New Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs Stand Alone

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Only CAAHEP Accredited Department in Florida to Offer Bachelors with General, Cardiac, and Vascular Options

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) announces new Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) programs to better meet the needs of Florida Hospital.

Only 43 of the 215 nationwide accredited DMS programs (20%) even offer a BS, and only 14 (6.5%) provide concentrations in general, cardiac, and vascular. "The growing demand for more vascular trained sonographers is driven by an aging population presenting with more peripheral vascular related diseases," states Charlotte Henningsen, Chair for the Department of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Center for Advanced Ultrasound Education.

Dr. David Greenlaw, president of ADU, describes another source for this demand. "ADU's new program fulfills the needs of Florida Hospital, which is looking for practitioners with a broader clinical skill set in sonography. They expect graduates to know how to do more than just one specialty area." Most of ADU's DMS clinical training is conducted within the Florida Hospital system, where many of the graduates find employment.

The new programs also include specific elements focused on leadership to better prepare graduates to take on those roles in the healthcare environment.

Adventist University of Health Sciences is the only CAAHEP accredited program in Florida to offer a bachelor's degree with options for all three of these high demand concentrations.

About Principle SourcesCharlotte Henningsen, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, FAIUMProfessor Charlotte Henningsen is the Chair of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department at Adventist University of Health Sciences where she has taught for the past 25 years.  Professor Henningsen has been a sonographer for over 30 years and is adjunct faculty to the Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the Florida Hospital Radiology Residency Program. She also serves as Director of the Center for Advanced Ultrasound Education. She is a past president of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).  Professor Henningsen has authored several journal articles and textbook chapters and is a co-author of the Clinical Guide to Sonography. She is currently a site visitor for the JRC-DMS, and a member of the Education Committee of the Perinatal Quality Foundation. Professor Henningsen currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

About Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) is a Seventh-day Adventist institution specializing in healthcare education in a faith-affirming environment. Service-oriented and guided by the values of nurture, excellence, spirituality, and stewardship, the University seeks to develop leaders who will practice healthcare as a ministry. ADU fulfills this mission by developing skilled professionals who live the healing values of Christ.

ADU offers undergraduate and graduate programs including:  Biomedical Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Sciences, Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing (BSN), Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Healthcare Administration, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy. The University is associated with Florida Hospital and the Adventist Health System. 

ADU embraces the benefit of whole person care as demonstrated in the life and ministry of Christ. The University is dedicated to developing skilled professionals who live the healing values of Christ. Graduates who live these values effectively extend the healing ministry of Christ.

Relevant AccreditationThis program is designed to prepare students to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) examinations. Since the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national examinations upon successful completion of the program.

Adventist University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Certificates, Associate's, Baccalaureate's, Master's and, effective Summer 2016, a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Adventist University of Health Sciences.

Note: SACSCOC is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.


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