JJC to Offer Sonography Program Starting in Fall 2014

Students looking to pursue careers in the ultrasound field will now be able to complete an associate in applied science (AAS) degree or a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) starting this fall at Joliet Junior College.

“We are very pleased to be bringing this program on board at JJC,” said Nursing and Allied Health Department Chair Mary Magruder. “It’s a field with tremendous job prospects and high average salaries, and not a lot of community colleges in northern Illinois offer the program. Plus, now that we have the new Health Professions Center, we have the space and state-of-the-art facilities needed for such a program.”

According to the 2013 Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Salary and Benefit Survey Report, the median salary for sonographers is $78,520 annually. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for this field is projected to grow 46% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Prerequisites classes are required before acceptance into the program, and up to 10 students will be admitted into the program each fall semester. The program includes both classroom as well as field learning experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology and Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

Employment opportunities for DMS graduates are generally found in hospitals, outpatient medical centers, imaging centers and doctors’ offices. In addition, career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, research and in commercial companies as education or application specialists, sales representatives, technical advisors, etc.

“Students who complete either an AAS degree or a certificate in DMS at JJC will find themselves well prepared to enter a field of work with high demand for trained professionals,” said DMS Program Coordinator Elena Miller. “The median salary is very good in this field, and there are also options for both full-time and part-time work, allowing for the kind of flexibility that a lot of professionals are seeking in careers nowadays. In fact, in January 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked Diagnostic Medical Sonography # 26 out of the 100 best jobs.”

Effective fall 2014, both the certificate and AAS in DMS programs will run simultaneously for four semesters as one cohort. The certificate program follows the same sequence of all major DMS core courses as the AAS in DMS degree program excluding general education courses. The DMS programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter the DMS profession upon graduation. They provide students with both theoretical and clinical instruction in sonography at the JJC Main Campus, hospitals and other health care organizations in the surrounding area.

The DMS associate degree program is a six-semester full-time day program.  In 2014, this program is open only to students with a bachelor’s degree (any major) or foreign degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or Canada.

The certificate program in DMS is a four-semester full-time day program. The certificate program is open only to allied health professionals including, but not limited to, diagnostic medical sonographers, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and registered nurses who graduated from a two-year health education program with a required clinical internship/externship.

Students interested in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs must attend a mandatory informational session, which are held monthly. No registration is required. Visit www.jjc.edu/info/dms for specific dates.

For the most up-to-date information about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs at JJC and more detailed admissions criteria, visit www.jjc.edu/info/dms or contact Elena Miller, Sonography Program Coordinator, at emiller@jjc.edu or (815) 280-2588.




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