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Today, career opportunities for sonography professionals are abundant as ever, with graduates employed in dynamic health care institutions around the world.

Parker University’s Associate of Applied Science with a major in Diagnostic Sonography provides a thorough foundation of the laboratory and clinical experiences faced by sonographers. The program combines diagnostic techniques with a focus on the most critical topics facing the sonography profession today.

Parker’s Diagnostic Sonography program prepares its graduates to:

  • Obtain, review, and record an accurate patient history with supporting clinical data;
  • Perform diagnostic procedures and provide summary of findings for physicians;
  • Analyze and inspect images for quality and adequate coverage of areas needed for diagnoses;
  • Recognize differences between normal and abnormal images;
  • Provide patients with information linked to ultrasounds and other diagnostic services

Parker’s Associate of Applied Science with a Major in Diagnostic Sonography program is geared toward building an understanding of the methods, ethics, and tools crucial to advance in today’s health care landscape. Course content includes anatomy and physiology, patient care, and sonographic principles that explore the broad range of responsibilities that face today’s leading diagnostic sonographers.

Parker’s Diagnostic Sonography program consists of:

  • A curriculum that allows students to master one course each month
  • Preparation for relevant certification and licensure examination
  • A total of 75 credit hours
    • 27 credit hours of prerequisite courses
    • 48 credit hours of major core courses

Admission Requirements

Students applying for acceptance into the Associate of Applied Science with a major in Diagnostic Sonography, (A.A.S) degree program are required to successfully complete all general education courses. This consists of eight general education courses in the first eight months considered to be the “pre-professional phase” of our A.A.S program. A grade of “C” or better in all courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must be earned in order to be eligible to progress to the professional phase of the program.

  • An entrance examination may be administered to students offered an interview.
  • An acceptable level-3 criminal background screening will be required for all students beginning the program. Students with felony charges and/or convictions may not be eligible for admission into this allied health program.
  • Completion of any health discipline (ex RT, RN, LPN/LVN, PA, DC, MD) which requires licensure must submit proof of good standing.
  • A personal essay stating why you chose a career in Diagnostic Sonography outlining your specific career goals in medical imaging.

Completion of general education courses does not guarantee admittance in to the Diagnostic Sonography Major program. Please visit with the program director for more details.

Diagnostic Sonography program online application and all required documentation must be submitted by the designated due date. Due dates are two months before the professional phase begins. Incomplete applications and/or requirements, in addition to applications received after the application due date will NOT be accepted.

Application Due Date Professional Phase Semester
March 1 Summer – May
September 1 Fall – November

Diagnostic Sonography Major Application

Diagnostic Sonography Curriculum

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE COURSES 27 Semester Credit Hours
DS MAJOR COURSES 35 Semester Credit Hours
DS CLINICAL COURSES 12 Semester Credit Hours
TOTAL 75 Semester Credit Hours

Year 1 Semester 1

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

ENGL 1301 English Composition

3

ENGL 2326 ENGL 2326 American Literature
or
(Students choice of Humanities/Fine Arts)

3

MATH 1314 College Algebra

3

SPCH 1311 Speech Communications

3

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

12

Year 1 Semester 3

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

DMSO 1310 Introduction to Sonography

3

DMSO 1351 Sonographic Sectional Anatomy

3

DMSO 1301 Techniques of Sonography

3

DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics

3

Total Credit Hours Semester 3

12

Year 2 Semester 2

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

DMSO 2353 Sonogrpahy of Superficial Structures

3

DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology

4

DMSO 2660 Clinical I

6

Total Credit Hours Semester 2

13

Year 1 Semester 2

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

3

PHYS 1401 College Physics

4

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours Semester 2

15

Year 2 Semester 1

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

DMSO 1441 Abdominopelvic Sonography

4

DMSO 2441 Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology

4

DSVT 1300 Principles of Vascular Technology

3

Total Credit Hours Semester 1

14

Year 2 Semester 3

Course Number

Course

Credit Hours

DMSO 2330 Advance Ultrasound And Review

3

DMSO 2661 Clinical II

6

Total Credit Hours Semester 3

9

The above schedule is a sample outline of courses in the Diagnostic Sonography program. Course order, content, subject matter and credit hours are subject to change.


Why Parker’s Diagnostic Sonography Program?

  • A focused curriculum that allows for students to master one new course each month
  • Enrollment is limited to a small number of high-caliber students to ensure personalized attention from instructors
  • Hands-on clinic experience

What’s the Career Outlook for Diagnostic Sonographers?1

sonographer career outlook

1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm

Where the Careers Are

Diagnostic sonographers are particularly important in health care as the use of imaging systems continues to rise throughout the industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, America will see a 39% job growth of sonographers between 2012 and 2022 – that’s a projection of more than 42 thousand new jobs. An Associate of Applied Science with a Major in Diagnostic Sonography is especially relevant in Texas, as the health care industry is responsible for more than 15% of the state’s annual employment growth.

Diagnostic medical sonographers may be employed in hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, private physician practices and imaging centers. Most full-time sonographers work about 40 hours a week; they may have evening, night, weekend hours, and times when they are on call and must be ready to report to work on short notice.

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