Associate of Science in Diagnostic Sonography
Combine your interest in technology with your desire to help others
Do you enjoy helping people and like the idea of working in a medical environment? Then the Diagnostic Sonography program at St. Catharine College in Kentucky may offer an opportunity that deserves a closer look. Through this program, you will gain the skills you need to perform medical tests on patients using ultrasound technology. Our highly competitive degree program accepts only 18 students per year in order to maintain our highly favorable 6:1 student to professor ratio in the classroom. Hands-on experience with our excellent equipment in combination with a strong clinical rotation program and excellent classroom instruction assures graduates of the SCC Sonography program a strong position in the job market.
Special program highlights and features:
- Applicants are not required to have prior medical/health care experience or degree.
- Graduates of this program have mastered entry level competencies in their area of emphasis.
- Students learn on SCC’s extensive instructional lab equipment including Philips, ATL, Acuson, GE and physiological equipment.
- The program begins each August with students attending full-time for 21 consecutive months. At program completion they are eligible to sit for their national registry board examinations to earn their professional credential(s).
- Students receive extensive hands-on training in area clinics. Eight-hour-a-day clinical rotations begin during the 10-week summer term when students attend clinic 32 hours per week. During the 16-week Fall and Spring terms, students attend clinic 24 hours per week.
- Program goals include graduating sonographers who are professional, adaptable and critical thinkers. Our curriculum prepares you to challenge the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification examinations.
- To earn a Sonography credential, students must pass both the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) National Board Examination and the specific technology area examinations. Because of our strong program, our students can sit for both board examinations to earn a credential by the time they graduate!
- In addition to the accreditation held by SCC as a whole, our program has been continuously accredited since October 2002 by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). At our most recent site visit, we were granted a 10 year accreditation period; the longest cycle awarded!
- General Sonography – abdomen and ob/gyn
- Noninvasive Vascular Technology
- Echocardiography - adult
Meet the Faculty
Faculty who teach in the Diagnostic Sonography program include:
- Saretta Craft, Department Director, Cardiac Intructor/Coordinator
- Marsha Blankenship, Clinical Coordinator, General Coordinator, Abdomen Instructor
- Leah Tupts, OBG/GYN Coordinator/Instructor
- Monnica Williams, Vascular Coordinator
- Anne Villanova, Cardiac Instructor
All professors in the Sonography program have extensive clinical experience that is invaluable in training students in the profession. Each program professor is an excellent classroom educator committed to graduating students who are proficient in essential skills.
Career Outlook for Major
Sonography is an excellent field to enter with a strong economic outlook. Between 85 and 90 percent of graduates from the St. Catharine College Sonography program get jobs in their field soon after completing the program. Experts at the Bureau of Labor Statistics predict that the field will experience above average growth through 2022.
To Get Started or For More Information
1. Contact Program Faculty/Advisors:
Director: Ms. Craft: firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 1332
Mrs. Monnica Williams: email@example.com, ext. 1336
2. Provide a copy of all your college transcripts so we can best assess your readiness to apply to the program. For this purpose, unofficial transcripts may be used.
Fall Application Session Schedule
Important to note:
- *If unable to attend one of these sessions due to schedule conflict, please request an appointment with the Department Director or Clinical Coordinator as an option.
- Application meetings are scheduled with Saretta Craft firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Location: Student Commons Area - Lower Level Hamilton Health and Science Building.
- Time: 5:00 pm. Allow 1-1 1/2 hours.
- Dates are subject to change in the event of bad weather. If in doubt, call program advisor.
- Application packets are accepted August through early February. Completed application packets must be submitted before March 1st.
Application to the Sonography program will be accepted from St. Catharine College students in good stand and admitted transfer students.
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