The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offers the academic preparation, laboratory and clinical training for a career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. This curriculum provides students with the entry-level skills needed to use diagnostic ultrasound equipment under the supervision of a physician for the use and interpretation of ultrasound procedures. Sonographers assist in gathering sonographic data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. Sonographers work in a variety of healthcare settings, including regional medical centers, hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices. They perform their duties in diagnostic labs, trauma centers, emergency rooms, operating rooms, interventional suites, labor and delivery facilities, and at the bedside.
Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry in Diagnostic Medical Sonography national certification exam.
Students who complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will be qualified to enter the work force as an entry-level sonographer. Sonographers may find employment opportunities with hospitals, stand-alone medical imaging centers, mobile imaging providers, and private practice physicians.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Purpose
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program provides students with a complete educational experience for those who wish to become health-care providers. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program provides each student opportunities to learn and develop competence in patient care, communication skills, critical thinking, and technical skills that will permit the student to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Integrated educational activities include lecture, laboratory activities, case studies, and hands-on clinical training.
The mission of the program is to prepare graduates with a complete education experience for those who wish to become healthcare providers. The diagnostic medical sonography program provides each student opportunities to learn and develop competence in patient care which includes:
- Communications skills
- Critical thinking
- Technical skills which adapt to every changing technologies
- Necessary computation skills
- Information literacy skills appropriate to the discipline and professional development
- Therapeutic interpersonal skills
- Personal skills that enhance healthy lifestyles, academic integrity and acceptable professional behavior
- Skills necessary to perform in the healthcare environment at various levels
- The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
- To develop graduates who performs safely the basic principles of diagnostic medical sonography and its disciplines
- To develop graduates who demonstrates the role of diagnostic medical sonographer in relationship to the interdisciplinary functions and members of the health care team
- To develop graduates who demonstrates individual honesty, integrity, and caring
- To develop graduates who demonstrates individual professional proficiency and currency in skills and patient care
- To develop graduates who shows the importance of quality patient care in the healthcare setting
- To develop graduates who applies self-evaluation and life-long learning
- To develop graduates who achieves a passing grade on the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers’ examinations