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Dear Students,Welcome to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Rowan College at BurlingtonCounty. We are thrilled you have chosen to be a part of our educational process. Ourgoal is to prepare you to become entry-level abdominal extended and ob/gynsonographers, who will make positive contributions in the health and wellness of thecommunity. We have built this program to meet the needs of patients and the rapidlychanging and innovative medical field. Our priority is to prepare future sonographers toutilize care, safety, and knowledge.We wish you all the success in the program and are committed to delivering all necessaryresources for your educational growth. The information in this handbook will assist you inproceeding through this program. Please be familiar with each part of this handbook, andkeep it as a reference tool throughout the program.Sincerely,Ms. Courtney Dyott, RDMS (AB, OB/GYN)Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director2

AccreditationThe Rowan College at Burlington County Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programis accredited in the Abdominal-Extended and OB/GYN ConcentrationsbyThe Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775Telephone: (727) 210 - 2350www.caahep.organdThe Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)6021 University Blvd, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043Telephone: (443) 973 - 3251www.jrcdms.org3

Table of ContentsProgrammatic Information7Mission:7Student Learning Goals:7Diagnostic Medical Sonography9Administration, Faculty and Staff9Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Advisory Committee10DMS Credit Units10College Closing Guideline and Emergency Notification10College Policies11Educational Technology Statement11Academic Integrity/Fraud/Dishonesty11Student Success Services13Student Support and Accommodations13Transfer from Other Programs13Transfer to Other Programs/Institutions13Financial Aid/Scholarships13Tuition & Fees14Refund of Tuition & Fees14Academic Calendar14Student Grievances/Grade Appeals14Title IX Regulations – Sexual Harassment15Program Admission Requirements16Program Application Requirements16Program Admission Decisions17Program Technical Standards & Compliance Requirements19Technical Standards19Compliances20Compliances - Change in a TB Report21Compliances - Physical Exam Conclusion21Compliances - Health Maintenance21Liability Insurance21Program Policies22Course Syllabus22Withdraw22Audit22DMS Leave of Absence22Bereavement23Pregnancy23Military Deployments24Professionalism24Student Appearance Code24Substance Abuse26Attendance264

Minimum Grade Requirements28Late Assignments28Cell Phones/Smart Watches & Videotaping29Social Media29DMS Student Advising30Student Remediation Policy30Student Records31Maintenance and Access to Student Records31Letter of Recommendation32DMS Club32Academic Awards Ceremony32Lambda Nu33DMS Laboratory34Laboratory Scanning34Lab Expectations & Infection Control35Volunteer Subjects36DMS Clinical Practicum38DMS 220 – Clinical Practicum I38DMS 230 – Clinical Practicum II38DMS 240 – Clinical Practicum III39RCBC Clinical Test/Competency Requirements for Graduation39Clinical Conduct42Clinical Affiliates42Clinical Site Requirements44Confidentiality HIPAA44Sexual Harassment at Clinical44Accident or Injury at Clinical45Illness at Clinical45Communicable Diseases45Bloodborne Pathogens45Contaminated Uniforms46Clinical Incidents46Disciplinary Actions46Clinical Performance Guidelines for Unsatisfactory and Unsafe Performance46Examples of Unsafe performance47Examples of Unsafe/Unsatisfactory Behaviors48Graduation Requirements49RCBC Graduation Requirements49ARDMS Eligibility49DMS Benchmarks Per Semester49Clinical Practicum Total Breakdown for Graduation51Program Forms53Change in Demographics Form53Notice of Pregnancy Form545

Physician Form - Pregnancy55Physician Technical Standards56HIPAA Confidentiality Statement57Return from Illness or Pregnancy58Return from Injury or Procedure59DMS Incident Report Form60Student Consent Form61Volunteer Consent Form62Consent of Understanding Form63Program Policy Acknowledgments646

Programmatic InformationMission:The Rowan College at Burlington County Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program isdedicated to providing quality education for its students in order to promote excellence inthe art and science of sonography. Guided by the RCBC mission and CAAHEP standards,the DMS program strives to provide academic and clinical experiences that producecompetent and compassionate entry-level sonographers with a commitment toperformance of quality imaging while providing excellent patient care and dedication to thepursuit of lifelong learning.Student Learning Goals:The RCBC DMS Program’s goal is to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in thecognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domainswithin the abdominal-extended and Ob/Gyn concentrations. Graduates of the RCBC DMSProgram will be able to perform, at a minimum, the following objectives:Perform non-invasive and imaging ultrasound examinationsStudent Learning Outcomes: Students will apply cognitive, psychomotor, and affective techniques to producequality sonographic images. Students will recall and complete appropriate sonographic scanning protocols. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and processdiagnostic data. Students will perform sonographic examinations while accurately recordinganatomic, physiologic, and pathologic findings for interpretation by a radiologist.Apply technical knowledge while operating ultrasound equipmentStudent Learning Outcomes: Students will modify patient positioning, scanning windows, and exam protocols,due to patient conditions and/or limitations. Students will utilize appropriate knobology when scanning to produce optimalimages. Students will establish a safe work environment through the use of appropriateergonomics and standard infection control procedures. Students will practice ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) standards includingthe use of appropriate time management skills.7

Utilize knowledge of in the outpatient and/or hospital settingsStudent Learning Outcomes: Students will identify and interpret appropriate patient history with understanding ofHIPAA law. Students will employ professionalism while following ethical and legal healthcarestandards. Students will demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity and the ability to workwith others. Students will utilize critical thinking skills and adaptability to modify protocols and/orsonographic techniques due to patient conditions or limitations.Discuss healthcare related issues with other healthcare professionalsStudent Learning Outcomes: Students will document and present complete and accurate sonographic findings toa radiologist and/or clinical instructor in order to facilitate patient diagnosis. Students will demonstrate oral communication skills necessary to communicate withpatients and health care professionals. Students will demonstrate written communication skills necessary to communicatewith patients and health care professionals. Students will recognize professional ultrasound organizations and ARDMScredentialing requirements including the value of life-long learning.8

Diagnostic Medical SonographyAdministration, Faculty and StaffRowan College and Burlington County900 College CircleMount Laurel, NJ 08054ADMINISTRATIONDr. Karen Montalto, PhD, RNDean of Health SciencesDirector of [email protected] Edwards, MSAssistant Dean of Health [email protected]. Courtney Dyott, RDMSDiagnostic Medical SonographyProgram [email protected](609) 894-9311 ext. 1171Direct dial: (856) 242-5190Mrs. Melanie Braida, RDMS, RVTDiagnostic Medical SonographyProgram Clinical [email protected](609) 894-9311 ext. 1629Direct dial: (856) 291-4277ADJUNCT FACULTYMrs. Leonor Campos, RDMSDMS Adjunct [email protected]. Fatima Ullah, RDMS, RVTDMS Adjunct [email protected]. Jayshree Mahida, RDCS, RVTDMS Adjunct [email protected] STAFFMrs. Danielle GarciaHealth Sciences [email protected]. Ruby MurraniHealth Sciences Assis[email protected] staff office hours are by appointment.9

