. $50 application fee in the form of a money order or cashier's check only.
a. Effective 9/1/2020 - A nonrefundable $75 application fee in the form of a money order or cashier's check only.
8. Capable of successfully performing tasks related to the occupation.
Applicants who complete application, pay application fee, and send transcripts will be evaluated for program eligibility. All eligible applicants will be considered for selection.
For more information regarding a program, or about your specific eligibility status, you may attend one of our regular information sessions, which are held the second Tuesday of each month at 5 pm, or schedule an informational/eligibility consultation with a program director.
All sessions are at:The School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging9250 Kirby, Ste. 1800Houston, TX 77054
Registration is recommended due to limited seating. Call 713-634-1550 to leave a message.
Student SelectionApplicants are selected for admission using the following information:1. A completed application and application fee
a. Official transcripts - academic performance b. Essay2. Interview
a. Interview panel - behavioral interview questions
ARDMS or ARRT Ethics Clearance requiredIf you have been convicted in court of a misdemeanor, felony (including conviction of a similar offense in a military court-martial) you will need pre-clearance from ARRT or ARDMS.You are required to report:
Advanced PlacementThe program does not offer advanced placement regardless of previous experience or education.
Americans with Disabilities ComplianceStudents who have documented learning, psychological or physical disability may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact admissions. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. All requests are referred to Human Resources for consideration. The program will not waive essential skill or requirements of a course.
Due ProcessDue process deals with decisions made concerning disciplinary action, student reports, dismissals, unfair treatment, unsafe or unhealthy conditions and discrimination. The due process procedure should be invoked only after attempts to resolve the problem at the school's administrative level have failed.
Step 1:No later than 5 days after the occurrence that gave rise to the conflict, the student will present a signed written request to the Director of Education. The Director of Education shall meet with the student and the Advisory Committee and provide a written response to the student within 5 days of the meeting.
Step 2:In the event that the conflict was not satisfactorily resolved, the student may, within 5 days of the response, submit written request for resolution to the senior vice president of Human Resources. The student and the administrator shall convene a meeting within 5 days of receipt of the request. The senior vice president of Human Resources shall submit a written response to the student's request within 5 days following the meeting.
The decision of the senior vice president of Human Resources is final.
Program OverviewScheduleStudents attend didactic classes at Kirby and attend clinical education at three (3) of Harris Health System facilities: • Ben Taub Hospital • Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital • Smith Clinic
The program begins July each year.
Program hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and excludes weekends and holidays. Students spend time in the classroom, lab and clinical rotations.
Students are required to attend school for no more than 40 hours per week.
The length of the sonography program is 22 months. However, in instances where a student must repeat coursework, the program completion time may be extended to, but may not exceed three years, except upon approval by the advisory committee.
The program is divided into six semesters.
The student must attend class and clinic simultaneously except when an injury or surgery interferes with clinical progress during the regular course of the program. In this instance, with approval, the student may be placed on a leave of absence from clinical education and attend classes only until his/her physician authorizes a return to clinic. The student will make up the time missed from clinical education.
2020 Academic CalendarSummer 2020June 1 - Summer II beginsJuly 1 - Summer I beginsJuly 3 - Independence Day HolidayAugust 28 - Summer I, II endsAugust 31-September 4 - break
Fall 2020September 8 - Fall I, II beginsNovember 25-27 - Thanksgiving HolidaysDecember 18 - Fall I, II endsDecember 21-January 1 - Winter break
Spring 2021January 4 - Spring I, II beginsJanuary 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. HolidayFebruary 15 - President's DayMarch 15-19 - Spring BreakApril 9 - Good FridayMay 8 - Spring I, II endsMay 10-31 - Summer break
Winter Break - 2 WeeksSpring Break - 1 WeekSummer Break - 2 WeeksFall Break - 1 Week
Holidays News Year's DayMLK DayPresidents' DayGood FridayMemorial DayIndependence DayLabor DayDay before Thanksgiving Thanksgiving DayDay after ThanksgivingChristmas DayChristmas Eve
Requirements for GraduationA certificate of completion is awarded when all program requirements have been satisfied.
All students must:• Pass all coursework with a minimum grade of C • Demonstrate clinical proficiency by satisfying the requirements of the competency-based clinical education plan • Satisfy the terminal competency objectives • Complete the program in 22 months at a minimum and three years at a maximum • Pay tuition and fees in full • Make up all time missed • Pass the comprehensive didactic and clinical examinations (Capstone) with a C or higher • Schedule an exit interview at the end of the program • Attend the commencement exercises• Return the following: 1. Dosimeter 2. Harris Health identification badge
Tuition and Fees
In district - $800Out of district - $850Out of state - $1,000
Tuition is due on the first day of the semester. Students who are experiencing difficulty must come to the office and discuss the payment options available to them.Option 1:Tuition must be paid in full by the first day of class.Option 2:One-half of the semester tuition must be paid by the first day of class. The remaining half of the semester tuition must be paid in full by the end of the month. (Additional fees apply)RefundsA student who officially withdraws during the first ten days of the semester will be refunded 100% of the tuition paid for the semester. After the tenth day, tuition will not be refunded.Additional Costs
Books - Books cost approximately $1,000. Many of the books are used repeatedly throughout the program
Uniforms - The dress regulations for the program requires all students to medical scrub uniforms, white or black lab coats, black uniform shoes and black or white socks.
Parking - The cost of parking in the Medical Center is high. Students are encouraged to explore all options that are available to them for transportation and parking. Parking with Texas Medical Center (TMC) Parking Garage is also available. The approximate cost of contract parking is $65 per month. Students may contact the TMC parking garage at 713-791-6161.
Salary / Stipend - Students do not receive a salary or a stipend.
Financial Aid - Financial aid is not available through the school.
Availability of Part-Time Work - Students may apply for any positions that become available within Harris Health System, however, students must not allow work to interfere with scheduled school time or performance.
Transfer of Credit Students whose academic goal is to obtain an undergraduate degree should check with the institution before enrolling in this program.Students transferring to a college or university
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What you will accomplishThe graduate will:• Be qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of a competent entry-level sonographer • Exhibit a professional attitude • Be prepared to complete credentialing examination by The American Registry For Diagnostic Medical Sonography and/or American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT)*
*Only graduates who possess an associate's degree or higher may apply for the ARRT credentialing examination.
To ApplyCompleted applications should be submitted to:Harris Health SystemSchool of Diagnostic Medical ImagingProgram in Diagnostic Medical Sonography9250 Kirby, Houston, TX 77054Phone: 713-634-1550or by email: email@example.com