DMS students benefit from new ultrasound equipment
August 21, 2019
LBW Community College has a new ultrasound machine for the diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program, thanks to a federal grant.
The Acuson Juniper machine was purchased with funding awarded as a result of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act. The purpose of this Act is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.
“This machine is used in the lab to assist students in scanning and preparing them for careers in sonography,” said LBWCC DMS Program Director Olivia Bush, BSRT(R), RDMS, RVT.
“It is capable of performing general studies such as abdominal and superficial parts, as well as obstetrics and gynecologic ultrasounds. It also includes a package geared towards vascular and echocardiographic ultrasound.”
An introduction to the last two components are now included in the final semester of LBWCC’s DMS program since knowledge of these skills is in high demand by employers in the immediate and surrounding areas, she said.
LBWCC’s DMS program is one of four programs in Alabama accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the only one available for Southeast Alabama. Students completing the program are prepared to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam and become a credentialed professional sonographer.
Graduates of LBW’s program represent a large geographic area, including the Florida panhandle to Montgomery, across the bottom half of Alabama to the Georgia border, and across the Tennessee line.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupational outlook for registered DMS professionals is expected to grow 24 percent through 2024, which is must faster than average.
For more information about LBWCC’s DMS program, call 334-493-5345.