Radiation Sciences Programs

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Distance Continuing Education

    The University of Iowa (UI) Radiation Sciences in collaboration with Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Education began offering web-based education through the UI Center for Credit Programs in the Summer 2010. The instructors facilitating these courses are those currently educating students in the University of Iowa DMS Program with adjunct faculty assistance and expertise from sonographers, residents and physicians employed at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and partnering institutions. These distance education courses are part of the continuing education mission of the department. They do not meet the requirements for the BS in Radiation Sciences and do not fulfill requirements for the CAAHEP accredited DMS program.

    The courses are entirely internet-based and are designed to provide the student with the information identified in The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) exam content outlines for Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vascular Technology, and other specialty exams. (see www.ardms.org).

    Successful completion of a two-year Radiologic Technology or Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is required to enroll in the courses.

    The web-based education offered by the UI Radiation Sciences does not provide the required clinical education to take professional certification examinations and enter the profession. To meet the ARDMS examination prerequisites, students also need to complete twelve months of clinical ultrasound experience (see www.ardms.org). Students should explore clinical internship opportunities through institutions that have partnered with the UI Radiation Sciences or other institution of their choice.

    Course Information

    The following courses are offered by the University of Iowa distance education and are suggested continuing education in for diagnostic medical sonography. For detailed course information please go to the Iowa Student Information System, https://isis.uiowa.edu/isis2/home/dashboard.page.

    RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy for Radiation Sciences (3 s.h.)
    Semester offered: Summer, Fall and Spring

    RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Summer, Fall and Spring

    RSMS:3110 Foundations of Sonography (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Summer

    RSMS:3230 Sonography Principles, Physics and Instrumentation (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Spring

    RSMS:3120 Abdominal Sonography I (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Fall

    RSMS:3240 Abdominal Sonography II (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Spring

    RSMS:3130 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Fall

    RSMS:3250 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography II (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Spring

    RSMS:3140 Vascular Sonography I (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Fall

    RSMS:3270 Vascular Sonography II (3 sh)
    Semester offered: Spring

    RSMS:3260 Breast Sonography (2 sh)
    Semester offered: Summer

    Guidelines to Consider When Choosing the Order to Take the Courses

    RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences

    • Offered during the summer, fall, and spring semesters
    • Prerequisite for Abdominal Sonography I and Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I if an equivalent sectional anatomy course has not been completed

    RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy

    • Offered during the summer, fall, and spring semesters
    • Prerequisite for Vascular Sonography I if an equivalent vascular anatomy course has not been completed

    RSMS:3110 Foundations of Sonography

    • Offered during the summer semester
    • Prerequisite for Abdominal Sonography I, Obstetrics and Gynecological Sonography I, Vascular Sonography I, Breast Sonography, and Sonography Principles, Physics and Instrumentation if an equivalent sonography course has not been completed

    RSMS:3120 Abdominal Sonography I

    • Offered during the fall semester
    • Prerequisite for Abdominal Sonography II

    RSMS:3130 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I

    • Offered during the fall semester
    • Prerequisite for Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography II

    RSMS:3140 Vascular Sonography I

    • Offered during the fall semester
    • Prerequisite for Vascular Sonography II

    Suggested Course Sequence

    Summer

    • RSMS:3110 Foundations of Sonography
    • RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences
    • RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy

    Fall

    • RSMS:3120 Abdominal Sonography I
    • RSMS:3130 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography I
    • RSMS:3140 Vascular Sonography I

    Spring

    • RSMS:3230 Sonography Principles, Physics & Instrumentation
    • RSMS:3240 Abdominal Sonography II
    • RSMS:3250 Obstetrical & Gynecological Sonography II
    • RSMS:3270 Vascular Sonography II

    Summer

    • RSMS:3260 Breast Sonography