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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

The primary goal of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound Technician) program is to prepare students become competent in entry-level positions in hospitals, imaging centers, and physician’s offices demonstrating academic, clinical competencies and professionalism as a healthcare worker.


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Career Highlights & Opportunity
As Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Technician), you will use special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into a patient’s body. The technical term for ultrasound is “sonography.” Ultrasound is painless and harmless with no radiation. Best of all, studies have not revealed any adverse effects. Sonographers can specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Obstetric and Gynecologic
  • Abdominal
  • Echocardiography
  • Neuro-brain
  • Breast sonography
  • Vascular technology

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increasing growth in this field as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiological procedures. Faster than average job growth is expected with a projected increase of 17% annually from 2019 to 2029. As of 2019, Sonographers held about 74,000 jobs with most positions in public and private hospitals. Remaining jobs are in physician offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and outpatient care centers.


Program Overview

Length of Program: 101 weeks morning/afternoon or 117 weeks evening classes

Semester Credit Hours: 98.5

Total Clock Hours: 2,440 (Classroom: 1,480 – Externship: 960)

Graduates will receive a Diploma in Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Course Objectives

At the end of the program, the student 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.

Please refer to the latest School Catalog for more information.

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