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FAQ'S

Ultrasound is an ever evolving and expanding field of medical imaging that encompasses several sonospecialty areas. St. Catharine College and the profession of sonography are looking for motivated individuals interested in pursuing a career in this dynamic imaging modality.

Physicians depend on the imaging skills and expertise sonographers and vascular technologists possess to aid in the diagnosis of disease or injury.

Sonographers and vascular technologists are highly trained individuals skilled in the use of ultrasound and various plethysmographic and volume measuring devices that obtain images and other physiologic information from organs, tissues, arteries, and veins throughout the body.

Ultrasound, unlike radiography, does not utilize ionizing radiation to obtain images, but instead uses high-frequency sound waves which are transmitted into the body by transducers or probes.

Sonographers and vascular technologists work in direct contact with their patients, so it is imperative that they are able to appropriately interact with a wide range of patients.  Our highly experienced instructors are proven in the classroom, laboratory and clinical sites.

Employment
According to the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), the profession has grown significantly over the past 20 years.  Technology continues to rapidly develop, increasing the use of diagnostic ultrasound procedures.  Employment opportunities for qualified sonographers exist nationwide.

Things to know about our program

  • Fully accredited by CAAHEP/JRC-DMS since program's inception at the college in 2002.
  • Highly experienced sonographers who are proven classroom and laboratory instructors.
  • Proven success in student preparation for national certifying board examinations (ARDMS) in physics as well as in technology area.
  • Areas of study available include:  General, Vascular, and Cardiac sonography.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio (6 to 1) in core concentration classes.
  • A designated Clinical Coordinator to ensure that you have a structured clinical educational experience.

More reasons to consider:

  • Onsite state-of-the art ultrasound systems in instructional laboratory classes for two (2) semesters, so you have fundamental scan skills BEFORE starting clinical rotations!
  • High satisfaction from employer surveys on entry level skills and knowledge!
  • High satisfaction from program graduate surveys for preparation to enter the workforce!

Related Links

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography®

American Society of Echocardiography

Bureau of Labor and Statistics
"Cardiovascular Technologist"

Bureau of Labor and Statistics
"Diagnostic Medical Sonographer"

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Society of Vascular Technology

 

Diagnostic Sonography Program Handbook 2012-2013 

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