The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is designed to thoroughly prepare the student, through quality lecture, laboratory, and clinical externship instruction in the theoretical knowledge, skills, and responsibilities required to work in the allied medical field as an entry level general sonographer.
The successful program graduate will be able to perform appropriate ultrasound scanning examinations and procedures, and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician. The graduate will also be able to obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results. In addition, the graduate will be prepared to exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic diagnostic services, provide appropriate and compassionate patient care for patients undergoing ultrasound examinations, demonstrate excellent communication skills with patients and other health care professionals, and act in an ethical and professional manner.
Why a Career in Ultrasound?
The field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) has grown significantly over the past 3 decades and rapidly developing the technology used for medical procedures. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth is projected to continue in the future with employment opportunities in urban and rural areas across the nation with an increase in demand and popularity of 44 percent. Typical areas of employment include clinics, hospitals, private physician offices, imaging centers and laboratories. Extensive advancement opportunities exist in areas of education, research or as technical advisors.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) can be right for you if:
- You are social and compassionate and care about the well-being of people in medical need.
- You are fascinated by technological advancements in medicine.
Program Completion Time
Diploma - 24 months / 94 weeks / 2360 hours
Associate's Degree - 26 months / 106 weeks / 2630 hours
Upon completion of the program, the successful student will be able to:
1. Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
2. Pre-select the ideal settings for equipment to best get the results needed.
3. Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician.
4. Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of medical sonography.
5. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients, colleagues and physicians.
6. Act in a professional and ethical manner.
7. Provide patient education related to medical sonographyand promote principles of good health.