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program AdvisoryCommitteeRCBC believes that the community it serves can fulfill an important role in programdevelopment and evaluation through a program advisory committee. This committeeprovides advice and counsel to the college on matters relating to academic programs.These tasks include, but are not limited to the following:Review program curriculum content to ensure that educational, workforce or communityneeds and industry standards are being addressed.Assist in formulating and periodically revising appropriate goals and learning domains,monitoring needs and expectations, and ensuring program responsiveness to change.Suggest new methodologies and programmatic changes to keep the program current withindustry standards.Promote the program within the community.Secure internships/externships and clinical opportunities for students.Review safety policies as they relate to industry standards.Provide instructional assistance through guest lectures and/or demonstrationsThe Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program Advisory Committee convenes everyFall to review and discuss the DMS Program, workforce issues and the needs of thecommunity. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program communities of interest that areserved include but are not limited to: students, graduates, faculty, sponsor administration,employers, physicians, and the public.DMS Credit UnitsLecture credit hours are 1 to 1.Lab credit hours are 1 credit to three hours.Clinical credit hours are 1 credit to eight hours.College Closing Guideline and EmergencyNotificationIn the event of weather-related emergencies, students and staff should check the RCBCwebsite for news of school closings. Students should also check theirRCBC email for any notification from program officials.RCBC has a contract with a multi-modal mass communication system to deliver timesensitive notifications to the entire college community. RCBC’s public safety professionalscan reach all students and staff with important safety information and weather-relatedclosings through text messages, emails and phone calls.When changing phone numbers students need to make sure their contact information inSelf Service is updated.10

College PoliciesIn order for students to know their rights and responsibilities, all students are required toreview and adhere to all regulations and policies as listed in the Rowan College atBurlington County (RCBC) Catalog and the Student Handbook. All students must followthe same regulations and policies listed on the RCBC Student Handbook while attendingclinical settings, and they must follow the policies, and regulations for the hospital in whichthey are a student representing RCBC. These documents can be accessed at All students need to read the RCBC Student Handbook.Educational Technology StatementRCBC advocates the use of technology to enhance instruction. Students should assumethat classroom and online technology will be used throughout their coursework at RCBC,as it will most certainly be used in their future education and careers. The Collegeprovides on-campus facilities for the convenience of the RCBC community. Variouscollege departments, including the Office of Information Technology and the Office ofDistance Education, provide technology training and assistance to faculty and students.Technology including, but not limited to, lockdown browser software and remote proctoringmay be used, at the departments discretion to promote academic integrity.Academic Integrity/Fraud/DishonestyPlease see the guideline as written in the college catalog. Academic fraud consists of anyaction that serves to undermine the integrity of the academic process, including computerfraud, unauthorized inspection or duplication of test materials, cheating, attempting tocheat or assisting others to cheat in a classroom test, take-home examination or finalexamination, post-test alteration of examination response, plagiarism or comparable acts.Academic fraud will result in failure of the course and other sanctions as determined by thecollege. Please note: If a faculty member suspects a student of cheating, the incidentinvolving the student will be reported to the student conduct committee which includespublic safety. A public safety officer will conduct the investigation. Faculty do not have to“prove” a student cheated in order to start this process.Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:CheatingGiving or receiving unauthorized assistance in any academic exercise or examination, orusing or attempting to use any unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in anexamination or academic exercise, including but not limited to:1. Copying from others, with or without their knowledge and/or consent, or allowingothers to copy from one’s own work.2. Possessing or using a “cheat sheet” or study guide, or other notes, or writteninformation not specifically authorized for use by the instructor.3. Possessing or using notes or other information in a programmable calculator orother electronic device without explicit instructor permission.4. Possessing or using a cell phone, iWatch, tablet or any electronic device to send orobtain unauthorized information.5. Taking an exam for another student or permitting someone else to take an exam foryou.6. Students must wear their RCBC Id when coming in for an exam, and all IDs must bechecked by proctors.7. Providing or receiving information about all or part of an exam, including answers;11

