Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Over 150 students graduate from the program every year
What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) is a medical technology using high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic multi-dimensional visual images of organs, tissue, and blood flow.
- As a radiation-free medical imaging modality, Diagnostic Medical Sonography provides important clinical information for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
- There are several areas of specialization in the field of sonography which include obstetrics/gynecology, abdomen, echocardiography, vascular, breast, and pediatric sonography.
- Sonographers are part of a medical team, which includes physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who provide essential clinical information that is used to plan treatment and care for patients.
- This technically challenging, patient-focused field demands that sonographers demonstrate a high level of decision making, diagnostic responsibility, and critical thinking skills.
- Sonographers have extensive direct patient contact which may include performing invasive procedures. They are expected to be both technically competent and compassionate while effectively dealing with patients who may range from very healthy to critically ill.
IN THIRD QUARTER
TWO TRACKS AVAILABLE FOR THE DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM:
A 22-month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Center for Allied Health Education (CAHE) is a comprehensive course of study. Combining didactic, hands-on, and clinical components, the program prepares students to become highly trained professionals in the field of sonography.
Clinical rotations are guaranteed in the respective specialties for each of the above tracks. While our students receive extensive clinical training in their respective track, in-class and laboratory coursework provides exposure to all four specialties, making them well-rounded in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Graduates who enter the program without a degree will be awarded an Associate’s degree from an affiliated college, as well as a certificate from Center for Allied Health Education. Students who enter the program having previously achieved an Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution will earn a Certificate of Completion from Center for Allied Health Education’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
Upon successful completion of the program and by meeting all financial obligations, graduates are eligible to submit an application to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS): the national certification exam for the field. While the Diagnostic Medical program curriculum prepares students to sit for the ARDMS national registry exam, there are no licensure requirements to begin work in this field within the state(s) where students are currently located. Click here for licensure requirements for all other states.
STUDENTS MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO GRADUATE FROM THE PROGRAM:
- Have met all academic requirements
- Have met all clinical requirements and attain all required competencies
- Have returned their swipe card, ID card, etc.
- Meet all financial obligations
Students who have not fulfilled their graduation requirements have forty-two weeks from their originally scheduled graduation date to complete all missing graduation requirements.
A “C” average – an index (GPA) of 2.0 – is required for graduation.