The Ultrasound program is administered through the Department of Medical Imaging Technology. The program curriculum is currently 5 semesters long, with an Associate’s Degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are registry eligible with either the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Sonography or with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS.)
The general education courses are online during the first semester. The core didactic courses are residential and consist of required courses offered the second and third semesters. The clinical practicum occurs within the clinical arena during the fourth and fifth semesters – either at a hospital or outpatient imaging center. The students are required to complete their clinical hours as outlined below (days of week will depend upon time of year student enters the program):
- Clinical I (16 weeks): 600 hours = 8 hours a day, five days per week. The hours vary by location. May include evening hours.
- Clinical II (16 weeks): 600 hours = 8 hours a day, five days per week. The hours vary by location. May include evening hours.
- The clinical days/times are mandatory and the students must arrange their schedules accordingly to ensure attendance as outlined by each course syllabus. The students are scheduled at a certain site by the Clinical Coordinator, and will rotate clinical sites as mandated by the coordinator.
Program Goals & Outcomes
To graduate students with:
- The program will prepare competent entry-level registry-eligible sonographers.
- Students will communicate effectively.
- Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Students will demonstrate individual professional proficiency in skills and patient care.
- Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.