Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Message From The Program Director
We are honored and privileged for your visit of our website and thank you for your interest in learning about the Ultrasound Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
As you may know, the field of ultrasound has revolutionized the practice of medicine--especially in the diagnosis of disease. You may ask, "Why become a sonographer (a person who works with ultrasound)?" I believe the greatest reward in ultrasound comes with the satisfaction of knowing that you were able to help a patient--that your skills and abilities made a difference. Another strong attraction of the field is respect. A good sonographer is treated as a competent resource person and is held in high esteem. It also offers rich human experiences and is never dull.
In addition, the diversity of career options/employment offered in sonography offers a magnetic effect. The variety of specialties to choose from, the fact that day-to-day work is so vastly different and the opportunity to obtain employment anywhere in the world are strong attractions. Attractive salaries and the flexibility of designing work hours to fit personal requirements (e.g., part-time versus full-time work and shared jobs) are other benefits. The Department of Labor and Statistics estimates that there will be an increase in demand for sonographers from now and into the future.
Moreover, our Program is nationally accredited and for many years, RIT's Ultrasound Program has been graduating leaders in the field. Our graduates can be found in a wide range of positions in hospitals, clinics, doctors offices, industry, education, administration, and research. At RIT, you will be part of one of only few programs offering a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the country and the world. Embodied in our Program are the following key elements (but not limited to):
- Pluralism and Diversity
The Program faculty and staff believe in diversity and inclusiveness and have always worked on building inclusive classroom environments. They tailor course content and presentations to student individual needs, backgrounds and experiences. Our students are treated with respect, dignity, understanding and care. We continue to recruit and accept students from different backgrounds and this is evident in the diversity in our student population. Indeed, we have established, built and maintained a very positive and supportive community which is conducive to learning, development and growth which is based on trust, respect and tolerance.
- Experiential and Lifelong Learning
The student's experience in the classroom is supplemented by participation in a clinical internship. We believe these experiences help to develop balanced, well-educated, and competent sonographers. The Program emphasizes and promotes the importance of lifelong learning by keeping current with the new developments in the field and continuing education. This is not only emphasized to the students, but is also considered an integral part of faculty professional development.
- Ethical and Moral Values
The Program aims to and does produce men and women who not only are technically competent in their professional fields but who also have breadth of vision, a sense of civic and moral responsibility, and devotion to the fundamental values of human life.
- Global Interconnectedness
The Program has established affiliations and partnerships with many local, regional and national hospitals, private physician offices, and clinics in the form of clinical internships. Our students are exposed to a diverse pool of professionals, patients, and other individuals who come from various countries, cultures, races and ethnicities. These experiences provide our students an opportunity to make significant contributions to the society, in general, and to the profession, in particular. Additionally, these experiences prepare our students to work in global environments.
- Creative and Innovative Thinking
The Program faculty and staff encourage the students to focus on innovation and problem solving. Ultrasound technology is one of the innovative high-tech solutions to health problems. The Program involves its students in case studies, projects, seminars, scholarly activities, clinical scenarios and experiences to think of innovative ways to approach patient care and to develop higher-quality, more efficient and affordable ultrasound devices which could be used more widely.
The Program curriculum is designed to prepare students for success in the field of diagnostic ultrasound. Ultrasound is a bridge between engineering, medicine, and computers and, consequently, it is interdisciplinary. In this light, effective oral and written communications skills are required for success. Our students are exposed to various courses in liberal arts and behavioral sciences which are instrumental in improving their communication and problem-solving skills. Moreover, the Program curriculum provides integrated didactic instruction with the utilization of on-campus ultrasound equipment and clinical experience at various medical facilities where students are exposed not only to the applications of ultrasound but also to other related diagnostic and medical imaging procedures and their impacts.
The Program also provides other options for students., if you are interested in pursuing a medical career and becoming a doctor, our ultrasound program will help you prepare for several of the professional tracts in medicine and research. Approximately 85% of our graduates who participate in the Pre-Medical/Pre-Professional programs are accepted to professional/medical schools.
We are indeed pleased that you are interested in our Program, and we look forward to having you become a part of our proud tradition. We cordially invite you to come and meet our dedicated faculty, staff, mentors, advisors, students and professionals and discover our enriching, supportive, compassionate and welcoming environment.