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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) BS

Hamad Ghazle, Program Director
(585) 475-2241, hhgscl@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/healthsciences/undergraduate-programs/diagnostic-medical-sono...

Program overview

Diagnostic medical sonography is a noninvasive, nontoxic diagnostic medical imaging modality in which high-frequency sound waves are used to produce images of the human body. Ultrasound is readily used to image the heart, blood flow, and abdominal organs as well as the developing fetus and male/female reproductive organs. The profession has grown rapidly in the last 20 years and is expected to continue to grow over the next several decades. Evaluation of the job market and a survey of employers indicate a strong demand for well-trained sonographers.

The major prepares students to be leaders in the field of ultrasound. Skills in administration and research are emphasized in addition to the development of scanning and diagnostic abilities. Students apply their theoretical knowledge and practice their skills in our dedicated ultrasound laboratory before embarking on the clinical internship portion of the program. Upon successful completion of the program's requirements, students are eligible to take a national certifying examination for abdominal, small parts, obstetrical, and gynecological ultrasound. Each candidate is also introduced to vascular ultrasound.

Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of career options, nationally and internationally, in medical, industrial, and educational settings. Graduates can be found in a wide range of positions, including supervisory and administrative, in hospitals, clinics, private physicians’ offices, teaching, research, sales, and industry. Graduates also can work as freelance sonographers or for mobile services.

Curriculum

The BS degree is a four-year program, including a clinical internship, unless the student has transfer credit from another academic institution. Those holding associate degrees may be able to complete the BS degree in two years; additional course work may be required. Contact the program director for further information on BS degree requirements.

In addition to the bachelor of science in diagnostic medical sonography, the College of Health Sciences and Technology also offers a certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography and a certificate program in echocardiography. Both of these options are designed to meet the growing needs of the national and international medical communities.

Clinical internship

The clinical internship year (completed with a 20 percent tuition discount) provides hands-on experience at two or more approved medical facilities. (Students can complete their clinical internships in western New York or at any approved regional or national medical ultrasound facility.) All students begin the internship by attending an intensive five-week experience on campus. During this time, they learn how to perform complete sonographic examinations and to recognize anatomy and disease states using equipment in the ultrasound laboratory. Students also learn about hospital, departmental, and administrative operations. After completing the requirements, candidates are assigned to a medical training site for clinical experience. At these facilities, students work side by side with sonographers, physicians, and other health care professionals to learn, develop, apply, and sharpen the necessary skills to perform general ultrasound examinations. Students’ clinical progress and performance are monitored by the program’s clinical coordinator and program director, who make periodic visits to the clinical internship sites. Additionally, students return to campus each month for three days of lectures, presentations, projects, and testing.

Accreditation

The diagnostic medical songraphy major is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Diagnostic medical sonography (general ultrasound), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-101 General Biology 3
BIOL-103 General Biology Lab I 1
MATH-111 LAS Perspective 7A: Pre-Calculus 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3 9
BIOL-102 General Biology II 3
BIOL-104 General Biology Lab II 1
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
MEDI-130 Computers in Medicine 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHYS-111  LAS Perspective 5: College Physics I 4
MEDS-250 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MEDS-201 Language of Medicine 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
PHYS-112 LAS Perspective 6: College Physics II 4
MEDS-251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MEDS-245 Medical Genetics 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
  Free Elective 3
Third Year
DMSO-312 Human Cross Sectional Anatomy 3
DMSO-301 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques I 3
DMSO-309 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Free Elective 3
DMSO-310  Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMSO-302 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques II 3
MEDS-315 Medical Pathophysiology 3
MEDS-333 Patient Care  2
Fourth Year
DMSO-452 Obstetrical Sonography I 3
DMSO-453 Gynecological Sonography  3
DMSO-456 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography I  3
DMSO-570 Clinical Sonography I 7
DMSO-414 Sonographic Vascular Evaluation 3
DMSO-454 Obstetrical Sonography II 3
DMSO-457 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography II 3
DMSO-460 Administration and Research in Sonography (WI) 3
DMSO-571 Clinical Sonography II 5
Total Semester Credit Hours 125

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Diagnostic medical sonography is a noninvasive, nontoxic diagnostic medical imaging modality in which high-frequency sound waves are used to produce images of many different areas of the human body. Ultrasound is readily used to image the heart, blood flow, and abdominal organs as well as the developing fetus and male/female reproductive organs. The profession has grown rapidly in the last 20 years and is expected to continue to grow over the next several decades. Evaluation of the job market and a survey of employers indicate a strong demand for well-trained sonographers.

