Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to create images of various organs, tissues, vessels, and fetuses. These health care professionals use their expertise to record images and patient data on film, or digital imaging networks for a physician who will interpret the results. They examine many areas of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, male and female reproductive systems, thyroids, superficial tissues, and the fetus. Sonographers must be well versed in human anatomy, pathology, and the technical operation of ultrasound equipment, as well as interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured. They must have the capability to assist patients on and off exam tables, distinguish audible sounds, distinguish multiple shades of gray and colors, and communicate effectively via speech, reading, and writing. Background checks and drug screenings are required for this program.
Clinical Affiliation: Students will be placed in a clinical affiliation for 7 months in medical centers throughout the United States. If a student does not complete specialty sonography classes in three consecutive semesters, faculty and administration will determine whether courses must be repeated before enrolling in clinical.
Students who have not completed the pre-requisites listed below are required to take Health Pre-program Preparatory Coursework . Please see Admissions for additional information.
Beginning in 2015-2016, students will be required to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or complete STI’s HC 106 Certified Nursing Assistant course prior to beginning program-specific coursework. These students, however, will not be required to take HC 121 and HC 121L Patient Care Techniques I (course and lab). For more details, please see admissions.
- Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL ) (You can either purchase a laptop on your own or purchase one from the STI Support Center.)