What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic medical sonography utilizes sound waves to produce high definition images of the body to aid in the diagnosis of the patient. The specialties of sonography that are used in the diagnostic field include areas of the abdomen, pelvis, heart, and vascular system. A sonographer must have a thorough understanding of the organs and vasculature within the body. Competency and skill are required in order to attain the necessary images needed for each procedure being performed. The duties of a sonographer include working closely with patients and radiologists, obtaining high quality sonographic images, documenting all pathologic processes for interpretation by a radiologist, educating the patient on sonographic procedures and protocols being performed, communicating properly with patients and health care workers, and maintaining a professional and ethical manner. Critical thinking, patient/environment assessment skills, and hands-on clinical practice guidelines enable sonographers to develop the skills vital to performing ultrasound procedures with utmost proficiency.
The Certificate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is committed to preparing students who are accountable and knowledgeable members of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography profession in an enhanced learning community and who partner with other health care professionals in planning and executing high quality health care. The focus of program faculty and diagnostic medical sonography students is to meet the future health care needs in southwest Louisiana. Our faculty is dedicated in preparing graduates to enter the workforce as registry-eligible sonographers with the ability to be productive health care professionals in a culturally diverse society by contributing to their profession and dedicating themselves to life-long learning.
Degree: Certificate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
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Top Reasons You Should Come to Our Program
Program Director has over 15 years in the imaging profession and currently works in the field to retain all necessary skills as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer.
Hospitals actively recruit our graduates for employment and are well satisfied with their knowledge base.
92% of graduates passed the ARDMS SPI Examination on the first attempt. 92% of graduates are ARDMS credentialed.
Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1.
Employment Rate Class of 2010: 100%; Class of 2011: 100%; Class of 2012: 100%; Class of 2013: 100%
Outstanding clinical experiences in all aspects of ultrasound - abdominal, superficial, gynecological, obstetrical, and vascular sonography.
Students prepare for clinical experiences in a learning laboratory equipped with two full-time dedicated MyLab 25 ultrasound systems.
Students are registry-eligible upon graduation to challenge the Abdomen/Small Parts and the Ob/Gyn Examinations through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and/or the Sonography Examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Solid support for the program from the professional community in surrounding area.
Financial aid available for eligible students.
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Danielle Bertrand, Director
P.O. Box 1129
Eunice, LA 70535-1129