Bachelor of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology

Institution: 
Central Ohio Technical College
Approval Status: 
Preliminary Request
Comment Period: 
Wed, 02/17/2021 - 3:30pm to Wed, 03/03/2021 - 3:30pm

Comments

Comment: 
As a recent graduate who now works in pediatric echocardiology at Nationwide Children's Hospital, I can say that this will not only be helpful to the graduates, but also to their future employers. The other schools offering Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs tend to cross-train and study multiple modalities, and this will make COTC even more competitive with them. Many students have to pursue their Bachelor's Degrees after graduation in order to advance their careers, and this would allow more well rounded sonographers entering the workforce. As it is, this program at COTC is very demanding and would gain even more appeal if it ended with a Bachelor's degree.

Comment: 
A transition from Associate's degree to Accelerated Bachelor's degree in this program only serves to make students more employable post-graduation. Potential employers will appreciate the extra education that will save additional training time. New graduates will be able to walk into a new position with the confidence and knowledge gained with the extra training and classes within the program. Should the graduate decide to further his/her degree, he/she would be ready to enroll directly into a Master’s Degree program for hospital administration, education etc without needing to take the extra step to first acquire a Bachelor’s Degree. This is both convenient and very cost effective; something I would have appreciated the opportunity to have had at my disposal. I believe this move is one that will benefit students greatly as well as the work force where these students will be employed. The benefits are many and I personally don’t see any down sides. I believe the impact on the student’s career will be entirely positive opening so many more doors along the way and will give COTC a distinct advantage in educational experience.

Comment: 
This request for the proposal to be able to have a Bachelor degree program for COTC will improve our future sonographers education and enable them to have more opportunities in their career. This will also allow COTC to step up and further their college with other competitor colleges. As a tech that graduated more than ten years ago, this would allow past graduates to be able to continue their education with COTC instead of having to continue and attend another college. In all, this will allow anyone attending COTC to have a furthered education and to be a more rounded technologist in their career. This Bachelor's degree will allow this and should be granted!

Comment: 
A transition from Associate's degree to a Bachelor's degree would benefit future sonographers immensely. This would make them more employable after graduation and have the knowledge that a lot of employers are looking for. As a recent graduate from the DMS program at COTC I know that having classes on Pediatrics would be a great advantage. I am now working with a Pediatric Cardiologist and being trained. The Bachelor's degree will make students more well rounded and have a positive impact on their career!

Comment: 
As one of the previous Directors of the DMS program at Central Ohio Technical College (1990 to 1998), I lend my support for the development of a bachelor curriculum in sonography. Entry-level baccalaureate degree education in the health sciences is nothing new. Many health professions have undergone significant changes in their entry-level curricula in the past 20 years including Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Nursing programs. In comparison to certificate and associate degree programs, the number of sonography programs at the baccalaureate level has doubled in the US over the last 10 years. The professional ultrasound organizations set standards for Assurance of Minimum Entry-Level Competence for the Diagnostic Ultrasound Professional citing “It is anticipated that all persons will enter the field with a minimum of an associate degree in ultrasound, allied health or life sciences by 2006; a bachelor of science degree in allied health or life sciences by 2008; and a bachelor of science degree in diagnostic ultrasound or one of its specialties by 2012. The continual introduction of new and sophisticated technology is one of the most compelling reasons for a transition to the baccalaureate degree.” This is according to an article published in the Nov 2001 Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. And even though this reference is twenty years old, many sonography founders had the foresight to predict the evolution of sonography education and demands of the profession. The level of knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical expertise and, most importantly, diagnostic responsibility in all ultrasound specialties greatly surpasses that of the routine imaging professional. As a matter of fact, many sonography professionals earning a BS have successfully used their undergrad education to transition to PA programs, NP programs, medical programs, dentistry programs, and medical law programs. An advanced ultrasound Practitioner curriculum and Master's degree in advanced sonography now exists. So the demand for BS sonographers has come to light.

