Essential qualifications, competencies, and functions of candidates for DMS program admission, continuance, and graduation

The curriculum leading to completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program requires students to engage in diverse, complex, and specific experiences essential to the acquisition and practice of essential healthcare professional skills and functions. Unique combinations of cognitive, affective, psychomotor, physical and social abilities are required to satisfactorily perform these functions. In addition to being essential to the successful completion of the requirements of the program, these functions are necessary to ensure the health and safety of patients, fellow candidates, faculty and other healthcare providers.


The essential abilities necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in a discipline as complex as healthcare and are needed for successful admission and continuance by candidate’s for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at DACC are in addition to the standards of behavior and academic conduct set for the by the University Conduct code. These include but are not limited to the following abilities:


Motor Skills

Candidates should have sufficient motor function so that they are able to execute movements required to perform ultrasound examinations as well as general care and treatment to patients in ALL health care settings. For example: must be able to perform basic life support and function in an emergency situation to assist in moving patients form a chair to a bed, examination table or from a wheelchair to another location.



Candidates must be able to acquire the information presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic and profession’s sciences. He/she must be able to observe a patient accurately, at a distance and close at hand and observe and appreciate non-verbal communications when performing an examination,  assessment  or administering of treatment.  The candidate must be capable of perceiving the signs of disease and as manifested through the sonographic exam. Such information is derived from images of the body in cross section or otherwise, palpable changes in various organs and tissues, and auditory information (i.e. patient voice, Doppler signals).



The candidate must communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family, and other professionals. He/she must express his/her ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback. A candidate must be able to: convey or exchange information at a level allowing development of a health history; identify problems presented; explain alternative solutions; and give directions during treatment and post-treatment. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms. The candidate must be able to process and communicate information on the patient’s status with accuracy in a timely manner to members of the health care team. The appropriate communication may also rely on the candidate’s ability to make a correct judgment in seeking supervision and consultation in a timely manner.



A candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize in the context of undergraduate professional study. The candidate must be able to quickly read and comprehend extensive written material. He/she must also be able to evaluate and apply information and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical setting.



A candidate must possess the emotional health required for the full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and families. In addition, he/she must be able to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances including highly stressful situations. The candidate must have the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways. The candidate must be able to experience empathy for the situations and circumstances of others and effectively communicate that empathy. The candidate must know that his or her values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect his or her perceptions and relationships with others. The candidate must be able and willing to examine and change his or her behavior when it interferes with productive individual tor team relationships. The candidate must possess skills and experience necessary for effective and harmonious relationship in diverse academic and working environments.


Professional Conduct

Candidates must possess the ability to reason morally and practice in an ethical manner. Candidates must be willing to learn and abide by professional standards of practice. He/she must possess attributes that include compassion, empathy, altruism, integrity, honesty, responsibility and tolerance. Candidates must be able to engage in patient care delivery in ALL settings and be able to deliver care to ALL patient populations including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults developmentally disabled persons, medically compromised patients, and vulnerable adults.


Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities

The University is committed to ensuring that otherwise qualified students with disabilities are given equal access through reasonable accommodations to its services, programs, activities, education and employment for students with disabilities. Students who wish to request reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the Student Services for Students with Disabilities at 575-527-7548 or to start the process for documenting their disability and determining eligibility for services.


Students with disabilities are expected to perform all the essential functions of the program with or without reasonable accommodation. While the program will make every effort to work with our students with disabilities to accommodate their disability-related needs, it is important to note we are not required to provide requested accommodations that would fundamentally alter the essential function or technical standards of the program.