Expertly tap the power of soundwaves to help doctors heal their patients.
As an allied healthcare professional in the field of diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound, you’ll use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body. Working under the supervision of a physician responsible for the use and
interpretation of ultrasound procedures, the sonographer helps gather sonographic data to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases, as well as monitor fetal development.
The images you create help aid physicians in diagnosing and treating medical conditions in the abdomen, heart, and blood vessels. More recently, the procedure has also been used in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.
The process involves placing a small device called a transducer against the patient’s skin near the area to be imaged. A stream of high-frequency sound waves are sent into the body, then are detected as the sound waves bounce off internal structures.
Different structures in the body reflect the sound waves differently. The reflected sound waves are analyzed by a computer to make an image.
This 120-credit program consists of two phases of study.
Students spend four months at the University of Findlay in Ohio, where they study the theory of sonography. The next phase includes 35 weeks of clinical in one of the affiliating hospitals. The program concludes with one week of review and a final
Graduates of the sonography program are eligible to apply for the national certification examination. The examinations are administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (ADCS). In many states, certification by either of these
two national organizations is needed to apply for licensure so the individual may legally work in that state.
*The University of Findlay Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs
require C or higher grades in these courses. For the most favorable
review of the application, students are encouraged to have completed all
of these courses before the application deadline.
They also require a C or higher grade in a Humanities and Social
**Courses are taught off campus for one calendar year at the
University of Findlay.
Students will not need to register for these courses. Thirty-two (32)
credits of articulated courses in the track will be
transferred through the affiliation agreement and posted to the
official Indiana University of Pennsylvania transcript.
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