• Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

    CAAHEP LogoWhy choose our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program?
    Diagnostic Medical Sonography is the industry terminology for an ultrasound scan or sonogram.  Sonography utilizes high frequency sound waves to image and evaluate an area on the patient’s body.  When most people think of sonograms, they automatically think pregnancy, but it is much more than that.  It includes, but is not limited to, evaluations of the brain, abdomen and peripheral blood vessels.  Sonographers play a vital role in healthcare because the patient and physician rely on them for the accurate scans and thorough reporting.  If the thought of working closely with patients while using highly technical equipment sounds good to you, then Diagnostic Medical Sonography is the program for you.


    Will I be successful?

    Year Graduation Ph Certification Examination Abd Certification Examination O/G Certification Examination Job Placement Rate Continuing Education
    Initial Enrollment Graduated Rate Attempted Passed Pass Rate Attempted Passed Pass Rate Attempted Passed Pass Rate Graduates Jobs within 12 months Rate Graduates Continuing Formal Ed Rate
    2011 16 14 87.50% 14 12 85.71% 2 2 100.00% 2 2 100.00% 14 10   14 2  
    2010 18 13 72.22% 13 12 92.31% 6 5 83.33% 3 3 100.00% 13 7 53.85% 13 6 46.15%
    2009 18 14 77.78% 12 11 91.67% 11 7 63.64% 6 5 83.33% 14 10 71.43% 14 9 64.29%
    2008 16 13 81.25% 12 10 83.33% 5 3 60.00% 3 3 100.00% 13 11 84.62% 13 2 15.38%
    2007 15 14 93.33% 10 8 80.00% 4 3 75.00% 5 4 80.00% 14 14 100.00% 14 6 42.86%
    2006 16 15 93.75% 15 11 73.33% 12 9 75.00% 4 4 100.00% 15 14 93.33% 15 9 60.00%

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    What will I learn?
    It is our goal as a diagnostic medical sonography school  to provide you with the environment and curriculum suited for both classroom and hands-on learning.  You will learn how to function as part of a team and incorporate what you’ve learned in your classes into the clinical setting.  At a variety of clinical facilities, like Lancaster General Hospital, you will have the opportunity to observe a wide range of diagnostic exams including abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology, superficial structures, neonatal, vascular, trauma, intra-operative and invasive procedures. Once you have successfully completed this program, you are eligible to take your registry exams and accept an entry-level position as a diagnostic medical sonographer. 


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    What is the job outlook?
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 31,700 expected jobs through 2020.  For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile. 

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    What are the admission requirements?
    Applicants for the two-year associate degree program must meet the general admission requirements. Individuals who have completed a two-year, post-secondary allied health program, or have earned an associate degree or higher, are eligible to complete the diagnostic medical sonography diploma curriculum.  Diploma candidates must complete the following college-level courses with a grade of "C" or better: English Composition, Physics, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Medical Terminology, and Methods of Patient Care.

     

    Program Accreditation
    This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Committee on Accreditation.

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    1361 Park Street, Clearwater FL 33756
    727-210-2350
    www.caahep.org

     

     

    2014-15 Tuition & Fees - Associate Degree Program & Academic Certificate

     Undergraduate tuition per credit $481 per credit hour
     Undergraduate program tuition (flat program cost)  $2,137 per semester*
     Technology Fee  $300 per semester
     General Education (GE) Science Lab Fee  $225 per GE Lab Course

    Note: All fees are non-refundable.

    *This charge will be applied to your bill only when you are enrolled in the fall and spring semester program-specific courses.