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Our EQual™ accredited program teaches you how to help doctors and other health professionals diagnose patients' ailments and operating special equipment that uses high-frequency sound waves to record images of internal organs.
We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but we’re particularly thrilled to say that our program has earned the Accreditation Seal for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with Accreditation Canada’s EQual program. This prestigious Accreditation with condition confirms that our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program meets rigorous national standards and represents a significant achievement, reflecting the quality of our program’s development, delivery and practical training and, that the program’s evaluation process results in continuous improvement in quality.
A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS) is a highly-skilled medical imaging professional within the allied health sector who utilizes their technical expertise, knowledge of human anatomy and the physical principles of ultrasound to produce diagnostic images of the body.
Sonography is used to evaluate various parts of the body, including the abdomen, pelvis, blood vessels, developing fetus, superficial organs and structures. The quality of the sonographic examination is intrinsically linked to the skill of the sonographer who tailors the examination and interprets the sonographic findings by selectively recording anatomical images and real-time physiological information. The final diagnostic report produced by the physician is inherently reliant on the technical and intellectual skills of the sonographer.
The primary goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to provide students with didactic, laboratory, and clinical education/experiences in preparation for a health career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. The graduate will demonstrate competency to meet the Sonography Canada examination requirements, deliver compassionate patient care, and function as an integral member of the health care team with confidence.
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The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS) program can be completed in 86 weeks (5 semesters) , including 32 weeks (1200 hours) of practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. It provides you with a foundation of skills and experience, both in classroom learning with industry experts and in the ability to apply that knowledge to real-life, practical activities. Whether new to Canada and looking to expand your experience, trained in healthcare and wanting to specialize, or new to the field and fascinated by where this diploma can take your future, this program is second-to-none.
What you will learn
DMS 100 - Introduction to Sonography
This course will focus on introducing students to diagnostic medical sonography and the role of a Sonographer. Coursework will include history of the profession, principles of patient care, professionalism, and clinical functions of a sonographer. Students will also be familiarized with medical terminology, ethical/legal aspects and professional issues relating to registry, accreditation, and professional organizations. A laboratory orientation will facilitate an understanding of didactic and laboratory application.
DMS 101 - Clinical Preparation
This course will prepare students to enter the clinical environment of sonography. Theory and practice will include such areas as professionalism, communication, patient assessment, patient care, medical terminology, body mechanics, ergonomics, workplace health and safety, professional ethics and cultural competence. Students will apply theoretical concepts from this course in the lab setting and in other courses.
Prerequisite: DMS 100
DMS 102 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
To become proficient in medical imaging, the student must have an excellent understanding of medical terminology, the structure and functions of the human body and relationship of organs to one another. Students will be introduced to fundamental topics of anatomy and physiology such as levels of organization, homeostasis, anatomical terminology, and various systems of the body.
Prerequisite: DMS 100
DMS 103 – Cross-Sectional Anatomy
This course investigates the cross-sectional anatomy of the abdomen and pelvis. It includes a description of gross sectional anatomy and identification of sonographic appearance of normal anatomy.
Prerequisite: DMS 100
DMS 104 - Physics and Instrumentation
This course investigates all aspects of the principles of diagnostic medical ultrasound physics and instrumentation. Topics include introduction to ultrasound pulses, ultrasound interaction with matter, pulsed wave instruments, transducers, Doppler, artifacts, quality assurance and bioeffects.
Prerequisite: DMS 100
DMS 105 - Abdominal Sonography I
This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen and all related structures. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and representation of the normal and abnormal anatomical structures. Emphasis will be placed on the abdominal vascular system, noncardiac chest, liver, gallbladder and biliary system, retroperitoneum, and ultrasound-guided procedures.
Prerequisite: DMS 102
DMS 106 - Sonography Scan Lab I
This clinical course introduces ultrasound scanning techniques, scan protocols and procedures in a simulated laboratory setting. Topics of this course include application of ultrasound instrumentation, ergonomics, and exam protocols for the abdomen in preparation for student’s clinical site rotation.
Prerequisites: DMS 101, DMS 102, DMS 103
DMS 201 - Abdominal Sonography II
This course is a continuation of Abdomen I and will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen and all related structures. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and representation of the normal and abnormal anatomical structures. Emphasis will be placed on the pancreas, spleen, great vessels, gastrointestinal tract, abdominal wall, groin, ultrasound-guided procedures, contrast agents, and other ultrasound specialties.
Prerequisite: DMS 105
DMS 203 - Sonography Scan Lab II
This clinical course focuses on ultrasound scanning techniques, scan protocols and procedures in a simulated laboratory setting. Topics of this course include application of ultrasound instrumentation, ergonomics, and exam protocols for abdomen and abdominal Doppler.
