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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Certificate Options

At RIT you can earn a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and/or a Certificate in Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound). These certificate programs are designed for individuals who hold a:

  •  Degree in the life sciences and other closely related degrees that may be approved by the Program Director. Additional pre-requisite coursework may be required for any type and level of degree.
  • Current active license or registry in an area of Medical or Allied Health Sciences: Examples of Medical or Allied Health Sciences areas are respiratory therapy, nuclear medicine, physical therapy, radiography (x-rays), nursing and much more. Any of the some 200 areas in the Medical or Allied Health Sciences fields will be considered.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

​​Program overview

The diagnostic medical sonography certificate program is an eighteen-month endeavor including the clinical internship. The program, which focuses on various abdominal, gynecological, obstetrical, and small parts examinations including certain vascular studies, has been formulated to meet and exceed the objectives of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is designed to produce competent, compassionate, and responsible ultrasound professionals and leaders. This certificate is available to all registered allied health practitioners as well as to those holding an associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. The certificate includes lectures and course work integrated with a clinical internship. Dependent on the degree, certain prerequisite courses may be required prior to enrollment in the program.

The following are some pre-requisite courses which are required and must be completed prior to program enrollment:

  • MEDS-201Language of Medicine (or equivalent course/experience)
  • MEDS 250, 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with their labs (or equivalent course)
  • PHYS 111, 112 College Physics I, II with their labs (or equivalent course)
  • MEDS 245 Medical Genetics

Please note that the above courses may carry different course numbers or titles at different institutions. For more information on the prerequisite courses and completion time, please contact the program director for further information. We will be glad to assist you and provide you with detailed information dependent on your situation.

Graduates

Graduates of the diagnostic medical sonography certificate program will:

  • gain a thorough working knowledge of ultrasound scanning techniques;
  • be skilled in the operation of ultrasound instrumentation and laboratory equipment;
  • acquire the proper manner in working with patients; and
  • under guidance from faculty and professional staff, be capable of scheduling
  • and performing the daily workload of ultrasound procedures,
  • of evaluating new procedures where necessary, and of supervising
  • other technical personnel.

Clinical internship

The clinical internship is divided into two rotations at various medical facilities. After successfully completing the first year of course work, students will be assigned to clinical training sites. At these facilities, students work side-by-side with sonographers, physicians, radiologists, perinatologists, and other health care professionals to learn, develop, apply, sharpen and master the necessary skills to perform various ultrasound examinations. The program’s faculty closely monitors each student’s clinical progress and performance. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examinations.

Curriculum

During the first academic year, the students complete all the prerequisite courses required to enter the clinical internship phase of the program. During this year, students also apply, polish and test their clinical skills and techniques in the on-campus ultrasound scanning suite which equipped with a variety of ultrasound equipment. Following a required short preclinical internship orientation summer course, students begin their training at the first of two assigned clinical training sites.  

Diagnostic medical sonography, certificate, typical course sequence

Courses Course Number Credit Hours
First Year
Human Cross Sectional Anatomy DMSO-312 3
Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I, II DMSO-309, 310 6
Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques I, II DMSO-301, 302 6
Medical Pathophysiology MEDS-315 3
Patient Care MEDS-333 2
Second Year (Internship)
Obstetrical Sonography I, II DMSO-452, 454 6
Gynecological Sonography DMSO-453 3
Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography I, II DMSO-456, 457 6
Sonographic Vascular Evaluation DMSO-414 3
Administration and Research in Sonography DMSO-460 3
Clinical Sonography I, II DMSO-570, 571 12
Total Semester Credit Hours 53

Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound) Certificate

​​Program overview

The echocardiography certificate program is an eighteen-month endeavor including the clinical internship. The program which focuses on the evaluation of the heart, its valves and chambers and associated vessels has been formulated to meet and exceed the objectives of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is designed to produce competent, compassionate, and responsible echocardiography professionals and leaders. This certificate is available to all registered allied health practitioners as well as to those holding an associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. The certificate includes lectures and course work integrated with a clinical internship. Dependent on the degree, certain prerequisite courses may be required prior to enrollment in the program. Contact the program director for further information on prerequisite course work and degree options.

The following are some pre-requisite courses which are required and must be completed prior to program enrollment:

  • MEDS-201Language of Medicine (or equivalent course/experience)
  • MEDS 250, 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with their labs (or equivalent course)
  • PHYS 111, 112 College Physics I, II with their labs (or equivalent course)
  • MEDS 245 Medical Genetics

Please note that the above courses may carry different course numbers or titles at different institutions. For more information on the prerequisite courses and completion time, please contact the program director for further information. We will be glad to assist you and provide you with detailed information dependent on your situation.

Graduates

Graduates of the echocardiography certificate program will:

  • gain a thorough working knowledge of echocardiography scanning techniques;
  • be skilled in the operation of ultrasound instrumentation and laboratory equipment;
  • acquire the proper manner in working with patients; and
  • under guidance from faculty and professional staff, be capable of scheduling
  • and performing the daily workload of ultrasound procedures,
  • of evaluating new procedures where necessary, and of supervising
  • other technical personnel.

Clinical internship

The clinical internship is divided into two rotations at various medical facilities. After successfully completing the first year of course work, students will be assigned to clinical training sites. At these facilities, students work side-by-side with physicians, echocardiographers, cardiologists, and other health care professionals to learn, develop, apply, sharpen and master the necessary skills to perform various echocardiographic examinations. The program’s faculty closely monitors each student’s clinical progress and performance. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examinations.

Curriculum

During the first academic year, the students complete all the prerequisite courses required to enter the clinical internship phase of the program. During this year, students also apply, polish and test their clinical skills and techniques in the on-campus ultrasound scanning suite which equipped with a variety of ultrasound equipment. Following a required short preclinical internship orientation summer course, students begin their training at the first of two assigned clinical training sites.  

Echocardiography, certificate, typical course sequence

COURSES COURSE NUMBER CREDIT HOURS
First Year
Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology ECHO-305 3
Echocardiographic Scanning Skills and Techniques I, II ECHO-307, 308 2
Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I, II DMSO-309, 310 6
Medical Pathophysiology MEDS-315 3
Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pharmacology ECHO-320 2
Second Year (Clinical)
Echocardiography I, II ECHO-401, 402 6
Ischemic Heart Disease: Stress Echocardiography ECHO-410 2
Cardiac M-Mode ECHO-415 2
Congenital Heart Disease I, II ECHO-430, 431 4
Echocardiography Special Procedures ECHO-465 2
Seminar in Echocardiography ECHO-425 2
Clinical Echocardiography I, II ECHO-420, 421 8
Total Semester Credit Hours 42

 

For more information about these certificate programs, please contact the Program Director, Hamad Ghazle, at hhgscl@rit.edu or (585) 475-2241.

 

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