Diagnostic Sonography Curriculum

Year 1 Semester 1:

12 Total credit hours

credit hours

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

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A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 Composition I

3

In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included.

3

Introduces basic human communication principles and theories embedded in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.

3

Year 1 Semester 2:

15 Total credit hours

credit hours

General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

3

This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of PHYS 1301 (lecture) and PHYS 1101 (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

Prerequisites: MATH 1314 College Algebra

4

This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) and BIOL 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

4

This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of BIOL 2302 Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) and BIOL 2102 Anatomy and Physiology II (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

4

Year 1 Semester 3:

12 Total credit hours

credit hours

An introduction to the profession of sonography and the role of the sonographer. Emphasis on medical terminology, ethical/legal aspects, written and verbal communication, and professional issues relating to registry, accreditation, professional organizations and history of the profession.
Prerequisite: Admission into Diagnostic Sonography Program

3

Sectional anatomy of the male and female body. Includes anatomical relationships of organs, vascular structures, and body planes and quadrants
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

3

Scanning techniques. Includes scan protocols and procedures within the laboratory setting utilizing live scanning and/or simulated experience.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

3

Basic acoustical physics and acoustical waves in human tissue. Emphasis on ultrasound transmission in soft tissues, attenuation of sound energy, parameters affecting sound transmission, and resolution of sound beams.
Prerequisite:
Passed all previous sonography courses.

3

Year 2 Semester 1:

14 Total credit hours

credit hours

Continuation of Basic Ultrasound Physics. Includes interaction of ultrasound with tissues, mechanics of ultrasound production and display, various transducer designs and construction, quality assurance, bioeffects and image artifacts. May introduce methods of Doppler flow analysis.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

3

Normal anatomy and physiology of the abdominal and pelvic cavities as related to scanning techniques, transducer selection, and scanning protocols.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

4

Pathologies and disease states of the abdomen and pelvis as related to scanning techniques patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection and scanning protocols.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

4

Introduction to non-invasive vascular technology modalities. Includes 2D imaging, Doppler, plethysmoography, and segmental pressure. Emphasis on preforming basic venous and arterial imaging and non-imaging exams.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

3

Year 2 Semester 2:

14 Total credit hours

credit hours

Detailed study of normal and pathological superficial structures as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection, and scanning protocols.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

4

Detailed study of the pelvis and obstetrics/gynecology as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection, and scanning protocols.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

4

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

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Year 2 Semester 3:

9 Total credit hours

credit hours

Knowledge, skills, and professional values within a legal and ethical framework addressing emerging technologies and professional development.

3

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

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