A Decade of Perfection

​COTC Students Earn 100% Pass Rate on Diagnostic Medical Sonography OB/GYN Credentialing Exam for 10th Consecutive Year

NEWARK, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2019 – In a field that the global average credentialing exam pass rate is consistently in the 70% range, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students in the diagnostic medical sonography technology (DMS) program with a specialization in obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) have beaten the average for 10 years now. Not only have they beat the average pass rate that includes both first-time and repeat test-takers, but they have all passed the exam on the first try.

Image"I began teaching the OB/GYN and women's health courses at COTC in 2009. I am so pleased to announce this amazing accomplishment for all involved," said Melinda Shoen, EdD, diagnostic medical sonography program director and associate professor. "Ten years of 100% pass rate on the OB/GYN credentialing examination is so exciting!"

COTC DMS students majoring in general sonography take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) OB/GYN exam to earn their credential to work in the field. The exam assesses their knowledge, skills and abilities in ultrasound in the areas of the female reproductive system and the fetus throughout each trimester of pregnancy.

COTC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology with two majors: general (abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological) and cardiovascular (echocardiography and vascular). COTC also offers training in special modalities including musculoskeletal, breast and fetal echocardiography. The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Learn more at cotc.edu/dms.

ARDMS® is an independent, nonprofit organization that administers examinations and awards credentials in ultrasound. The ARDMS promotes quality care and patient safety through the certification and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals. The ARDMS has awarded credentials to nearly 90,000 medical professionals worldwide and are the globally recognized standard of excellence in the field of sonography credentialing.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala