Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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Diagnostic medical sonographers are health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures with the use of high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan. Sonography is a radiation-free imaging modality. Diagnostic medical sonographers work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. Sonography has many applications in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions in the abdomen, obstetrics, heart, vascular system, and various superficial structures, such as the breast.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate at South Texas College is an approved program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Guidelines. The program provides educational and clinical experience that result in extensive knowledge in ultrasound physics and instrumentation, use of Doppler imaging, and cross-sectional anatomy and pathophysiology in the abdomen, pelvis, obstetrics, gynecology, and superficial structures. Throughout the clinical and practicum aspects of the program, students will train in various medical facilities with experienced sonographers.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and will be competent to challenge the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) national examination.
Application requirements for entrance into the program will include an Associate Degree in Applied Science (AAS) in a nursing or allied health program. Acceptable degrees include, but are not limited to, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and registered nurse. In order to meet application requirements, the AAS program must meet the following standards:
- The program must consist of one of the following:
- 24 full-time consecutive calendar months or
- 60 semester credits or
- 84 quarter credits
- The program must include a clinical internship/externship segment within the degree plan.
- The program must be patient-care related.
- Delivery: Daytime classes
- Start: Spring Semester
- Application Deadline: December 2016
- Location: NAHC
Advanced Technical Certificate:
Sonographers will work in hospital settings and clinic settings.
- Average Wages: $22 - 45/hour
- Meet general admissions requirements to South Texas College.
- Hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology.
- Provide proof of current American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certification as a Radiologic Technologist.
- Provide proof of current licensure by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Medical Radiologic Technologist.
- Participate in student advisement per program requirements. Students are required to attend advising sessions held by the Radiologic Technology Program faculty and staff at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus.
- Pass a background check and drug screen through approved providers. Students with criminal histories must provide proof of compliance from the ARDMS prior to application. The compliance policies may be found online.
- Meet technical standards as stated by the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
- Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
Students who have met the above requirements may apply submit their application. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive selection process. Due to program size limitations, meeting application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Program Selection Process
Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is based on a point system score. Selection of students is made one time a year. The deadline for applying to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is the first Friday in September of the current year. For specific information on candidate selection process, please contact the Radiologic Technology Program at 956-872-3049.