Diagnostic Medical Sonography

program overview

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) is a medical technology using highly sophisticated, computer driven imaging devices to produce dynamic multi-dimensional visual images of organs, tissue and blood flow. As a radiation-free medical imaging modality, it provides important clinical information for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. 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. There are several areas of specialization in the field of sonography which include obstetrics/gynecology, abdomen, echocardiography, breast and pediatric sonography. 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 includes 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.

The two-year Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Center for Allied Health Education (CAHE) is noted for excellence of its classroom teachers and clinical instructors, as students benefit from a full and varied curriculum with both didactic and clinical experience components. Individuals ultimately gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality service and thereby achieve great success in the field. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) national registry examinations.

Students who have successfully completed the entire course of study and met all financial obligations of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will be eligible for graduation and to submit an application to take the ARDMS certification examination.

Students must meet all of the following requirements in order to graduate from the Program:

  1. Have met all academic requirements
  2. Have met all clinical requirements and attain all required competencies
  3. Have returned their swipe card, ID card, etc.
  4. 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.

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