Prerequisites: DMS 105, DMS 106
DMS 200 - Infection Prevention and Control
With the expansion of sonography comes an increase in the potential risk for ultrasound transmitted pathogens.
This course focuses on best practices for infection prevention and control in sonography. Coursework will include topics on infection transmission, equipment hygiene, ultrasound related invasive infection and decontamination procedures.
Prerequisite: DMS 106
DMS 202 - Superficial Structures and Vascular Sonography
This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for the evaluation of superficial structures, extracranial arterial vessels, and peripheral venous systems. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and representation of the normal and abnormal anatomical structures.
Prerequisite: DMS 105
MHF 100 - Mental Health Fundamentals
This course will provide students with a practical introduction to the nature, epidemiology, and treatment of mental health disorders. The students will explore common mental illnesses they are likely to encounter in the clinical environment. The student will also be introduced to the mental health continuum model, as well as the myths and stigmas surrounding mental health. Topics will also include various stressors, occupational stress injuries, attributes,
and benefits of good mental health.
DMS 300 - First Trimester Screening
This course covers the essential aspects of first trimester screening for chromosomal abnormalities and major structural defects. Coursework will include topics on traditional methods of screening for Down Syndrome and new standards of first trimester screening by combining nuchal translucency sonography with maternal serum biochemistry.
Prerequisite: DMS 201
DMS 301 - Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography
This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the female reproductive system in both the gravid and non-gravid state, along with the stages of fetal development from conception to birth. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and representation of the normal and abnormal anatomical structures. Emphasis will be placed on the female pelvis from premenopausal through postmenopausal and pregnancy evaluation from fertilization to delivery.
Prerequisites: DMS 201, DMS 203
DMS 302 - Sonography Scan Lab III
This clinical course focuses on ultrasound scanning techniques, scan protocols and procedures in a simulated laboratory setting. Topics of this course include sonographer/simulation equipment interaction, application of ultrasound instrumentation, ergonomics, and exam protocols for abdomen, obstetric and gynecological sonography.
Prerequisite: DMS 203
IPC 100 - Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration
This course explores and analyzes relational concepts and behaviours in healthcare communication and collaboration. The course will introduce various modes of effective communication and reflective practice to support continuous professional and team development. The students will have an opportunity to refine their skills for effective verbal and nonverbal communication feedback, and conflict resolution.
DMS 400 - Clinical Practicum I
This course is a clinical rotation in abdominal, male pelvic, superficial structures and lower extremity venous Doppler ultrasounds. Under direct supervision of preceptors, students will perform, assist, and observe sonographic examinations. Clinical competency will be assessed and documented to record student achievement of sonographic clinical skills. Learners fulfill generalist requirements consistent with Sonography Canada Clinical Skills Assessment Manual (CCSA).
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed all program courses.
DMS 500 – Clinical Practicum II
This course is a clinical rotation in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasounds. Under direct supervision of preceptors, students will perform, assist, and observe sonographic examinations. Clinical competency will be assessed and documented to record student achievement of sonographic clinical skills. Learners fulfill generalist requirements consistent with Sonography Canada Clinical Skills Assessment Manual (CCSA).
Prerequisite: DMS 400
DMS 600 - Comprehensive Review
Reflective practice is used extensively in the course, requiring learners to think about and analyze their practice in order to continuously improve. This course will assist learners in preparing for their national certification exam and will have them complete a professional learning plan.
Prerequisites: DMS 301, DMS 302
Student Success Strategies
This course focuses on strategies for increasing student success in college and life. The course explores methods for choosing and developing effective academic, self-awareness and self-management strategies. Students will learn how to become an integral part of the college community and maximize their learning capacities. They will know how to use college resources and build relationships with fellow students and instructors. The course also emphasizes understanding of human interdependence, diverse cultures, values and perspectives of the college community.
Introduction to Computers
This course will provide students with the ability to understand the basic components of the computer, how the operating system works, tips and techniques to search and locate information on the Internet. In addition, students will learn proper keyboarding techniques to improve their speed and accuracy. In addition, this course teaches students how MS Outlook is structured, and how to use the various modules to coordinate communications and collaborations with others.
Employment Success Strategies
To enter the competitive business world, students must be ready to present themselves to employers in a professional manner. This involves submission of resumes and cover letters and attending interviews. This course prepares students to write winning resumes and cover letters. It also helps students to develop the interview skills they need for successful performance during the interview process to secure the job.
CPR, First Aid and Safety Training
The course is designed to enable the student to recognize and avoid hazards within his/her environment; to intelligently assist in case of accident or illness; to develop skills necessary for immediate and temporary care of a victim. First Aid and CPR Certification will be offered. Students will also be provided training in various safety procedures.
