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Program Philosophy and Mission Statement:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a vocation in which the sonographer works in close association with radiologists and physicians to provide quality images to aid in diagnostic interpretation. The knowledge and practice of clinical skills and recognizing the disease-state qualifies him/her to become a respected member among his/her peers. These abilities are attained by a correlation of theoretical instruction and clinical experience.
The instructors will work closely with the students in both the didactic and clinical phases of the program to develop his/her personal and vocational abilities. They will also attempt to provide a climate that will stimulate the student in the development of concepts and skills enabling him/her to become a competent sonographer and a productive member of the Sonography team.
- To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- To prepare competent entry-level cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer should be a skilled individual qualified by didactic and clinical training to provide services in the ultrasound department under the supervision and responsibility of the interpreting physician. The student, through competency-based education, will develop his/her potential abilities in order to fulfill his/her role as a Sonographer. Upon completion of the program, students will meet the following objectives:
- Demonstrate the ability to efficiently perform basic abdominal and small parts, pelvic, obstetrical, and cardiac ultrasound examinations at an acceptable level of competence.
- Correlate ultrasound images with clinical findings, patient history, and pertinent pathophysiology.
- Possess the knowledge, skills and abilities of the student sonographer in caring for the ill patient.
- Demonstrate the ability to promote good interpersonal relations with members of the health team.
- Possess a medical and professional sense of values and a concern for public health and safety.
- Have an awareness of the responsibilities and limitations of the role of the sonographer and to be able to function within these limits.
- Understand the importance of continued personal and educational growth.
- Recognize and appreciate the cost, preparation, maintenance and care of sophisticated instrumentation found within the ultrasound department.
- Be prepared to successfully complete the registry examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in the areas of Abdominal, Ob/Gyn, and Adult Echocardiography.