The program prepares students to be leaders in the field of ultrasound. Skills in administration and research are emphasized in addition to the development of scanning and diagnostic abilities. Students apply their theoretical knowledge and practice their skills in our dedicated ultrasound laboratory before their clinical internship. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students are eligible to take a national certifying examination for abdominal, small parts, obstetrical, and gynecological ultrasound. Each candidate is also introduced to vascular ultrasound.

Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of career options, nationally and internationally, in medical, industrial, and educational settings. Our graduates can be found in a wide range of positions, including supervisory and administrative, in hospitals, clinics, private physicians’ offices, teaching, research, sales, and industry. Graduates also can choose to work as freelance sonographers or for mobile services.

Curriculum

The BS degree is typically a four-year program, including a clinical internship, unless the student has transfer credit from another institution. Those holding associate degrees may be able to complete the BS degree in two years; additional course work may be required. Contact the program director for further information on BS degree requirements.

Clinical internship

The clinical internship year (completed with a 20 percent tuition discount) provides hands-on experience at two or more approved medical facilities. (Students can complete their clinical internships in western New York or at approved regional or national medical ultrasound facility.) All students begin the internship by attending an intensive five-week experience on campus. During this time, they learn how to perform complete sonographic examinations and to recognize anatomy and disease states using equipment in the ultrasound laboratory. Students also learn about hospital departmental and administrative operations. After completing the requirements, candidates are assigned to a medical training site for clinical experience. At the medical facility, students work side by side with sonographers, physicians, and other health care professionals to learn, develop, apply, and sharpen the necessary skills to perform general ultrasound examinations. The students’ clinical progress and performance are monitored by the program’s clinical coordinator and program director, who make periodic visits to the clinical internship sites. Additionally, students return to campus each month for three days of lectures, presentations, projects, and testing.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Diagnostic medical sonography (general ultrasound), BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-201, 202, 203 General Biology 9
1001-205, 206, 207 General Biology Lab 3
1011-215, 216, 217 General and Analytical Chemistry 10
1011-205, 206, 207 Chemistry I, II, III Labs 3
4006-230 Computers in Medicine 4
1016-226 Calculus for Management Science 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1017-211, 212, 213 College Physics 12
1026-205 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Imaging 2
1026-301 Medical Terminology 3
1026-350, 360 Anatomy and Physiology 10
1016-319 Data Analysis I 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third Year
1030-412 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 4
1030-409, 410 Ultrasound Instrumentation I, II 8
1026-415 Pathophysiology 4
1004-315 Medical Genetics 2
1026-333 Patient Care 2
1030-559 Ultrasound Scanning 4-6
  University-wide Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year (Internship)
1030-552 Introduction to Obstetrical Ultrasound 3
1030-553 Gynecologic Ultrasound 3
1030-556 Abdominal Ultrasound I 3
1030-570 Clinical Ultrasound I 7
1030-554 Advanced Obstetrical Ultrasound 4
1030-557 Abdominal Ultrasound II 3
1030-560 Ultrasound Seminar 2
1030-571 Clinical Ultrasound II 7
1030-558 Small Parts Ultrasound 3
1030-414 General Vascular Evaluation 4
1030-561 Research Seminar 2
1030-572 Clinical Ultrasound III 7
Total Quarter Credit Hours 184-186

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Diagnostic medical sonography (general ultrasound), BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-101 General Biology 3
BIOL-103 General Biology Lab I 1
MATH-111 LAS Perspective 7A: Pre-Calculus 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3 9
BIOL-102 General Biology II 3
BIOL-104 General Biology Lab II 1
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
MEDI-130 Computers in Medicine 3
Second Year
PHYS-111  LAS Perspective 5: College Physics I 4
MEDS-250 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MEDS-201 Language of Medicine 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
PHYS-112 LAS Perspective 6: College Physics II 4
MEDS-251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MEDS-245 Medical Genetics 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
  Free Elective 3
Third Year
DMSO-312 Human Cross Sectional Anatomy 3
DMSO-301 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques I 3
DMSO-309 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Free Elective 3
DMSO-310  Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II 3
DMSO-302 Sonographic Scanning Skills and Techniques II 3
MEDS-315 Medical Pathophysiology 3
MEDS-333 Patient Care  2
Fourth Year
DMSO-452 Obstetrical Sonography I 3
DMSO-453 Gynecological Sonography  3
DMSO-456 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography I  3
DMSO-570 Clinical Sonography I 7
DMSO-414 Sonographic Vascular Evaluation 3
DMSO-454 Obstetrical Sonography II 3
DMSO-457 Abdominal and Small Parts Sonography II 3
DMSO-460 Administration and Research in Sonography (WI) 3
DMSO-571 Clinical Sonography II 5
Total Semester Credit Hours 125

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.