The overall program goals and objectives are aligned with Sonography Canada’s National Competency Profile version 6.1. Sonography Canada requires that students have met exam eligibility requirements from an accredited institution. Anderson College Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program has earned the Accredited with condition status. Sonography Canada’s accreditation and exam eligibility requirements can be found at www.sonographycanada.ca.
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) requires that students have met exam eligibility requirements from an accredited institution. Anderson College Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program has earned the Accredited with condition status. – EQual program. ARDMS accreditation and exam eligibility requirements can be found at www.ardms.org.
Sonography is a regulated profession in Ontario under the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO). Sonographers are required to be registered with CMRITO to be able to practice in Ontario. Registration information can be found at www.cmrito.org.
If you have any questions regarding accreditation and exam eligibility, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Profession Specific Aptitude Test
Applicants will be assessed on their capacity to understand and follow directions. The assessment may include: questions related to reading comprehension, math, science, career awareness, and, reasoning-type questions, or scenarios related to interpersonal interactions.
All applicants must complete the CASPer Test (https://takecasper.com/). Please continue to check the CASPer website for upcoming test dates. CASPer test results are valid for the entire school year in which the test was completed (October to August). You only need to take CASPer once during this time. Note: Last minute bookings are not recommended, register at least three days prior to your preferred test date.
There is a fee associated with testing.
To participate in the clinical education portion of the Sonography program, the applicant must possess additional non-academic skills. These technical standards are consistent with the duties of an entry-level sonographer in a professional position. The applicant must have the ability to:
Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regard to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs.
In compliance with the practical agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:
During the practicum component of the program, the student must successfully complete Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA) evaluations created by Sonography Canada.
*Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) practicum placements are limited. Students may be sent to any site that is partnered with the Anderson DMS program for the practicum placement which includes approved clinical sites in Ontario or in other provinces. The greater Toronto area (GTA) practicum sites are extremely limited and the majority of DMS students will need to consider relocation outside of the GTA and Ontario to complete their practicum portion.
Students must attain a grade of 70% or better in each course to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses with a minimum grade of 70% or better and complete all course requirements including practicum within the prescribed timelines.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Program tuition fees (in CAD) for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.
Books (est): $2,000
Compulsory Fees: $9,870
Beyond our industry-expert instructors, easy-to-use training materials and a hands-on learning environment for you to experience what it feels like to work in a healthcare facility – what sets us apart, is a community of support, sharing your interests and goals for creating a life-changing career path, one that will become like a family as you navigate your way to success.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program was granted a two-year Accreditation with condition status in 2023, through EQual – Accreditation Canada. Students must graduate from an accredited educational program to qualify to complete the Sonography Canada credentialing examinations and register with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) to be eligible to work in Ontario.
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"I truly enjoy teaching. I look forward to sharing the knowledge, skills, and expertise that I acquired during my career with all of you."
I have been in the field of diagnostic imaging both clinical and in the classroom since 1984. Recently, I completed a 10-year term as a clinical manager at Trillium Health Partners Imaging department.
"I am very passionate about teaching and trying new ideas to make learning better and easier."
I have been a registered Canadian Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with 20+ years of experience in a variety of health care settings. I have also been teaching sonography for more than 10 years in a variety of learning environments. I have had the great opportunity to work in other roles in the field of ultrasound which has been quite rewarding. In 2013, I started Aprende Canada where I offer ultrasound continuing education to sonographers and sonologists.
"I am passionate about teaching and education. I look forward to sharing with you all the adventures and experiences I had, all the places that Sonography has taken me in my career!"
I’ve been in the field of diagnostic imaging in clinical, research, and in the corporate world since 2013. Recently, I worked as a Clinical Application Specialist for General Electric Canada Inc.
I have over 24 years' experience in medical ultrasound, in a wide range of clinical applications. I did my training and completed my Masters’ Degree in the UK, and have been working in Canada since 2008.
I previously worked as a Clinical Instructor in the UK (Addenbrookes, Cambridge), and was an External Instructor at the Michener Institute in Toronto. I was also an invited lecturer on various topics in ultrasound at Universities in the UK, as well as at the Michener Institute.
I previously worked as a Research Associate, both in the UK and in Canada, and I am the first author of three publications, and co-author of an additional five papers. I’ve presented at various conferences, including at RSNA (Chicago). I am an invited reviewer for the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). My management experience includes working as the Ultrasound Lead in Scotland, as well as consulting on various projects. I currently work at the University Health Network, in capacity as both a Sonographer, and also as a Research Associate. I was also involved in volunteering abroad where I taught ultrasound skills to physicians and technologists in both Ethiopia and in Haiti.
