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South College-Asheville launches diagnostic medical sonography program

January 6, 2016

Jan. 6, 2016

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Institution now enrolling students for 27-month ultrasound curriculum

Today, South College-Asheville opens enrollment for a 27-month associate of applied science degree in diagnostic medical sonography (DMS).

Graduates of the DMS program will be trained to use ultrasound imaging technology, which creates images of the body’s organs and tissues. The advanced technology can be used for multiple medical purposes, from the diagnosis of disease to identifying a baby’s gender.

“The images sonographers create are vital to helping medical professionals provide proper diagnosis and health care,” said Nick South, executive director for South College-Asheville.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26 percent growth from 2014 to 2024 in the DMS field.

“Our institution is ready to produce well-educated graduates to meet that demand,” South said.

Kristy Michael

Kristy Michael

South College-Asheville hired Kristy Michael as director of the DMS program. Michael most recently served as a practice manager at The Pisgah Institute, a behavioral health practice in Western North Carolina, and has more than 14 years of experience in a clinical setting. She has been working on the curriculum and accreditation for the DMS program since April 2015.

“Today is what the past eight months have been about,” Michaels said. “Our program is ready. All we need now are students, and I am looking forward to meeting our first class.”

Students will complete three quarters of prerequisites before they begin the final six quarters of major study. Classes for the winter quarter begin Wednesday, Jan. 13.

About South College-Asheville

South College-Asheville has been enrolling students for over a century, reinventing itself several times during its long history to remain responsive to the changing educational needs of Western North Carolina and the nation. Recognizing that its effectiveness in serving both students and employers hinges upon its responsiveness to the changing local, national and global environments, the College embraces its role as a learning organization. South College-Asheville offers academic programs at the baccalaureate, associate and certificate levels.

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