The Diagnostic Sonography Program at St. Catharine College offers three areas of ultrasound: general (abdomen & ob/gyn), noninvasive vascular technology and adult echocardiography. A student successfully completing the academic requirements of the sonography program will receive an Associate of Science degree in Diagnostic Sonography. To apply, a student does not need a background in any other health science area.
Pre-Requisite courses may be in progress when a student applies to the program; conditional acceptance into the program requires completion of these courses with a minimum grade of C prior to the program start date in August each year. Transfer students interested in the program are strongly urged to contact Program Faculty Advisors ASAP. To ensure best service, contact Program Advisor and the Admissions Department Transfer Specialist.
Length of Program
A new class enters every August. The Sonography Program, once a student is admitted, is full-time lasting 21 consecutive months.
Clinical rotations consisting of 8 hour days will be held in regional hospitals and/or clinics. Clinical rotations will begin in the third semester (10 week summer term) of the program during which students will attend clinic 32 hours per week. The spring and fall semesters are 16 weeks in length during which students will attend clinic 24 hours per week.
St. Catharine College established this program using the Standards and Guidelines published by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which acts upon the recommendations of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The program has been continuously accredited since October 2002.
National Board Eligibility
Because of our level of accreditation, our students can sit for the SPI (Physics/Instrumentation) Board Exam as soon as DSP225 Ultrasound Physics is passed in the first Fall semester of the program. Students can sit for their technology area board exam(s) 60 days prior to their date of graduation. Both examinations must be passed in order to earn a credential from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Application deadline is March 1st of any given year for classes beginning in August of that year.
Admission to the Diagnostic Sonography Program will be based on:
Clincal rotations for the Sonography Program cannot accomodate a large number of students; therefore class size is limited. Graduation requirements for the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Sonography are dependent on the successful completion of all general education and specific track, didactic, and clinical practice courses with a grade of "C" or better.
Program Costs and Tuition
Tuition and fee schedules for general education and the health science curricula are available through the college admissions department. Financial Aid is available to eligible students.