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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Abdomen/OB-GYN) (DM1A) Program Information

Associate of Applied Science


Performance Accreditation Program Outcomes


Through academic and clinical training, students are prepared for a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography that provides patient care while utilizing diagnostic ultrasound equipment. Students will use knowledge gained in this program, experience close patient contact, and utilize diagnostic ultrasound equipment to provide physicians with images necessary to diagnose conditions and diseases. Sonographers are able to: apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as well as pathophysiology to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a sonogram or digital medium; apply principles of sonographic physics to assess anatomical structures; recognize sonography's role in the healthcare environment; and provide patient care and comfort. Students are eligible to take the registry certification following acceptance of their application by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonogrpahy program is to provide didactic and clinical education that enables qualified students to achieve strong communication, critical thinking and technical skills required to obtain entry-level employment and become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.


This program is offered on the following campus: Auburn Hills (AH), Owosso (OW)
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Abdomen/OB-GYN) (DM1A) Program (AAS)

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Program Mission & Outcomes

Program Outcomes

  • The graduate will obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
  • The graduate will perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician.
  • The graduate will record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
  • The graduate will exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other non-invasive diagnostic services.
  • The graduate will demonstrate appropriate human relations and interpersonal communication skills with patients and colleagues.
  • The graduate will act in a professional and ethical manner.
  • The graduate will provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other non-invasive diagnostic vascular techniques, and promote principles of good health.
  • The graduate will obtain an entry-level position as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
  • The graduate will, with entry-level expertise, be able to illustrate a proficiency in the Physics of Ultrasound.
  • The graduate will, with entry-level expertise, be able to illustrate a proficiency in Obstetrics and Gynecologic Ultrasound.
  • The graduate will, with entry-level expertise, be able to illustrate a proficiency in Abdominal and Small Parts Ultrasound.
  • The graduate will demonstrate commitment to professional development by pursuing membership in a professional organization related to Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


Program Purposes

The purpose of the Baker College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and to:

  • To prepare students for competency in today’s global economy in allied health careers.
  • To provide general and sonographic science education, which expands the students’ horizons, develops strong communication skills, and encourages critical thinking.
  • To educate individuals in the art and science of Sonography.
  • To provide an educational program that encourages students to broaden their vision and promote lifelong learning to enhance their career and opportunities.
  • To develop and expand the students’ awareness of the professional role and responsibilities of the Sonographer as a member of the healthcare team in today’s global society.
  • To give students practical experience and training in Sonography to include a variety and volume of training experiences.
  • To encourage social and classroom related activities, which promote both personal and professional growth.
  • To develop, maintain and support collaborative effort with businesses, community leaders, clinical affiliates and the community we serve to ensure student success.
  • To contribute to the community’s workforce educational opportunities that build and maintain a competent, highly trained workforce that can successfully compete in the global community.
  • To assist graduates in securing entry level employment as a Sonographic Technologist.
  • To encourage the student to obtain ARDMS registration.


Course Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Plan

Background Check Requirements

Yes,  Background Check required.  Visit the Background Checks page for more information.


Additional Program Information

Limited Enrollment Program Information

Application Semester: Spring       Health Science Limited Enrollment Application Spring 2019

Admission Exam: Test of Required Academic Skills (TEAS), 30% of ranking

Additional Information:  Health Science Limited Enrollment Program

Required Courses:
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical or work site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. All students having successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements, are eligible to apply. Admittance criteria for all limited enrollment health science programs features a common set of prerequisite courses prior to acceptance to their selected program. Students have the opportunity to apply to multiple limited enrollment programs due to the common set of required courses used for the selection process.

General Education Courses

(Minimum Grade C)

Required Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

Weighted Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

(70% of Ranking)

ENG 1010 HSC 1010 BIO 1210
ENG 1020   BIO 1211
MTH 1110   BIO 1220
PSY 1110   BIO 1221
SPK 2010   BIO 2150


Students may attempt to earn a seat in a Limited Enrollment program up to two times. An attempt is defined as having completed all prerequisite coursework at or above the minimum grade required, completed the entrance exam, but were not awarded a seat due to their standing and limited seat capacity. Students reapplying must complete the program reapplication process including submitting a new application.

Note:  If you are a new transfer student or currently completing a required course at another institution, you must request an Official Transcript be sent to Baker College.  Your Official Transcript must be received by 5:00 pm the last Friday of the semester.  If you have previously provided your Official Transcript, you do not need to supply it again.


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