Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Additional Details

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Applicants and students of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program should be aware of the following:

Applicants seeking admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program must be able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to accomplish the following:

  • Visually observe and assess a patient; discriminate color and depth; read and accurately complete reports; and visualize diagnostic/monitoring equipment in dimmed light.
  • Accurately assess patient health needs, hear various equipment and background sounds, and communicate by telephone.
  • Demonstrate sufficient hearing to differentiate among Doppler signals.
  • Verbally communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate appropriately verbally and in writing.
  • Read and interpret relevant medical data from patients’ charts, reports, and orders.
  • Safely lift and transfer patients to accomplish bed/chair/stretcher transfer with assistance or assistive devices.
  • Safely push a gurney or wheelchair.
  • Stand or sit for extended time.
  • Push and operate portable imaging equipment.
  • Demonstrate sufficient manual dexterity necessary to perform activities specific to this professional program.
  • Possess critical thinking skills sufficient to think clearly and act professionally, safely, and accurately in stressful situations.
  • Professionally interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

Students may progress in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program when they complete the following:

  1. Earn a minimum grade of “C+” (2.30) in each sonography course.
  2. Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in each of the following cognate courses: Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Sectional Anatomy, and General Physics I or Survey of Physics.
  3. Successfully repeat courses in which the minimum grade is not achieved. No more than two courses may be repeated, and only one of these may be a sonography course.
  4. Present annual verification of tuberculosis screening. If a test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy in the Student Handbook for additional information. Also, present immunizations, including hepatitis B, and health insurance. Verify current certification in professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association, including infant, child, and adult CPR.

Students who do not complete a trimester or progress with their class cannot be assured of placement in the following class. Readmission is subject to available space. Students will be readmitted under current program policies.


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