Comment: 
I would like to publicly support the request for the COTC DMS program to change from an associate's degree to an accelerated bachelor's degree. Not only is further education always more valued, it puts the prospective students in an advantage to surrounding area programs to which do not offer this level of education in our field. This further degree would provide additional education to the students that will set them up for better job opportunities once graduated. As a local sonographer in a hospital setting, we look for well rounded students which a more detailed program such as a BS would offer. Students will also have a great platform to continue their education beyond this specific degree as well if they choose. Only very positive results would come from earning a BS in Sonography.

Comment: 
An accelerated BS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography will align COTC with other educational institutions that already offer such a program. It will give COTC a distinct advantage over those that do not, attracting quality applicants to COTC's DMS program. A BS degree will provide the graduate additional skills and credentials, which makes them a more desirable candidate for the interview / hiring process. It gives them a head start toward further education, makes it financially efficient for the student, and puts them on a fast track toward career growth into management / administration, if they so choose. I see the accelerated BS program as a win for COTC, the student, and employers.

Comment: 
I was thrilled to see the proposed plan to create an accelerated BS degree for the DMS program. This will give future students a huge advantage not only on the job market but for their own person skillsets and confidence level. The AS degree for the DMS program already teaches so much and with the way the job market has been moving it makes sense to have an accelerated BS degree to be the standard for COTC DMS students. Most students coming into the program already have at least one or two years of higher education so it makes sense to create a program that combines the prerequisite classes most people have to take prior to enrolling into the program, as well as building on the fundamentals DMS students learn while in the program. I believe students from COTC's BS DMS program will be more marketable, more confident, and more capable once they graduate and that is advantageous for the grad, the employer, and their patients.

Comment: 
The proposed plan for the DMS program would be well deserving for future students. As a recent graduate currently employed in a heart and vascular lab I would have loved to had the opportunity for a well deserving bachelors degree. This will allow students to seek continuing education. Also, it will allow for more course work for pediatrics, which is very detailed learning. DMS students deserve to be recognized for all the hard work and dedication that it takes being in the program. It is important that COTC stays at a comparable rate with the other ultrasound programs throughout Ohio. I believe this proposal will help push the COTC sonography program in the right direction.

Comment: 
The Office of Academic Affairs at Ohio State has reviewed the proposal from the Central Ohio Technical College to establish an Applied Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology degree program. We consulted with the Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Newark and with the leadership of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine. With that input, and noting details relating to the evidence of need, industry partnerships, institutional capacity, and program information provided, the University supports the proposal. It meets the criteria under Chapter 3333.051 notably the criterion that specifies that the bachelor’s degree program must not already be offered by a state university or private college or university. Ohio State Newark does not offer such a degree and is not planning to offer one. The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has a general diagnostic medical sonography program that graduates 10-12 students each year but is not focused on pediatric cardiology or fetal echocardiography, as specified in this proposal. It is important to stress that going forward, on a case-by-case basis, attention needs to be given to to any competition with existing health sciences programs at the University, and importantly, to the availability of clinical sites associated with such programs. If I can elaborate more fully or provide additional input, please contact me. Bruce McPheron Executive Vice President and Provost The Ohio State University

Comment: 
As a recent graduate from the Cardiovascular Ultrasonography program at COTC, I would like to publicly support the transition of the Associate’s degree into a Bachelor’s degree. COTC provides high quality education with affordable tuition, which gives first generation graduates such as myself an avenue to obtain a degree with no student debt in a relevant and rapidly expanding field. While I was a student at COTC, I elected to complete extra classes pertaining to the field to further my understanding and technical ability. I believe every student should take these classes, as they better prepared me for a career in the medical field. The curriculum changes COTC proposed will make these classes mandatory instead of elective, which only serves to assist new sonographers and their employers in providing higher quality patient care.

Comment: 
As a COTC DMS alumni, former cardiovascular sonographer and current echocardiography educator and clinical coordinator in the state of Kentucky, I cannot support this proposal enough! This change will make an incredible program even more impressive. Graduates will be better prepared. Hospitals will receive higher quality sonographers. Patients will receive even better diagnostics & treatment. It is a victory & a benefit for everyone—sonographer & patients alike!