for example, telling another student what was on an exam he or she has not yettaken, or requesting this information.8. Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examination materials such asunsupervised entrance to a faculty office/area, taking pictures of an exam orscreenshot of an online exam.PlagiarismUsing the ideas, information or language of another without specific or properacknowledgement, including but not limited to:1. Using text or information from a source, whether print or electronic (that is, books,periodicals, websites or online databases, et cetera) without correctly documentingthe source.2. Using direct quotation from a source without quotation marks, even if the sourcehas been cited correctly.3. Paraphrasing or summarizing the ideas or text of another work without documentingthe source.4. Modifying text from sources, for example, substituting a word or phrase for theoriginal, while maintaining the original sentence structure or intent of the passage.5. Using graphics, visual imagery, video or audio without permission of the author oracknowledgement of the source.6. Translating text from one language to another without citing the original work.7. Obtaining packaged information, foreign language translation or a completed paperfrom an online or other commercial source and submitting it as one’s own workwithout acknowledgement of the source.8. Presenting the work of another student as one’s own, with or without permission.9. Creating false data or citing nonexistent or false sources.10. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the approvedstyle for appropriate referencing and citations.11. All student papers will be submitted through “safe assign” or current blackboardprovided site. Papers will be reviewed for plagiarism. Students who have beenfound to have copied papers will receive a zero for the assignment.Other Forms of Academic DishonestyMisrepresenting or falsifying academic achievement, gaining unfair advantage or engagingin or facilitating academic dishonesty, including but not limited to:1. Misrepresenting or falsifying academic accomplishments, such as altering computeror print records.2. Deceiving an instructor or creating false excuses to obtain special consideration oran extension. This includes inaccurately reporting that they have Covid-19 or havebeen exposed to Covid-19 or misreporting symptoms to try to gain extra time priorto taking a class, clinical or examination.3. Continuing to work on an exam when the time allotted has elapsed.4. Forging a signature.5. Falsifying or inventing any information, data or citation in an exam, essay or otheracademic exercise.6. Submitting substantial portions of any academic exercise more than once for creditwithout the prior authorization and approval of the current instructor.7. Facilitating any of the above actions, or otherwise performing or completing workwhich another student then presents as their own.8. Interfering with the ability of a fellow student or students to perform assignments.All students must adhere to the college policies related to behavior found in the RCBCStudent Handbook found at .Adapted from: University of Pennsylvania Code of Academic Integrity mple Honor Code.” (Josephson, Michael and Melissa Mertz. Changing Cheaters: Promoting Integrity and PreventingAcademic Dishonesty. Los Angeles: Josephson Institute of Ethics, 2004. 32-33)12

Student Success ServicesRCBC offers a variety of free services for its students. A list with descriptions of servicesregarding Everyday Academic Tools, Additional Resources, Office of the Registrar,Academic Advising, Financial Resources, and Academic Support Services can be found inthe College Catalog and on the RCBC website at Support and AccommodationsOFFICE OF STUDENT SUPPORT AND DISABILITIES SERVICES: RCBC welcomesstudents with disabilities into the college’s educational programs. Access toaccommodations and support services for students with learning and other disabilities isfacilitated by staff in the Office of Student Support (OSS). In order to receiveaccommodations, a student must contact the OSS, self-identify as having a disability,provide appropriate documentation, and participate in an intake appointment. If thedocumentation supports the request for reasonable accommodations, the OSS will providethe student with an Accommodation Plan to give to instructors and the DMS Director priorto the start of the program/semester. Contact the Office of Student Support at 856-2229311, ext. 1208 or visit the website at: from Other ProgramsRefer to the RCBC Catalog for transfer of support courses.Due to the uniqueness of each sonography program, it is difficult to accept credits fromother programs. For this reason, any Sonography Courses from other institutions willnot be accepted. Please see the following Board Policy #203 in regards to the awardingof transfer credit (formerly advanced dvanced%20Standing%20%20Signed.pdf as well as the Transfer Credit Evaluation webpage for further /transfer-credit-evaluation .Transfer to Other Programs/InstitutionsEvery effort has been made to design a curriculum that consists of courses that arerequired in most other college based A.A.S. Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs.Understanding the uniqueness of each sonography program, other programs may notaccept credits earned in this curriculum towards another DMS program, and maynecessitate repeating courses.Every effort has been made to design a curriculum that has transferability to a four-yearinstitution. Please refer to the College Catalog for feasibility of transferring earned creditsto a Bachelor’s Program.Financial Aid/ScholarshipsPlease refer to the RCBC financial aid website for most current Financial Aid andScholarship information offered by RCBC - Please make sureto complete a FAFSA each year in order to see if you qualify for aid.13

