Diagnostic medical sonography is a profession that provides patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. The diagnostic medical sonographer must be educationally prepared and clinically competent before entering the workforce as a practitioner. The diagnostic medical sonographer works under a physician and does not practice independently. Diagnostic medical sonographers are committed to patient care and continued improvement. They use independent judgement and must adhere to strict professional and ethical standards. Critical thinking skills are essential for this profession.
The student will need to successfully complete College Algebra, Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab, and English Composition I before being officially admitted to the program. First time, full time students will also need to complete the First Year Seminar course. Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites as indicated on the syllabi.
Students must have the following physical abilities: visual acuity, hearing ability, manual dexterity, and physical ability to stand for prolonged periods, lift objects of 35 pounds or more, push equipment, and maneuver in limited space.
The goal of the diagnostic medical sonography program is to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required. Additionally, the goal is to produce graduates who meet the requirements set by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification examination upon completion of the program.
Apply effective oral, visual, and written communication skills. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human sectional anatomy relative to normal and abnormal sonographic imaging.
Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results.
Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician.
Apply ultrasound principles and instrumentation relative to imaging and image quality.
Demonstrate appropriate ergonomic scanning applications.
Demonstrate the ability to provide patient care while following ethical standards, HIPAA guidelines, and maintain professionalism.
Recognize and use resources to enhance professional development.
Demonstrate employability skills.
The sequence that follows reflects courses required for the AAS degree. This particular sequence is recommended. Individualized schedules can be developed with the help of an advisor. The core diagnostic medical sonography courses must be taken in the order presented, and concurrently when applicable.
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