Jun 23, 2024  
2022-23 Catalog 
    
2022-23 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology, AAS


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology provides training in ultrasound patient services and related diagnostic techniques. The program offers training in the following curricular tracks: General (Abdomen-Extended & OB/GYN); Vascular Technology; and Adult Cardiac. Students must declare their curricular track at the time of application. The program uses a selective admissions process, with admissions guidelines published annually. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology examinations. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Sonographers have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.

Program Goals

Overarching Program Goal

  • To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the concentrations it offers.

 

Goals of the Abdomen-Extended and Obstetrics and Gynecology Concentrations (Offered as Part of the General Track)

  • To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the abdominal sonography-extended sonography concentration.
  • To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the obstetrics and gynecology sonography concentration.

 

Goal of the Adult Cardiac Concentration

  • To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the adult cardiac sonography concentration.

 

Goal of the Vascular Concentration

  • To prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the vascular sonography concentration.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills & abilities described below:

  • Function in the capacity as an entry-level sonographer; acquiring diagnostic ultrasound images of the patient’s anatomy to aid the physician in the diagnosis of various pathological conditions;
  • Act in the best interests of the patient and the institution through the prudent use of safety measures, techniques, and equipment to prevent harm to the patient, facility, or oneself;
  • Act within the Scope of Practice and Clinical Standards as outlined by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers;
  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures;
  • Assimilate pertinent clinical information, ultrasound findings, and knowledge of normal and abnormal conditions into a cohesive and complete ultrasound examination for interpreting physicians;
  • Communicate effectively with patients, family members, hospital staff, and the general public, and demonstrate professionalism in all actions and communications.

Curriculum Structure and Tracks

Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology is a full-time, two-year program. The program is divided into two components: four quarters of full-time study in the classroom and lab and four quarters of full-time clinical education. Before entering the clinical education component, each student must successfully complete all classes in the didactic program with a “C” or better.

The Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology program offers three distinct curricular tracks: adult cardiac, vascular, and general (which includes the abdomen-extended and OB/GYN concentrations). Students declare their interest in a track upon admission to the program. This choice determines the classroom and lab courses required during the didactic portion of the program, and it shapes the placements during the clinical phase of the program:

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study