Points to Think About When Considering a Career in Sonography

  • Full-Time Commitment: Involvement in the program requires a full-time commitment. Keep in mind that there will be many demands on your time. Working too many hours and excessive outside commitments take their toll quickly on sonography students.
  • Impact on others: The significant others in your life must understand and accept the extent of your involvement in studies and class and clinical attendance. This may mean less time for recreation and other activities. However, the two years will go by very quickly.
  • Costs: While an associate degree is not very expensive, there are other costs in addition to tuition and fees such as textbooks, clinical uniforms, transportation, and other supply costs. Consult with the A-B Tech financial aid office for assistance if necessary. There are also many scholarship opportunities through the Foundation Office.
  • Program Challenges: Sonography can be difficult to learn, and there is an immense amount to learn. The volume of information that must be learned and retained is considerable. If you meet the prerequisites for admission to the program, there is no academic reason you should not succeed. The determining factors in your success will be your commitment to studying and practicing initiative, motivation, and management of your time and personal matters.
  • Study Habits: This program is challenging. Old study habits may not work. You will probably find there is so much to learn and remember from one semester to the next that your study habits will need to be modified. This is especially true because of the technical material you need to remember compared to other general education type courses. However, if you have been a committed and successful college student in the past, you should be able to succeed in this program.
  • Teaching/Learning Methods: The program uses several different teaching methods to assist you in learning. Classroom presentations, lab practice, on-line assignments, workbooks, audio-visuals, and written assignments are all part of your learning experience. By committing the time and effort, you will be able to master the art and science of learning medical sonography.
  • Clinical: Clinical education is the most important component of learning medical sonography. This involves many hours per week at the clinical sites performing sonography as a learner. Clinical education is fascinating, exciting, challenging, and very hard physical and mental work.
  • Lifelong Learning: A career in sonography requires commitment to lifelong learning. The profession changes constantly, which is also a part of what makes it so interesting. Keep in mind that continuing education is mandatory for renewing your professional credentials.
  • Employment: Remember you are entering a profession that is committed to patient care twenty-four hours a day, every day. In all likelihood, your first job will involve either evenings or late night hours, weekends and call. New graduates are usually the ones who will be covering holidays. Health care does not close for the holidays.
  • Attention to Detail: Attention to minute detail and concentration is critical in sonography because you will be producing sonographic images which are used in medical diagnosis or treatment. A sloppy, “that’s close enough” mentality is not suited for this profession.

 

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