Last month, the current general sonography program accreditation for the Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) Denver, Colorado site was recognized by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs (JRCDMS). While the ADU sonography students in Denver have clinical sites in several of the Seventh-day Adventist hospitals in the area, they share the same curriculum and faculty as the students in Orlando.
Utilizing high definition video conferencing systems, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program provides an innovative mix of real-time, interactive classroom and computer-mediated activities that provide an integrated approach to learning.
“Other than clinical sites, our Denver students share the same professors, lectures, textbooks, and tests as those students based in Orlando. It truly is a synchronous, shared learning environment.” says Professor Charlotte Henningsen, DMS program chair.
The general sonography program was initially delivered as a diploma program at Florida Hospital before the founding of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences in 1992. Programmatic accreditation was pursued following the development of the associate of science degree. The DMS program underwent its last reaccreditation process in 2007. The sonography program is not up for reaccreditation until 2018.
In addition to sonography, the ADU site in Denver has an accredited radiography program and offers general education courses for radiography, sonography, and nursing.