Comment: 
As a graduate from the Cardiovascular Sonography program at COTC, I would like to support it in changing its associates degree program to a bachelor"s degree. I am currently working , and have been working at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for the past eight years I strongly believe that this the direction all sonography programs around the country will be heading within the next few years.I can definitely see the positive impact this program will have on the future graduates. COTC graduates are already competing with graduates from schools with a bachelors program. I strongly feel the sooner COTC changes to a DMS bachelors degree, the more competitive its graduates will be in securing a job.

Comment: 
As a Sonography Program director, I can echo many of the previous statements that offering a Bachelor's in Sonography will not only benefit the students, but also the school. The field on Sonography is still evolving, and we currently provide a master's level education in our field with the label of Associates degree. Many students go on to attend other institutions to obtain a Bachelor's in a health related field to make themselves competitive in the market, as a stepping stone to future goals, or to be able to one day teach in the field we love. By providing a Bachelor's of Sonography, you capture those students who would otherwise transfer somewhere else as well as are giving credit to the profession of sonography and helping sonographers across the country realize that we are valued members of the health care team. By providing a bridge to a Bachelor's, you create opportunity for the students to continue to grow their career and not just remain stuck in the box of their associates degree. I think it is a win win situation where both the students and the school come out on top.

Comment: 
As someone who went through an Associate's Degree program and obtained credentials as an RVT who has gone on to now be a vascular instructor I am 100% in favor of a program being able to offer a Bachelor's degree for their students. There are many students who go through programs wanting to move on after graduation to pursue higher levels of education and providing them with the opportunity makes your school more favorable to them while at the same time preparing them to have the ability to do a variety of different things post graduation. Student would be able to go into the roll of a technologist working in a healthcare facility but could also move into education if that is what they desired as well as director positions where a Bachelor's degree is a credential that is a must. Allowing students to achieve these different levels of education helps them as well as the school as student choose where they want to go to pursue their degree. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity and benefit for everyone involved.

Comment: 
A transition from an associate’s to and accelerated bachelors program would be extremely beneficial to future sonographers. As a recent graduate from COTC, I know just how demanding this program actually is. This change will allow graduates to be better prepared when entering the work force as well as save employers from having to provide additional training. The change will allow the DMS program at COTC to gain appeal as it will end with a bachelors degree. I don’t see any downside to this proposal.

Comment: 
Adding pediatric training to this already successful program will benefit the entire field of echocardiography. Not only will there be more pediatric trained sonographers but future adult sonographers will have congenital heart disease exposure to enrich their career in adult echocardiography. Most pediatric heart centers have difficulty finding pediatric trained sonographers. The proposed program will benefit the local, reginal and national communities. I am very excited and looking forward to this program.

Comment: 
As a former student of COTC’s Cardiovascular DMS program, I can attest to the fact that this is a very rigorous program. Each year, students from this program are gaining competencies on not only more exams, but more difficult exams as well. This program is growing and evolving to meet the clinical needs and to prepare these students for graduation and a smooth transition into their clinical position. With the additional clinical scanning demands, these students are becoming proficient in the educational aspect that goes along with knowing varying grades of disease in these specific modalities. We truly fulfill the “diagnostic” title in DMS and can be the voice for the patient when we know what they need or in communicating the severity of their disease. Allowing the change from an Associates to a Bachelor’s would better represent the training and knowledge these students work so hard for and would also prepare them for career advancement in their futures.

Comment: 
As a graduate of this program at COTC, I can not speak more highly of the program and the directors. My colleagues and I can attest to the excellence in preparation for the job field. The current students attending are more than adequately prepared for diagnostic medical sonography across multiple modalities. Changing this program from an associates program to a bachelors would only change the words is on their degree. That is to mean, that this program has already been producing students with a certain level of excellence for years. I hope that with the students and faculty giving so much of themselves to this work that they would be awarded and recognized for their hard work and dedication.