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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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AAS Degree - Code #2560

Bridgett Mayorga, Program Director
Email address: mayorgbl@alfredstate.edu

Diagnostic medical sonography is a two-year AAS degree program preparing qualified students to become health care professionals who use high-frequency sound waves to produce anatomical images for diagnostic purposes. The program coordinates on-campus didactic and laboratory classes and clinical experiences at area hospitals, to which students are responsible for their own transportation.

Students must be able to demonstrate technical standards and pass clinical competencies as described by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accreditation agency of programs for sonography. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the ARDMS SPI and Content Specialty Exams.

Clinical education is assigned to provide experiences consistent with the student's level of achievement in different hospital and outpatient environments. Through clinical assignments, students have opportunities to work with the most modern and specialized equipment available and knowledgeable staff with a wealth of experience in imaging. These assignments include a 12-week (40 hours per week) summer session that is required and provides valuable experience in developing clinical competency skills. In addition, nine weeks of full-time clinical will be assigned in both fall and spring semesters of the second year of the program. Students will require housing close enough to their clinical placements to travel there on a daily basis.

Advantages

  • Prepares the student for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography registry exams.
  • Sonography and simulation laboratory on campus.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Gaining proficiency in the technical skills necessary for diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Extensive clinical experience in hospital setting.
  • Availability of on-campus housing and variety of campus activities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate technical and affective skills necessary for the profession.
  • Exhibit patient-centered skills.
  • Critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
  • Display proper work ethics.
  • Summarize the value of leadership, professional development, and growth.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Apply written communication skills to the construction of documents of record that are consistent with established professional guidelines.
  • Apply oral communication skills to the explanation of ideas and scientific terminology.
  • Using technological resources effectively and appropriately, synthesize theory and concepts from the liberal education domain and other professions into radiologic technology.

Employment Statistics

National employment statistics are available by visiting the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography website at www.sdms.org.

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Applicants for the diagnostic medical sonography program must possess a recognized high school diploma or its equivalent. A standardized test (SAT or ACT) is not required but recommended. Specific high school course requirements and recommendations are:

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Biology

Recommended: Chemistry, Physics

Applicants with previous college experience must submit an official college transcript and their success at the college level will be an admissions consideration. Due to the technical and science rigor, entrance requirements are higher than those of the institution.

Technical Standards

To participate in the program, the applicant must possess specific non-academic skills. The technical standards described below are consistent with the duties of an entry-level radiographer in a professional position and are required in order to provide adequate patient care and produce a diagnostic image.

The applicant should have the:

  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to reach and position the patients on the exam table.
  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to move, adjust, and manipulate equipment to perform imaging procedures.
  • Ability to review and evaluate recorded images to determine the quality of the image with reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, doctors, and other personnel so that the patient is not placed in an “at-risk” situation.
  • Ability to make proper decisions involving patient and co-worker safety.
  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to hear sounds that are necessary to assess patient’s health status.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The program allows graduates to transfer to a four-year program in imaging science or health care management.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Hospital Sonography Department Staff Technologist
  • Advanced Sonography Modalities- Cardiac, Vascular, and Musculoskeletal
  • Sonography Education
  • Sonography Department Management
  • Industry
  • Private Physician Offices

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program at Alfred State.

Grade of “C+” or better required for all SONO and RADT prefix courses.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

SONO 1003 Fundamentals Sonogrphy/Pt Care 3
RADT 1003 Radiation Physics 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH xxx3 College Algebra or higher 3
BIOL 1114 Human Anat & Physiology I 4
  OR     
BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
      16

Second

SONO 2003 Sectional Anatomy 3
SONO 2013 US Physics and Instrument I 3
SONO 2024 Sonographic Procedures I 4
BIOL 2214 Human Anat & Physiology II 4
  OR     
BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
      14

Summer

SONO 3016 Sonography Clinical I 6
      6

Third

SONO 3013 US Physics & Instrument II 3
SONO 3024 Sonography Clinical II 4
SONO 3034 Sonographic Procedures II 4
BIOL 4403 Pathophysiology 3
      14

 

Fourth

SONO 4003 Professional Dev in Sonography 3
SONO 4014 Sonographic Clincal III 4
SONO 4044 Sonographic Procedures III 4
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
      14

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student’s ability to participate in a required clinical experience. 

Graduation Requirements

The AAS degree in diagnostic medical sonography has finely prescribed courses reflective of accreditation standards for students to be prepared for admission to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Certification Examination. Specific graduation requirements are:

  • 64 total semester credit hours
  • Minimum of 20 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from three of the 10 SUNY General Education categories
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of “C+” or better in the core science courses (SONO and BIOL prefixes)
  • Approval of departmental faculty