High school students interested in sonography and ultrasound technology should get a strong background in science, including biology, chemistry and physics classes. Math, both algebra and geometry, are important, too.
At Vol State, students receive classroom and clinical training. The 13-month program involves study of abdominal, obstetrical, gynecologic and small parts sonography. Small parts sonography in this case involves imaging and analysis of the thyroid, breast, neck and gastro-intestinal tract.
The program takes four consecutive semesters. Vol State places Diagnostic Medical Sonography students at sites throughout Middle Tennessee for their clinical experience. The site map shows the diversity of VSCC’s clinical partners; once enrolled, students can request a specific site but placement it is not guaranteed.
Admission is very competitive and the admission requirements are higher than some other Allied Health programs at Vol State. To be considered, an applicant must either have successfully finished a two-year accredited program in patient care or a hold a bachelor’s degree.
Eligible two-year programs include Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Nursing, Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant, Ophthalmic Medical Technician and Sleep Diagnostics Technician. Whether the applicant graduated from a two-year program or has a bachelor’s degree, the study must have included Human Anatomy, Physiology I and II, Medical Terminology, General Physics and College Algebra.
Up to a dozen students are admitted each year and the application deadline is May 1. Application requirements also include 16 hours of observation in a clinical setting, letters of recommendation, a personal interview and a successful background check. The program starts in July.
When finished, students earn a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to take professional exams offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. The program qualifies graduates to take three exams: Physics and Instrumentation, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology. To earn the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer credential, candidates also must pass the Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation exam.
Take a look at Vol State’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
The Sonography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the Commissions on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Accreditation is a process that makes sure college programs meet uniform, professional standards.