The Medical Sonography curriculum provides knowledge and clinical skills in the application of high frequency sound waves to image internal body structures.
Course work includes physics, cross-sectional anatomy, abdominal, introductory vascular, and obstetrical/gynecological sonography. Competencies are attained in identification of normal anatomy and pathological processes, use of equipment, fetal growth and development, integration of related imaging, and patient interaction skills.
Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take examinations in ultrasound physics and instrumentation and specialty examinations administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and find employment in clinics, physicians’ offices, mobile services, hospitals, and educational institutions.
Graduates will be eligible to take all ARDMS examinations in general and vascular concentrations.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited in general and vascular concentrations. The following are the accrediting agencies:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied HealthEducation Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500,
Ellicott City, MD 21043, Phone: 443-973-3251
Specific Program Requirements:
- General college admission requirements.
- This program has a competitive selection process. See Fall 2016 Competitive Allied Health Program Criteria on the Competitive and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.
- Keyboarding skills are highly recommended.
- Final admission to the Medical Sonography program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe care to the public. Completed medical and immunization records must be submitted before classes begin.
- Either first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine or completion of series.
- Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to full admission and must be maintained throughout the program. This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills. Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.
- Satisfactory completion of required immunizations prior to admission to clinical sites. Affiliated clinical sites for Sonography will require an on boarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug screen prior to the term in which the first clinical experience will occur. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences, for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program.
- Sonography students will be required to complete clinical rotations that may require them to travel as much as two hours from campus.
- Students applying to the Medical Sonography program must have successfully completed: BIO 163 (or BIO 168 and BIO 169), ENG 111, PHY 125, and MAT 152 with a "C" or better prior to full acceptance to the program. Students applying to the Medical Sonography program are encouraged to have successfully completed: COM 120, PHY-240, and PSY-150 prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Medical Sonography curriculum.
Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: BIO, COM, ENG, MAT, PHY, and SON