Tuition & FeesA breakdown of the tuition & fees for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program atRCBC can be found on the RCBC Tuition Charts website: .Tuition and fees are are determined by the students residency status such as: BurlingtonCounty Resident, Out of County Resident, and Out of State Resident. This information canbe calculated for all of the DMS program prerequisite courses. The tuition and fees for theDMS program courses will be calculated using the Health Sciences Tuition and Feesinformation and residency status as listed above.The DMS program is part of the ACCESS program through the bookstore whichincorporates students course materials into their tuition/fees. This includes textbooks, 1 setof scrubs for the DMS 107 Ultrasound Abdomen and DMS 220 Clinical Practicum Icourses, and the Trajecsys clinical tracking system for DMS 220.Students have the right to decline the ACCESS program for their textbooks, scrubs, etc.and if interested in doing so, must contact the RCBC bookstore as soon as possible.Refund of Tuition & FeesStudents who are interested in obtaining a refund of tuition and fees should visit theStudent Accounts Policies website: .Students are eligible to receive a refund if they drop a class before the drop deadline(which can be found on the Academic Calendar).Academic CalendarThe RCBC Academic Calendar can be found here: . The academic calendar shows important academic dates for current andprospective students. All dates are subject to change without notice, therefore, studentsare encouraged to check this calendar to be certain no changes have occurred. Thecalendar provides information on the different term lengths that are available eachsemester at RCBC, the date registration opens, the first and last day of each term, courseadd/drop deadlines, withdrawal deadlines, student breaks, etc.Student Grievances/Grade AppealsAcademic concerns should follow the chain of command. Concerns should first bediscussed with the clinical or class instructor, if the concern is not resolved, the concernshould be discussed with the DMS Director, and finally, if the concern is not resolved thestudent may request a meeting with the Dean of Health Sciences by emailing the HealthSciences Assistant.The student grade appeal policy applies to all students enrolled in credit-bearing courses,offered under any mode of delivery. The student grade appeal policy offers students anavenue to discuss and resolve problems, in a timely manner that may arise withhis/her/their educational progress. Board Policy No. 217 defines a grade appeal processthat provides due process for students in the event of a final grade dispute with a courseprofessor. Grade appeals governed under this policy must be formally initiated by astudent in a timely manner that shall not exceed the conclusion of the next successivesemester of the regular academic year or, in the case of a summer term appeal, the next14

successive fall semester. Student grade appeals that do not conform to this deadline forappeal shall be considered untimely and without merit.This policy requires: 1. A written request for a formal meeting with the course professorrelated to the grade dispute, 2. A review and recommendation by the divisional dean, and3. An appeal to the provost who will convene the grade appeal committee to review therecords relevant to any dispute and make a recommendation to the President or designee,whose decision will be final.Title IX Regulations – Sexual HarassmentRowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) seeks to provide a campus environment freefrom all forms of harassment and discrimination. The procedure details regarding reportingoptions, support, contact information for the Title IX coordinator, investigation steps, andmore can be found here: types of behaviors covered under Title IX Regulations and prohibited through collegepolicies, including: Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Title IX Sexual Harassment Sexual Assault Domestic or Dating Violence Stalking Retaliation related to Title IX procedure, supporting policies or processes15

