LIMITED ENTRY PROGRAM
This is a limited-entry program. Some of these courses are program prerequisites and MUST be completed before a student is considered eligible for entry into the Program. Students MUST attend a Health Programs orientation and meet with a Health Programs advisor for additional advisement.
Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging procedure that utilizes high frequency sound waves to image abdominal organs, vessels, the heart, and the developing fetus in the maternal uterus. Ultrasound can demonstrate masses, fluid accumulations, and other pathology in the patient. Ultrasound exams are performed under the supervision of a qualified physician. Students electing to take this area of study are prepared to enter the sonography field in the areas of adult and pediatric echocardiography as well as vascular ultrasound. The student, upon graduation, will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Exams for Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography. Upon passing the exams, they will use the designation RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer). This is a limited entry program and students must attend a health programs orientation and meet with a health programs advisor for additional counseling. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the JRC-DMS which is located at 2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125, (651) 731-1582.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Evaluate ultrasonic images for appropriate anatomy and recognize pathologic conditions.
Determine proper sonographic techniques, transducer size, and image settings to obtain quality images while operating ultrasound equipment.
Assess and facilitate basic patient care and comfort during sonographic procedures.
Diagnose and adapt ultrasound examinations during the performance of an ultrasound procedure.