Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Diagnostic medical sonography uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce both 2D and 3D dynamic images of tissue, organs, and blood flow inside the human body. The sonographer, a highly skilled advanced imaging specialist, uses sophisticated equipment in order to master the art of scanning. Sonographers work closely with physicians to provide accurate detection of disease and the highest-quality patient care.
Areas of specialization including abdominal, vascular, obstetrics/gynecology, and echocardiography are all available in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum at Kettering College. Therefore, the Kettering College graduate is well-suited to work in any sonography specialty and, with the BS degree, has the comprehensive education required to become a leader in the sonography profession.
Students must complete prerequisite coursework (year 1) prior to submitting an application and being accepted from a competitive pool of applicants to the sonography program. Once the student is accepted, the sophomore year (year 2) will provide additional coursework in the arts and sciences with an introduction to sonography in the winter semester. The junior year (year 3), the student will begin sonography clinical experiences and classroom experience in abdominal and vascular technology. The last year (year 4) provides experiences in obstetrics/gynecology and adult echocardiography and a clinical externship. Upon successful completion of the program, a student receives the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in diagnostic medical sonography.
ABOUT THE PROFESSION
Ultrasonography, commonly called sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, blood flow, and fetuses inside the body. The professionals who perform these procedures are known as sonographers, vascular technologists, and echocardiographers. The areas of abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology, echocardiography, and vascular technology make up the basic modalities of sonography.
For more information about medical sonography as a career, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site.
APPROVAL AND ACCREDITATION
The diagnostic medical sonography degree at Kettering College meets the essentials of and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation from the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).