Practicum Syllabus for 2021-2022
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DMSO-1267-001 Practicum


Prerequisite: DMSO 1266

Course Description

Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college and student.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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(2 sem hrs; 18 practicum)

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Syllabus Information



Complete Uniform as stated in the sonography student handbook and ID badge, trajecsys registration

Student Performance

Program Student Learning Objectives: 

  1. Provide basic patient care and practice for general diagnostic medical sonography.
  2. Recognize sonographic appearances and/or Doppler patterns or normal and abnormal structures
  3. Perform sonographic examinations according to department protocols
  4. Correlate clinical history and sonographic findings to formulate differential diagnoses to peers and providers.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of DMSO 1267 (rotation II) the student will be able to:

  1. Comply with program and clinical site policies
  2. Adhere to the principles stated in the code of ethics and professional standards in sonography.
  3. Maintain patient confidentiality
  4. Prepare the examination room and sonographic equipment.
  5. Enter patient information into the ultrasound unit.
  6. Demonstrate safe handling and appropriate operation of the ultrasound unit, transducer and cables.
  7. Clean transducers, cables and unit using appropriate methods and disinfects.
  8. Obtain patient history and any relevant information needed for the sonographic evaluation.
  9. Perform basic patient care tasks.
  10. Communicate appropriately with the patient before, after, and during the exam.
  11. Chose appropriate transducer(s) and frequency to obtain appropriate images.
  12. Adjust machine controls as needed to provide optimal diagnostic sonographic images.
  13. Locate the required anatomy using standard views and scan planes.
  14. Correctly label images according to protocol.
  15. Perform measurements using calipers.
  16. Be able to recognize, evaluate and correctly document any abnormal findings.
  17. Identify acoustic artifacts.
  18. Apply appropriate ergonomics while performing the exam.
  19. Effectively communicates with all members of the health care team regarding the welfare of the patient.
  20. Interact with interpreting physician with oral or written summary of findings using sonographic terminology

DMSO students will be able to assist and perform the following exams by the end of each semester.

  1. Abdomen protocols, Renal, OB, and GYN
  2. Abdomen protocols, Renal, OB/GYN, and superficial structures
  3. Abdomen protocols, Renal, OB/GYN, superficial structures, carotid, and LEV
  4. Abdomen protocols, Renal, OB/GYN, superficial structures, carotid, and LEV


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Please see student handbook details.


Grading Criteria

This course will be graded on hours completed in practicum and mandatory scan assessments. 75% of final grade will be composed of successful completion of required practicum hours and submission of clinical paperwork.

Clinicals will be graded based off of the evaluations.

An evaluation with a score of 3.8-4.0 will be given a 100
An evaluation with a score of 3.7-3.4 will be given a 92
An evaluation with a score of 3.0-3.3 will be given a 83
An evaluation with a score of 2.0-2.9 will be given a 75
An evaluation with a score below 2.0 will be given a 70

25% of final grade will be composed of completion of required mandatory scan grades

Deductions in overall grade due to attendance and tardy violations will follow the student handbook policies.  Deductions will also occur for forgetting to clock in and out.  After the third occurrence per semester a point will be deducted from overall grade for each occurrence there after.

The following grade scale applies throughout this course:

A = 92 - 100

B = 83 - 91

C = 75 - 82

F = less than 75

               Note:  A grade of "D" is not possible in this course




When a final grade of “incomplete” is appropriate, a written contract to remove the “I” will be prepared by the course instructor and signed by the instructor and student. Normally, the grade of “I” must be converted to a passing grade within 90 days of the conclusion of the course. 

Under a very rare circumstance, a time extension of an additional 90 days is possible.  Each case will be handled on an individual basis and no one case shall set a precedent for another case.  If the “I” is not removed in accordance with the contract, the final course grade will be recorded as an “F”.


** Tutoring is mandatory for any scan grade below a 75. It is your responsibility to schedule this with the appropriate instructor or tutor.  You will receive a zero for that mandatory scan if the tutoring sessions are not completed within 2 weeks of receiving your grade.


Regular and punctual attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.

Attendance is mandatory and must be recorded daily with trajecsys.  Absences must be documented with a clinical absence form found in the student handbook and made up at the site the absence occured.  Failure to report absences will result in grade deductions.  Please see sonography student handbook for all details.

Tardy policy is also in the student handbook.  Please refer for details.


May 23- July 1 first rotation block

July 11--August 12 second rotation block

Mandatory scan schedule posted in your scan folder

*Calendar subject to change*

Additional Information

All students must sign a handbook policy agreement stating that you read and understand the rules of clinical and practicum sites before allowed to attend.  You are responsible for understanding and following all rules within the handbook and procedures for clinical/practicum rotations.  Failure to follow the handbook can be cause for removal from the program.



Syllabus Created on:

05/12/21 11:25 AM

Last Edited on:

05/24/22 10:38 PM