Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes and Program Philosophy

The primary goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography education program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will be knowledgeable in their field:
    o Students will have the general and sonographic knowledge to function as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of healthcare settings
    o Students will be able to collect and interpret data from charts and patients and use sound judgment to recommend appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  2. Students will be clinically proficient:
    o Students will be able to perform a broad range of general sonographic examinations and up-to-date sonographic procedures
    o Students will be able to perform patient assessment and integrate clinical history, related imaging studies, and interpret diagnostic procedures
  3. Students will model professionalism:
    o Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
    o Students will conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner and function effectively as a member of the healthcare team

The program’s effectiveness is assessed by measuring the following: course pass rate, adequate preparation for clinics, clinical competency, program completion, national certification pass rate, employment rate, and graduate and employer satisfaction on follow-up surveys.


Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program is that higher education enables students to advance professionally as well as personally. The DMS program offers and delivers a high standard of didactic and clinical education for the student which develops their potential as effective future sonographers. The program recognizes and supports the mission, vision and values of Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University. The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.


Revised 10/23/2018