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Academic Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Clock Hours: 2194 Quarter Credit Hours: 114

Credential Awarded: Academic Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Graduates of the AAS Diagnostic Medical Sonography program will:

Demonstrate a commitment to the field of sonography, including:

  • Vascular sonography
  • Abdominal sonography
  • Gynecology-Obstetrics
  • Effectively express oneself in written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving techniques in the basic concepts and principles of physical science.
  • Demonstrate entry level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing ultrasound procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethics and professionalism.
  • Be prepared to sit for registry exams. Obtain an entry level position as an ultrasound technologist. Develop skills for lifelong learning.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK

Clock Hours: 250 Quarter Credit Hours: 25

2 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following courses:

Written Communication - WCOM101

This course is designed to empower students to write effectively. Students will learn to evaluate their audience, choose topics and organize their ideas and materials. They will practice writing a first draft, editing and proof reading their work for errors. Additionally, students will undertake a research project following a systematic process.

Oral Communication - OCOM101

This course is designed to empower students to speak effectively in a public forum.  Students will learn public speaking contexts, topic selection, audience analysis and ethical communication. Students will practice organizing and outlining ideas, constructing introductions and conclusions, and utilizing presentational aids. Students will deliver three speeches in this class; to include one demonstration speech, one informative speech, and one persuasive speech.

Anatomy and Physiology I - AP I 104

In this course, students will learn the chemical basis of life, cellular metabolism, and the different types of tissues that comprise the human body. The structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems of the human body will be taught. 

Anatomy and Physiology II - AP II 204

In this course, students will learn the structure and function of the nervous, endocrine, blood, cardiovascular, Immune and lymphatic systems of the human body. Electrical and chemical reactions, transport of substances, and defense mechanisms of the human body will be studied.

Anatomy and Physiology III - AP III 304

In this course, students will learn the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. Nutrition and metabolism, water, electrolyte, and acid base balance will be discussed. Pregnancy, growth, and development will be studied. Students will also be introduced to the study of genetics and genomics.

Introduction to General Physics - PHY301

In this course, students will discuss the concepts of physics. Particular emphasis will be placed on measurements and standards in length, mass, and time. Physics of motion in both one and two dimensions will be covered. The laws of motion, energy, momentum and collisions are explained. We will cover states of matter and thermodynamics, and will study waves considering sound, reflection and refraction of light.

TECHNICAL COURSEWORK

Clock hours: 984 Quarter Credit Hours: 57

4 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following courses:

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lecture - PHY200

Through discussion, the properties of sound physics and machine instrumentation will be addressed. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the interactions of ultrasound within the human body and the proper use of ultrasound applications. Emphasis will be placed on ultrasound theory, parts of the machine, transducer construction/ function and Doppler principles.

Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Laboratory - PHY200L

Students will learn “knobology” by scanning predetermined protocols that afford manipulation of specific knobs and machine function. Emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of scanning and the application of the principles of physics.

Vascular Sonography Lecture - VAS201

Students are engaged with this challenging series on vascular anatomy, physiology, hemodynamics and disease of the vascular system. Emphasis is placed on intra/extra-cranial vessels as well as vessels of the upper and lower extremity arterial and venous systems. Doppler, Bernoulli’s Principle, Poiseuille’s Law and relative statistics complete this course of study.

Vascular Sonography Laboratory - VAS201L

Students learn with a hands-on approach to perform ultrasound on cerebral carotids and vessels of the upper and lower extremity both arterial and venous.  Doppler waveforms and spectral analysis, as well as initial impressions are taught. ABI’s, blood pressure, and intima medial thickness are explained.

Abdominal Ultrasound Lecture - ABD202

In lecture students are introduced to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the abdominal soft tissue structures. Additionally, students will appreciate the sonographic appearance of the visceral organs and vasculature, as well as the thyroid, testes and breast.

Abdominal Ultrasound Laboratory - ABD202L

Students will learn and demonstrate scanning protocols for the abdominal organs and vasculature in the on-campus laboratory. Emphasis is placed on basic patient evaluation, care, and preliminary reporting.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Lecture – OBG203

Students will be introduced to anatomy, physiology and ultrasound images of the female reproductive system. Special emphasis will be placed on recognizing normal and abnormal anatomy of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and adnexa. In the obstetrical portion, students will be exposed to the trimesters, normal and abnormal fetal development, the placenta, fetal presentation, and fetal biometry.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Laboratory – OBG203L

Students will learn and demonstrate gynecology and obstetrical protocols, including biometry measurements and report writing. Limited obstetrical exams are performed on volunteers.

Externship Preparation Laboratory – EPL210

This class prepares seniors for Externship. It is designed to provide seniors time to practice and complete all ultrasound protocols.  Seniors must successfully complete all protocols prior to externship.

EXTERNSHIP

Clock hours: 960 Quarter Credit Hours: 32

2 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following courses:

Prerequisites: Successful completion and passing of all didactic and clinical/laboratory coursework, including all protocol competencies.
Externship A - EXT300A

Externship involves the direct interaction of the student within a specific medical environment. The student is assigned to a hospital, imaging center, clinic, or other environment in which ultrasound is performed on patients. Students observe and, when allowed by a supervisor, may perform a portion of the exam. This module serves to assist the student in making a successful transition from the school environment to a clinical setting. Students will write reports, present findings, and further explore pathologies.

Externship B - EXT300B

Externship involves the direct interaction of the student within a specific medical environment. The student is assigned to a hospital, imaging center, clinic, or other environment in which ultrasound is performed on patients. Students observe and, when allowed by a supervisor, may perform a portion of the exam. This module serves to assist the student in making a successful transition from the school environment to a clinical setting. Students will write reports, present findings, and further explore pathologies.

SCHEDULE

Morning Schedule
Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Evening Schedule
Monday – Thursday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Weekend Schedule
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

(not all schedules/programs available at all locations)


CLASSROOM RATIOS

Lecture: 35:1
Laboratory: 7:1


FEDERAL PROGRAM DISCLOSURES
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