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Diagnostic Medical Sonography AS

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Overview (2313) Limited Access

Type of Award

AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-health.aspx

Program Description

This degree program combines creativity and advanced technological equipment to produce images of the body. The diagnostic medical sonographer works with other health care practitioners in the management, control and care of patients referred for ultrasound studies. Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to demonstrate body parts and assist physicians in the diagnosis of medical abnormalities. The sonographer must have an exceptional understanding of human anatomy and an artistic, creative, self-directed approach for locating and demonstrating anatomy and pathology.

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350.

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes

General Admission Requirements to the College

  • Complete an Application for Admission, located at www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/Admissions-Applications.
  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official college/university transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.

Admission Requirements for Sonography

In addition to the General Admission requirements, students must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to the program. (Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

  • Attend a mandatory Sonography open house information session;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Proof of completion of a two-year allied health education program from an accredited institution that is patient care related. Examples include but are not limited to: radiography, respiratory therapy, nursing, dental hygienist and paramedic with the "required classes for selection consideration" (see below);

    OR

  • Proof of completion of an allied health education program from an accredited institution that is patient care related but less than two years, including but not limited to: CNA and EMT with the "required classes for selection consideration" (see below);

    OR

  • Completion of a basic Nursing Assistant or Patient Care Assistant course from an accredited institution and the "required classes for selection consideration" (see below); (Program MUST have a documented clinical component); 
    • *REQUIRED CLASSES for selection consideration – ENC1101 English Composition I or SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication, College Algebra (or higher course from Mathematics - Area III), Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab completed within the last 10 academic years, **& Applied Physics (students who have completed an accredited radiology program may use radiographic physics to fulfill the applied physics)
  • Submit a completed Sonography program application, located on the program website, and pay the application fee by the deadline.

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of C or higher.

Program Length

Total program credits: 77. The program has a four-semester competency-based curriculum. The courses are sequential and involve practical experience in local hospitals and clinics. Full-time commitment begins in the fall term.

Location

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

For More Information

Patty Braga, bragap@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 207-5053

Employment Opportunities

Students who complete the program may find employment in areas such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, laboratories and commercial companies.

Career Path Notes

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Bachelors

Sonographers may choose to achieve advanced certifications in specialized areas of sonography. After completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) exam.

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities, including job outlook and salary information, visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

General Education (Credits: 23)

BSC1010Principles of Biology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC1010LPrinciples of Biology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

MAC1105College Algebra (AA)

3 Credits

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

MAC1105: or higher course from Mathematics - Area III

Non-Technical Core Requirements (Credits: 7)

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

PHY1001Applied Physics (AA)

3 Credits

PHY1001: or equivalent

Technical Core Requirements* (Credits: 47)

SON1004LSonographic Hospital Procedures (AS)

2 Credits

SON1311Sonography Cross Sectional Anatomy (AS)

2 Credits

SON1100LPrinciples and Protocols of Sonography Lab (AS)

3 Credits

SON1614Medical Sonographic Physics 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1111Abdominal Sonography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1121Sonographic OB/Gyn 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1000Practical Aspects of Sonography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1804LClinical Education 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1618Medical Sonographic Physics 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1112Abdominal Sonography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1122Sonographic OB/Gyn 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1814LClinical Education 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1171Vascular Sonography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1001Practical Aspects of Sonography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1175Vascular Sonography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1824LClinical Education 3 (AS)

4 Credits

* Technical Core courses must be taken sequentially.

Total Credit Hours: 77

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Credits: 16)

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

MAC1105College Algebra (AA)

3 Credits

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

MAC1105: or higher course from Mathematics - Area III

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Credits: 14)

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

PHY1001Applied Physics (AA)

3 Credits

BSC1010Principles of Biology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC1010LPrinciples of Biology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

PHY1001: or equivalent

Term One - Fall (Year Two) (Credits: 16)

SON1311Sonography Cross Sectional Anatomy (AS)

2 Credits

SON1100LPrinciples and Protocols of Sonography Lab (AS)

3 Credits

SON1614Medical Sonographic Physics 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1111Abdominal Sonography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1004LSonographic Hospital Procedures (AS)

2 Credits

SON1121Sonographic OB/Gyn 1 (AS)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year Two) (Credits: 15)

SON1000Practical Aspects of Sonography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1804LClinical Education 1 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1618Medical Sonographic Physics 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1112Abdominal Sonography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1171Vascular Sonography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

Term Three - Summer (Year Two) (Credits: 9)

SON1122Sonographic OB/Gyn 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1814LClinical Education 2 (AS)

3 Credits

SON1175Vascular Sonography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

Term One - Fall (Year Three) (Credits: 7)

SON1824LClinical Education 3 (AS)

4 Credits

SON1001Practical Aspects of Sonography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 77

* Technical Core courses must be taken sequentially.