Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Are you interested in a rewarding career in the medical field? Would you like to learn how to use sophisticated and highly technical equipment?

A career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer could be a great choice for you!

With Integrity College of Health’s Hybrid, Hands-on, and Online courses, you can get the training you need for this rewarding healthcare career in as few as 84 weeks!

Why choose the ICH DMS Program

At Integrity College of Health, our Digital Medical Sonography program is designed to prepare students to enter this fast-growing sector of the healthcare industry. Also known as Ultrasound Technicians, Digital Medical Sonographers are trained medical professionals who use special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into a patient’s body.

Using sophisticated equipment, Ultrasound Technicians produce images of internal organs, soft tissue, and blood vessels, as well as observe developing fetuses in the womb. In this 84-week program, students learn to use specialized equipment and are prepared for immediate entry-level positions in the field through a combination of coursework, clinical labs, and access to the innovative SonoSim training technology. Students also receive real-world on-the-job experience through a Clinical Experience.

Integrity College of Health utilizes SonoSim technology in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. The SonoSim Ultrasound Training Solution offers state-of-the-art educational modules that complement students’ training by providing remote hands-on ultrasound training, real-patient scanning cases and pathologies, didactic instruction, and assessment.

Students in the Ultrasound Technician program learn how to:

  • Verify patient history and health status
  • Operate ultrasound equipment, record and analyze findings in real time during the exam, and communicate findings with interpreting and referring physicians
  • Select and capture the best images, take measurements and make calculations
  • Evaluate tests and images relating to a patient’s condition
  • Communicate with patients and physicians as needed
  • Consult with medical professionals on patient results

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Graduates receive a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increasing growth in the Ultrasound Technology field as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiological procedures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the field of ultrasound technology will grow at a rate of 13% annually through 2030, faster than the average occupation growth.

Many ultrasound technicians/digital medical sonographers find positions in public and private hospitals; others work in private practices, physician offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and outpatient care centers. As an ultrasound technician, you may choose to specialize in a particular area, including Obstetric and Gynecologic, Abdominal, Echocardiography, Neuro-brain, Breast Sonography, or Vascular Technology.

Program Overview & Objectives

Program Overview

  • Length of Program: 84 weeks morning/afternoon or 99 weeks evening classes
  • Total Clock Hours: 2,180 (Classroom: 1,220 – Externship: 960)
  • Graduates will receive a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the competencies required for an entry ultrasound technician / sonographer.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the academic requirements and credentials of a sonographer or ultrasound technician.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology.
  • Describe the OSHA guidelines for infection control and universal precautions.
  • Uphold legal and ethical standards and adhere to principles of patient confidentiality within the health care community environment as defined by federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations.
  • Demonstrate skills in providing basic patient care and meeting the HIPAA guidelines.
  • Describe human gross and sectional anatomy as they relate to normal and abnormal sonographic imaging.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in physics and ultrasound instrumentation.
  • Perform scanning applications in different scanning protocols and other assigned clinical competencies.
  • Perform a broad range of general sonographic examinations and sonographic procedures.
  • Discuss physical laws as they relate to sonography.
  • Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate professionalism ethical conduct as a member of the healthcare team.
  • Uphold legal and ethical standards and adhere to principles of patient confidentiality within the health care community environment as defined by federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations.

    Prerequisites: Must have a high school diploma or GED and pass the entrance exam.