Program Admission RequirementsProgram Application RequirementsThe DMS program application is an online application that will be available on the DMSProgram website during the dateslisted below. Students must apply to become an RCBC student prior to completing theonline DMS program application by going to . This will giveeach student an RCBC email address and RCBC student ID number which is needed inorder to complete the online application. The admissions process opens November 1 yearly and closes January 31 yearly forstudents interested in applying to start the following Fall semester. Completion of all of the following prerequisite courses with a “C” or above by theapplication deadline of January 31. BIO 110 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 111 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I Lab ENG 101 College Composition I MTH 107 Introduction to Statistics PHY 107 Fundamentals of Physics BIO 114 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 115 Fundamentals of Anatomy and and Physiology II Lab ENG 102 College Composition II PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology HIT 106 Medical Terminology HIT 105 will satisfy the Medical Terminology requirement if taken priorto Fall 2020 Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in all college coursework. Applicants must attain a minimum age of 18 years by the time of the start of theprogram If any of the above prerequisite courses are taken at an institution outside of RCBC,it is the students responsibility to have ALL official transcripts from all institutionssent to RCBC for transfer evaluation. These official transcripts can be sent via mailto the Office of Outreach & Admissions (900 College Circle Mount Laurel, NJ08054) or electronically to [email protected] . Students are urged to includetheir RCBC ID number with their transcript if possible. All transcripts must bereceived by RCBC by the application deadline of January 31. Students must also submit proof of high school completion via (High SchoolTranscript, GED, or Translation of foreign credential) to the Office of Outreach &Admissions above. All required prerequisite courses listed above will be reviewed utilizing a Point Scalewithin a rubric model. Students with the highest points (without any failures and repeats) will beadmitted first. This includes students with prerequisite course failures, priorRCBC DMS course failures, and prior RCBC DMS course withdrawals(excluding approved DMS leave of absence when returning within theoutlined 1 year leave period).16

Students with more than one withdraw (1 course or semester) or more thanone administrative withdraw (1 course or semester) from the DMS programwill not be eligible for re-admission into the DMS program due to thecompetitive nature of the program and limited available seats.Students with non-repeated failures in the above prerequisite courses will not beadmissible.Students with more than 2 failures in total of any of the above prerequisites will notbe admissible. Prerequisite failure is considered: C-, D, F, or STNote: Meeting all admission requirements does NOT guarantee admission.Students who have been in other DMS programs must have the program directorfrom that college or institution email a letter to [email protected] with attention to theprogram director, Ms. Courtney Dyott, BS, RDMS indicating that the student wasnot dismissed for clinically unsafe behavior. Please note that this only applies tostudents who did not fail and were not dismissed from a previous DMS program.Students who failed and/or were dismissed from another DMS program are deemedinadmissible.If a student receives a denial or waitlist letter and would like to be considered in thefuture, a new DMS online application will need to be submitted during a futureapplication cycle without the guarantee of admission to the DMS programProgram Admission DecisionsApplicants will be selected according to the total points earned based on the admissionrubric. This rubric will evaluate the academic performance of a student within the prerequisite courses. Students who repeat prerequisite course(s), will have their scoreaveraged across all grades for that course. This applies to students who are repeatingfailures, as well as students who passed a course and are repeating for a higher grade. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-late April each year via their RCBCstudent email account. Students that are admitted into the DMS program are offered conditionalacceptance until the following are completed: Purchase of Sentry MD Compliance tracking package (due date will be in theDMS Conditional Acceptance Letter) This will start the criminal history background check, PA child abuseclearance, and drug screening order processes. These results must be clear/negative Students will need to obtain PA Fingerprinting through IndentoGo These results must be clear/negative Students will need to complete a variety of health compliances,including but not limited to (due dates will be in the DMS ConditionalAcceptance letter): titers for immunization, boosters, completion of aphysical, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, proof of healthinsurance, etc. Attendance to the ma

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director [email protected] (609) 894-9311 ext. 1171 Direct dial: (856) 242-5190 Mrs. Melanie Braida, RDMS, RVT Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Clinical Coordinator [email protected] (609) 894-9311 ext. 1629 ADJUNCT FACULTY Mrs. Leonor Campos, RDMS DMS Adjunct Faculty [email protected]