International College of Health Sciences, Boynton Beach, FL

Diagnostic Sonography

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The Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Sonography is an educationally broad based post secondary full time program. The core and program curriculum devotes significant time to developing "hands-on" laboratory skills in basic patient care and sonographic imaging techniques.

The curriculum leads the student through primary sonographic education with a concentration in the specialties of cardiac, diagnostic medical sonography (general) or vascular modalities.

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HOW

How Will The Program at ICHS Help Prepare Me for the Future?

The Diagnostic Sonography program is an educationally broad based post-secondary full time program. This nineteen month hybrid program is designed to provide the essentials of entry level sonographic medical imaging. The curriculum leads the student through primary sonographic education with a concentration in the specialties of cardiac, diagnostic medical sonography (general) or vascular modalities.

Ultrasound is a non-invasive modality that uses sound waves to obtain images from inside the body; it can help diagnose many medical conditions. The field of sonography encompasses a variety of specialties that are selected according to the sonographers’ specific interest and training. The sonographer is in close contact with patients; therefore, it is essential to develop and maintain excellent interpersonal skills. Employment opportunities vary, with sonographers being employed by hospitals, clinics, private offices, educational centers, research facilities, and industry.

The program requires general education courses in General Physics, Anatomy & Physiology with labs, Algebra, Psychology, English, Statistics & Computer Concepts, Introduction to Healthcare/Medical Terms, and Medical/Legal Ethics & Ergonomics.

The sonography curriculum is designed to provide the competency-based, outcome-oriented, sequential didactic and scheduled laboratory and clinical activities necessary to achieve our program goals. The core and program curriculum devotes significant time to developing "hands-on" laboratory skills in basic patient care and sonographic imaging techniques.

The program curriculum requires that the candidate for the Diagnostic Sonography degree complete a concentration in one of the specific modalities; Cardiac, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (General), or Vascular. Each concentration provides students with the opportunity to prepare for a career in Sonography in their chosen modality. Assessments take place at regular intervals throughout the program evaluating the student’s progress towards specific levels of competency. Students must complete each course with a 2.0 GPA or higher to remain in the program.

OBJECTIVES

Program Objectives

This program prepares the student to perform quality diagnostic studies that can be interpreted by the reading physician. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a sonographer.

  • To prepare competent entry-level technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains for cardiac, diagnostic medical, or vascular sonography;
  • To prepare students to successfully complete the Registry (certification) with either the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT);
  • To perform patient examinations and assessments while respecting the dignity of each person;
  • To promote a commitment towards continued education, professional development and professional ethical conduct.

Associate of Science Degree in Sonography

Program Outline

COURSESHOURS
GENERAL EDUCATION (total of 18 credits)  
PHY 2053 General Physics 4
MAC 1105 Algebra 3
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ENC 1101 English Composition 3
PSY 1012 Psychology 3
STA 2003 Statistics & Computer Concepts 2
   
NATURAL SCIENCE COURSES (total of 8 credits)  
BSC 1085 & BSC 1085L Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab 4
BSC 2085 & BSC 2085L Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab 4
   
PROGRAMMATIC COURSES (total of 38 credits + 8 clock hours)  
HSC 1000 Introduction to Health Care/Medical Terms 2
DMS 1020 Medical/Legal Ethics and Ergonomics 2
DMS 1030 Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation w/Lab 12
EKG 1010 Basic EKG 2
DMS 1050 Clinical Application I 6
DMS 2060 Clinical Application II 6
DMS 2070 Clinical Application III 8
HAE 1000 HIV/AIDS Education 4hrs
CPR 1010 CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 4hrs
   
CARDIAC CONCENTRATION COURSES (total of 29 hours)  
ECH 1020 Echocardiographic Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab 9
ECH 1040 Echo Pathology I/Pharmacology w/Lab 10
ECH 2030 Echo Pathology II/Advanced Studies w/Lab 10
   
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DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY CONCENTRATION COURSES (total of 29 hours)  
DMS 1040 Sonographic Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab 8
DMS 1060 Abdominal Sonography I w/Lab 5
DMS 2080 Abdominal Sonography II w/Lab 6
DMS 1080 Obstetrics & Gynecological Sonography I w/Lab 5
DMS 2090 Obstetrics & Gynecological Sonography II w/Lab 5
   
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VASCULAR CONCENTRATION COURSES (total of 29 hours)  
VAS 1010 Vascular Sonography I w/Lab 9
VAS 1020 Vascular Sonography II/Pharmacology w/Lab 10
VAS 1030 Vascular Sonography III/Advanced Studies wLab 10
 
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