In RIT's diagnostic medical sonography degree, you'll learn to examine and identify the body for abnormalities and diseases in real time using skills that can be applied in a range of health care settings.
The program provides extensive didactic lectures, full immersion ultrasound scanning in a state-of-the-art Ultrasound Scanning Suite, and a one-year clinical internship. The program combines a strong science education with practical experience and liberal arts course work to prepare students for a career in ultrasound, a related medical field, as well as preparation for graduate study, including medical and dental school. The program emphasizes skills in administration and research, in addition to the development of scanning and diagnostic abilities with a focus on relevancy to clinical practice. This high-quality comprehensive background makes you well-prepared, well-trained, and sought-after in the work place.
Program facilities equipment
Our program is well-known for its emphasis not only on the didactic aspect but also on the practical (hands-on) and clinical aspect. Consequently, it is imperative that our facilities are up-to-date and are equipped with the necessary equipment and this is highly reflected in our continued efforts and investment in obtaining state-of-the-arts equipment. We are very proud of our state-of-the-art Ultrasound Scanning Suite. This Scanning Suite offers our students the opportunity to apply their theoretical understanding of the fundamentals covered in lecture as well as enhance their ultrasound skills and techniques. This Scanning Suite is operated and run by well-qualified, motivated and helpful faculty members who provide superior and clinically relevant education and hands-on experience to our students prior to their clinical internships.
Program significant points
- Students will participate in a clinical internship at two or more medical facilities. These experiences will help to develop a balanced, well-educated, and competent sonographer.
- This internship will also fulfill a prerequisite for the national qualifying exam administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
- This exam is required for all candidates wishing to practice sonography, both nationally and globally.
Select program hiring partners
Borg & Ide Imaging, Highland Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, RadNet, Rochester Regional Health, Samaritan Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center
Graduates work primarily in the Health Care industry.
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The diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the JRC-DMS.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
It is noteworthy to mention that the program is institutionally accredited and programmatically accredited. This type of dual accreditation meets both professional and employer requirements and also allows our graduates to immediately sit for the national board examinations administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
The one-year clinical internship provides hands-on experience at two or more approved medical facilities. After completing the pre-internship course work, all students begin the internship by attending an intensive two-week experience on campus. During this time they enhance and polish the skills they previously learned, prepare to perform complete sonographic examinations as performed in real clinical settings, and advance their knowledge in recognizing anatomy and disease states using a variety of equipment in the Ultrasound Scanning Suite. Students also learn about hospital, departmental, and administrative operations. After completing these requirements, candidates are assigned to a medical training site for their 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 closely monitored by the program’s clinical coordinator and program director, who have regular communication and make periodic visits to the clinical internship sites. Additionally, students return to campus each month for three days of lectures, presentations, projects, and testing. Students may complete their clinical internships at any approved regional or national medical ultrasound facility, with approval of the program director.