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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Curriculum

1. Course Number and Title:  SONO 40  -  Basic Ultrasound Physics

Units:    1.5 ;     Hours:   Lecture:   1 ;     Lab:   1.5 
Catalog Description:
This course covers the basic principles and terminology of diagnostic ultrasound physics to include:  a review of mathematical skins, transducers, beam dynamics and instrumentation.  Hands-on instruction will be provided to introduce the student to necessary elementary skills in scanning as it pertains to the physical nature of ultrasound.  This course is part of the first summer session of the eighteen-month program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography which runs 9 weeks duration.

2. Course Number and Title:  SONO 41  -  Introduction to Sonography

Units:    1.5 ;     Hours:   Lecture:   1 ;     Lab:   1.5 
Catalog Description:
This course is an overview of diagnostic medical sonography and its role in health care delivery.  Students will be oriented to the academic and administrative structure of the program, clinical affilitates, and to the profession as a whole.  An introduction to the principles, instruments, and routine sonographic procedures will be emphasized.  The laboratory portion of this course will include a hands-on orientation to the equipment and instrumentation.  This course is part of the first summer session of the eighteen-month program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography which runs 9 weeks duration.

3. Course Number and Title:  SONO 42A  -  Abdominal Sonography

Units:    4  ;     Hours:   Lecture:   3 ;     Lab:  
Catalog Description:
This course covers abdominal sonographic positioning and scanning protocol; related anatomy and physiology to include the retroperitoneum; pathology and clinical symptomology and how they relate to the sonographic appearance of these structures.  Interpretation and critique of normal and abnormal anatomy with correlation of clinical, didactic and image information will be presented.  The laboratory component of this course will include demonstration and scanning exercises to provide a "live lab" experience in conducting abdominal sonographic procedures.  This course is part of the first semester of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

4. Course Number and Title:  SONO 42B  -  Beginning Clinical Experience I

Units:    9  ;     Hours:   Lecture:     ;     Lab:   (486 clinical hours - 28 hrs/wk)
Catalog Description:
This course provides clinical experience for application of theoretical principles and concepts covered in previous and current didactic coursework.  Clinical experience in patient care and handling, scanning techniques, instrumentation, work efficiency and image evaluation for abdominal imaging is provided.  This course is part of the first semester of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and is only offered during Fall semester.

5. Course Number and Title:  SONO 43A  -  OB/GYN Sonography

Units:    4  ;     Hours:   Lecture:   3  ;     Lab:  
Catalog Description:
This course presents a review of anatomy and physiology of the glavid and nonglavid pelvis.  Techniques of transabdominal and transvaginal preparation are introduced.  Symptomology of the female patient with correlation to sonographic appearance of pathology are covered.  First, second and third trimeter obstetrical assessment are covered in depth.  This course is part of the second semester of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.

6. Course Number and Title:  SONO 43B  -  Beginning Clinical Experience II

Units:    9  ;     Hours:   Lecture:     ;     Lab:   (486 clinical hours - 28 hrs/wk)
Catalog Description:
This course provides clinical experience for application theoretical principles and concepts covered in previous and current didactic coursework.  Clinical experience in patient care and handling, scanning techniques, instrumentation, work efficiency and image evaluation for obstetric and gynecological imaging, in addition to abdominal imaging is provided.  This course is part of the second semester of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and is only offered during the Spring semester.

7. Course Number and Title:  SONO 44A  -  Advanced Ultrasound Physics

Units:    1.5  ;     Hours:   Lecture:   1.5  ;     Lab:     . 
Catalog Description:
A continutation of basic physics and instrumentation including continuous and pulsed wave doppler.  Basic principles of color flow imaging.  Advanced principles in medical ultrasound instrumentation, hemodynamics, bioeffects, artifacts, and sonographic quality control procedures.  This course is part of the second summer session of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program which runs 9 weeks duration.

8. Course Number and Title:  SONO 44B  -  Advanced Clinical Experience I

Units:    4.5  ;     Hours:   Lecture:     ;     Lab:   (243 clinical hours - 28 hrs/wk)
Catalog Description:
This course provides clinical experience for application of theoretical principles and concepts covered in previous and current didactic coursework.  Clinical experience in patient care and handling, scanning techniques, instrumentation, work efficiency and image evaluation for superficial structures.  Clinical experience in abdominal, obstetric and gynecological imaging is also provided.  This course is part of the second summer session of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and is only offered during the summer.

9. Course Number and Title:  SONO 44C  -  Superficial Structures

Units:    1  ;     Hours:   Lecture:   .5  ;     Lab:    1.5
Catalog Description:
This course covers basic positioning and scanning protocol of the superficial structures; related anatomy and physiology to include the neck, breast, and testes; pathology and clinical symptomology and how they relate to the sonographic appearance of these structures.  Interpretation and critique of normal and abnormal anatomy with correlation of clinical didactic and image information will be presented.  The laboratory component of this course will include demonstration and scanning exercises to provide a "live lab" experience in conducing superficial structure procedures.  This course is part of the second summer session of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program which runs 9 weeks duration.

10. Course Number and Title:  SONO 45A  -  Integrative Study in Sonography

Units:    2  ;     Hours:   Lecture:   2  ;     Lab:     .
Catalog Description:
This course covers a comprhensive analysis and assessment of all previous diagnostic medical sonography instructional coursework in preparation for writing the national registry examination.  Job market readiness skills will also be presented.  This course is part of the third and final semester of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program which runs 18 in duration.

11. Course Number and Title:  SONO 45B  -  Advanced Clinical Experience II

Units:    9  ;     Hours:   Lecture:    .  ;     Lab:   (486 clinical hours - 28 hrs/wk)
Catalog Description:
This course provides clinical experience for application of theoretical principles and concepts covered in previous and current didactic coursework.  Clinical experience in patient care and handling, scanning techniques, instrumentation, work efficiency image evaluation of basic vascular sonography is provided.  Clinical experience in abdominal, obstetric and gynecological and superficial structures imaging is also provided.  This course is part of the third and final semester of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and is only offered during the Fall.

12. Course Number and Title:  SONO 45C  -  Basics of Vascular Sonography

Units:    2  ;     Hours:   Lecture:   1.5  ;     Lab:   1.5 
Catalog Description:
This course covers basic positioning and scanning protocol of the vascular system.  Vascular terminology specific to the hemodynamics of the arterial venous and cerebrovascular application will be presented.  Normal, abnormal, and pathologic states of the human vascular system with emphasis on the external carotid system and the venous systems of the lower extremities will be included.  The laboratory component of this course will include demonstration and scanning exercises to provide a "live lab" experience in conducing basic vascular procedures.  This course is part of the third and final semester of the eighteen month Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program which runs 18 weeks in duration.