Certificate in Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONO) certificate program serves to enhance the professional skills of individuals who are currently certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or equivalent.
Eligible students who successfully complete all of the SONO concentration courses receive a Diagnostic Medical Sonography certificate. The completion of the academic and clinical components of the SONO concentration also helps to prepare students for the certification examination in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
The SONO concentration consists of 23 total credits. Students complete 15 credits of academic coursework and 8 clinical course credits. The academic courses are sequential in nature and begin with a foundations course that prepares students for the clinical application of sonographic principles. The academic coursework also helps prepare students for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination and Abdomen (AB) specialty exam, offered by the ARDMS.
There are three clinical semesters in which students complete a minimum of 944 clinical hours. The final clinical course (SONO 470) is an externship during which students are expected to perform as the primary ultrasonographers during imaging studies.
Students should carefully review the eligibility requirements for credentialing by the ARDMS. Those requirements are substantially greater than the requirements of the SONO certificate concentration. Students who select to complete only the requirements of the SONO certificate concentration may not be eligible for ARDMS credentialing. Additional clinical and/or academic hours are likely necessary to achieve ARDMS eligibility.
Students who wish to complete the eligibility requirements for ARDMS credentialing must extend the overall length of the program to a minimum of 12 months and must complete more than 1,680 total program hours. Please refer to the ARDMS eligibility requirements for more information.
For specific information on the certificate and course schedule, contact
Kori Stewart, MHS RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)
Clinical Director, CT/MRI/SONO