"I'm excited to be part of the Anderson College Ultrasound faculty team and am looking forward to providing my insight and experiences in the upcoming courses I will be involved in."
Zani Dhalla earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto in 1991, her MRT (R) at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 1993 and her Ultrasound designation at the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 1994. Zani has worked in both the hospital health care environment as well as managed Independent Health Facilities within the Diagnostic Imaging sector. In 1999, Zani became an Ultrasound faculty member at The Michener Institute for Applied Sciences.
She was with TMI full-time until 2004 and was actively involved in the Full-Time, Part-Time and Distance education programs. Zani is currently a Facility Director at an Independent Health Facility, in Richmond Hill, which incorporates all Diagnostic Imaging modalities and is RIS and PACS equipped. Zani has been affiliated with the CPSO since 1999, as an IHF assessor, conducting assessments at Independent Health Facilities located throughout Ontario. As of 2016, Zani took on the Lead DI assessor role with the CPSO as well as became an assessor for the Canadian clinical skills assessment testing for Sonography Canada.
Zani is currently the DMS professional member on council at the CMRITO since June 2019.
"I look forward to sharing my experience, skills, and knowledge with our future Sonographers."
Patricia is a registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, who has work experience in both a hospital and clinical setting. She has been a Clinical Educator in the areas of gynecology and obstetrics for the past 11 years.
Patricia graduated from the ultrasound program at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. She further advanced her career by studying Vascular Technology through the Burwin Institute and obtained her vascular accreditation through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She is certified with the Fetal Medicine Foundation as a Sonographer that can perform nuchal translucency measurements for the enhanced first-trimester screening (eFTS) exams.
Patricia co-developed and is faculty for the Ultrasound Bridging Program for The Michener Institute of Education.
For the past 6 years Patricia has also been a Clinical Assessor for Sonography Canada’s Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA).
Patricia looks forward to sharing her experience, skills, and knowledge with our future Sonographers.
"I am excited to start this new chapter of my career and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with all of you!"
I have over 18 years of experience in the field of ultrasound, having obtained my diploma from the Mohawk/McMaster Institute of Applied Health Sciences in 2003. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
I currently work at a busy community hospital in the GTA where we do a variety of exam types, encountering many different pathologies. In addition to general imaging, our centre has specialized departments for High-Risk Obstetrical ultrasound and Breast Imaging.
"I enjoy inspiring and facilitating the learning of others and I’m excited to be a part of the DMS program at Anderson College."
My interest in health sciences, specifically diagnostic imaging has inspired my educational endeavors. I obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of Toronto and completed the Radiography and Ultrasound programs at The Michener Institute. I have been practicing sonography since 2001 in both clinic and hospital environments. My desire to further my knowledge led me to obtain a Master’s degree in Ultrasound from Charles Sturt University in Australia in 2007.
For more than 10 years I’ve had the privilege of teaching sonography to learners in various settings. As a Clinical Educator for both The Michener Institute and McMaster-Mohawk Ultrasound programs I facilitated the learning of Sonography students in a busy hospital environment. Also, as an External Instructor for the Michener Institute I shared my knowledge of sonography with Radiation Therapists to guide them in the use of ultrasound to localize structures to be radiated and I instructed Nephrology Fellows to utilize ultrasound in locating both native and transplant kidneys.
"I am excited to share the knowledge and experience I have in ultrasound with all the students so that they may also share my passion for the profession."
Denise has over 8 years of experience in the field of ultrasound. She is an active member of both the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario and Sonography Canada. Working at a busy hospital environment, she has obtained a wealth of experience performing general and specialized ultrasound exams.
Denise received her Diploma in Ultrasound from the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo.
"I am passionate about adult education, patient care optimization, organizational development and effectiveness, workflow management and outcome analysis in the clinical setting."
Amy has been a frontline Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at a teaching and trauma hospital for the last 7 years. Before that, she also spent 3 years working at community hospitals, clinics and fertility centres.
"I am eager to offer my academic insights, skills and general life knowledge to my students through high-quality instruction. I believe hard work, dedication and embracing every opportunity/challenge will provide a solid foundation for a career that can be both rewarding and magical."
Salima has over 20 years of experience in the field of ultrasound in clinical, hospital and commercial settings. Currently, she is working at Trillium Health Partners as a general sonographer.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western University in Biology and Environmental Science. Salima earned her ultrasound designation from the joint Mohawk College and McMaster University program. Salima is certified by The Fetal Medicine Foundation to perform nuchal translucency exams.
Salima is an active member of the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario, Sonography Canada, and the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
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