DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is designed to thoroughly prepare the student, through quality lecture, laboratory, and clinical externship instruction in the theoretical knowledge, skills, and responsibilities required to work in the allied medical field as an entry-level general sonographer.
Length of Program: 96 Weeks
97 Credit Semester Units
2400 Clock Hours
5 Days per week Monday to Friday
Morning Class: 8:00am-12:00pm
Evening Class: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Award: Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma
PROGRAM AT GLANCE:
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is designed to thoroughly prepare the student, through quality lecture, laboratory, and clinical externship instruction in the theoretical knowledge, skills, and responsibilities required to work in the allied medical field as an entry-level general sonographer. The successful program graduate will be able to perform appropriate ultrasound scanning examinations and procedures, and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician. The graduate will also be able to obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results. In addition, the graduate will be prepared to exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic diagnostic services, provide appropriate and compassionate patient care for patients undergoing ultrasound examinations, demonstrate excellent communication skills with patients and other health care professionals, and act in an ethical and professional manner.
Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data
Perform appropriate ultrasound scanning procedures
Record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic diagnostic services
Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at NPCollege will be qualified to work as an entry-level general sonographer in a hospital or medical center, a medical clinic, a radiology imaging center, a physician’s office, a mobile ultrasound service, as a free lance sonographer, as a traveling sonographer, or as an applications specialist for an ultrasound manufacturing company.
Hospitals will remain the principal
employer of diagnostic medical sonographers. However, employment
is expected to grow more rapidly in offices of physicians and in
medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic
imaging centers. Health facilities such as these are expected to
grow very rapidly through 2012 due to the strong shift toward
outpatient care, encouraged by third-party payers and made
possible by technological advances that permit more procedures
to be performed outside the hospital.
NPC’s excellent Placement Center is here to help you to discover your many employment opportunities.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know Diagnostic Medical Sonography is right for me?
Making a career decision is an important choice; NPC has qualified staff in admissions that can help you find out what is best for you.
Will I get any certifications after I complete my
Depending on your prior educational or training background, you may be eligible to take the credential exams offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) right after you graduate from our program or you may have to complete a minimum verified work requirement. See www.ardms.org for more details.
Is there a demand for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers?
According to the statistics of US Labor Deportment, Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012.
How can NPC prepare me for the work place?
Included in some Programs, NPC provides work (clinical) externships where you can get real life experience. In addition, NPC has a Placement Center with an excellent placement history.
Do you offer bilingual classes?
Not for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, but in some other programs NPC has very caring bilingual instructors that will help you throughout your training.