This Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate of Applied Science Degree program prepares graduates to become an integral part of the health care team. Our sonography program gives all our students a well-rounded foundation upon which they can build in order to become a highly skilled professional in this field. Starting with the basics such as Medical Terminology, Patient Care and Medical Ethics, the next step are subjects like Anatomy & Physiology, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Microbiology and Pathology. It is our belief that these classes are imperative for our students learn, in order to progress to the Sonography classes. Ultrasound Physics is a requirement for all sonography students. At this time, our students can choose the path they wish to follow: Cardiovascular or DMS. Cardiovascular consists of the specialties Echocardiography and Vascular Technology. DMS is General (Abdomen & Small Parts) and Ob/Gyn.
Our Ultrasound program utilizes both didactic and laboratory teaching methods followed by clinical experiences. All classes are taught on-site, by instructors who are highly qualified in their areas. The use of textbooks, journals and computers in the classroom, as well as ultrasound machines, EKG and stress test machines, and other medical equipment, gives students both the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for success.
According to the BLS, 2017 median pay is $31.55/hour ($65,620 per year), with “Much Faster than Average” growth.
- Essentials of Sonography and Patient Care
- Medical Law, Ethics, & Bioethics for the Health Profession
- Ethical and Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals,
- Introduction to Sonography: Normal Structure and Function
- Quick & Easy Medical Terminology
- Microbiology for the Healthcare Professional
- Color Atlas of Ultrasound Anatomy
- OB/GYN Registry Review
- Abdomen Registry Review
- Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography
- Workbook for Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography
- Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography
- Echo Registry Review
- Grammar & Writing Skills for Health Professionals
- College Algebra (OpenStax)
- Pathology for the Health Professions
- Understanding Ultrasound Physics
- Psychology (OpenStax)
- Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography
- Vascular Registry Review
Some of the resources and equipment available for students:
Library, including Textbooks, Reference Books, Medical Journals
Computer & Internet
Ultrasound machines including, among others:
- GE Logiq 9
- Philips iU22
- Acuson Sequoia
Unetixs Peripheral Vascular System
Stress Test Machine
ARDMS and CCI are the two registry organizations for sonographers. Cardiovascular students are eligible to take the CCI registry exam, either the RCS or RVS upon completion of clinical hours and graduation. Upon successful completion of Ultrasound Physics or attendance at one of the many physics workshops available throughout the year, students can take the ARDMS SPI exam. They are then eligible to take specialty registry exams with ARDMS after graduation and working as a sonographer for one year.